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Finding Aids to 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.

AFS 19,825: Martha Beckwith Cylinder Duplication Project
One 7-inch tape, copied from 12 cylinders, of Jamaican folksongs recorded in Jamaica by Helen H. Roberts for Martha Beckwith, 1920-1924. The collection includes a listening log with song titles and descriptions. (LWO 5047 reel 1) (30 minutes)

AFC 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, Jamaica, and Martinique, by Laura Boulton, 1938. The collection includes 3/4 of a linear inch of correspondence, description, and lists. (includes AFS 16,278-16,335) (LWO 7551 reels 34B-36A)

AFS 16,323-16,326: Four discs containing ballads and recreation music recorded in Kingston, Jamaica, by Laura Boulton, 1938. The collection includes song titles, descriptions, vocal make-ups, and instruments (primarily guitar and drums). (20 minutes)

AFC 1974/012: Kenneth S. Goldstein Collection of Folk Tales and Belief Stories
One 10-inch tape of stories spoken by Sara Cleveland and others. Recorded primarily in Brant Lake, New York, by Kenneth S. Goldstein and others, March 1968. The collection includes five pages of story titles. [catalog record]

AFS 17,020: One tape containing "Bra 'Nancy, the plaintains, an' the fat pig" told by Lloyd Rose of Kingston, Jamaica. Recorded by Jacki Pack, March 1968. (LWO 7861)

AFC 1983/008: The Kenneth M. Bilby Jamaican Maroon Collection
Twenty-nine 10-inch tapes, 1 box of manuscript materials, and 3 videocassettes that documenting Jamaican maroons, spanning the years 1977-1979 and 1991. Kenneth Bilby conducted fieldwork in Jamaica from 1977 to 1978 as part of his research for a master's thesis in anthropology from Wesleyan University. Includes a manuscript copy of Bilby's master's thesis. Bilby and another researcher, Diana Baird N'Diaye, recorded the Maroons in October 1991 as part of their fieldwork in Jamaica prior to the 1992 Maroon Program of the Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife. (includes AFS 21,959-21,987) (58 hours; RWA 6073-6101) [catalog record] [finding aid]

AFC 1993/002: 1993 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection
Six ten inch tapes and 8 audiocassettes of the 1993 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection which also consists of manuscript and print materials, graphic materials, and moving images that document the 1993 concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. [catalog record] [finding aid]

The following includes materials from the the group Master Performers and Their Apprentices (Northern Indian, Jamaican, and Gospel music), recorded April 15, 1993.

AFC 1993/002: SR1: One tape containing the concert. (1 hour)

AFC 1993/002:V1: One videocassette containing the concert. (1 hour)

AFC 1993/002: Folder 2: One folder containing concert fliers, concert log, and a list of performers.

AFC 1993/002: Folders 3-5: Two black-and-white contact sheets (60 images), and five 8x10 black-and-white photoprints (3 duplicates). Photos by Yusef El-Amin.

AFC 1996/021: Music and Migration: Aspects of Black Music in the British Caribbean, the United States, and Britain...[1750-1950] by John H. Cowley
Doctoral dissertation entitled, "Music & Migration: Aspects of Black Music in the British Caribbean, the United States, and Britain, before the Independence of Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago." Two volumes. Discusses the development and impact of calypso and related music. (2 volumes unbound; 684 pages).

AFC 1999/004: Sam Eskin Collection
Collection consists of manuscripts, field recordings, photographs, and ephemera documenting folk music and folk music revivals in the United States, Canada, and Mexico from 1938 to 1966; plus manuscripts and field recordings of mostly unidentified artists performing folk music in Jamaica, Cuba, England, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Sweden, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Morocco, Hong Kong, Philippines, India, and Thailand from 1953 to 1969 collected by Sam Eskin. Manuscript materials include correspondence, transcriptions of songs and lyrics, folk festival programs and flyers, a Japanese song book, Eskin's lecture notes, and his collection of bawdy songs and limericks. [catalog record] [finding aid]

AFC 2003/027: Pete and Toshi Seeger Film Collection
Approximately 700 film and audio elements relating to Pete and Toshi Seeger's filmmaking from 1955-1965 at various locations in: Angola, Australia, Austria, Canada, England, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Somoa, Sweden, Tanzania, Trinidad, Ukraine, and the United States. In the United States, locations include Beacon, New York; Circle Pines, Michigan; Hamilton, Ohio; Huntsville, Texas; Los Angeles, California; Madison, Wisconsin; New York, New York; Newport, Rhode Island; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Washington, DC, among others. [catalog record]

AFC 2006/039: Politics and Poetics: Fieldwork in Afghanistan and Jamaica, Lecture by Margaret Mills and Kenneth Bilby
Two CDs and one videocassette of the Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture, August 3, 2006. The speakers discuss issues of the outsider-researcher working with people in cultures that are undergoing pressures of political, economic, and cultural change, using the context of their long term fieldwork. Mills' talk is titled,"The same river: dilemmas and challenges of long-term cultural research in conflict zones and falling states." Bilbly's talk is titled, "Private stories, public folklore, and contested histories in Jamaica: taking the long view with the Maroons." [catalog record] [flyer, summary, and webcast]


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