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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture

ARMENIA COLLECTIONS
IN THE ARCHIVE OF FOLK CULTURE

Compiled by: Ann Hoog
Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: February 2011


For additional information about Archive of Folk Culture collections, contact the Folklife Reading Room. To request copies, see our webpages regarding audio materials and photographic materials. Please refer to the AFC and/or AFS numbers when requesting information. All indications of time duration listed in this finding aid are estimates.

AFC 1942/020: Roy Mitchell and Seamus Doyle New York City Recordings
Six 12-inch discs of four Armenian, one Mexican, and three Russian songs recorded in New York City by Seamus Doyle and Roy and Mrs. Roy (Jocelyn Taylor) Mitchell, 1941. The collection includes 1/4 linear inch of correspondence and textual transcriptions. [catalog record]

AFS 6500-6501B: Two discs containing "Anoush Karoun," "Gantchs Groong," and "Tsik tou kashi" sung by Artin L. Shalian. Recorded in New York City, by Seamus Doyle and Roy and Mrs. Roy (Jocelyn Taylor) Mitchell, 1941. (preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 414)

AFS 6501B: One disc containing "The Warriors (Heroes) of Sipan" sung by an unidentified performer. Recorded in New York City, by Seamus Doyle and Roy and Mrs. Roy (Jocelyn Taylor) Mitchell, 1941. (preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 414)

AFC 1950/003: Thelma G. James Recording Project
Thirty 12-inch discs of Armenian tales and songs performed by Mrs. M. Srabian, Mr. and Mrs. Hupsima Hoogasian, Kazar Hoogasian, Mr. and Mrs. H. Kaprelian, Mrs. Zakarian, and Katoon Mouradian. Collected by Thelma G. James in cooperation with the Wayne University Folklore Archive, ca. 1948-50. The collection includes a song list. (preservation tape LWO 5111) (AFS 9659-9688)

AFC 1961/002: Wayland Hand Collection of Songs and Lore
Six 10-inch tapes of songs and stories recorded primarily in the Los Angeles, California, area by Wayland D. Hand, D.K. Wilgus, and various UCLA students, 1956-60. The collection includes 40 pages of correspondence, lyrics, notes, transcripts, and song lists. Includes western folk songs and songs and lore of urban minority groups in California. (LWO 3272)

AFS 11,859B: One tape containing Armenia dance music recorded in California by Ed Cray, ca. 1956-1960.

AFC 1976/011: Pekka Gronow and Richard K. Spottwood / Commercial 78 rpm International Music Collection
Two 7-inch tapes of dance tunes, humor, and songs, mostly immigrant and non-English language material, from 78 rpm commercial recordings of Armenian, Finnish, German, Greek, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Italian, Irish, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Serbian, Sicilian, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Yugoslavian material. (AFS 18,000-18,001) [catalog record]

AFC 1980/012: 1980 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection
Manuscript and print materials, audio recordings, graphic materials, and video recordings that document the 1980 concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. The annual series, which began in 1977, features the presentation of folk traditions from many cultures. The concerts take place on the Neptune Plaza at the front of the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress between May and October. The 1980 series was produced with the assistance of the National Council for the Traditional Arts. [catalog record] [finding aid]

The following describes documentation from the May 8, 1980, concert by Leo Sarkisian and group performing Armenian music.

AFC 1980/012: Folder 2: One folder containing press releases, news clippings, biographical sketches, descriptions of instruments, and a brochure about Sarkisian's artwork.

LWO 16,538: One tape containing the concert. (1 hour)

AFC 1980/012: Envelope 1: One folder containing 2 sheets of black-and-white negatives (63 images) of the concert. Photographed by John T. Gibbs and Carl Fleischhauer.

AFC 1980/012: Folder 3: One folder containing 2 black-and-white contact sheets (63 images) of the concert. Photographed by John T. Gibbs and Carl Fleischhauer.

AFC 1980/012: Envelopes 2-3: Two envelopes containing 2 holders of 26 color slides. Photographed by John T. Gibbs and Carl Fleischhauer.

AFC 1983/009: 1983 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection
manuscript and print materials, audio recordings, and graphic materials that document the 1983 concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. The annual series, which began in 1977, features the presentation of folk traditions from many cultures. The concerts take place on the Neptune Plaza at the front of the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress between April and September. The 1983 series was produced with the assistance of the National Council for the Traditional Arts. [catalog record] [finding aid]

The following describes documentation from the June 16, 1983, concert by Leo Sarkisian and group performing Armenian music.

AFC 1983/009: Folder 11: One folder containing the identification of band members by instrument (including dancer).

RWA 5875-5876: Two tapes containing the concert. (1 hour)

AFC 1983/009: Envelope 9: One envelope containing one sheet of black-and-white negatives (36 images) of the concert. Photographed by John T. Gibbs.

AFC 1983/009: Folder 12: One folder containing one black-and-white contact sheet (36 images) and one 8x10 black-and-white photoprint of the concert. Photographed by John T. Gibbs.

AFC 1983/009: Envelope 10-11: Two envelopes containing 2 trays of 28 color slides of the concert. Photographed by John T. Gibbs.

AFC 1986/037: 1986 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection
Manuscript and print materials, audio recordings, and graphic materials that document the 1986 concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. The annual series, which began in 1977, features the presentation of folk traditions from many cultures. The concerts take place on the Neptune Plaza at the front of the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress between April and September. The 1986 series was produced with the assistance of the National Council for the Traditional Arts. [catalog record] [finding aid]

The following describes documentation from the May 22, 1986, concert by Leo Sarkisian and group performing Armenian music. Performance was part of the American Folklife Center's tenth anniversary celebration and symposium.

AFC 1986/037: Folder 6: One folder containing press releases, fliers, pamphlets, news clippings, and a schedule of events for the American Folklife Center's tenth anniversary celebration and symposium.

AFS 24,295-24,298: Two tapes containing the concert. (RWB 3329-32)

AFC 1986/037: Envelope 8: One envelope containing 2 sheets of black-and-white negatives (72 images) of the concert. Photographer unknown.

AFC 1986/037: Folder 7: One folder containing 2 black-and-white contact sheets (72 images) and 2 black-and-white 8x10 photoprints. Photographed by Lance LeRoy of the Lancer Agency.

AFC 1986/037: Envelopes 9-15: Seven envelopes containing 7 holders of 110 color slides of the concert. Photographed by John T. Gibbs.

AFC 1989/007: "'To Keep My Culture': New Immigrant Musicians in Los Angeles"
One-hour radio documentary on the music of recent immigrant groups in Los Angeles, California. Includes interviews with and performances of Cambodian, Mexican, Chinese, Iranian, Guatemalan, Armenian, Korean, and Belizeian musicians at various private and public events. Produced by Helene Rosenbluth and Sara Jacobus; project coordinated by Susan Auerbach.

AFC 1993/001: Ethnic Heritage and Language Schools in America Project Collection
Twenty-four 5-inch tapes, 60 7-inch tapes, and 288 audiocassettes from the Ethnic Heritage and Language Schools in America Project, a survey of 23 ethnic schools from 22 ethnic groups. Recorded in various locations throughout the United States by Elena Bradunas and 23 fieldworkers, April-July 1982, sponsored by the American Folklife Center. The collection includes 14 linear feet of slides, photographs, and reports. Includes documentation of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) Armenian Elementary School school in Watertown, Massachusetts. [catalog record] [finding aid]

 

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