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Bucking Bronco at Colorado State Fair
Colorado State Fair image.
Part of the documentation in Colorado's Local Legacies projects.


The collections of the American Folklife Center contain rich and varied materials from Colorado that document the diversity of the state's folk traditions. Among its unique recordings are Mexican songs from the 1940s; Native American music; and cowboy poetry. In 1989-91, the Center conducted a field research project documenting the culture and traditions of Italian Americans in the West, including the Italian American community of Pueblo, Colorado. In 1994 and 1995, the Center conducted a field school based in Colorado Springs and southern Colorado that resulted in a modest collection of photographs, recordings, and other documents.


Finding Aid: View a complete list of our Colorado collections.

Local Legacies Collection: This project provides a "snapshot" of local culture as it was expressed in the year 2000. View a list of Colorado'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.

Online Collection: Hispano Music and Culture of the Northern Rio Grande: the Juan Rael Collection, an ethnographic field collection documenting religious and secular music of Spanish-speaking residents of rural Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado compiled by Juan Batista Rael in 1940.

Concert Webcast

Opalanga Pugh Concert: African American storytelling and music from Colorado. Recorded at the Library of Congress, May 28, 2008. [webcast and flyer] [catalog record]

Additional Resources

Educational Resources: View a list of educational materials related to Colorado from Folklife Resources for Educators.

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.

Field School: An ethnographic field school was conducted in the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado in 1994, documenting aagricultural traditions related to sustainable agriculture. The field school was co-sponsored by the Center and Colorado College. To read an article about the field school by James Hardin, see "Documenting Traditional Culture: A Colorado Field School," in Folklife Center News, Fall 1994.

Print Publications: Old Ties, New Attachments: Italian American Folklife in the West. [catalog record]

A Brief List of Materials Related to Colorado Folk Music (bibliography from 1970).


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