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Dancer performs at the 1999 Fiesta San Antonio
Dancer performs at the 1999 Fiesta San Antonio. Part of the documentation in Texas's Local Legacies projects.


The collections of the American Folklife Center contain rich material documenting the folk traditions of Texas. Among its recordings are cowboy music dating from the early 1900s through the 1940s; the Texas Baptist Collection, documenting Baptist services and music in Austin, Bartlett, Cedar Creek, Dale, Devillia, Granger, Killeen, King's Village, and Temple; and Mexican American folk music. In 1982, the Center's Ethnic Heritage and Language Schools Project documented a Cambodian school in Houston. The material created during this project has been incorporated into the collections of the Folklife Center.


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

Local Legacies: This project provides a "snapshot" of local culture as it was expressed in the year 2000. View Texas' 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 presentation: 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 document a three-month, 6502-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.

Lecture Webcast

"La Quinceañera: A Coming of Age Ritual in Latino Communities:" Presented by Norma E. Cantú, Professor of English, University of Texas at San Antonio. Recorded November 8, 2006. [catalog record] [event flyer and webcast]

Field Research Projects

Ethnic Heritage and Language Schools: Includes documentation of a Cambodian school in Houston, Texas (founded in 1980) and a Chinese school in San Antonio, Texas (founded in 1927). [catalog record] [finding aid]

Additional Resources

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

Public Programs: "Folk Culture in Texas" (conference), San Antonio, cosponsored with the Institute of Texan Cultures, the Texas Folklore Society, and the University of Texas, 1977

"The American Cowboy" (exhibit), Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio, 1983-84

"Generation to Generation: Sharing the Intangible" (exhibit), Hogg Foundation of Mental Health, Austin; John E. Connor Museum, Texas A&I University, Kingsville, 1984-85

Publications: Cowboy Songs: A Select Bibliography of Books (bibliography from 1980) [full text]

"The Photographs of Benny Joseph: African American Life and Community in Houston," Folklife Annual 90. [catalog record]

"Tom and I Were Cowboys: A Memoir of Texas Panhandle Cowboys," Folklife Annual 1985. [catalog record]

"The Cambodian School," Ethnic Heritage and Language Schools in America. [catalog record]

Published Recordings: Afro-American Blues and Game Songs, Library of Congress AFS L4. [audiocassette]

Bahaman Songs, French Ballads and Dance Tunes, Spanish Religious Songs and Game Songs, Library of Congress AFS L5. [audiocassette]

Negro Work Songs and Calls, Library of Congress AFS L8. [audiocassette]

Cowboy Songs, Ballads, and Cattle Calls from Texas, Library of Congress AFS L28. [audiocassette]

Jordan and Jubilee: Songs from Livingston, Alabama and Sugar Land, Texas: Convict Songs from a Texas Prison The Ballad Hunter, parts IX and X), Library of Congress AFS L53. [audiocassette]

Versions and Variants of Barbara Allen, Library of Congress AFS L54. [audiocassette]


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