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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.

AFS 10,970-10,971: Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Sweeney / West African and Ethiopian Folk Music
Two 10-inch tapes of West African and Ethiopian folk music, ca. 1950s. Recorded by Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Sweeney. [May be a duplicate of AFS 10,972-10,977].

AFS 10,970: One tape containing a recording of the St. Ethiopian Coronation Anniversary. November 3, 1955. [may be a duplicate of AFS 10,976-10,977] (30 minutes)

AFC 1966/006: Halim El-Dabh / Ethiopian Recordings
Twenty-two 10-inch tapes of sacred and secular music of Ethiopia recorded by Halim El-Dabh, 1964. The collection includes a 4-page log with descriptions of song content. (43 hours; LWO 4747) (AFS 12,374-12,395)

AFC 1973/010: African Studies Collection, 1972
Ten 5-inch tapes of selections from African Studies Collection a tape-slide series recorded and photographed by George J. Volger, produced by Imperial International Learning Corporation. Contents: Music of Ethiopia -- Timkat ceremonies; history of the Coptic Church; Rock-hewn churches of Lalibela; Masai and Kikuyu music; African music and musical instruments (2 parts); Bantu music; Zulu music; Musical instruments; Native musical compositions. Includes an interview with Hugh Tracey. (AFS 15,577-15,586) [catalog record]

AFC 1979/046: Contemporary and Traditional Ethiopian Music: Volume I
One 7-inch tape of contemporary Ethiopian music, called zemenai muzika, neo-ethnic tigre-Erithrean music, and traditional Ethiopian music recorded in the summer of 1972. Notes by Ashenafi Kebede of the Ethiopian Music Association. The collection includes a map of Ethiopia, translations of some of the songs, some Ethiopian script, and also a list of Ethiopian letters and their pronunciations in English. (LWO 12,920) (30 minutes) (AFS 19,390) [catalog record]

AFC 2007/019: Kay Shelemay Ethiopian Music Collection
Ninety wav files, 7 DVDs, 25 CDs, and 1 audiocassette of interviews conducted by Kay Shelemay with Ethiopian musicians and others involved in Ethiopian music. Most of the interviewees live in the Washington, DC, area. The collection includes manuscript materials, plus published CDs and DVDs. Recorded 2006-2007.

AFC 2007/020: Tesfaye Lemma Collection
Sixty-three tape recordings of Ethiopian music by Orchestra Ethiopia, and recordings of other Ethiopian musicians, as well as miscellaneous materials on the Peace Corps, Ethiopian poetry readings, and recordings of Jean Jenkins. Recorded by Tesfaye Lemma, former director of Orchestra Ethiopia, primarily between 1967-1975. The collection includes logs and other manuscript materials accompanying the tapes. [catalog record]


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