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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture


Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: February 2011

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 1953/014: Rolf Jacoby Collection of Korean Folk Music
One 5-inch tape of 3 Korean folk songs sung by high school student, Chong Hyun Kim of Pusan, Korea. Recorded a the Library of Congress in the Studio. Includes Korean instrumental native art music, disc duplication of discs loaned by Rolf Jacoby, 1950. (includes AFS 10,747) [catalog record]

AFC 1959/002: Lee Hye-gu Discussion on Korean Folk and Classical Music
One 10-inch tape of a discussion of Korean folk and classical music recorded at the Library of Congress on the occasion of Professor Lee Hye-gu's visit there Nov. 24-26, 1958. (includes AFS 11,460) [catalog record]

AFC 1959/010: Korean Research and Information Office Collection of Korean Folk, Popular, and Classical Music
One 10-inch tape of folk, popular, and classical Korean music. From materials loaned by Korean Research and Information Office, Washington, D.C. The collection includes 4 pages of logs and correspondence. Recorded prior to 1959. (includes AFS 11,480) [catalog record]

AFC 1959/014: Lee Hye-gu Collection of Korean Folk and Classical Music
Sixteen 7-inch tapes of classical music, ancient lyric songs, ancient ballads, sijo, popular songs, shaman songs, chants, prayers, procession songs, opera, rural folk songs, Confucian temple music, and music featuring a variety of instruments. Recorded in various parts of Korea on an unknown date. The collection includes 8 pages of logs with English translations. (includes AFS 11,603-11,618) [catalog record]

AFS 13,165-13,166: Rolf Jacoby Collection of Korean Instrumental Music
Two 16-inch discs of Korean instrumental music recorded prior to 1950.

AFS 13,167-13,168: Edwin Beal Collection of Korean Music Recorded in Occupied Japan
Two 12-inch discs of Korean music recorded in Occupied Japan. Duplicated from discs loaned by Edwin Beal, Chief, Japanese Section of the Library of Congress, 1951.

AFS 20,308-20,326: Alice Fletcher Plains Indian Music on Cylinders
Nineteen 10-inch tapes of North American Plains Indian music originally recorded on cylinders in the Midwest and Washington, D.C., by Alice Cunningham Fletcher, 1896-1905. Transferred from the National Archives, 1948.

AFS 20,326: One tape containing copies of six wax cylinders of the singing of three Koreans, including Jong Lik Ahu and He-chel-ge. Recorded in Washington, D.C., by Alice Fletcher, July 24, 1896. [see also: AFC 2009/003]

AFC 1981/004: Chicago Ethnic Arts Project
Ninety-nine 7-inch tapes and 245 audiocassettes,13 linear inches of contact sheets, eight and three-fourths linear feet of field notes and logs, 3080 slides, 210 photographs, and 2 videos from the Chicago Ethnic Arts Project Collection, a field survey of ethnic artistic expression including dance, foodways, neighborhood gatherings, religious celebrations, and instrumental and vocal music. Recorded in the Chicago, Illinois, area by various collectors under the direction of Elena Bradunas, February-November 1977; under the joint sponsorship of the American Folklife Center and the Illinois Arts Council. The collection includes a 561-page report on the project published by the American Folklife Center in January 1978. Key Subjects: Communities activities; dance--performance, social, and folk; foodways; music--instrumental and vocal; religious celebrations; textile arts; and wood carving. Ethnic groups: African American, Austrian, Chinese, Croatian, Cuban, Czech, Danish, Finnish, German, Greek, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Jewish, Korean, Latino, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Native American, Norwegian, Polish, Puerto Rican, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Swedish, and Ukrainian. [catalog record] [finding aid]

AFC 1989/007:"'To Keep My Culture': New Immigrant Musicians in Los Angeles"
One-hour radio documentary on the music of recent immigrant groups in Los Angeles. Includes interviews with and performances of Cambodian, Mexican, Chinese, Iranian, Guatemalan, Armenian, Korean, and Belizeian musicians at various private and public events. Produced by Helene Rosenbluth and Sara Jacobus; project coordinated by Susan Auerbach.

AFC 1991/051: 1991 Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Collection
One folder of planning documents and flyers from the Library of Congress events celebrating Asian culture and heritage in May 1991: "An Evening of Asian Culture and Heritage" (May 17); "Korea: Land of Morning Calm" (May 21); an exhibition of Asian decorative arts (May 24).

AFC 1993/001: Ethnic Heritage and Language Schools in America Project Collection
Twenty-four 5-inch tapes, 60 7-inch tapes, and 288 audiocassettes from the Ethnic Heritage and Language Schools in America Project, a survey of 23 ethnic schools from 22 ethnic groups. Recorded in various locations throughout the United States by Elena Bradunas and 23 fieldworkers, April-July 1982, sponsored by the American Folklife Center. The collection includes 14 linear feet of slides, photographs, and reports. Includes documentation of The First Korean School in Silver Spring, Maryland. [catalog record] [finding aid]

AFC 2003/051: Don Yoder Collection of Tape Recordings
Reels and cassettes that include field recordings (Amish, gospel, sacred harp, folk hymnody, Pennsylvania Dutch language, folk religion, folklife studies, recordings from conferences, demo tapes (including dubs), interviews, etc.), plus a reel of Korean shamanic chant, as well as dub recordings from the Center for Southern Folklife.

AFC 2009/003: Revolutionaries, Nursery Rhymes, and Edison Wax Cylinders: The Remarkable Tale of the Earliest Korean Sound Recordings, lecture by Robert Provine
Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture Series. Lecture by Robert Provine, University of Maryland about the history of the earliest Korean sound recordings on wax cylinders, on January 27, 2009 in the Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Library of Congress. (see also AFS 20,326) [event flyer and webcast]



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