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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture

LOUISIANA COLLECTIONS
IN THE ARCHIVE OF FOLK CULTURE

Compiled by: Betsy Franke, Johanna Rossi, and Frederick J. Stielow
Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: December 2013


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 1935/002: John A. Lomax Southern States Collection, 1933-1937
Three 8-inch, 17 10-inch and 620 12-inch discs of church services, instrumentals, songs, and stories recorded in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., by John A. Lomax, Alan Lomax, Ruby T. Lomax, and Harold Spivacke, 1933-37. [catalog record]

AFS 11-43; 79-83; 85; 92; 95-126; 143; 173B; 192; 206B; 242A3: Seventy-seven discs containing Cajun, Creole, cowboy, prison, and religious songs recorded in Amelia, Avery Island, Baton Rouge, Coule Croche, Crowley, Erath, Jennings, Kaplan, Lafayette, Lake Arthur, Lloyd, the Louisiana state penitentiary in Angola, New Iberia, New Orleans, and St. Martinville, Louisiana, by John A. and Alan Lomax, 1933-1935. (22 hours and 12 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4844 reels 1-19A)

AFS 44-54; 119B4-120; 122A2-157B2; 236B3; 239A3-240; 250B1: Fifty-one discs containing Huddie (Leadbelly) Ledbetter recorded in Shreveport, Louisiana; Wilton, Connecticut; Tucker, Alabama; Washington, D.C.; Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Arkansas; Pineville, Kentucky; Atlanta, Georgia; and New York, New York mostly by John A.Lomax, Alan Lomax, and Mary Elizabeth Barnicle, 1933-35, 1937-1938, 1940, 1942. (9 hours and 21 minutes; LWO 4844 reels 1-20)

AFS 889-891; 893; 939; 944: Six discs containing Cajun music, children's songs, Creole songs, dancing songs, lullabies, and religious songs recorded in New Orleans, Louisiana. (1 hour and 12 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reels 64; 67B-68A)

AFS 1852-1854: Three discs containing blues, children's songs, and prison songs recorded in Amelia, False River, and the Louisiana state penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana, 1933-1934. (12 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reel 131A)

AFC 1938/001: The Jelly Roll Morton Collection
Fifty-four 12-inch discs of Ferdinand (Jelly Roll) Morton of New Orleans, including a series of interviews and musical performance recorded at the Library of Congress, by Alan Lomax, 1938. Morton discusses New Orleans cultural life, stylistic aspects of jazz as well as his experiences both in New Orleans and on the road. The collection includes three and three-fourths linear inches of articles and drafts, correspondence, logs, notes, photocopies of original dust jackets, song lists, and textual transcriptions. (8 hours) (includes AFS 1638-1688; AFS 2487-2489) [catalog record]

AFC 1939/001: John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip
One hundred forty 12-inch discs of ballads, blues, children's songs, cowboy songs, fiddle tunes, field hollers, hunting songs, lullabies, play-party songs, prison songs, religious songs, "Spanish American" songs, spirituals, and work songs recorded in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, and Texas by John A. and Ruby T. Lomax, April and June 1939. The collection includes one and seven tenths linear inches of biographical information on performers, correspondence, travel logs, and song lyrics. [online presentation] [catalog record]

AFS 2659-2661; 2663; 2665; 2667: Six discs containing children's, hunting, and religious songs recorded in Knight and Merryville, Louisiana. (1 hour and 45 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reels 170B-171)

AFC 1939/005: Herbert Halpert 1939 Southern States Recording Expedition
Four hundred nineteen 12-inch discs of ballads, instrumentals, monologues, songs, and stories recorded in Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia by Herbert Halpert, March-June 1939, under the joint sponsorship of the Folk Arts Committee of the Works Progress Administration and the Library of Congress. The collection includes 10 3/4 linear inches of collection lists and descriptions, musical transcriptions, project description, and textual transcriptions. [catalog record]

AFS 3119-3134: Fifteen discs containing Creole, French, and voodoo songs recorded in New Orleans, Louisiana, June 1939. (2 hours and 28 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reels 207-208)

AFC 1940/003: John and Ruby Lomax 1940 Southern States Recording Trip
One hundred and forty-six 12-inch discs of a sermon and songs recorded in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia by Bess Brown, John A. and Ruby T. Lomax, September-November 1940. The collection includes 1 1/2 linear inches of correspondence and song transcriptions. [catalog record]

AFS 3989-4000: Twelve discs of blues, Cajun songs, Creole songs, monologues, newsboy shouts, prayers, and religious songs recorded in Baton Rouge, New Roads, Oil City, Shreveport, and Winnfield, Louisiana by John A. and Ruby T. Lomax, 1940. (5 hours and 18 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reels 267-269A)

AFC 1941/026: Robert MacGimsey recording
One disc of Negro spirituals sung by Robert Hunter MacGimsey, originally of Pineville, Louisiana. Recorded at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC, by Alan Lomax and John Langenegger, January 1941. The collection includes a one-page log. (includes AFS 4407) (15 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reel 301B) [catalog record]

AFC 1949/012: William A. Owens duplication project
Six 16-inch discs containing Cajun and Creole songs recorded in southwestern Louisiana by William A. Owens, 1948 and earlier. The collection includes 12 pages of correspondence, song lists, and song lyrics. (2 hours and 18 minutes; tape copy on LWO 5111 reels 243-244A) (AFS 9590-9595) [catalog record]

AFC 1950/017: National Folk Festival, 1938
One 12-inch and thirty-nine 16-inch discs of instrumentals, radio programs, and songs. Recorded primarily at the National Folk Festival in Washington, D.C., by the U.S. Recording Company, May 6-8, 1938. The collection includes 3/4 linear inch of song lists, newspaper articles, and programs. [catalog record]

AFS 9853B: One disc containing fragments of a Cajun song sung in French, an instrumental, and "The Shepherdess' Song" sung in French. (15 minutes; tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 268B)

AFC 1956/004: Acadian Folksongs from Louisiana / sung by John Dubois
One 7-inch tape of Acadian folk songs sung by John DuBois of Kaplan, Louisiana. Recorded in Washington D.C. at the Library of Congress, 1956. The collection includes 3 pages of notes and correspondence. (30 minutes; LWO 2460) (AFS 10,942) [catalog record]

AFC 1967/003: Harry Oster collection of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Iowa recordings
Twenty-two 7-inch tapes of African American and Creole folk songs, folk tales told by Son House, German festival music from Iowa, hammered dulcimer music, and religious services. Recorded in Iowa, Louisiana, and Mississippi by Harry Oster, 1957-1966. The collection includes 14 pages of correspondence, notes and song lists. [catalog record]

AFS 12,575-12,584: Ten tapes containing blues, Cajun and Creole music, a description of a whipping, description of proper and improper behavior when consoling, religious songs and stories, spirituals, and work songs recorded in Baton Rouge, Napoleonville, and Scotlandville, Louisiana. (10 hours; LWO 5059)

AFC 1968/010: Interview with "Papa" Celestin
One 5-inch tape of an interview with Oscar "Papa" Celestin, a New Orleans jazzman discussing his appearance at the White House Correspondents Dinner with President Eisenhower, how he learned and incorporated "When the Saints" to the New Orleans music scene, and information about his band. The interview is followed by a broadcast from New Orleans Congressman Edward Herbert including a description of Celestin's impact on the White House guests, thanks for his contribution to New Orleans culture, and various selections of Celestin's songs. Copied from a Commemorative LP issued of a White House Concert, 1953. The collection includes 3 pages of notes. (AFS 13,487) (1 hour; LWO 5330)

AFC 1969/007: Ralph Rinzler duplication project, part 1
Twenty-two 10-inch tapes of field recordings of Cajun and Creole music and radio broadcasts, including the Revon Reed KEUN Show, from Louisiana; Scottish Gaelic songs and pipe music from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, from various performers many of whom were born in Scotland; and English ballads and folk songs from Newfoundland. Field recording trips were sponsored by the Newport Folk Foundation, and the Balfa Brothers were recorded in Newport, Rhode Island in 1967. Recorded by by Ralph Rinzler and Mike Seeger, 1964-1966. The collection includes 48 pages of notes and song lists; notes include descriptions of the contents of Scottish Gaelic songs in English, provided by the singers. [catalog record]

13,681-13,695: Fourteen 10-inch tapes of Cajun and Creole songs and discussion recorded in Abbeville, Basile, Crowley, Manou, Opelousas, and Ville Platte, Louisiana. (28 hours; LWO 5590)

AFC 1970/053: Morris Swadesh Collection of Chitimacha and Nootka Cylinder Recordings
Fifteen 6-inch dictaphone and seven 4-inch wax cylinders of Chitimacha songs and spoken word recorded by Morris Swadesh in Charenton, Louisiana, in 1931 and 1934, and one dictaphone cylinder containing Nootka sentences and a story with an embedded song recorded by Swadesh, probably near Alberni on Vancouver Island, in 1933. The Chitimacha materials were sung and spoken by Benjamin Paul and Delphine Ducloux; the Nootka speaker was Alex Thomas. The cylinders were received by exchange from the American Philosophical Society in 1970. (4 hours; LWO 9062) (AFS 18,472-18,473)

AFC 1971/019: David Evans Duplication Project
Twenty-five 10-inch tapes of African American blues, instrumentals, interviews, and spirituals recorded in Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi by David Evans, April-September 1970. The collection includes 2 1/2 linear inches of content lists, correspondence, and textual transcriptions. [catalog record]

AFS 14,501-14,511: Eleven tapes containing Cajun and Creole music, blues, interviews, and instrumentals performed by Calvin Daws on bass guitar; Roosevelt Holts on guitar and vocals; Eli Owens on the guitar, harmonica, Jew's harp, and vocals; Herb Quinn on mandolin; Robert Rucker on drums; Bill Webb on guitar and vocals; Esau Weary on guitar, piano, and vocals; and Arzo Youngblood on guitar and vocals. Recorded in Bogalusa, Clifton, and New Orleans, Louisiana, August 27-28, 1970. (22 hours; LWO 6484)

AFC 1972/026: Ralph Rinzler Louisiana Recordings
Two 10-inch tapes of French Cajun, Choctaw, Spanish, and Zydeco music sung by Alma Barthelemy and Clement "King" Ned. Recorded in Diamond and Mamou, Louisiana, by Ralph Rinzler, 1964-1965. The collection includes 54 pages of song lists and notes. (4 hours; LWO 6506) (AFS 15,075-15,076) [catalog record]

AFC 1973/038: John DuBois / Acadian French Folksongs
One 7-inch tape of eight Acadian folk songs and lullabies sung by John DuBois originally of Kaplan, Louisiana, accompanied by Bunyan Webb on guitar. Recorded in New York, New York, by John DuBois, 1973. The collection includes 5 pages of notes and song lists. (30 minutes; LWO 7222) (AFS 15,402) [catalog record]

AFC 1973/026: Chris Delaney collection of fiddle music
Eleven 10-inch tapes of Cajun music, fiddle tunes, and hillbilly 78s recorded in Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and West Virginia by Chris Delaney, September-October, 1973. The collection includes 51 pages of song lists. [catalog record]

AFS 16,993-16,994A: Two tapes containing blues, Cajun songs, dance songs, fiddle tunes, French songs, and waltzes played by Dewey Balfa on fiddle, and his band. Recorded in Basile, Louisiana. (22 hours; LWO 7632)

AFC 1973/028: Laura Boulton Collection

AFS 16,958-16,972: Laura Boulton Collection Part 15: Miscellaneous from U.S.
Fifteen 10-inch discs of African American songs, American Indian songs, Canadian Eskimo music, choir music, fiddle tunes, Mexican songs, Polish songs, spirituals, and Ukranian music. Recorded throughout the United States by Laura Boulton, 1942. The collection includes 2 linear inches of description and song lists.

AFS 16,961-16,964: Four discs containing "All God's Children," "Bones in the Valley," "Keys to Heaven," and "In my Time of Dying" performed by Yellow Pocahontas, a New Orleans band. (tape copy on LWO 7551 reel 69A)

AFC 1974/022: National Folk Festival, 1972
Eight 10-inch tapes of blues, old time, bluegrass, Sacred Harp, and ballads performed by traditional and revival musicians, including John Jackson, The Seldom Scene, Libba Cotton, and Chuck and Nan Perdue, recorded at Area I of the National Folk Festival, Vienna, Virginia, in 1972 by the National Folk Festival Association. [catalog record]

AFS 17,111: One 10-inch tape containing Cajun and Creole songs performed by Sam Chatmon, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Martin, Bogan and the Armstrong Bros, and the Pennywhistler's. (2 hours; LWO 8015 reel 6)

AFC 1975/006: Country Music Foundation / Decca Co. Dubs
One 7-inch tape of a commercial 78 rpm recording of the Jolly Boys of Lafayette, Louisiana including the "Old man Crip" version of "Our Goodman" recorded in New Orleans, Louisiana by Decca Records, 1973. (30 minutes; LWO 8258) (AFS 17,473)

AFC 1975/027: Richard K. Spottswood Recordings of Cajun Music in Abbeville, Louisiana
Four 7-inch tapes of Cajun music played on accordion, drum, fiddle, and guitar by Tee Neg and the Abbeville Playboys. Recorded in Abbeville, Louisiana, by Richard K. Spottswood, May 4, 1975. (2 hours; LWO 8561) (AFS 17,568-17,571) [catalog record]

AFC 1975/030: Richard K. Spottswood Recordings of Cajun Music in Rayne, Louisiana
Seven 7-inch tapes of Cajun music played on accordion, fiddle, guitar, and steel guitar by the Louisiana Aces (D.L. Menard, Terry Cormier, Bobby Estilette, Mike LeJune, Raymond Francois, Elwood Hebert). Recorded in Rayne, Louisiana, by Richard K. Spottswood, May 3, 1975. (3 hours and 30 minutes; LWO 8567) (AFS 17,577-17,583) [catalog record]

AFC 1975/032: Richard K. Spottswood Recordings of Cajun Music and Interview in Delcambre, Louisiana
Four 7-inch tapes of Cajun music played on accordion, fiddle, and guitar as well as interviews with Camille Duplantis, D.L. Menard, and Dewey Segura. Recorded in Delcambre, Louisiana, by Richard K. Spottswood, May 5, 1975. (2 hours; LWO 8569) (AFS 17,585-17,588) [catalog record]

AFC 1975/033: Richard K. Spottswood Recordings of Revon Reed's "Mamou Hour"
Five 7-inch tapes of Cajun music played on accordion, fiddle, guitar, steel guitar, and triangle by Nathan Abshire, S.D. Courville, Preston Manual, and Ambrose and Glady Thibodeaux. Recorded by Richard K. Spottswood in Eunice, Louisiana, for Revon Reed's "Mamou Hour," 1975. (2 hours and 30 minutes; LWO 8571) (AFS 17,589-17,593) [catalog record]

AFC 1975/042: Richard K. Spottswood Recordings of Cajun Music in Chataignier, Louisiana
Three 7-inch tapes of Cajun music played on accordion, fiddle, and guitar by S. D. Courville, Dennis McGee, and Marc Savoy. Recorded in Chatagnier, Louisiana, by Richard K. Spottswood, May 1975. (1 hour and 30 minutes; LWO 8759) (AFS 17,624-17,626) [catalog record]

AFC 1975/044: Les Soileau Interviewed by Richard K. Spottswood
Two 7-inch tapes of an interview with Cajun fiddler Lee Soileau recorded in Ville Platte, Louisiana, by Richard K. Spottswood, May 1975. (4 hours; LWO 8580) (AFS 17,636-17,637) [catalog record]

AFC 1977/013: David Holt / Warren Wilson College Recordings Collection
Thirteen 10-inch tapes of Appalachian string band, banjo, fiddle, and hammer dulcimer music, Cajun music, cowboy songs, southern mill songs, shape-note singing, and African American children's games. Recorded in California, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia by David Holt, 1970-1976. The collection includes 8 pages of logs. [catalog record]

AFS 18,955: One tape containing Cajun music performed by the Balfa Brothers, Dewey and Tony, and the Louisiana Aces recorded at the Lake View Club in Eunice, Louisiana; at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, January-February 1976. (2 hours; LWO 9385 reel 11)

AFC 1979/003: Joseph Medard Carriere Collection
Four 10-inch tapes duplicated from 87 wax cylinders of Creole and French songs from Missouri and possibly Louisiana recorded in Jefferson, Old Mines, St. Francois, St. Genevieve, and Washington, Missouri by Joseph Médard Carriére, 1934-1935. (AFS 20,504-20,507)

AFC 1979/006: 1979 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection
Ten 10-inch tapes, three-hundred-three black and white negatives, eleven black-and-white contact sheets, seven black and white photoprints, one color photoprint, and one-hundred-fifty-one color slides of performances from the 1979 Neptune Plaza Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center and featuring the presentation of folk traditions from many cultures. Recorded at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., April-September 1979. [catalog record] [finding aid]

The following lists materials from the July 26, 1979, concert of the Louisiana Aces, a Cajun band from Louisiana.

AFC 1979/006: Envelope 8-9: Thirty-eight color slides of the Louisiana Aces. Photographed by John T. Gibbs.

AFC 1979/006: Folder 7: Two contact sheets of black and white 35 mm (55 images) of the Louisiana Aces. Photographed by Carl Fleischhauer.

AFC 1979/006: Folder 8: News clippings and identification of people in photos of the Louisiana Aces.

AFC 1979/006: Folder 9: Two black-and-white contact sheets (55 images) and one black- and-white photoprint of the Louisiana Aces. Photographed by Carl Fleischhauer.

LWO 12,945-46: Two 10-inch tapes containing music from the Louisiana Aces. (1 hour and 20 minutes)

AFC 1979/034: Richard K. Spottswood Recording from Sady Courville
One 10-inch tape of a "recorded letter" from S.D. (Sady) Courville to Richard K. Spottswood about his early experiences being in a Cajun jazz band in Louisiana, followed by three Cajun fiddle tunes. Recorded in Eunice, Louisiana, by S.D. Courville, 1979. The collection includes one page of notes. (30 minutes; LWO 12,899) (AFS 19,373) [catalog record]

AFC 1979/065: Nick Spitzer recording of folk music of Hico, Louisiana
One 7-inch tape of 15 folk songs and waltzes performed by Roy Beckman on fiddle and Willie May Deason on guitar. Recorded in Hico, Louisiana, by Nicholas Spitzer and Susan Roach, 1979. The collection includes one page of notes. (1 hour; LWO 12,952) (AFS 19,445) [catalog record]

AFS 19,601- 19,608: 78 Commercial Dubs for Folk Music in American Series
Eight 7-inch discs containing dubs of commercial 78 rpm discs recorded during the 1920s-1930s, featuring country, Swedish, Irish, Cajun, and Czech music. Recorded by the Country Music Foundation for the Folk Music in America series, 1979. The collection includes 9 pages of song lists.

AFS 19,603; 19,606: Two discs containing 21 Cajun songs performed by Arkansas Charlie Craver, The Carolina Tar Heels, Delma Lachney, Fiddling Bob Larkin & his Music Makers, Freeny's Barn Dance Band, George Edgin, Gid Tanner & his Skillet Lickers, Jimmie Davis, McLaughlin's Old Time Melody Makers, R.D. Kelly & Julius Dunn, Seven Foot Dilly & his Dill Pickles, Uncle Dave Macon & his Fruit-jar Drinkers, and Walter Jacobs & Carter Brothers. Recorded for the Folk Music in America series. (30 minutes; LWO 12,999)

AFS 19,609-19,623: 78 Unreleased Commercial Dubs for Folk Music in American Series
Fifteen 5-inch tapes of dubs of unreleased commercial Columbia 78 rpm pressings, including blues, country, and Cajun music. Performed by Bo Carter, Breaux Freres, Jack Ranger, and Mississippi Sheiks. Recorded by Columbia for the Country Music Foundation's Folk Music in America series, 1979. The collection includes 16 pages of song lists.

AFS 19,611-19,613: Three tapes containing Cajun songs, "Egan One-Step," "Valse d'Utah," and "Home Sweet Home," by Breaux Freres with accordion and fiddle. Recorded by Columbia for the Folk Music in America series, 1979. (45 minutes; LWO 13,000 reels 3-5)

AFC 1979/086: Tucson Meet Yourself Festival, 1976
Twenty tapes containing folk music including African American, American Indian (Apache, Papago, Yaqui), Anglo, Cajun, Irish, and Mexican music. Recorded in El Presidio Park, Tucson, Arizona, for the "Tucson, Meet Yourself: A Festival as Community Building" by Richard K. Spottswood, 1976. The collection includes 22 pages of song lists. [catalog record]

AFS 19,732: One disc containing Cajun band music from "Tucson, meet Yourself: A Festival as Community Building." (1 hour; LWO 15,572 reel 6)

AFC 1979/093: National Folk Festival, 1972, Area 1, Area 2, Area 3
Thirty 10-inch tapes of blues, bluegrass, old time, sacred, and Native American music by various performers including John Jackson, Mike Seeger, the Seldom Scene, and others. Recorded at the National Folk Festival in Vienna, Virginia, by the National Folk Festival Association, July 27-30, 1972. The collection includes 26 pages of logs. See also AFS 17,106-17,113. [catalog record]

AFS 19,851-18,854: Four tapes containing Cajun and Creole songs using the accordion, fiddle, and guitar performed by various artists including Alex Chavez, Wiley and Zeke Morris, and John Prine. (8 hours; LWO 15,596 reels 5-8 and 1-4)

AFS 19,856A: One tape containing four Cajun and Creole songs with fiddle and guitar by Sady Courville, Dennis McGee, and Tracy Schwarz. (1 hour; LWO 15,596 reel 7)

AFS 19,858: One tape containing 18 Cajun and Creole songs with accordion, vocal, fiddle, and triangle by Phillippe Bruneau, Alex Chavez, Michael Cooney, Sady Courville, Leola Denson, Merlin Fontenot, Gilles Losier, Dennis McGee, Reggie Mott, and Ambrose Thibodeaux. (2 hours; LWO 15,596 reels 3-4)

AFS 19,865B-19,866A: One tape containing 11 Cajun and Creole songs with fiddle and guitar by Sady Courville, J.B. and Annadeene Fraley, Dennis McGee, and Vivian Williams. (1 hour and 30 minutes; LWO 15,596 reels 4-5)

AFS 19,868-19,869A: One tape containing 5 Cajun and Creole songs with accordion and triangle by the Ambrose Thibodeaux Band Leola Denson, Merlin Fontenot, Reggie Mott, and Ambrose Thibodeaux. (2 hours; LWO 15596 reels 2-3)

AFS 19,874-19,877: Ralph Rinzler / Claudie Marcel-Dubois Project
Four 10-inch tapes of Creole and Acadian songs, dance music, and interviews by the Balfa Brothers, Sadie Courville, Alma Barthélémy, and others. Recorded in Port Sulphur, Diamond, Eunice, Lawtell, Mamou, Louisiana, by Ralph Rinzler and Claudie Marcel-Dubois, November, 1973. The collection includes 24 pages of notes and song lists. (8 hours; LWO 16811)

AFC 1980/012: 1980 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection
1980 Neptune Plaza Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center and featuring the presentation of folk traditions from many cultures. Recorded at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., April-September 1979. [catalog record] [finding aid]

The following lists materials from the July 10, 1980, concert performed by the Sam Brothers Five, a Zydeco group from Louisiana.

AFC 1980/012: Folder 7: Press releases, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and identification of people in photos on contact sheet.

LWO 16,678: Two 10-inch tapes containing the concert. (1 hour)

AFC 1980/012: Envelope 5: One contact sheet of black-and-white 35mm images. (30 images). Photographed by John T. Gibbs.

AFC 1980/012: Folder 8: One black and white 35mm contact sheet (30 images). Photographed by John T. Gibbs.

AFC 1980/012: Envelope 6: One holder containing 14 35mm color slides. Photographed by John T. Gibbs.

AFC 1980/039: 1977 Inaugural folk dance and concert collection
Eight 10-inch tapes of musical performances by numerous artists including Beau Soleil, Jimmy Driftwood, John Jackson, and Ralph Stanley from folk and ethnic music and dance events celebrating the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter. Recorded at the National Visitors Center and at Union Station in Washington, D.C., January 18 and 21, 1977. Events sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution. The collection includes 1 3/4 linear inches of correspondence, logs, performance releases, programs, and schedules. [catalog record]

AFS 22,947: One tape containing 6 songs by the Beau Soleil Cajun Band. Tracks 3-8 include, "J'étais au bal hier soir," "La Valse du pont d'amour," "Les flammes d'enfer," "Jolie Catin," "La Valse du bayou tche," and "La porte en arriére." (23 minutes; RWA 8051)

AFC 1981/002: J. L. Melancon Duck Calling Collection
Sixteen self-published, and instantaneous sound discs and one cassette tape of instruction on the art and uses of various bird calls for hunting, including duck calls and crow, hawk, and owl calls, written and produced by J. L. Melancon of Trout and Robeline, Louisiana; and by Tom Turpin, Memphis, Tennessee. Published 1951-1968. The collection includes clippings and correspondence. [catalog record]

AFC 1981/018: Ethnic Broadcasting in America Collection
Eighteen 7-inch tapes, 2 five-inch tapes, and 117 cassettes of ethnic radio broadcasts recorded for the Ethnic Broadcasting in America Project of the American Folklife Center. Recorded mostly off the air by Elena Bradunas, Theodore Grame, Alan Jabbour, and others at various locations in the United States, 1977-78. Documentation includes Theodore Grame's Ethnic Broadcasting in the United States (Washington, D.C.: American Folklife Center, 1980) and 9 linear inches of manuscript materials. [catalog record]

AFS 23,042-23,043: Two tapes containing French language radio programs broadcast on KSIG, Crowley, Louisiana, May 5, 1978. (RYA 2907-2908)

AFS 23,044: One tape containing a French language radio program broadcast on KSLO, Opelousas, Louisiana, May 14, 1978. (RYA 2909)

AFC 1983/022: Glen Pitre Oral History of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, Collection
The American Folklife Center loaned equipment to the Terrebonne Parish Police Jury in care of Glen Pitre to record oral histories in the parish in 1983. Collection includes some correspondence and follow-up regarding the project, an issue of "Terrebonne Magazine" Dec. 1983 with an article by Claire Joller describing "Terrebonne's Memories," an exhibition based on the oral history collection, and a sound cassette with the exhibition narrative, including excerpts from the oral history interviews about Terrebonne historical industries and occupations centered around fishing, trapping, lumbering, oil, sugar cane harvesting, transportation, and social life. Title of the exhibition from the sound recording, "The Memories of Terrebonne, 1890-1945," 18 min., 50 sec. Recorded Nov. 26, 1983. Exhibition was installed at the Terrebonne Museum located in Southdown Plantation House, Houma, Louisiana. [catalog record]

AFC 1983/027: John Q. Anderson Collection
Fourteen 10-inch tapes of Australian gold rush songs and sea shanties, Cajun songs, compositions by Anderson & Everett A. Gills, Creole songs, ballads, English songs, early jazz, French songs, interviews, Latin American songs, lectures, live recordings from Texas Folklore Society programs with performances by John. A. Lomax, party games for the Lake Charles Ballet Society, performances of the Civil War frontier, Scottish songs, slave songs, Spanish songs, and Western American songs. Recorded in various locations by John Q. And Loraine Q. Anderson, 1959-1968. The collection includes 3/4 linear inches of correspondence, song lists, and articles.

AFS 20,185A: One tape containing 12 Creole Gumbo French songs, including, "He'ron Mande," "Mouché Preval," and "Rémon, Rémon." (1 hour, RWA 95 reel 3)

AFS 20,187A: One tape containing a lecture entitled "Voodoo into Jazz"and nineteen Louisiana Creole slave songs including, "Bamboula," "Criole Canjo," and "Trou-Lou-Lou." Recorded in College Station, Texas, by Mrs. Loraine Q. Anderson, 1967. (2 hours, RWA 107 reel 7)

AFC 1986/022: Center for Applied Linguistics Collection
Fifty-nine 10-inch tapes of public speeches and other utterances containing dialect samples, recorded at various locations in North America by various collectors, and compiled by the Center for Applied Linguistics for a project entitled "A Survey and Collection of American English Dialect Recordings." The collection includes fourteen linear inches of documentation, including an introduction and preface, a list of contents, content summaries, and transcripts. Collectors and interviewees vary, representing approximately 43 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Canada, and Puerto Rico. [catalog record] [online presentation]

AFS 24,336B3: One tape containing a monologue with a 69-year old male from Houma, Louisiana. Recorded by Joseph Mele, 1975. [audio]

AFS 24,336B4: One tape containing a monologue with a 68-year old white female from Hammond, Louisiana. Recorded by Joseph Mele, 1975. [audio]

AFS 24,336B5: One tape containing a monologue with a 90-year old white female from Dulac, Louisiana. Recorded by Joseph Mele, 1975. [audio]

AFC 1995/001: 1995 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection
The 1995 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection consists of manuscript and print materials, sound recordings, graphic materials, and moving images that document the 1995 concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. The annual series, which began in 1977, features the presentation of folk traditions from many cultures. The concerts take place on the Neptune Plaza at the front of the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress between April and September. [catalog record] [finding aid]

The following is from the April 14, 1995, concert by Beau Jocque and the Hi-Rollers, a zydeco group from Louisiana.

AFC 1995/001:Folder 2: Concert fliers and a concert log by Charlie McNamara.

AFC 1995/001:SR1: One 120 minute digital audiotape of the concert. (1 hour)

AFC 1995/001:Envelope 1: One sheet of black-and-white 35mm images (33 images) of the concert. Photographed by Jim Hardin.

AFC 1995/001:Folder 3: One black-and-white 35mm contact sheet (33 images) and 4 8x10 black-and-white photoprints of the concert. Photographed by Jim Hardin.

AFC 1995/001:V1: One hi-8 color videotape of the concert (1 hour). Videotaped by Peter Bartis.

AFC 1995/004: Mike Seeger Collection
Two hundred and seventy-five 10-inch tapes of bluegrass, country, and folk music, recorded in California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia, primarily by Mike Seeger, 1953-67. The collection includes 3 linear inches of computer disks, correspondence, notes, and photos. [catalog record]

AFC 1995/024: Mike Casey and David DiGiuseppe audition tape
One audiocassette of 8 Celtic, Irish, and Scottish songs and stories tracing their emigration to the American South played and spoken by Mike Casey and David DiGiuseppe. The collection includes 4 pages of promotional material. (14 minutes) [catalog record]

AFC 1996/011: Folk Masters / American Roots Fourth of July 1994 Collection
Two audiocassettes of the "American Roots Fourth of July" celebration featuring ReBirth Brass Band, a New Orleans Jazz band; Edwin Colon Zayas y Familia Colon, a Puerto Rican jibaro band from Orocovis, Puerto Rico; the Akwesasne Mohawk Singers, a Native American group from the North American Indian Traveling College near Hogansburg, New York; the Johnson Mountain Boys, bluegrass performers from the Washington D.C. area; and Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Cajun musicians from Louisiana. Recorded in Washington D.C., 1994. (4 hours)

AFC 1997/011: Lands' End All-American Quilt Collection
Lands' End in cooperation with Good Housekeeping magazine sponsored quilt contests in 1992, 1994, and 1996. The collection consists of visual images, entry blanks, and essays written by entrants, as well as Lands End administrative files and correspondence pertinent to the promotion of the contest. Approximately 13,100 entries for the three contests came from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Numerous types and styles of needlework, quilting, patchwork, applique and embroidery are represented among the visual images. [catalog record] [finding aid] [online presentation]

AFC 1999/013: Turner Browne / Louisiana Cajun Photo Collection
Two binders containing 1,554 black-and-white negatives and 77 black-and-white prints and a paperback copy of Turner Brown's book, "Louisiana Cajuns /Cajuns de la Louisiana" (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press), 1977.

AFC 2000/001: Local Legacies Collection
Four hundred and five linear feet (approximately 90,000 manuscript pages, 475 sound recordings, 13,000 graphic materials, 330 electronic media, and 75 artifacts) of documentation of local festivals, fairs, parades, and other community-based events from each U.S. state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories and trusts. The Local Legacies Collection was donated through the efforts of individuals, organizations, and institutions asked to participate by members of Congress. This project was part of the Library of Congress Bicentennial celebration in the year 2000. There is an online presentation of this collection entitled Community Roots. [catalog record] [online presentation] [Louisiana Local Legacies]

AFC 2003/044: Charivari concert and interview collection
Collection consists of photographs, sound and video recordings of the concert of Cajun music at the Library of Congress; sound and video recordings of the interview; 2 copies of one b&w publicity photo, program flyer, and publicity materials. [catalog record]

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 2007/018: Donald R. Hill and David Mangurian collection
Original analog tapes and digitized copies of the tapes, representing over 40 hours of original field recordings made between 1958 and 1961 in Baltimore, Maryland; Clarksdale, Mississippi; Chicago, Illinois; Delaney, Arkansas; Los Angeles, California; Nashville, Tennessee; New Orleans, Louisiana; New York, New York; St. Louis, Missouri, and in Northern Georgia. The recordings comprise 724 songs and interviews with 20 of the musicians (including 12 blues and street singers). [catalog record]

AFC 2010/023: Marce Lacouture Concert Collection
Homegrown 2010 Concert, June 23, 2010, Coolidge Auditorium, 12-1 pm. Traditional Cajun music from Louisiana, Marce Lacouture with David Greely and Kristi Guillory. (1 hour) [catalog record] [event flyer] [webcast]

AFC 2010/024: Marce Lacouture Oral History Interview
Oral history interview with Marce Lacouture conducted by Maida Owens on June 10, 2010, in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. (1 hour and 11 minutes)

AFC 2012/021: Dennis Stroughmatt et L’Esprit Creole concert collection
Homegrown 2012 concert, June 21, 2012. Dennis Stroughmatt performs music based in the traditions of the French speaking areas of "Upper Louisiana," aka Illinois-Missouri-Indiana. [catalog record]

AFC 2012/044: A. James Delahoussaye Collection of Atchafalaya River Basin Recordings
Collection of field recordings of interviews with Atchafalaya River Basin, Louisiana, residents about their lives, traditions, and folkways, recorded from 1974-2010, as well as approximately 645 digital images documenting the same traditions. Interviews were conducted by Alphe James (Jim) Delahoussaye. Digital images were created by his colleague, Darlene Soulé, of many of the same informants. Topics include fresh water fishing and shrimping, other animals and animal husbandry, cooking, medicine, weather, logging, community gatherings, religion and churches, boatbuilding, courtship, marriage, and education. These residents of the Atchafalaya River Basin, many of whom were elderly at the time of the interviews, recall traditions and events experienced from the 1880s and through the 20th century. Photographs are digital copies of original family photographs dating from the 1920s to the present. [catalog record]

 

 

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