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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture


Compiled by: Frank J. Korom
Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: November 2012

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.

AFS 11,339-11,468: Sidney Robertson Cowell Duplication Project
Eleven 10-inch tapes of interviews and music recorded in California; Iran; Ireland; Massachusetts; New York (State); North Carolina; Nova Scotia, Canada; Bangladesh; Wisconsin; and Wyoming by Sidney Robertson Cowell, 1952-56. The collection includes two and one-half linear inches of correspondence, journals, logs, notes, postcards, and transcriptions, and an article.

AFS 11,339B: One 7-inch reel containing Bengali folksongs sung unaccompanied by Jasim ud-Din, a native of Dacca, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). The selections include birth songs, nursery rhymes and dances, rain incantations, work chants, war cries, and mourning songs. Recorded in Bangladesh, by Sidney Robertson Cowell, 1957.

AFC 1962/012: State Department / Folk Music and Poetry from Pakistan
One 7-inch reel of tape from the U.S. State Department of broadcasts from radio Pakistan in Dacca, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) and Karachi. Accessioned June 1962. (AFS 11,933)

Selections include 32 minutes of Urdu poetry and recitation from the repertoires of Jasim ud-Din and Iqbal; live marsiya ("threnody," eulogistic elegies for martyrs) recitation; Pashto folk poetry from the Northwest Frontier Province recited by Samandar Khan; two songs by Hafez Jullundari; and a variety of Bengali folksongs, including marriage, devotional, boatman and cartman songs. (LWO 3140.)

AFC 1989/009: 1989 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection
The collection consists of manuscript materials, sound recordings, and photographs documenting the performance of French-Canadian music and dance, Polish-style polka, old-time bluegrass music, Bengali music, bluegrass music, vallenato-style Colombian music, and gospel music recorded live outdoors on Neptune Plaza in front of the Library of Congress. Includes documentation from the July 20, 1989, performance of Bengali music performed by Ganga, from Washington, D.C. [catalog record] [finding aid]

AFC 2003/040: Ganga Concert Collection
Sound and video recordings of the concert of Bengali music performed by Ganga. Recorded at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., November 20, 2003. The collection includes black-and-white photographs of the concert, publicity materials, program flyers, and a color portrait of the group. Ganga sings in Bengali, with Bachoo providing translations and commentaries in English. Ensemble members play instruments commonly found both in Bengal's villages and other regions in the subcontinent, including the harmonium or small keyboard; dotara, a four-stringed lute; tablas, or hand drums; and the ghungar, or brass cymbals. Includes printed information about the music and songs, some of which are political protest songs, provided by the performers. [catalog record]



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