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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture


Compiled by: Megan M. Dreger and Claudia J. Widgery
Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: September 2016

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.

Resettlement Administration Recordings Collection (AFC 1939/016)
One hundred sixty-five 12-inch discs of instrumentals and songs recorded in Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C., by Sidney Robertson Cowell, Charles Seeger, Margaret Valiant, and others for the Special Skills Division, Resettlement Administration, 1936-37. The collection includes 3 1/2 inches of transcripts, correspondence, graphic images, and a program book from the 1937 National Folk Festival. [catalog record]

AFS 3280-3281A: Two discs containing four instrumentals and songs played on tambouritzas and sung by the Balkan Troubadors (Lubo Mitrovich and Nick Mitrovich [both "born in Portland, Oregon"], Dan Radakovich, Bob Rajacich, and George Rajacich). Recorded in Eveleth, Minnesota, by Sidney Robertson (Cowell), July 28, 1937. (15 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reels 216B-217A)

Willard Rhodes 1947 Field Recordings Collection (AFC 1947/012)
Twenty 16-inch discs of Native American music recorded in Pine Ridge, South Dakota; Chemawa, Simnasho, and Pendleton, Oregon; Toppenish, Washington; Browning and Poplar, Montana; and Elbowoods and Fort Yates, North Dakota, by Willard Rhodes for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, summer 1947. (10 and 12-inch disc copies on AFS 12,204-12,262) [catalog record]

AFS 9545A1-B3: One disc containing ten Alaskan Eskimo and Navajo songs sung by Flossie Connery, Agnes Hicks, Alfred Hicks, and Mrs. Alex Saluskin. Recorded in Chemawa, Oregon, July 1947. (16 minutes; LWO 5111 reel 234B)

AFS 9548B2-9550B5: Three discs containing twenty songs of the Wasco and other tribes. Recorded in Simnasho, Oregon, August 4, 1947. (47 minutes; LWO 5111 reel 235)

AFS 9548B1; 9551-9553A4: Four discs containing thirty-four songs of the Nez Perce, Winnebago, and other tribes. Recorded in Pendleton, Oregon, August 9-11, 1947. (52 minutes; LWO 5111 reels 235-236A)

William L. Alderson Collection of Fiddle Tunes and Folk Songs from Oregon (AFC 1951/057)
Two 16-inch discs of fiddle tunes and songs recorded in Portland, Oregon, by William L. Alderson, 1946-48. The collection includes a log. (LWO 5111 reel 300B) [catalog record]

AFS 10,366: One disc containing six songs sung by Reed College students. Recorded spring 1948. (16 minutes)

AFS 10,367A1-8: One disc containing eight tunes played on fiddle by Karl Hutcheson, originally of Ravalli County, Montana. Recorded November 14, 1946. (8 minutes)

AFS 10,3676A9-11: One disc containing three songs sung by Mrs. Don H. Slocum of Lake Oswego, Oregon. Recorded November 1946. (3 minutes)

AFS 10,367B1-6: One disc containing six songs sung with guitar by Reed College student Warren E. Roberts of Norway, Maine. Recorded spring 1948. (13 minutes)

Helen Roberts Collection (AFS 11,007-11,299)
One hundred sixty-seven 12-inch, 79 10-inch, 40 8-inch, and 7 7-inch discs of various songs from Australia, California, China, Hawaii, Mexico, the South Pacific Islands, and Tahiti; and of North American Indians. Recorded by various collectors, including Berthold Laufer, Carl Lumholtz, and C.E. Shaeffer and donated by Helen Roberts. The collection includes 37 pages of correspondence, logs and notes.

AFS 11,131A2; 11,133B: Two discs containing two songs sung by Charlie Cowen. Recorded at the Klamath Reservation, Klamath Lake, Oregon, by Samuel Alfred Barrett, ca. August-September 1907. (6 minutes; tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 370)

A. F. Sisson collection of music of The Ozark Mountaineers (AFC 1964/023)
One 7-inch tape of 25 songs sung with guitar and harmonica by "The Ozark Mountaineers" (Almus D. Sisson and Harold D. Sisson), originally of Mountain View, Arkansas. Recorded in Portland, Oregon, after 1942. (1 hour and 8 minutes; LWO 4300; AFS 12,096) [catalog record]

Willard Rhodes 1951 Field Recordings Collection (AFC 1951/001)
Eight 10-inch tapes of Apache, Cherokee, Comanche, Creek, Hopi, Kiowa, Navajo, Pawnee, Shoshone, and Tlingit, as well as Ecuadorian Indian and Eskimo music. Recorded in Arizona, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming by Willard Rhodes, June 1951, a for the Bureau of Indian Affairs; and in Oregon by Louise B. Johannaber, in or before 1952, for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. (AFS 14,618-14,623) [catalog record]

Benjamin A. Botkin Duplication Project, 1950-1958 (AFC 1970/042)
Four 10-inch tapes of narratives, radio programs, and songs recorded in California, Colorado, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington, and Washington, D.C., by Benjamin A. Botkin and the Voice of America, 1949-58. The collection includes five pages of notes. Includes Botkin's Western trip of 1950, Voice of America folklore programs; air checks from ca. 1952-53 including a program honoring Carl Sandburg's 75th birthday; and selections from Botkin's southern U.S. trip of 1949. [catalog record]

AFS 14,219A: One tape containing twelve songs sung with guitar and piano by Michael Loring and six examples of "street-corner rhetoric" spoken by Arthur Boose, "The Last of the Wobblies." Recorded in Portland, Oregon, by Benjamin A. Botkin, August 1-3, 1950. (54 minutes; LWO 6080 reel 2A)

AFC 1973/028: Laura Boulton Collection

AFS 17,125-17,128: Laura Boulton Collection Part 17: Unidentified American Indian Music
Four 10-inch discs of 22 songs sung by Native Americans of the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs, and Yakima communities. Recorded in Pendleton, Oregon, by Laura Boulton, 1946. (41 minutes; LWO 7551 reels 70B-71A) [catalog record]

AFS 17,129-17,134: Laura Boulton Collection Part 18: Unidentified American Indian Music
Six 10-inch discs of 36 songs sung by American Indians recorded in Hood River, Oregon, by Laura Boulton, 1947. (44 minutes; LWO 7551 reel 71A) [catalog record]

Corinne and Frank Fasinski Interview on Sasquatch (AFC 1975/035)
One audiocassette of an interview with Corrinne and Frank Fasinski concerning beliefs and legends current in states of Washington and Oregon regarding "Sasquatch." Recorded November 27, 1973, by Judge Norman T. Custis and Helen Custis in suburban Washington, D.C. (includes AFS 17,599) (LWO 8573) [catalog record]

Leroy B. Selam collection (AFC 1975/059)
One 7-inch tape of six songs of the Yakima and other tribes discussed and sung with drum by Leroy B. Selam of Monmouth, Oregon. Recorded at the Library of Congress by Gerald E. Parsons, December 12, 1975. The fourth song has been published by the Library of Congress as "Death Chant (Honor Song)" on recording number LBC 15, Religious Music: Solo & Performance. (32 minutes; LWO 8862; AFS 18,052) [catalog record]

Leo Joachim Frachtenberg collection of cylinder recordings from Grande Ronde and Siletz, Oregon (AFC 1948/120)
One 10-inch tape of 19 songs of the Kalapuya, 11 songs of the Shasta, 24 songs of the Tututni, and 3 songs of the Upper Umpqua tribes. Originally recorded on cylinders in Siletz, Oregon, by Leo Joachim Frachtenberg, 1915-16. (1 hour and 10 minutes; LWO 9049; AFS 18,471; AFS 22,169) [catalog record]

Melville Jacobs collection of cylinder recordings of Victoria Howard (AFC 1948/128)
Five 10-inch tapes of one hundred thirteen narratives and songs of the Clackamas Chinook, Lakmiyuk, Mary's River, Shasta, Tualatin, Yamhill, and Yonkalla communities. Spoken and sung by Victoria Howard. Originally recorded on cylinders in West Linn, Oregon, by Melville Jacobs, 1929-30. (3 hours and 43 minutes; LWO 12,980; AFS 21,830-21,834) [catalog record]

Nicolas G. Schidlovsky collection of music of the Old Believers (AFC 1987/031)
Twenty-six 10-inch tapes of Old Believers' services and religious singing, and copies of a published recording of Russian church bells and religious chant. Recorded in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., by Nicolas G. Schidlovsky, 1972-85. The collection includes seven photographs, a six-page brochure entitled "Old Believers," and one linear inch of concordances, notes, photocopies of chant notations, recording logs, and early Slavic neumes. (RWB 6101-6126) [catalog record]

Linda Danielson Oregon Old-Time Fiddling Project (AFC 1988/001)
TThirty-five 10-inch tapes of interviews with fiddlers from Lane County, Douglas County and Jackson County, Oregon, interviewed by Linda L. Danielson about their lives and their music. Recorded in August and September 1976 in western Oregon. The collection includes transcripts. (AFS 21,857-21,865; 26,017-26,042) (70 hours; RWA 5740-5748; RWB 6194-6219) [catalog record]

Barre Toelken Photographs Collection (AFC 1988/011)
Nine black-and-white photographs of string games taken by Barre Toelken in Eugene, Oregon, 1977. The girl who is executing the string figures is Patsy Bedonie (Navajo), aged 14 when the photos were taken. The other pair of hands belong to Barre's daughter Chiyo Toelken, also aged about 14. String designs are: cats cradles, big star (from Navajo tradition), a constellation, and a representation of a moving snake.

Marcia Mint Danab Jewish Festivals Project Collection (AFC 1985/027)
Eight 10-inch tapes of interviews concerning Jewish festivals and religious customs, family histories, personal narratives, and songs in Ladino and Yiddish. Recorded in Eugene, Pleasant Hill, Portland, and Salem, Oregon, by Marcia Mint Danab, July-October 1981, for the Jewish Festivals Project. The collection includes 137 pages of transcriptions. (AFS 23,260-23,267) (14 hours and 30 minutes; RWA 8870-8877) [catalog record]

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]

Edward Keenan Collection on Old Believers (AFC 1998/011)
The collection consists mainly of materials related to religious music and belief among the Old Believers sect of the Russian Orthodox faith. Among the items in the collection are a spiral notebook which delineates a musical notation system which is used to interpret the music in the collection, several small booklets of hymns written in Cyrillic, some Russian language lessons, and a small booklet of catechism of the Greek Old Orthodox faith. Most of the material is either mimeographed or dittoed, and much of it is in Cyrillic script. The items were largely produced in the 1950s in Erie, Pennsylvania, by Rev. V. Smolakov. Additionally, there is a resource book for Russian Old Believers in Oregon produced in 1976.

Oregon Old Style Fiddling Music and Songs Collection (AFC 1998/021)
Four videotapes containing music by members of the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association: 1 VHS labeled "Gospel, 19 Sept 98, Oregon Old Time Fiddlers, Thousand Trails, La Pine, Oregon"; 1 VHS labeled "Country, 19 Sept 98, Oregon Old Time Fiddlers, Thousand Trails, La Pine, Oregon"; 1 8mm videocassette labeled "Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Music Memoirs 1998" and "#2 Original Music 6 Nov 98" (28 tunes); 1 8mm videocassette labeled "1997-1998 O.O.T.F.A." and "#1 Original Music 6 Nov 98" (31 tunes). The composers and performers are listed on the videocassettes. There is no list of contents for the VHS tapes.

Local Legacies 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] [Oregon Local Legacies]

Chinese Rod Puppetry Performance and Interview Collection (AFC 2002/011)
Sound and video recordings of the Dragon Art Studio performance on Neptune Plaza at the Library of Congress as part of the Homegrown Concert Series 2002, and a videorecording of an interview with the performers conducted by Oregon Folklore Program director, Nancy Nusz. Recorded May 15, 2002. A second interview with Yuqin Wang and Zhengli Xu conducted by American Folklife Center Folklife Specialist Nora Yeh was videotaped on May 16, 2002. The collection includes program and publicity materials for Dragon Art Studio, a promotional videorecording (VHS), "Yuqin Wang and Friends, Maiden Pearl, Traditional Chinese Rod Puppetry," n.d., correspondence, a list of interview questions and notes, and biographical materials for the artists. The puppet dramas are based on Chinese folktales. Dragon Art Studio is located in Tigard, Oregon. [catalog record]

Warren Mintz collection of interviews with migrant fruit pickers (AFC 2007/051)
Collection of field recordings of interviews conducted by Warren Mintz between 1966 and 1968 during fieldwork for his Ph.D. dissertation, "A search for a successful agricultural migrant: a study of five fruit harvests on the west coast of the United States" (New York University, 1971). Interviewees include migrant fruit pickers, crew chiefs, managers of farm labor camps, and ranch managers, with speeches, photographs, and other documentation. The five harvests were: 1) a citrus havest with a Mexican crew in Coachella Valley, California; 2) a citrus harvest with an Anglo crew in the Coachella Valley; 3) a cherry harvest in The Dalles, Oregon and San Joaquin Valley, California; 4) an apple harvest in Yakima, Washington; and an apple harvest in northern Washington state for which the pickers were recruited from the skid row sections of Seattle and Spokane, Washington. The documentation includes recordings of a camp council meeting at the Harney Lane Farm Labor Camp chaired by Lynn Beasley and lyrics of songs written by Beasley; includes music recorded off the air from radio station KUTI, Yakima, Washington, which workers listened to in the field; and a video compiled from photos taken during the research. Also included is an audio recording of Lynn Beasley's journal regarding her search for her missing children read by Warren Mintz. Manuscripts include a transcript of an interview with Lynn Beasley (80 p.); Harney Lane Camp Bulletins which include minutes, recipes and news; and other documentation. [catalog record]

Sreevidhya Chandramouli and Friends Concert Collection (AFC 2009/017)
Homegrown 2009 Concert. Performance by Sreevidhya Chandramouli and Friends playing traditional Indian Karaikudi vina music from Oregon. Vina player, trained in the Karaikudi vina tradition, the only school of south Indian vina players that goes back more than 10 generations. Recorded August 20, 2009, Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. [catalog record] [event flyer and webcast]

Taking Care--Documenting the Occupational Culture of Home Care Workers, Archie Green Fellows Project, 2014-2015 (AFC 2014/021)
Collection of audio and video oral history interviews documenting workers who provide home-based care for the elderly and the disabled in the state of Oregon. Interviews were conducted from October 2014 through June 2015 by project director Bob Bussel and his colleagues Helen Marie Moss, Nathan J. Moore, Sonia De La Cruz, and Donald Eugene Stacy in collaboration with the Labor Education and Research Center at the University of Oregon. The interviews document the work life of home care workers, personal support workers and direct support professionals for adults with developmental and mental disabilities and the elderly in Oregon. Many of the interviews describe the home caregivers' membership and work in the Service Employees International Union, Local 503 (Portland office). Documentation in the collection includes interview logs and 1 photo. [catalog record]

Sabine Hilding collection of urban legends (AFC 2016/030)
Collection of of typed and photocopied urban legends (contemporary legends) submitted primarily by high school and college students in Sabine Hilding's English literature courses on Urban Legends, and collected by Hilding, primarily in Houston, Texas, and in the Portland, Oregon area from 1991-1994. [catalog record]


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