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Fishermen wading in the Maumee river, April, 1999
Fishermen wading in the Maumee river, April, 1999. Photo by Tim Daniel. Part of the documentation from the "Maumee River Walleye Run," one of Ohio's Local Legacies projects.


The collections of the American Folklife Center contain materials from Ohio that document the diversity of the state's folk traditions. Among its recordings are numerous hours of maritime songs and stories; Lithuanian immigrant songs; folk music collected by Alan Lomax in the 1930s; folksongs and piano and fiddle tunes from the 1950s; and religious music.


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

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

Field School

In 1999 an ethnographic field school was conducted in Knox County, Ohio, in cooperation with Kenyon College. The student researchers looked at the intersection of nature and culture along the Kokosing river. To read an article about the field school by David Taylor, read "Folklife Center Field School Explores Life Along the Kokosing," in Folklife Center News, Winter 2000.

Additional 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: A Brief List of Materials Relating to Ohio Folksong (bibliography from 1970). [full text]

Published Recordings: Songs from or about Ohio are found on the following recordings.

Anglo-American Ballads, Library of Congress AFS L1. [audiocassette]

Anglo-American Shanties, Lyric Songs, Dance Tunes, and Spirituals, Library of Congress AFS L2. [audiocassette]

Anglo-American Songs and Ballads, Library of Congress AFS L21. [audiocassette]

Songs and Ballads of American History and of the Assassination of Presidents, Library of Congress AFS L29. [audiocassette]


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