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Glenn Simmons poling a glades skiff in the Everglades
Glenn Simmons poling a glades skiff he made in the Everglades, July, 1985. Photo by Bud Lee. Part of the documentation in Florida's Local Legacies projects.


The collections of the American Folklife Center contain large amounts of rich and varied materials from Florida that document the diversity of the state's folk traditions. Among its unique recordings are African American music, religion and folktales collected by Zora Neale Hurston, John A. and Alan Lomax, Alton Morris, and Mary Elizabeth Barnicle in the 1930s; Seminole songs and stories; music and narrative collected by Stetson Kennedy and others during the Works Projects Administration Writers and Music projects; and the folklore of African American longshoremen. From 1986 to 1987, the American Folklife Center, in cooperation with the Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs, conducted the Maritime Heritage Survey Project in Mayport, Apalachicola, and neighboring communities to document the occupational traditions of Florida's fishermen.


National Sampler Project : Selections from Florida Collections: Listen to audio recordings and view photographs. Learn more about the National Sampler Project.

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

Local Legacies: This project provides a "snapshot" of local culture as it was expressed in the year 2000. View Florida'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 Collections: Florida Folklife from the WPA Collections, 1937-1942 and Southern Mosaic: The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip

Lecture Webcast

Stetson Kennedy: Florida-native Stetson Kennedy talks about his life and work in a conversation with Peggy Bulger, Director of the American Folklife Center. Recorded May 24, 2005. [webcast and event flyer]

Additional Resources

Educational Resources: View a list of educational materials related to Florida from A Teacher's Guide to Folklife Resources.

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.

Publication: Documenting Maritime Folklife: An Introductory Guide. [full text] [catalog record]


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