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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture

HAITI COLLECTIONS
IN THE ARCHIVE OF FOLK CULTURE

Compiled by: Jonathan Thomsen 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 1935/001: Alan Lomax, Zora Neale Hurston, and Mary Elizabeth Barnicle Expedition Collection
Two hundred and twenty-seven discs of African American, Bahamian, and Haitian songs, music, tales, and church services recorded on instantaneous discs by Alan Lomax, Zora Neale Hurston, and Mary Elizabeth Barnicle in summer 1935 for the Archive of Folk Song. Zora Neale Hurston accompanied the recording expedition in Georgia and Florida, but she not did go to the Bahamas. Recordings include blues, work songs, ballads, tall tales, dance music, ring dances, circle games, sea songs, string band music, voodoo music, guitar, harmonica, drums, children's games and songs; gospel music, and church services with sermons, hymns, and prayers. The collection includes interviews conducted on St. Simon's Island with speakers of Gullah. (AFS 309-535) (preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 23-37A) [catalog record]

AFC 1937/010: Alan Lomax Haiti Collection
Two hundred ninety-eight discs of Haitian music and spoken word recorded in Haiti by Alan and Elizabeth Lomax, in 1936-1937. The collection includes a detailed itinerary of Lomax's trip, voodoo tales, notes on recordings, illustrations, pictures, and a list of songs. (LWO 4872 reels 76-95A and 132B-136A) (AFS 1060-1297 and AFS 1877-1936) (43 hours and 44 minutes) [catalog record]

AFC 1945/003: Melville Herskovits Collection of Haitian Recordings
Twenty-five 16-inch discs, copied from 200 wax cylinders, of Haitian songs collected and recorded in Haiti by Melville J. Herskovits, ca. 1924. The collection includes transcriptions of Haitian songs, an index of recordings, and an article about Herskovits. (AFS 6152-6176) (6 hours; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 397-400) [catalog record]

AFC 1948/107: Lise Paret Limardo Collection of Haitian Folk Songs
One 16-inch disc of Haitian folk songs sung with guitar by Lise Paret Limardo. Recorded at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., 1948. Songs include "Les electinis legislatives," "Mesdames nan yo," "Dodo Litite," "Erzulie," "Chanconne," "Bam pam sans douce." The collection includes a song list. (AFS 9142) (10 minutes; LWO 5111) [catalog record]

AFC 1948/115: Philippe Thoby-Marcelin Collection of Haitian Proverbs
Three 16-inch discs of Haitian proverbs recorded at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., by Thoby-Marcelin, Philippe, ca. 1950. (AFS 9171-9173) (1 hour and 6 minutes; preservation tape LWO 5111 reels 197B-198A)

AFC 1951/021: Michelson Hyppolite Haiti Collection
Twenty-three 12-inch discs of folk music of Haiti recorded by Michelson P. Hyppolite of the Bureau of Ethnology at Port-Au-Prince. The collection contains a variety of dance and song styles, mostly of the sevis lwa genre ("service for the gods" -- the religion called "Voodoo" by outsiders). Une Etude sur le Folklore Haitien (Port-au-Prince, 1954), which discusses some of the dance and music genres of this collection. (AFS 10,096-10,118) (3 hours 31 minutes; preservation tape LWO 5111 reels 284-285) [catalog record]

AFS 1973/028: Laura Boulton Collection

Part 10: Music of the West Indies
Fifty-eight 10-inch discs of instrumentals, songs, and stories recorded in the Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica, by Laura Boulton in 1938. The collection includes 3/4 of a linear inch of correspondence, description, and lists. (LWO 7551 reels 34B-36A)

AFS 16,307-16,309: Two discs of music recorded in Tortue, and island off of Haiti. The collection includes song titles, descriptions, vocal make-ups, and instruments. This particular collection includes vocals and drums. The styles of songs included are dance, Rara dance, Dance Rhythms, and a lullaby. [note: 15 minutes on then end of one and the beginning of another]

AFS 16,315-16,322: Two discs of Haitian music recorded at Port Au Prince in January, 1937. The collection not only includes song titles, descriptions, vocal make-ups, and instruments, there is also an extensive transcription of the lyrics to the songs and arrangement of the instruments. On top of that, there are extensive notes about each individual song with information about the type of rhythm performed, the significance of each song, and even explanations and translations of the more significant words and phrases. (30 minutes)

AFS 17,135-17,154: Part 19: Folk Music, Haiti
Two tapes of Haitian folk music, recorded in Haiti by Laura Boulton, 1947. The collection not only includes song titles, descriptions, vocal make-ups, and instruments, there is also an extensive transcription of the lyrics to the songs and arrangement of the instruments. Additionally, there are extensive notes about each individual song with information about the type of rhythm performed, the significance of each song, and even explanations and translations of the more significant words and phrases. There is also an introduction which describes how to pronounce the text. (LWO 7551 reels 71B-72B)

AFC 1981/018: Ethnic Broadcasting in America Collection
Eighteen 7-inch tapes, 2 5-inch tapes, and 117 audiocassettes Two 5-inch tapes, 18 7-inch tapes, and 117 cassettes of a survey of ethnic radio broadcasts recorded for the Ethnic Broadcasting in America Project of the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. Recorded mostly off the air by Elena Bradunas, Theodore Grame, Alan Jabbour, and Wolfgang Fleischhauer at various locations in the United States,1977-1979. The radio broadcasts include contemporary, popular, and folk music; community news and announcements; advertising; comedy; news; sports; politics; paid political ads; and religious broadcasts, with hymns, gospel music, sermons, church services, and masses. The collection includes Theodore Grame's Ethnic Broadcasting in the United States and 9 1/2 linear inches of correspondence, manuscript material, and tape logs. [catalog record]

AFS 23,092: One tape containing a Haitian American broadcast from WKCR (89.9 FM), New York, New York. Recorded May 28, 1978. (RYA 2950)

AFC 1990/017: Archive of American Folk Song Films Collection
One 3/4-inch videocassette, copied from original film reels, of film segments recorded by John A. Lomax, Alan Lomax, and Elizabeth Lomax during recording expeditions in the 1930s. All the clips are silent footage, color and black-and-white. Includes color footage from the 1937 Lomax trip to Haiti of a voudou ceremony. (55 minutes; LWO 24,679) (corresponds to AFS 1060-1297; AFS 1877-1936). (AFS 27,010)

AFC 1991/009: Laura Boulton Collection Addition
Two hundred thirty-nine tapes of music, songs, and lectures recorded in Angola, Canada, China, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, India, Japan, Malaya, Micronesia, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Tahiti, Togo, Turkey, the United States, and Zaire by Laura Boulton, 1963-1984. The collection includes 5/8 linear inch of correspondence and tape logs. The collection comprises a supplement to the Laura Boulton cylinder, discs, and tape collection donated by Columbia University, 1973.

AFC 2004/004: Alan Lomax Collection
Eight hundred forty-five linear feet (appx. 150 linear feet manuscripts; 10,000 sound recordings; 5,500 graphic images; 5,000 moving images) of material created and collected by Alan Lomax and others in their work documenting song, music, dance, and body movement from many cultures. Includes field recordings and photographs Lomax made in the Bahamas, the Caribbean, England, France, Georgia, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Spain, the United States, and Wales, 1930s-2004. [catalog record]

AFC 2009/031: Representing Haiti by Laura Shearing
Academic paper on Haitian music and culture, based in part on research conducted in the Archive of Folk Culture, 50p: ill., music, map. [catalog record]

 

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