The collections of the American Folklife Center contain rich and varied
materials from Maryland that document the diversity of the state's folk
traditions. Among its unique recordings are spirituals from labor camps
dating from the 1940s; narratives of migrant workers and former slaves;
folklore and folk music of the Eastern Shore; the Dorothy Howard Collection
about Western Maryland; and interviews with local crafts people, including
rug makers and decoy carvers. In 1982, the Center's Ethnic Heritage and
Language Schools Project documented a Korean school in Silver Spring, and
a Lithuanian school in Rockville. The material created during this project
has been incorporated into the collections of the Folklife Center.
Finding Aid: View a complete list of our Maryland collections.
Local Legacies: This project provides a "snapshot" of local culture as it was expressed in the year 2000. View Maryland's Local Legacies projects.
Veterans History Project: Browse state collections from the Veterans History Project.
Songs of America: Browse an interactive state map for selected songs from the American Folklife Center’s collections, as well as songs from the Library’s Music Division and Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.
In the summer of 2003, an ethnographic field school was taught in Crisfield,
Maryland. Co-sponsoring the school with the Center were Salisbury University
and the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art. The student ethnographers
researched the traditions related to many occupations in the Crisfield
area. To read more about the field school see "Crabs
'R Us: Field School Documents Chesapeake Bay Maritime Culture," in Folklife
Center News, Fall, 2003.
Chinese Opera Institute: Washington Chu
Shan -- from Maryland. Recorded May 18, 2005: [event flyer] [catalog record]
"From Bridge to Boardwalk: an Audio Journey Across Maryland's Eastern Shore": An illustrated lecture by Douglas Manger, Tatiana Irvine, and Elaine Eff based on the CD and book titled From Bridge to Boardwalk [catalog record], about the history and contemporary cultural traditions of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Recorded October 21, 2004. [catalog record]
Educational Resources: View a list of educational materials related to Maryland from A Teacher's Guide to Folklife Resources.
Folklife Resources: Find state folklife-related agencies, societies, archives, higher education programs, and more, in Folklife Sourcebook: A Directory of Folklife Resources in the United States.
Publications: "The First Korean School of Silver Spring, Maryland," in Ethnic Heritage
and Language Schools in America. [catalog record]"
To Keep Tradition Going: Conserving Baltimore Screen Painting," in Folklife
Annual 90. [catalog record]
Brief Bibliography on Maryland Folksong and Dance (compiled June
1977). [full text]