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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture


Compiled by: Amanda J. Higgins
Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: May 2012

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.

AFS 11,334-11,344: Sidney Robertson Cowell Duplication Project
Eleven 10-inch tapes of interviews and music recorded in Bangladesh; California; Iran; Ireland; Massachusetts; New York (State); North Carolina; Nova Scotia, Canada; Pakistan; Wisconsin; and Wyoming by Sidney Robertson Cowell, 1952-56. The collection includes 2 1/2 linear inches of correspondence, journals, logs, notes, postcards, and transcriptions, and an article. (LWO 2496 reels 4-14)

AFC 1951/001: Willard Rhodes 1951 Field Recordings Collection
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, Utah, and Wyoming by Willard Rhodes for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, June 1951. The collection includes 49 pages of notes.

AFS 14,618A14-21, B3 14,619A2, 10-24: Two tapes containing 54 Shoshone songs recorded in Fort Washakie, Wyoming, by Willard Rhodes, July 1951. (1 hour and 45 minutes; LWO 6692 reels 1-2)

AFS 14,618A22-B2; 14,619A25-B12: Two tapes containing 31 Arapaho songs recorded in Ethete, Wyoming, by Willard Rhodes, July 1951. (1 hour and 14 minutes; LWO 6692 reels 1-2)

AFC 1969/018: National Federation of Music Clubs Archivists / Folk Music Materials
Nine 3-inch tapes, 3 5-inch tapes, 17 7-inch tapes, and 1 10-inch disc of instrumentals, songs, and stories, including examples from African American, Mexican American, Native American, and Norwegian American traditions. Recorded at various locations in the United States by regional archivists and contributors of the National Federation of Music Clubs, 1961-63. Donated by Annabel Morris Buchanan, Folk Music Archivist of the National Federation of Music Clubs. Included in the collection's six linear inches of manuscripts are two notebooks containing musical and textual transcriptions of 23 songs from Wyoming and a copy of the July 20, 1960, edition of the Sheridan Press received from Alice Whitmire of Story, Wyoming.

AFS 14,005: One 7-inch tape containing 11 songs, including 8 cowboy songs, performed, with commentary, by Brad Spear and Torrey Johnson. Recorded in 1958 and 1960 by Steve Woodward in Kirby, Montana; Story, Wyoming; and Sheridan, Wyoming. Coordinated by Alice and Ross Whitmire for the Wyoming Federation of Music Clubs. (40 minutes; LWO 5712 reel 14)

AFC 1975/056: "Oh Where is the Girl That Will Go Out West With Me" Sung by Clara E. Heywood
One cassette of "Oh Where Is the Girl That Will Go Out West with Me" sung by Clara E. Heywood as she learned it as a child in Wyoming, recorded in Honolulu, Hawaii, by Clara E. Heywood, May 20, 1975. The collection's 10 pages of notes include a textual transcription of the song and a letter from Heywood providing information about the song and her childhood in Buffalo, Wyoming. (includes AFS 17,985) (3 minutes; LWO 8788) [catalog record]

AFC 1984/009: Wyoming Council on the Arts Radio Project Collection
Twenty-seven 7-inch tapes of instrumentals, interviews, and songs recorded at various locations in Wyoming by Deborah Jane Lamberton, May-June 1984, for the Wyoming Council on the Arts Radio Project. The collection includes one-half linear inch of correspondence and documentaion, and a set of four cassettes and a brochure comprising the second edition of the edited program entitled "...You Know That Wyoming Will Be Your New Home."

AFC 1984/009:SR1-12: Twelve tapes containing music and interviews recorded at the Wyoming Old-Time Fiddle Contest, Shoshoni, May 26-27, 1984. (5 hours and 23 minutes)

AFC 1984/009:SR13-14: Two tapes containing an interview with Bob Matthews, a 1984 Old-Time Fiddle Contest judge and former state fiddle champion, recorded in Cheyenne, June 16, 1984. (44 minutes)

AFC 1984/009:SR15-16: Two tapes containing songs and interviews with Mike and Lyle Vinich of Serbian descent, recorded in Hudson, June 1, 1984. (1 hour)

AFC 1984/009:SR17-19: Three tapes containing an interview with Pauline and Mike Davich of Serbian descent, recorded in Hudson, June 3, 1984. (1 hour)

AFC 1984/009:SR19-21: Three tapes containing accordion music performed by and interviews with Richard and Karl Kaumo of the Polka Knights, recorded in Rock Springs, June 8, 1984. (1 hour and 30 minutes)

AFC 1984/009:SR22-27: Six tapes containing music and interviews with Sheila and Manuel Lucero and their family band, Los Luceros, recorded in Green River, June 10-11, 1984. (3 hours and 14 minutes)

AFC 1986/016: Howard S. Watt Collection of "Songs from My Past"
Two audiocassettes of songs sung with guitar by Howard Watt, a native of Johnson County, Wyoming. Recorded in Buffalo, Wyoming, during or before 1974, and donated to the Archive by the Johnson County Library in 1986. The collection includes 13 pages of correspondence, notes, and a song list. Watt sings "old songs" (many of them cowboy songs) with guitar accompaniment; cassettes are dated March 15, 1983, which may be the date of donation to the Johnson County Library, Buffalo, Wyoming. (includes AFS 24,364-24,365) (1 hour and 36 minutes; RYA 6658-6659) [catalog record]

AFC 1995/016: Judith Vander / Songprints Collection
Two 10-inch tapes of eighty-one songs, seventy-nine of which are sung by five Shoshone Indian women of the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Of these, seventy-four were recorded in Cody and Fort Washakie, Wyoming, by Judith Vander, 1977-83, as part of fieldwork for her book and cassette publication, Songprints: The Musical Experience of Five Shoshone Women (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1988; ML3557.V36 1988). Also included are two Shoshone songs previously recorded by Edward Curtis and Willard Rhodes. The collection includes the cassette that accompanies the book, and one linear inch of correspondence and documentation. (2 hours and 55 minutes)

AFC 1997/011: Lands' End All-American Quilt Collection
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]

AFC 1998/002: Judith Vander / Shoshone Ghost Dance Collection
Five audiocassettes of Ghost Dance songs, as sung by Emily Hill and Dorothy Tappay, Shoshone Indians of the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. The songs on these cassettes are specifically those included in her book Shoshone Ghost Dance Religion: Poetry Songs and Great Basin Context (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1997). The songs were initially recorded by the informants themselves, mostly during the 1970's, and then re-recorded by Vander during her fieldwork.

AFC 2000/001: Local Legacies Collection
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] [Wyoming Local Legacies]

AFC 2003/047: Roberto and Lorenzo Martinez interview Collection
Collection consists of biographical and publicity materials for an American Folklife Center sponsored concert, "Roberto & Lorenzo Martinez and the Spanish colonial music and dance of New Mexico," scheduled for September 18, 2003, and canceled due to Hurricane Isabel. A sound recording of an interview with Roberto and Lorenzo Martinez, conducted by New Mexico folk arts coordinator, Claude Stephenson, was recorded on August 27, 2003, and is part of the collection. Roberto Martinez discusses performing in Colorado and Wyoming before moving to New Mexico, discusses corridos he has composed, and discusses performing on radio. His son Lorenzo, a violin player, talks about learning and performing traditional music of New Mexico, some of which was learned from his mother and grandmother. Also included are 4 photographic prints of the performers. [catalog record]

AFC 2008/014: Bar J Wranglers Concert Collection
Collection of digital video, sound recordings, and photographs documenting a concert by the Bar J Wranglers on October 2, 2008 in the Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., as part of the Homegrown concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. The group performs at the Bar J Ranch near Wyoming's Teton Range, just beyond the town of Wilson, Wyoming. Songs include many from the classic cowboy repertoire and others, including patriotic songs in tribute to fallen military heroes. [catalog record] [event flyer and webcast]



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