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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture


Compiled by: Jennifer Rita Collins Joyce, Madeline Esposito, and Daria Mamaluk
Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: January 2011

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.

AFC 1938/005: Kay Dealy and Alan Lomax Recordings of Jennie Devlin
Ten 12-inch discs of 3 poems and 35 songs, with conversations, sung and spoken by Jennie Devlin. Recorded in Gloucester, New Jersey, by Alan Lomax and Kay (Katharine) Dealey (Newman), June 20, 1938. The collection includes 8 pages of content lists. (1 hour and 30 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reels 123, 130B-131A) (includes AFS 1772-1777; 1842-1845) [catalog record]

Collection note: See also Katharine D. Newman's Never Without a Song: The Years and Songs of Jennie Devlin, 1865-1952. University of Illinois Press: Urbana and Chicago, 1995. [catalog record]

AFC 1941/033: Sidney Robertson Cowell Recordings of Carrie Grover
Nine 12-inch discs of 35 songs and fiddle tunes performed by Mrs. Carrie Grover of Gorham, Maine. Recorded in Teaneck, New Jersey, by Sidney Robertson (Cowell), April 1941. The collection includes 6 pages of content lists. (1 hour and 35 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reels 323-324A) (includes AFS 4690-4698) [catalog record]

AFC 1941/013: Charles Todd and Robert Sonkin New York State Recordings
Seven 12-inch discs of 38 fiddle tunes and songs recorded at various locations in New York and in Shiloh, New Jersey, by Robert Sonkin and Charles Todd, June 13-26, 1941. The collection includes 8 pages of content lists and fieldnotes. (includes AFS 5028-5034) [catalog record]

AFS 5034B1-3: One disc containing 2 songs sung by Mrs. D.J. Lewis and 1 song sung by Mr. and Mrs. R.I. Lewis. Recorded in Shiloh, New Jersey, June 26, 1941. (5 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reel 359A)

AFC 1941/018: Robert Sonkin Alabama and New Jersey Collection
Sixty-four 12-inch discs of conversations, interviews, prayer meetings, rhymes, and songs. Recorded at various locations in Bessemer, Camden, Gee's Bend, Greensboro, Palmerdale, Rehoboth, and Selma, Alabama and in Port Norris and Shell Pile, New Jersey, by Robert Sonkin, June 25-July 25, 1941. The collection includes one inch of content lists and textual transcriptions, including Farm Security Administration (FSA) reports about Gee's Bend, 1937-1939, and undated. Only one disc (with 3 songs) from New Jersey. (includes AFS 5035-5098) [catalog record] [finding aid]

AFS 5040-5041: Two discs containing 7 songs sung by the William Milbourne Family Quartet, Earl Richardson, and Earl Richardson's Quartet. Recorded in Port Norris, New Jersey, June 25, 1941. (20 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reel 359A)

AFS 10,085: Aaron Greenberg / Hebrew Chants and Prayers
One 10-inch tape of Hebrew chants and prayers performed by Cantor Aaron M. Greenberg of Jersey City, New Jersey. Recorded at the Library of Congress by Hermond Norwood, December 28, 1950. The collection includes two pages of content lists. (1 hour and 4 minutes; LWO 1748)

AFS 14,270-14,271: Alan Jabbour / Ed McDermott Recordings
Two 7-inch tapes of an interview and 20 Irish fiddle tunes spoken and performed by Edmund McDermott of Keyport, New Jersey. Recorded in Washington, D.C., by Alan Jabbour, October 4, 1970. The collection includes a 1-page content list. (1 hour; LWO 6125)

AFS 14,272: Alan Jabbour / Ed McDermott Recordings
One 10-inch tape of an interview and 23 Irish fiddle tunes performed by Edmund McDermott of Keyport, New Jersey. Recorded in Washington, D.C., at the Library of Congress by Gary A. Henderson, John E. Howell, and Alan Jabbour, October 5, 1970. The collection includes a 1-page content list. (2 hours; LWO 6126)

AFC 1971/016: Lani Herrmann Collection of Edmund McDermott Irish Fiddle Tunes
Two 7-inch tapes of conversation and 153 Irish fiddle tunes performed by Edmund McDermott of Keyport, New Jersey. Recorded in Middletown, New Jersey, March 23, 1968-August 20, 1970, by Lani Herrmann. The collection includes 7 pages of content lists. (5 hours; LWO 6470) (includes AFS 14,479-14,480) [catalog record]

AFC 1972/004: Margaret MacArthur Duplication Project
Five 10-inch tapes of games, poems, rhymes, songs, and stories recorded primarily in Vermont by Margaret MacArthur, 1961-68. The collection includes 1/2 linear inch of content lists and 9 pages of textual transcriptions. [catalog record]

AFS 14,633A11-23: One tape containing one song sung by Olive Derry of Wayne, New Jersey; 10 songs and one story sung and spoken by Barbara Linden of Paramus, New Jersey; and one song sung by Jane Reed of Paramus, New Jersey. Recorded in Paramus, New Jersey, February 2, 1964. (20 minutes; LWO 6595 reel 3A)

AFC 1975/050: Jewish Community Center at Teaneck, New Jersey
One 10-inch tape of "Sabbath Music of the Home and Synagogue" narrated and sung by Rabbi Judah Washer and Cantor David Osen. Recorded at the Jewish Community Center, Teaneck, New Jersey. Accessioned August 1975. (1 hour; LWO 8529) (includes AFS 17,969)

AFC 1976/014: Jack Manischewitz Duplication Project
Six 10-inch tapes of Yiddish, international, and urban children's folksongs recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio; Denver, Colorado; New York City; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; West Orange, New Jersey; and elsewhere by Jack Manischewitz, 1957-61. The collection includes 32 pages of notes.

AFS 18,056-18,058: Three tapes containing Jewish and other songs performed by various artists. Recorded in West Orange, New Jersey, 1960-61. (6 hours; LWO 8692 reels 4-6)

AFS 19,161-19,178: Jonas Balys / Lithuanian American Recordings
Eighteen 10-inch tapes of Lithuanian folk songs recorded in Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin by Jonas Balys, 1949-50. (Portions of this collection are also contained on AFS 10,751, 10, 805, and 10,873-10,874). The collection includes five linear inches of manuscripts containing an alphabetic index of songs, copies of six diaries of field expeditions, and photocopies of original tape boxes having supplementary information.

AFS 19,173-19,174: Two tapes containing 26 ballads, father's songs, rye-harvest songs, wedding songs, and other folksongs sung by Marcel Mackevi ien and Izabel Lukšien. Recorded in Elizabeth, New Jersey, July 2, 1950. (1 hour)

AFC 1981/018: Ethnic Broadcasting in America Collection
Eighteen 7-inch tapes, 2 5-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), .75 linear inch of correspondence, 5.25 linear inches of manuscript materials, and 3.5 linear inches of tape logs.

AFS 23,054: One cassette containing the program "Music with an Accent: Music from the Magic of Greece" on WCAM, Camden, New Jersey, March 5, 1978. (1 hour; RYA 2919)

AFC 1984/025: Guszti Janossy / Janossy Family Scrapbook
Two scrapbooks of genealogical materials concerning the Janossy family, a Hungarian immigrant family with considerable talent in music

AFC 1990/012: 1990 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection
Sixteen 10-inch, three 7-inch tapes, 3 linear inches of print materials, 17 black-and-white contact sheets, 30 black-and-white photographs, and 2 1/2-inch VHS color videocassettes documenting dance, instrumental, and songs performed as part of the 1990 Neptune Plaza Concert Series, sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Recorded at the Library of Congress, April-September 1990. The following lists materials from the June 21, 1990, concert by Életfa, a Hungarian-American group of dancers, musicians, and singers based in Teaneck, New Jersey. [catalog record] [finding aid]

AFC 1990/012: SR10-11: Two 10-inch tapes containing traditional music from the concert. (1 hour)

AFC 1990/012: V2: One 1/2-inch VHS color videocassette of excerpts of the concert filmed by Terrence Lisbeth (1 hour)

AFC 1990/012: Folder 10: One folder containing a concert flier autographed by the performers, unsigned fliers, concert log, press releases, news clippings, and promotional materials.

AFC 1990/012: Folders 11-14: Four folders containing 4 black-and-white contact sheets (108 images) and 7 8 x10 black-and-white photoprints. Photographer unknown.

AFC 1991/023: Pinelands Folklife Project Collection
Two hundred forty-one 7-inch tapes, six 5-inch tapes, one hundred nineteen cassettes, twelve linear feet of ephemera, field notes, photograph contact sheets, and photograph and sound recording documentation from the Pinelands Folklife Project, a field project documenting traditional culture within and around the Pinelands Folklife Reserve, to facilitate land-use planning in the Pinelands and along the coast, and to develop products to assist in public education about the relationship between the region and its cultural resources. Documented at various locations in New Jersey by Bonnie Blair, Tom Carroll, Christine Cartwright, Carl Fleischhauer, Mary Hufford, Eugene Hunn, Jens Lund, Rita Moonsammy, Malachi O'Connor, Gerald E. Parsons, Nora Rubenstein, Sue Samuelson, and Elaine Thatcher, August 15, 1983-March 31, 1984. Cosponsored by the American Folklife Center, National Park Service, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey Department of Human Resources, New Jersey Historical Commission, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and Pinelands Commission. The project's findings are published in Mary Huffords's one hundred forty-four-page report, One Space, Many Places: Folklife and Land Use in New Jersey's Pinelands National Reserve (Washington, D.C.: American Folklife Center, 1986). (Includes: AFS 23,725-24,090. 241 hours; RXA 5861-6107, RYA 4801-4919) [catalog record]

AFC 1993/001: Ethnic Heritage and Language Schools in America Project Collection Twenty-four 5-inch tapes, 60 7-inch tapes, and 288 cassettes, and 14 and 2/3 linear feet of correspondence, fieldnotes, final reports, key contributor forms, news clippings, publications, references to curriculum materials, references to donated photographs, photo and slide logs, sound recording logs, and transcripts of audio recordings from the Ethnic Heritage and Language Schools in America Project, a survey of 23 ethnic schools from 22 ethnic groups. Recorded at various locations throughout the United States by Elena Bradunas and 23 fieldworkers, April-July 1982, sponsored by the American Folklife Center. The New Jersey portion of this collection was compiled and recorded by Susan Nagy with key contributors Peter Basa, Susan Csergó, Frank Deák, Jr., Magdolna Eszlári, Stephen Jurcsek, Attila András Kocsis, Bernadette Muszka, Mariana Muszka, Károly Nagy, Deneice M. Oroszváry, and Marie G. Tamás. [catalog record] [finding aid]

The following includes documentation from the Hungarian Alumni Association's Saturday classes and kindergarten, recorded in New Brunswick, New Jersey, April 24-June 8, 1982.

AFS 23,494-23,508: Fifteen cassettes containing recordings of the classes. (15 hours; RYA 4499-4513)

AFC 1993/001: Boxes 8-9: Two boxes containing 17 pages of correspondence, 197 pages of curriculum reading materials and a box of alphabet cards, 345 pages of educational curriculum kits, 34 pages of fieldnotes, 78 pages of final reports, 15 pages of graduation program pamphlets, 62 pages of handouts, 55 pages of Hungarian schools/network materials, 12 pages of supplementary materials, 10 textbooks, and 11 yearbooks.

AFC 1993/001: Box 26: One box containing 5 envelopes (61 images) of color slides photographed by Peter Basa and Frank Deák, Jr.

AFC 1993/001: Box 30: One hundred eight pages of published materials (newspaper clippings, pamphlets, etc.

AFC 1993/001: Box 33: One box containing a 3-ring notebook of 25 black-and-white and 71 color photographs from the 1970s.

AFC 1995/028: Working in Paterson Project Collection
Eighty-seven cassette and digital audio tapes, 6192 still photographs (color and black-and-white), 690 audiotape and photograph catalogs, and 314 pages of fieldnotes, in addition to administrative correspondence, maps, publications, and ephemera from the Working in Paterson Folklife Project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The 4-month study of occupational culture in Paterson, New Jersey, was conducted in 1994. Paterson became the largest silk manufacturing center in the United States as well as a manufacturer of many other products, from railroad locomotives to firearms. This collection also includes materials about the African American community, a distinctive food tradition (the Hot Texas Wiener), the ethnography of Watson Machine International, business life along 21st Avenue in Paterson, and narratives told by retired workers. Collected by Tom Carroll, Martha Cooper, Susan Levitas, Timothy Lloyd, Robert McCarl, and David Taylor. [catalog record] [finding aid] [online presentation]

AFC 1996/059: Lucille Reilly / Hammered Dulcimer Demo Collection
One cassette of autoharp and hammered dulcimer music performed by Lucille Reilly of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, with piano accompaniment by Roberta Bedor. Recorded at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey, July 28, 1993. The collection includes 1 page of correspondence, 3 fliers, and 1 black-and-white promotional photograph. (10 minutes)

AFC 1996/085: Working in Paterson: Documenting Heritage in Paterson, New Jersey
Lecture by David A. Taylor Lecture sponsored by the American Folklife Center in the series Notes from the Field titled "Working in Paterson: Documenting Occupational Heritage in Paterson, New Jersey" by David A. Taylor (American Folklife Center staff). August 28, 1996.

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] [New Jersey Local Legacies]

AFC 2001/015: September 11, 2001, Documentary Project Collection
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: SR069: One compact disc of interviews with high school students from the Hoboken Charter School, Hoboken, New Jersey. Stories were shared with their "sister school," the September School located in Boulder, Colorado. Recorded November 26, 2001, and February 14, 2002.

AFC 2004/008: Herbert Halpert Collection
Sound recordings, correspondence, indexes, manuscripts, research notes, photographs and photographic negatives, newspaper clippings, student papers, ephemera and other materials primarily representing the documentation and analysis of the folklore of regions of New York, New Jersey, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Alaska by folklorist Herbert Halpert. The collection occupies approx. 50 linear feet.

AFC 2007/032: The Live Wire, Woody Guthrie in Performance 1949
One CD of a Woody Guthrie concert. Originally recorded on two wires by Paul Braverman in December 1949 at the YM-YWHA Fuld Hall, Newark, New Jersey. Issued by Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. (WGP) under license from the Woody Guthrie Foundation in 2007. Includes questions posed by Guthrie's wife, Marjorie Mazia Guthrie. Complete transcript and song lyrics for 18 tracks, plus press release for the concert. (1 hour and 15 minutes) [catalog record]

Microfilm Collection

Folktales and Legends from the New Jersey Pines: A Collection and a Study. Herbert Norman Halpert's 1947 Ph.D. dissertation for the English Dept. for Indiana University. 673 pages on one microfilm reel. [catalog record]



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