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Mamie Bryan of North Carolina, standing in front of one of her quilts, September, 1978
Mamie Bryan of North Carolina, standing in front of one of her quilts, September, 1978. Photo by Geraldine Johnson. Part of the Quilts and Quiltmaking in America: 1978-1996 online presentation.

North Carolina

The collections of the American Folklife Center contain rich material from North Carolina that documents the state's diverse folk traditions. Among its unique recordings are African American religious services; many hours of fiddle, banjo, dulcimer, and guitar music; recordings of folklore dating from the 1940s; and the Joseph S. Hall Great Smoky Mountains Project, which includes recordings of folksongs, narrative, instrumental music, and speech, from the 1940s through the 1960s. In 1978, the Center conducted the Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project, which documented the folk traditions of the region that surrounds the parkway. The material created during this project, including thousands of photographs, many hours of interviews, and video documentation, has been incorporated into the collections of the Folklife Center.


Finding Aid: View a complete list of our North Carolina collections.

Local Legacies: This project provides a "snapshot" of local culture as it was expressed in the year 2000. View North Carolina'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 Presentations: Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996: 410 photographs and 181 sound recordings provide a glimpse into America's diverse quilting traditions. Selected from the Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project and the "All American Quilt Contest" sponsored by Lands' End and Good Housekeeping.

Southern Mosaic: The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip: Nearly 700 sound recordings, as well as fieldnotes, dust jackets, and other material that documents a three-month, 6,502-mile trip through the southern United States. John and Ruby Lomax traveled from Port Aransas, Texas to Washington, DC documenting folk singers and folksongs across a broad spectrum of traditional musical styles.

Concert Webcast

Benton Flippen and the Smokey Valley Boys: Recorded August 17, 2005. [catalog record] [webcast and event flyer]

Field Research Project

Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project, 1978. [catalog record] [finding aid]

Additional Resources

Educational Resources: View a list of educational materials related to North Carolina 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.

Publications: Blue Ridge Harvest: A Region's Folklife in Photographs. [catalog record]

"New Pots for Old: Burlon Craig's Strategy for Success," Folklife Annual 88-89. [catalog record]

Published Recordings: Children of the Heavenly King, Library of Congress AFS L69/70. [audiocassette]

Jack Tales, Library of Congress AFS L47/48. [audiocassette]


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