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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture


Compiled by: Reinhardt Schuhmann, Kenneth Schweitzer, and Jud Wellington
Series Editor: Ann Hoog

Revised: December 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.

AFC 1951/030: Musée de l'Homme / Congo Music
Twenty-seven 10-inch commercial discs and five 12-inch commercial discs of vocal and instrumental Congo music acquired on an exchange basis from the Musée de l'Homme in Paris, France. (4 hours and 5 minutes) (AFS 10,163-10,194)

AFS 10,972-10,977: Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Sweeney / Congo Drums of Africa
Two 7-inch tapes and four 5-inch tapes of Congo drums of Africa. Recorded by Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Sweeney, ca. 1950s. (LWO 4109)

[Note: The logs for this collection are difficult to understand, so the following includes information on the tape boxes as it was written by the Sweeneys and others.]

AFS 10,972: One 7-inch tape. On tape box: "Africa 1932 [sic] - reel I - (navy rerun[?]) #1, 2, and 3. Sweeney." on reel: "Watusi 1952." - Contents described on accompanying sheet in tape box. Items #1, 2, 2 (Watusi; Kenya conversation; Zulu in Natal, So. Africa; West African group at Tamale, Gold Coast).

AFS 10,973: One 7-inch tape. On tape box: "12/3/52 African Music. #2 Talk on 23 figures by old man in Kumasi, Gold Coast. Gift from Mrs. Sweeney 5/17/56. Congo region - Africa." On tape: "Story on 23 Figures by Old Man." - Contents: Interview with old man on 23 figures. Descr.

AFS 10,974: One 5-inch tape. On tape box: "Watutsi. Wedding of Mbira [illegible mark] - Victoria [illegible marks]. Drums. [Now in black rec. lab ink] [Good Drums] Gift from Mrs. Sweeney 5/17/56 Congo Region - Africa." Writing on side of box: [illegible] to Mts. Moon-" Also labeled Reel 1 by rec. lab.

AFS 10,975: One 7-inch-tape. On tape box: "Africa. Gift from Mrs. Sweeney 5/17/56. Congo Region, Africa." tape 2 (rec. lab. no.). No writing by Sweeneys on or in box.

AFS 10,976: One 5-inch tape. On tape box: "Coronation Anniversary #1. In Manquee on side of Cathedral." In Rec lab ink: "org. recorded 11/3/55. Gift from Mrs. Sweeney 5/17/56."

AFS 10,977: One 5-tape. On tape box: "Coronation Anniversary #2." In rec. lab ink: "original 11/3/55. Gift from Mrs. Sweeney 5/17/56."

AFC 1959/013: "Música de los cultos Africanos en Cuba"
Fourteen 12-inch discs entitled "Música de los cultos Africanos en Cuba" (Music of the African cults in Cuba), featuring instrumentals, prayers, salutes, and songs recorded in Agramonte, Jovellanos, Pedro Betancourt, and Perico, Matanzas Province, Cuba, by Josefina Tarafa, ca. 1955. Though the majority of these recordings are of the Lucumí cult, the collection also includes liturgical songs of the Arará and several Congo cults. The collection includes an article by Lydia Cabrera and 1/2 linear inch of descriptions and lists. Unless stated otherwise all songs are accompanied by a combination of drums, metallic idiophones, and shakers. (Matrix 2E6KP 2649-2667)

AFC 1973/028: Laura Boulton Collection
One thousand, one hundred sixty-six 10 inch discs, eighteen 14 inch discs, one 3 inch tape, twenty-two 5 inch tapes, and three hundred forty-four 7 inch tapes of music recorded in Angola, The Bahamas, Canada, The Congo, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Jamaica, Japan, Martinique, Mexico, Native American Music, Nyasaland, Peru Polynesia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and the USA by Laura Boulton, Walter Garwick, George Hibbit, Bascom Lamar Lunsford, and Charles F. Lummis, ca. 1904-1961. The collection includes twelve linear inches of logs, correspondence, and notes.

AFC 1973/028: Laura Boulton Collection Part 7: Miscellaneous African Music
Nine 10-inch discs of miscellaneous African music, representing Congo, Nyasaland, Banda, Ngonza, Abdu, and Ngoni. (includes AFS 15,871-15,879), (LWO 7551 reels 17b-18a)

AFC 1998/007: Mary Nussbaum African Music Collection
The recordings were made in Africa primarily in the countries of Liberia and the former Belgian Congo between the years of 1954 and 1964. The recordings feature the music of the Chisaj, Kapanga, and Kpelle tribes. Key words and phrases: Rhodesia, Misa Luba, Swahili, Lunda, Urundi, Tshobmbe, Banjo, Elephant, Harp, ELWA.



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