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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture


Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: July 2014

For additional information about Archive of Folk Culture collections, contact the Folklife Reading Room. To request copies, see our webpages regarding audio materials and photographic materials. Please refer to the AFC and/or AFS numbers when requesting information. All indications of time duration listed in this finding aid are estimates.

Duncan Emrich Oral History of Nevada Collection (AFC 1950/036)
One 5-inch and eighteen 7-inch tapes interviews with residents of Nevada, including Ed "Deacon" Blake, Joe Farnsworth, and Zeb Kendall. Recorded in Virginia City, Nevada, by Duncan Emrich, 1949-1950. Transcripts of these recordings can be found in Emrich's In the Delta Saloon, published by the University of Nevada Oral History Program, 1991. [catalog record]

Willard Rhodes 1949 Field Recordings Collection (AFC 1949/001)
Thirty-two 12-inch discs and one 10-inch disc of Washoe, Navajo, Apache, Crow, Paiute, Warm Springs, Klamath, Walapai, Havasupai, Hopi, Zuni, and Taos songs. Recorded in Stewart and Pyramid Lake, Nevada; Peach Springs, Grand Canyon, Second Mesa, Fort Defiance, Polacca,and Oraibi, Arizona; and Fort Wingate and Window Rock, New Mexico, by Willard Rhodes, summer 1949. Sponsored by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Education Division. (preservation tape LWO 5111 reels 400-402)

Duncan Emrich Recordings of "Powder River" Jack H. Lee and others (AFC 1965/018)
Two 12-inch and 2 10-inch discs of mining songs, cowboy songs, a recording of a dice game, cowboy songs, a Texaco company song, and a "dog singing." Songs sung by "Powder River" Jack H. Lee. Recorded in Virginia City, Nevada, by Duncan Emrich, September 4, 1942. The collection includes a one-page log. Transcripts of these recordings can be found in Emrich's In the Delta Saloon, published by the University of Nevada Oral History Program, 1991. [catalog record]

Omer C. Stewart Collection of American Indian Recordings (AFC 1972/035)
Seven 12-inch discs and 1 10-inch disc of American Indian Peyote and other songs recorded by Omer C. Stewart among the Northern Paiute, Washo, Ute (including Comanche, Kickapoo, Kiowa, Miwok, Navajo and Shoshone songs) in Colorado, Nevada and California, 1938 etc.; also recorded for Ruth M. Underhill by Frank S. Speck among the Arapaho in Oklahoma, 1950.

Ethnic Broadcasting in America Collection (AFC 1981/018)
Eighteen 7-inch tapes, two five-inch tapes, and 117 cassettes of ethnic radio broadcasts recorded for the Ethnic Broadcasting in America Project of the American Folklife Center. Recorded mostly off the air by Elena Bradunas, Theodore Grame, Alan Jabbour, and others at various locations in the United States, 1977-78. Documentation includes Theodore Grame's Ethnic Broadcasting in the United States (Washington, D.C.: American Folklife Center, 1980;) and six linear inches of manuscript materials. [catalog record]

AFC 1981/018: AFS 23,030-23,031: Two tapes containing a Basque radio program. Broadcast on KELK, Elko, Nevada, April 30, 1978.

AFC 1981/018: AFS 23,032: One tape containing an interview with Jesus Lopategui of KELK’s Basque radio program. Broadcast on KELK, Elko, Nevada, April 30, 1978.

Community and Material Culture in Nineteenth Century Paradise Valley, Nevada / by Margaret Sermons Purser (AFC 1987/047)
Dissertation: University of California, Berkeley. April 1987, 302 pgs. [catalog record]

Italian-Americans in the West Project Collection (AFC 1989/022)
Manuscript materials, sound recordings, graphic materials, and moving images related to the American Folklife Center's field research project that focused on the cultural traditions of Italian Americans in the western United States. The materials in the collection were compiled between the years 1988 and 1993; the field research took place from 1989 to 1991. Teams of professional folklife researchers documented many aspects of Italian American folklife at five project sites: Gilroy and San Pedro, California; Pueblo, Colorado; mining and ranching communities in eastern and central Nevada; Carbon County, Utah; and Walla Walla, Washington. [catalog record] [finding aid]

Paradise Valley Folklife Project (AFC 1991/021)
Multi-format collection documenting the history and culture of the ranching community in Paradise Valley, Nevada. A team of fieldworkers documented the distinct ethnic groups in the area (Apache, Anglo, Basque, Chinese, German, Italian and Northern Paiute); the history of the region, including archaeological remains of a Chinese community, foodways, oral tradition. Vernacular architecture, the annual "cycle of work," and ranch crafts and horse gear of the valley. Compiled 1978-1982. [catalog record] [online presentation]

Lands' End All-American Quilt Collection (AFC 1997/011)
Lands' End in cooperation with Good Housekeeping magazine sponsored quilt contests in 1992, 1994, and 1996. The collection,housed in 154 boxes, consists of visual images, entry blanks, and essays written by entrants, as well as Lands End administrative files and correspondence pertinent to the promotion of the contest. Approximately 13,100 entries for the three contests came from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Numerous types and styles of needlework, quilting, patchwork, applique and embroidery are represented among the visual images. [catalog record] [finding aid] [online presentation]

Local Legacies Project Collection (AFC 2000/001)
Four hundred and five linear feet (approximately 90,000 manuscript pages, 475 sound recordings, 13,270 graphic materials, 335 electronic media, and 75 artifacts) of documentation of local festivals, fairs, parades, and other community-based events from each U.S. state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories and trusts. The Local Legacies Collection was donated through the efforts of individuals, organizations, and institutions asked to participate by members of Congress. This project was part of the Library of Congress Bicentennial celebration in the year 2000. [catalog record] [online presentation] [Nevada Local Legacies]

Diane Reed / Otto Henrickson Nevada memoir (AFC 2001/013)
One 26-page booklet entitled The Nevada Way, by Otto E. Henrickson (an excerpt from Wrinkles on My Ginseng Roots) a memoir of a visit to McDermitt, Nevada, in 1943. Produced in honor of Henrickson's 80th birthday May 16, 2001. This booklet uses several Carl Fleischhauer photos from the Paradise Valley Folklife Project to illustrate McDermitt, Nevada.

September 11, 2001, Documentary Project (AFC 2001/015)
The collection documents reactions of ordinary citizens in the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States through sound and video recordings of interviews and personal narratives; as well as photographs, children's drawings, two scrapbooks, letters and e-mail, poems, ephemera, and a few artifacts. Some items were submitted as group projects of schools, libraries, and museums from 30 states in the U.S., and from American military service personnel and their families in Naples, Italy. [catalog record] [finding aid] [online presentation]

AFC 2001/015: ph135-200: One hundred and fifty-four color slides of a community memorial at the New York, New York, Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photographed by Christina Barr and Steve Green, for the Nevada Folklife Program, May 2002.

Western Folklife Center Materials (AFC 2003/006)
Publications and programs from the Western Folklife Center located in Elko, Nevada. Includes programs from all of the Cowboy Poetry Gatherings, 1985-present.

Gary Haleamau concert and interview collection (AFC 2008/012)
Homegrown 2008 Concert, August 20, 2008. Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar from Nevada. Includes interview with Gary Haleamau, conducted at this home in Las Vegas, Nevada, by Rebecca Snetselaar on January 30, 2008; with a transcript of the interview (19 p.) [catalog record] [event flyer and webcast]

Western Folklife Center Occupational Folklore Project (AFC 2011/064)
Collection of field recordings of occupational folklife interviews conducted by Western Folklife Center staff Charlie Seemann and Meg A. Glaser from September to December 2011 in collaboration with Nevada Gold Miners Association and the American Folklife Center's Occupational Folklife Project. Five interviews focus primarily on occupational information related to contemporary gold mining in northern Nevada, but other local occupations, particularly ranching, are discussed. Collection includes recording logs prepared by Steve Green and digital photographs of the interviewees. [catalog record]

Mariano Gonzalez Ramirez concert collection (AFC 2012/028)
Video recording and photographs of a concert in the Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress on September 26, 2012 as part of the Homegrown concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Mariano Gonzalez, a virtuoso harpist and composer born and raised in Buena Vista, Paraguay to a family of harpists and harp makers, is a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada. He began playing the harp at the age of five, under the tutelage of his father and grandfather. His passion for music propelled him onto the world stage where he expanded his repertoire to include lively Latin rhythms, free-spirited jazz, and original arrangements of popular standards. [catalog record] [event flyer and webcast]

Paula Morin collection: Honest horses, wild horses in the Great Basin (AFC 2013/038)
Collection of photographic documentation of wild horse herds in the Nevada Great Basin made by Paula Morin during her work for the Nevada Arts Council, 1999-2001. The photographs were exhibited by the Nevada Arts Council in an exhibiton titled "Honest Horses: A Portrait of the Mustang in Nevada's Great Basin." The collection includes 21 prints described by the artist as giclee prints made from handpainted black and white photographs; and related publicity materials. [catalog record] [finding aid]


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