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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture


Compiled by: Elizabeth D. Eisenhood, Joseph C. Hickerson, and Therese Langer
Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: September 2018

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.

Seamus Doyle South American recordings (AFC 1942/007)
Fifty-three 12-inch discs of music recorded in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay, by Seamus Doyle, July-September 1941, while Doyle was on tour with the Kirstein American Ballet Group. The collection includes Doyle's 6-page journal entitled "Report on the Collection of Folk Music in South America" and a detailed song list with performers, titles, genres, recording dates, and locations. [catalog record]

AFC 1942/007: AFS 5691-5703: Thirteen discs containing songs recorded in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (LWO 4872 reel 383)

Discoteca Pública Municipal de São Paulo Collection (AFC 1943/001)
Two hundred fifteen 10-, 12-, and 16-inch sound discs, 359 black-and-white photoprints, and one film reel documenting songs, instruments, and dances recorded in the states of Maranhão, Para, Paraiba, Pernambuco, and São Paulo, 1937-38. Acquired from the Discoteca Pública Municipal of São Paulo in an exchange project initiated by the U.S. Department of State. The recordings are accompanied by extensive notes in Portuguese. (AFS 7399-7597; 9813-9828) (LWO 5111 reels 35A-52A; 261B-262B) [catalog record] [finding aid]

Melville Herskovits Recordings from Bahia, Brazil (AFC 1943/010)
One hundred sixteen 12-inch discs of Afro-Bahian songs recorded by Melville and Frances Herskovits in Bahia, 1941-42, for the Library of Congress. Selections from this collection have been published by the Library of Congress on cassette number AFS L13, Afro-Bahian Religious Songs from Brazil. (AFS 6777-6892) (LWO 4872 reels 427B-436B) [catalog record]

Luiz Heitor Corrêa de Azevedo and E. Nogueira França recordings from Goiânia, Brazil (AFC 1943/015)
Eighteen 12-inch discs of Brazilian folks songs and folk dances, a folk play, and interviews recorded in Goyania, Goyaz, Brazil, by Luiz Heitor Correa de Azevedo and E. Nogueira Franca June 24-27, 1942. The collection includes one box of logs and correspondence, 1941-1953. Also included is Azevedo's detailed course outline, "Classe de Folclore Nacional, Escola Nacional de Música," on Brazilian folk music and folklore, including indigenous music, Afro-Brazilian music and dance; and popular music, in Portuguese (69 p., photocopy). (AFS 7019-7036) (LWO 5111 reels 1A-2B) [catalog record]

Luiz Heitor Corrêa de Azevedo and E. Nogueira França Recordings from Ceará, Brazil (AFC 1945/008)
Seventy-five 12-inch discs of Brazilian folk songs, improvisations, folk dances, and folk plays (Bois do Reis, Fandango, Congo, Cana-Verde), romances, religious songs, desafios, louvaçãos, cocos, Xangô tunes, and other songs recorded in several locations in Ceará, Brazil, by Luiz Heitor Correa de Azevedo and E. Nogueira Franca, January and February, 1943. One disc, AFS 7324, was recorded at Manga, Minas Gerais, while they were enroute to Ceará. The collection includes logs and trip itinerary. Correspondence for this collection is in AFC 1943/015. (AFS 7324-7398) (LWO 5111 reels 29A-34B) [catalog record]

Luiz Heitor Corrêa de Azevedo and E. Silva Novo Collection of Folksongs of Minas Gerais, Brazil (AFC 1945/008)
Ninety-seven 12-inch discs of folk songs of Brazil recorded in Minas Gerais, Brazil, by Luiz Heitor Corrêa de Azevedo and E. Silva Novo, January and February 1944. Genres include folksongs, popular songs, dance music, guitar music, brass band music, religious chant, interviews, group singing, toasts and songs performed at a dinner; duets, children's game songs, Christmas begging songs, work songs of stone-cutters and mine workers, street cries, and other music of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The collection includes logs. Related correspondence is in AFC 1943/015. (AFS 7764-7860) (LWO 5111 reels 64A-71A) [catalog record]

Erich Moritz von Hornbostel demonstration collection (AFC 1951/058)
Two 10-in tapes copied from 120 cylinders of ethnic and tribal music recorded by various collectors in various parts of the world and comprising a 1919 version of the Erich M. Von Hornbostel Demonstration Collection of the Berlin Phonogramm-Archiv. Gift of Walter V. Bingham. [catalog record]

AFC 1951/058: AFS 10,053 B7-9: One tape containing copies of three cylinders of music of the Makuschi and Taulipang Indians recorded by Theodor Koch-Grunberg in the territory of Roraima, 1911. (LWO 1416 reel 1B; additional tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 283/29B)

Musee de l'Homme / Music from Bahia, Brazil (AFC 1958/008)
One 12-inch LP of music from Bahia, Brazil, recorded ca. 1950s. (Musee de l'Homme, LD 16) (AFS 11,346)

Literatura de cordel Brazilian chapbook collection (AFC 1970/002)
More than 8380 16x11cm chapbooks collected by the Library of Congress Office in Brazil. In the markets of northeast Brazil, where literatura de cordel is most popular, local poets hang their little four by 6 1/2-inch chapbooks from strings, hence the name literatura de cordel, which literally means "stories on a string." The poets, known as cordelistas, then entertain the market crowd by reciting their narrative poems about current events, morality, or the adventures of a famous folk hero. Chapbooks are illustrated by woodcut prints, photographs, and other cover art. Approximately 300 chapbooks are added to this collection each year. The collection includes 13 7-inch tapes of romances and other songs recorded by Sol Biderman in northeastern Brazil, ca. 1968-70, 11 prints, 1 by E. Rivaldo, 1995, and 10 by José Francisco Borges, artist and cordel poet, signed and dated 1997 and 1998. (AFS 14,178-14,190) (LWO 6077) [catalog record]

Ralph Cole Waddey recordings of Afro-Brazilian music (AFC 1971/025)
One 7-inch tape of capoeira music, with birimbau, agogo, pandeira, and chorus (45 min.) and candomble music (82 min.). Recorded in Salvador, Brazil, by Ralph Cole Waddey, 1966. The collection includes correspondence about this donation between Waddey and Alan Jabbour of the Archive of Folk Song, 1971. (AFS 14,573) (LWO 6527) [catalog record]

Laura Boulton collection (AFC 1973/028)

AFC 1973/028: AFS 17,155-17,176: Laura Boulton Collection Part 20: Miscellaneous discs
Twenty-two 10-inch discs apparently comprising Laura Boulton's demonstration recordings for a class at the University of California at Los Angeles. Acquired on exchange from Columbia University, 1973.

AFC 1973/028: AFS 17,175A1 & B: One disc containing Brazilian songs sung by Elsie Houston. (preservation tape LWO 7551 reel 74A)

AFC 1973/028: AFS 18,102-18,468: Laura Boulton Collection Part 23: Africa, Europe, Far East, Latin America, etc.
Three-hundred and forty-four 7-inch tapes, 22 5-inch tapes and 1 3-inch tape of instrumentals and songs recorded in Africa, Europe, Far East, Latin America, Middle East, Near East, North America, South America, and Southeast Asia by Laura Boulton, 1949-61. The collection includes 1/3 linear inch of articles, correspondence, and lists.

AFC 1973/028: AFS 18,447: One tape containing two choros recorded in Brazil and broadcast on the radio program "Nights in Latin America," March 13, 1961. (LWO 8956 reel 346; additional tape copy on LWO 8949 reel 70B)

AFC 1973/028: AFS 18,454-18,456: Three tapes containing songs recorded in the state of Bahia, 1960. (LWO 8956 reels 353-355; additional tape copy on LWO 8949 reels 72A-B)

Enciclopedia de la poesia popular y de la cancion protesta Hispanamericana Collection (AFC 1975/055)
Four audiocassettes forming part of the audio component of the Enciclopedia de la Poesía Popular y de la Canción Protesta Hispanoamericana, vols. 1-4 (n.p.: Colección la Sangre en el Ojo, n.d.). The collection includes 1/4-inch of an index and extensive notes. [catalog record]

AFC 1975/055: AFS 17,981A10-11: One audiocassette containing 2 songs by Brazilian singer Chico Buarque. (LWO 8697 reel 1A)

Some religious topoi in Anglo-American and Luso-Brazilian folk literature by Sol Biderman (AFC 1977/042)
Thesis, Departmento de Letras Modernas, Instituto de Letras, Ciencias Sociais E Educacao, Campus de Araraquara, Universidade Estaudual Paulista "Julio de Mesquite Fillho," 1977. [catalog record]

Guilherme Santos Neves collection of wire recordings from Brazil (AFC 1980/010)
Ten wire spools of regional folksongs of Espirito Santo, Brazil. Recorded on an unknown date by Guilherme Santos Neves. [catalog record]

Origens, no. 83, no. 109, Rádio Ministério Educação e Cultura (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) (AFC 1984/085)
Two audiocassettes of the "Origens" Brazilian Radio Program Collection, containing examples of Afro-Brazilian musical traditions, with commentary by Helena Theodoro Lopes. Recorded in Rio de Janeiro, October and December 1982. (AFS 22,605-22,606) (RYA 2766-2767) [catalog record]

William H. Crocker collection of Canela (Ramkokamekra) songs (AFC 1984/092)
Fifty-one 10-inch tapes of songs and group dance chants, some with gourd rattle accompaniment, by the Ramkokamerkra group of the Canela Indians of the Amazon Basin of South America. Recorded in Brazil by William Henry Crocker of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, September 1978-October 1979. (AFS 22,968-23,018) [catalog record]

Chiraj Productions / Verde Amarelo Band cassette (AFC 1996/014)
One audiocassette of a demonstration tape made by two members of the Verde Amarelo Band from Brazil. The band plays jazz-influenced sambas, traditional and contemporary tunes. Instruments include guitar, bass, percussion, keyboards, mandolin, and saxophones.

Brazilian woodcut prints collection (AFC 1999/033)
Eleven large Brazilian woodcut prints, 10 by J. Borges (José Francisco Borges), signed and dated 1997 and 1998; and one by Erivaldo (Erivaldo Silva), 1995. The J. Borges prints were donated to the Library of Congress as a "Gift to the Nation" during the Library of Congress Bicentennial by Ambassador of Brazil, Rubens Barbosa, November 16. 1999. [catalog record]

Luiz Heitor Corrêa de Azevedo Collection on Latin American Folklore (AFC 2005/008)
Publications pertaining to Latin American folklore from the library of Luiz Heitor Corrêa de Azevedo, Brazilian folklorist and musicologist. The collection includes monographs, articles, bibliographies, conference proceedings, and other publications about folk music, musical instruments, popular music, dance, folklore, food traditions, proverbs, children's folklore, traditional and folk medicine, local religious celebrations (including Christmas, Epiphany, and Easter) and devotions to various saints, Cuban santeria, Afro-Brazilian traditions, and anthropological studies of indigenous people of Brazil, among other topics. Most publications are about Brazil but some are about folk culture in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela. [catalog record]

Sol Biderman collection (AFC 2006/019)
The collection comprises Biderman's writings, poetry, research materials, and primary sources for his studies of folk literature including 326 Brazilian chapbooks published between 1958 and 2003, with comparative materials from other countries, including Mexico and Italy. Includes 3 sound recordings, some of which were taped in Pernambuco, Rio Grande do Norte, and Ceara in 1967-1968, of performances of Brazilian poetry and song. Artifacts in the collection include wooden boxes by Guilherme de Faria (a.k.a. Alma Welt); a series of fourteen woodblocks depicting the crucifixion of Christ by João Antonio de Barros; woodblock prints from the Via Sacra series by Jose Ćosta Leite; and selected photographs from Inocencio da Costa Niquel's (Mestre Noza) woodblock Via Sacra series, plus posters advertising Biderman's plays. [catalog record] [finding aid]

Gesungene Busse : Praxis und Valorisierung der afro-brasilianischen vissungo in der Region von Diamantina, Minas Gerais / Marc-Antoine Camp (AFC 2006/056)
Ph.D. thesis by Marc-Antoine Camp, using AFC recordings made by Luiz Heitor Correa de Azevedo in the Diamantina region, Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 1944. The thesis includes sonograms and music transcriptions. Written in German, with abstract in English and Portuguese. [catalog record]

Henrique Vieira Leite Collection of Brazilian Literatura de Cordel (AFC 2007/025)
Ten literatura de cordel chapbooks (8 p. each) of poetry on contemporary events by author Henrique Vieira Leite, with woodcut cover illustrations signed Erivaldo (Erivaldo Silva); most are dated 2002 to 2007, a few are undated. Several chapbooks have an advertisement inserted inside the front cover. The publishers are Preserve a Natureza e a Cultura Popular Brasileira, or Academia Brasileira de Literatura de Cordel. [catalog record]

David A. Taylor collection of literatura de cordel, 1978-1980, and undated (AFC 2008/001)
Six Brazilian cordel literature chapbooks acquired by the donor at the Library of Congress Professional Association (LCPA) book sale, Washington, D.C., January 8, 2008. [catalog record]

Inauguration 2009 Sermons and Orations Project collection, 2008-2009 (AFC 2009/001)
The Inauguration 2009 Sermons and Orations Project collection includes manuscripts (letters, sermons, orations, church programs, etc.), audio and video recordings, photographs, and other graphic materials created by the public in response to the 2009 election and inauguration of President Barack Obama and collected by the American Folklife Center. Includes submissions from over 300 individuals, religious and secular organizations, from 39 states and the District of Columbia, and from Nairobi, Kenya and Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, recorded January 16-25, 2009. [catalog record] [finding aid]

AFC 2009/001: Box-Folder 7/256: ORS Multimidia Interativa Ltda. (Salvador, Brazil), Letter to U. S. Consulate General, 2009-07-08

AFC 2009/001: Box-Folder 7/256: ORS Multimidia Interativa Ltda. (Salvador, Brazil); Song lyrics: We Are All Americans/ Somos Todos Brasileiros, 2009-01-20

AFC 2009/001: Box 8: ORS Multimidia Interativa Ltda. (Salvador, Brazil); Obama Inauguration - Posse de Obama interviews and music performance, 2009-01-20 1 video recording : digital file submitted on DVD disc id: afc2009001_0205_mv01

Mary C. Karasch collection of Literatura de Cordel (AFC 2011/023)
Collection of 22 literatura de cordel (Brazilian chapbooks), by various authors published at various locations in Brazil from 1975-2007. [catalog record]

Literatura de cordel: continuity and change in Brazilian popular literature symposium (AFC 2011/048)
Collection of online digital video recordings, digital photographs, and print materials documenting an AFC symposium held on Sept. 26-27, 2001, focusing on the history of Brazilian literatura de cordel and related musical, narrative, and iconographic traditions. The symposium included a keynote presentation given by Candace Slater, lecture presentations, an exhibit of cordel, and the showing of a documentary, "J. Borges By Myself." [catalog record] [online presentation]

José Neistein collection of woodcuts and chapbooks from Brazil (AFC 2011/068)
Thirty-three woodcut prints by Jose Soares da Silva, alias Dila, many depicting the outlaw folk hero Lampia~o; 4 cordel (chapbooks) by various authors (1973, 1974, undated); and 1 exhibition program titled, "Popular Woodcuts from the Northeast," Art Gallery of the Brazilian-American Cultural Institute, Washington, D.C., February 6-27, 1976, which includes an essay by José Neistein, the donor of this collection. [catalog record]

Roxane Connick Carlisle collection (AFC 2012/008)
ollection of field recordings, photographs, video recordings, a film, and manuscripts created by Roxane Connick Carlisle primarily in Darfur Province and other locations in Sudan, from 1963-1968; also includes photographs of musicians, musical instruments, markets, gardens, buildings, weddings, and wildlife taken in Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, and Uganda from 1963-1968. Includes field recordings of music of various groups including Anuak, Baggara, Beni Halba, Dinka, Fur, Nuer, Ingessana, Shilluk, Ta'isha, Zaghawa, and others, especially wedding music and women's traditions. Sound recordings for demonstration and teaching include music from Afghanistan, other locations in Africa (Ethiopia, Burrundi, and more), Australia and New Guinea, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, North American Indian, Philippines, Polynesia, Southeast Asia, and Spain. [catalog record] [finding aid]

AFC 2012/008: SR143: "Listen to the World" - Brazil, circa 1971-1973 1 sound tape reel : analog, 3 3/4 ips, 1 track ; 7 in. SR143 and SR158 may be a master tape and a copy of the same recording.

AFC 2012/008: SR158: "Listen to the World" - Brazil, circa 1971-1973 1 sound tape reel : analog, 3 3/4 ips, 1 track ; 7 in. See note for SR143.

Bruce Wallace collection on Literatura de Cordel (AFC 2012/019)
Cordel poet Goncalo Ferreira da Silva interviewed by Bruce Wallace on Sept. 26, 2011 in the Recording Laboratory, Library of Congress, during the Literatura de Cordel symposium held at the Library, September 2011. Also includes audio recording of radio program, "Why Brazil Loves the Cordel," on PRI's The World broadcast on October 5, 2011, which includes excerpts from the full interview.

A rabeca de José Gerôncio: Luiz Heitor Correa de Azevedo, mu, folclore e academia na primeira metade do seculo XX / Henrique Drach (AFC 2012/030)
Ph.D thesis by Henrique Drach; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Universidade Federal Fluminense, 2011, on Luiz Heitor Correa de Azevedo, folklore fieldwork and Brazilian nationalism, based in part on research in the Archive of Folk Culture. Includes musical selections (from 2 field recordings on discs) performed by Jose Gero;ncio de Oliveira, originally recorded 15-2-1944, Minas Gerais. Thesis in Portuguese, abstract in English. [catalog record]

"Wait! Does this belong to us?" new ideas of music ownership and the musical life of the Kïsêdjê, lecture by Anthony Seeger (AFC 2015/011)
The introduction of ideas taken from international intellectual property regimes to communities of indigenous peoples can lead to serious repercussions. This presentation discusses some of the results of the arrival new ideas and language about music and ceremonial ownership on central aspects of the musical, artistic, and economic life of a group of Brazilian Indians known in the literature as the Suya´, but who now prefer to be called Ki¨se^dje^. It examines shifts in language and concepts related to performing the music of others and the impact of these on their musical performances, body paint, and material culture based on data collected since 1971, recent publications by Brazilian scholars, and discussions on e-mail using a linguist intermediary. Presented by Anthony Seeger, Distinguished Professor of Ethnomusicology, Emeritus, UCLA, as part of the 2015 Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture series on April 8, 2015. [catalog record] [online presentation] [webcast]

Aquarelas musicais das Amèricas : projetos identitários de naçâo nas performances radiofônicas de Radamés Gnattali e Alan Lomax (1939-1945) / Rafael Henrique Soares Velloso (AFC 2015/050)
Thesis, Doctor of Music, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Instituto de Artes, Programa de Po´s-Graduac¸a~o em Mu´sica, Porto Alegre, 2015. On "folk" content of radio programs produced in Brazil by composer Radame´s Gnattali and in the U.S. by Alan Lomax in an era when "sound material became important symbols of national identity used in national and Pan-American projects." In Portuguese, abstract in English. Includes audio samples on audio DVD attached to last page. [catalog record]

Patativa: vida e poesia, gravado por José Lourenço (AFC 2017/009)
Portfolio of 17 woodcut prints by Brazilian cordel artist and engraver, José Lourenço (born 1964) 16 black-and-white woodcut prints, with title woodcut, in an envelope illustrated with a self portrait of the engraver [?]. Prints measure 32 x 42 cm; the image size is 22 x 32 cm. Each print has a handwritten caption in Portuguese and appears to be signed and dated by the artist in pencil. Prints are dated 1999, with the exception of one dated 1993. [catalog record]

Luiz Heitor Corrêa de Azevedo de Azevedo photograph album (AFC 2017/046)
Photograph album of black-and-white photographic prints documenting field work and travel of Brazilian ethnomusicologist Luiz Heitor Corre^a de Azevedo from 1942-1944, when he was making field recordings for the National School of Music, University of Brazil and the Archive of Folk Song, Library of Congress. The album includes photographs of musicians, musical instruments, folk dramas, street scenes, and landscapes in Diamantina, Parnai´ba, Ipameri´, Goia^nia, Campinas, Curitiba, Forteleza, and Itapipoca in Brazil; and Miami, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Washington, D.C. in the United States. Azevedo's photographs include one of Ruth and Charles Seeger. Includes handwritten captions in Portuguese. [catalog record]

Charlie Seemann collection of photographs of vaqueros and gauchos, 1985-1986 (AFC 2018/001)
From November 2-13, 1985, folklorist Charlie Seemann led a group of six volunteers for the California-based Center for Field Research to document vaqueros in the Concepcio´n area of Paraguay and a horse trading operation near Asuncio´n. Photographs documented vaqueros at work, their dress, horses, cattle, gear, and saddles. Additionally, Seemann documented the estancia haciendas, ranch buildings, corrals and fencing, landscapes, and ranch life (175 color slides from Paraguay). From September 12-25, 1986, Charlie Seemann led a similar trip to document guachos in Uruguay at the Estancia San Pedro de Timote, and near Melo, Uruguay. This group traveled to Bage´, in southern Brazil, to observe and document the Dia Do Gau´cho festival, started in 1848 to commemorate the gau´chos who fought in Guerra Dos Farrapos, or War of the Rags. The festival included a parade of some 3,000 mounted gau´chos, music, food, dance, and an outdoor Catholic mass for mounted gau´chos (60 color slides from Brazil). The group returned to Paysandu´, Uruguay, and documented the estancia of Hubert Maness, Los Mortreros, near Mercedes on the Rio Negro (138 total color slides from Uruguay). The collection includes Charlie Seemann's original field notes (25 pp.) [catalog record]


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