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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture

MICHIGAN COLLECTIONS
IN THE ARCHIVE OF FOLK CULTURE

Compiled by: Janet C. Moore and Michael Winslow
Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: September 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 1933/001: John A. Lomax and Alan Lomax Manuscripts Collection
Manuscript materials and lantern slides relating to the tenure of John A. Lomax and Alan Lomax at the Library of Congress, 1932-1942. Includes correspondence relating to Alan Lomax’s 1938 Michigan and Wisconsin recording trip (AFC 1939/007).

AFC 1939/006: Alan Lomax Recording of Serbian duduk music from Michigan
One disc of "Pastirska Pesma" played on duduc by Ilija Sainovic. Recorded in Detroit, Michigan, by Alan Lomax, Sept. 1938. Possible duplicate of AFS 2248A. (AFS 2033) [catalog record]

AFC 1939/007: Alan Lomax Collection of Michigan and Wisconsin Recordings
Two hundred fifty 12-inch discs of instrumentals, songs, and stories recorded in Michigan and Wisconsin by Alan Lomax, August 10-November 1, 1938. The collection includes 1/2 linear inch of cards, correspondence, lists, and notes. (AFS 2237-2486) [catalog record]

AFS 2238-2248: Eleven discs containing Serbian and Romanian songs by a variety of performers, including music on duduk, svirale, gusla, diple, and vocals. Recorded in Detroit, Michigan, August-September 1938. (1 hour and 15 minutes; LWO 4872 reel 143)

AFS 2249-2258: Ten discs containing Polish and Hungarian songs by a variety of performers, including music on clarinet and fiddle, and game songs. Recorded in Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan, August-September 1938. (1 hour and 37 minutes; LWO 4872 reels 143B-144A)

AFS 2259-2264B1: Six discs containing stories and songs, including lumberjack stories and songs, bawdy songs, and monologues, sung and told by Bill McBride. Recorded in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, August 1938. (1 hour and 19 minutes; LWO 4872 reel 144B-145A)

AFS 2264B2-2266: Three discs containing fiddle tunes, lumberjack songs, Paul Bunyan stories, and other material, performed by Perry Allen and Carl Lathrop. Recorded in St. Louis, Michigan, August 1938. (27 minutes; LWO 4872 reel 145A)

AFS 2267-2302: Thirty-six discs containing fiddle tunes, Irish songs, bawdy songs, and other music by a variety of performers, primarily J.W. Green. Recorded in St. James, Beaver Island, Michigan, August 1938. (6 hours and 19 minutes; LWO 4872 reels 145-148)

AFS 2303-2309: Seven discs containing 17 songs by Lester Wells, John Kubish, Louis Brideup, and Peter Schiffer. Recorded in Traverse City, Michigan in September 1938. (55 minutes; LWO 4872 reels 148B-149A)

AFS 2310-2320: Eleven discs containing Polish songs (including vocals, clarinet, banjo, wedding marches, polkas, and mazurkas) by a number of performers including Louis [Felix] Kania, Edwina and Stephanie Lewanowski, and Tony Stozelecki. Recorded in Metz and Posen, Michigan, in September, 1938. (1 hour and 33 minutes; LWO 4872 reel 149)

AFS 2321-2322: Two discs containing songs performed by Adolphus Delmas and Ed Thrasher and recorded in Round Lake, Michigan, in September 1938. (28 minutes; LWO 4872 reels 149B-150A)

AFS 2323-2332: Ten discs containing songs, stories, and monologues by Capt. Asel Trueblood, including sea songs and a monologue on boats. Recorded in September 1938 in St. Ignace, Michigan. (1 hour and 19 minutes; LWO 4872 reel 150)

AFS 2333: One disc containing "The Blue Velvet Band" and "The Murder of Marian Parker," sung by Allen Pope: recorded in St. Ignace Michigan, September 1938. (5 minutes; LWO 4872 reel 150B)

AFS 2334-2338, 2340-2354: Twenty discs containing Irish, Lithuanian, Finnish, Russian, German and other music, bawdy songs, stories, mazurkas, and polkas. Primary performers include Charles Ketvertis (concertina, vocals), Bert Graham (vocals, storyteller), Herman Myer (vocals), and Mason Parmer (tenor guitar, vocals). Recorded in Newberry, Michigan, September 1938. (3 hours and 18 minutes; LWO 4872 reels 150B-152A)

AFS 2355-2360A: Six discs containing ten songs by John Norman. Includes "The Wild Colonial Boy," "The Black Sheep," "Jack Morrisey," and others. Recorded in Munising, Michigan, September 1938. (43 minutes; LWO 4872 reel 152A)

AFS 2360B-2367A1: Eight discs containing primarily Polish and Finnish music, including polkas, concertina tunes, and vocals, performed by Henry Mahoski, Frank Mäki, Vernon Rautanen, and Frank Viita. Recorded in Amasa, Michigan, September 1938. (36 minutes; LWO 4872 reel 152B)

AFS 2367A2-2389, 2391-2394: Twenty seven discs containing Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, and other music, including harmonica, fiddle, accordion, kantele, and vocals by a variety of performers. Recorded primarily in Calumet, Michigan, with some material also recorded in Fulton, Lake Linden, and Ahmeek Michigan, September 1938. (3 hours and 33 minutes; LWO 4872 reels 152B-154)

AFS 2395-2396A1, 2398-2399, 2401: Five discs containing twenty Finnish songs by John Hyvönen and Ilona Hallinen. Recorded in Allouez and Penabic [near Hancock] Michigan, September 1938. (31 Minutes; LWO 4872 reel 154B)

AFS 2410B: One side of a disc with three songs with guitar accompaniment by Happy Jack Woodward: "My Dad's Dinner Pail," "The Minneapolis Tribune," and "She's More to be Pitied than Censured." Recorded in Ontonagan, Michigan, October 1938. (5 minutes; LWO 4872 reel 154B)

AFS 2425-2438: Fourteen discs with songs, conversation, and monologue in French and English by Fred Carrière. Includes monologue on lumbering in Michigan. Recorded in Champion, Michigan, October 1938. (1 hour and 55 minutes; LWO 4872 reel 154B-155B)

AFS 2439-2466: Twenty seven discs with songs, fiddle music, and monologues, primarily in French with some English, by Mr. and Mrs. Mose Bellaire, Joe Miron, John Cadeau, E.G. King, Adalone Viznie, Dolph Carrière, Mathilde Cadeau, Leilia LeClaire, and Mme. Vivignére. Includes French Canadian fiddle tunes by E.G. King. Recorded in Baraga [and possibly Hancock], Michigan, October 1938. (3 hours and 44 minutes; LWO 4872 reel 155B-157B)

AFS 2467-2468: Two discs containing four Finnish songs with kantele accompaniment, "Kalevala," "Elämä vieläkin paratiisi ois," "Minne käy tuulen ilmassa tie," and "Tuonne taakse metsämaan sydämmeni palaa," performed by Wäinö Hirvelä. Recorded in Ironwood, Michigan, October 1938. (24 minutes; LWO 4872 reel 157B)

AFS 2474-2485: Thirteen discs containing guitar and vocals performed by Calvin Frazier, Sampson Pittman, Lonnie Frazier, Clara Frazier, Belle Frazier, and Viola Frazier. Includes blues, boogie woogie, and religious songs. Recorded in Detroit, Michigan, October 1938. (2 hours and 14 minutes; LWO 4872 reels 158-159A)

AFC 1939/014: Ivan Walton Collection of Songs from Michigan and Ohio
Ten 12-inch discs of 35 songs recorded in Michigan and Ohio by Ivan Walton, September 1938. The collection includes 28 pages of notes. (AFS 3396-3405) [catalog record]

AFS 3396-3402, 3404 B2: Eight discs containing songs by Alfred Osborne, John P. Gallarno, Dan McDonald, Ivan Walton, and Captain Putnam, including sea songs. Recorded in Port Huron, Michigan. (1 hour and 37 minutes; LWO 4872 reel 224)

AFC 1941/025: Ivan Walton Collection from Beaver Island, Michigan
Fifteen discs of Lake sailor ballads, songs, fiddle music and interviews recorded on Beaver Island, Michigan, by Ivan Walton, September 1940. Michigan sailor songs from the Great Lakes, Irish music and songs. (AFS 4474-4488) (7 hours and 27 minutes; LWO 4872 reels 307-310) [catalog record]

AFC 1942/003: "Dear Mr. President" Collection
Four 16-inch, 48 12-inch, and 3 8-inch discs of recorded reactions to war-time conditions in the United States. Recorded by Robert E. Barton Allen, Harry Behn, Fletcher Collins, Duncan Emrich, John Henry Faulk, Helen Hartness Flanders, Charles Johnson, Lewis Jones, Marguerite Olney, Vance Randolph, William N. Robson, Robert Sonkin, and Charles Todd in various locations throughout the United States, January-February 1942. Recorded for the Office of Emergency Management Radio Section program "Dear Mr. President." The collection includes 1 linear inch of correspondence, logs, and transcripts. [catalog record] [online presentation]

AFS 6415: One disc containing eleven statements addressed to the president from auto, radio, and brewery workers, housewives, and others, concerning the war, war bonds and stamps, and support for the president. Recorded at radio station WJR, Detroit, Michigan, January 13, 1942. (11 minutes; LWO 3493 reel 46A)

AFS 6246: One side of a disc containing a statement to the president from Bill O'Melia, a worker at Barnes Products, Incorporated of Detroit, on industry and workers' support for the war. Recorded in Detroit, Michigan, January or February 1942. (2 minutes; LWO 3493 reel 43B)

AFS 6428A: One disc containing two interviews, one with Henry H. Sanger, president of the Manufacturers National Bank of Detroit, expressing support for President Roosevelt and the war, and another message to Michigan on the fight against infantile paralysis and the president’s diamond jubilee celebration. Recorded at radio station WJR, Detroit, Michigan, January or February 1942. (5 minutes; LWO 3493 reel 43B)

AFS 6456A: One side of a disc containing a hodgepodge of clips of "Dear Mr. President" recordings from Michigan. (47 seconds; LWO 3493 reel 45A and 46A)

AFC 1950/003: Thelma G. James recording project
Thirty 12-inch discs of Armenian tales and songs performed by Mrs. M. Srabian, Mr. and Mrs. Hupsima Hoogasian, Kazar Hoogasian, Mr. and Mrs. H. Kaprelian, Mrs. Zakarian, and Katoon Mouradian. Collected by Thelma G. James in cooperation with the Wayne University Folklore Archive, ca. 1948-50. The collection includes a song list. (AFS 9659-9688) (5 hours and 58 minutes; LWO 5111 reel 249-252A)

AFC 1950/038: University of Michigan Recording Project
Thirty 12-inch discs of songs recorded at various locations in Michigan by Harry B. Welliver, Jr., and others, November 1948-February 1949, for the University of Michigan. The collection includes one linear inch of notes. (4 hours; LWO 5111 reel 252-254A) (AFS 9689-9718) [catalog record]

AFC 1955/008: Richard M. Dorson Collection of African American Recordings from Michigan
Two tapes of southern Negroes in Michigan singing songs and telling tales. Recorded by Richard M. Dorson, Michigan State University, 1952. (AFS 10,896-10,897)

AFC 1970/033: Lani Herrmann and Cal Herrmann Collection of Folk Music Concert Recordings
Four 10-inch tapes of a Roosevelt University concert (Chicago, Illinois), featuring Studs Terkel, Big Bill Broonzy, Gerry Armstrong, and Win Strackey. Recorded December 13, 1956; a performance of Pete Seeger, Sonny Terry, and Big Bill Broonzy recorded on an unknown date; and Seeger and Broonzy at Circle Pines, Michigan, recorded July 6, 1957. (AFS 14,172-14,175)

AFC 1970/005: Jane Willets Collection of Ottawa language wire recordings
Thirteen spools of wire of Ottawa material, including hymns, tales, word list, interviews, Nanabojo myths, legends, interview on history of Ottawa, etc. Recorded by Jane Willets, 1947. Copies of the notes and translations were provided by Frank Ettawageshik (Jane Willets' son). (AFS 14,316-14,328)

AFC 1975/026: Art Rosenbaum Duplication Project
Twenty-seven 10-inch tapes of blues, country, fiddle, gospel, and other music recorded in Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, and Scotland primarily by Art Rosenbaum, 1958-71. Genres include country, fiddle, gospel, and blues music and Scottish ballads by various performers: Pete Franklin, Shirley Griffith, Yank Rachell, Scrapper Blackwell, John Summers, Louis Riendeau and "Doc" Oscar Parks. Also Albert Hash, Dwight "Red" Lamb, Elvin Campbell, H.E. "Pappy" Wells, Silver Light Gospel Singers, Bert Hare, migrant farm workers, Mary McBride Heekin, White / Whyte family, Clester Hounchell, J.M. Stone, Omie Rose Helton, Ed & Max LeBlanc, Old Threshers' Reunion, Fidel Martin. [catalog record]

AFS 17,544: One tape containing migrant farm workers recorded at Bud Decker Farm in Allegan County, Michigan, August 1958.

AFC 1977/009: Robert M. Fleck Collection
Correspondence between Robert M. Fleck, Alan Jabbour, and Carl Fleishhauer regarding Fleck's film project "Save the Last Dance." Collection also includes sample 5-inch tape of Phillip and Paul van Arsdale playing hammer dulcimer music; 4 flyers for the Old Time Fidder's Jamboree and Old Fashioned Square Dance; Vol. 3/No. 1 issue of the Historical Society of Michigan Newsletter; and clippings of Robert Fleck/Michigan fiddling. [catalog record]

AFS 19,161-19,178: Jonas Balys / Lithuanian American Recordings
Eighteen 10-inch tapes of Greek and Lithuanian songs recorded in Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin by Jonas Balys, 1949-59. The collection includes five linear inches of manuscripts containing an alphabetic index of songs, copies of six diaries of field expeditions, and photocopies of original tape boxes having supplementary information. [copies in AFS 10,751, AFS 10,873-10,874, and AFS 18,805]

AFS 19,164B: One tape containing 23 songs including drinking songs, ballads, wedding songs, and others sung by Mrs. Rozalija Cipliene from Vosiskiai village and Mrs. Antanina Alksninis from Lekeciai village. Recorded in Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 1949. (LWO 9748 Reel 4 B1-2)

AFS 19,164 B2-19,165A1: Two tapes containing 15 songs including ballads, soldier songs, and other songs by Ona Ramutiene, Mr. and Mrs. Aleksandras Kutkus, Bronius Budriunas, Jonas Valiukas, Marija Sims, Elena Baliene, and Magdalena Greiviene. Recorded in Detroit, Michigan, August 1949. (LWO 9748 Reel 4 B2-Reel 5 A1)

AFC 1979/057: Robert J. Moy Collection of Michigan Dance Tunes and Shanties
One audiocassette of a home recording of dance tunes and shanty songs from Michigan collected by Robert Moy. (AFS 19,414) (LWO 12,931) [catalog record]

AFC 1984/074: Jeff Todd Titon Recordings of New Bethel Baptist Church Hymns
One audiocassette of hymns and spirituals (including lining-out) by the congregation of the New Bethel Baptist Church. Recorded in Detroit, Michigan, by Jeff Todd Titon , 1977-1978. (AFS 22,500)

AFC 1984/087: Alan Lomax / Louisa Butler Lullaby Collection
One audiocassette of a lullaby with commentary sung and spoken by Louisa Butler of Detroit, Michigan. The commentary includes an explanation of how Butler learned the lullaby from her aunt, Grace Evans of Waynesville, Ohio. Recorded by Alan Lomax, February 27, 1978. The collection includes three pages of notes. (AFS 22,608)

AFC 1981/018: Ethnic Broadcasting in America Collection
Eighteen 7-inch tapes, two 5-inch tapes, and 117 audiocassettes 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 6 linear inches of manuscript materials. [catalog record]

AFS 23,084: One tape containing Polish radio broadcast on station WIID. Recorded in Garden City, Michigan (?), June 1978.

AFS 23,090: One tape containing Croatian radio broadcast on station WJVK. Recorded in Detroit, Michigan (?), June 1945 and copied by Richard March.

AFS 23,097-23105: Nine tapes containing Arab, Greek Orthodox religious, Hungarian, Serbian, East Indian, Maltese, Rumanian, Italian, Lithuanian, and Croatian radio broadcasts from station WMZK 98 FM. Recorded in Detroit, Michigan, June 1978.

AFS 23,118-23,119: Two tapes containing Scottish and Mexican radio broadcasts from station WQRS 105.1 FM. Recorded in Detroit, Michigan, June 1978.

AFC 1985/030: Connie Goldman / "Horizons: The Grand Generation Collection
National Public Radio Program containing performances and interviews with elderly artists at the Smithsonian Institution's 1984 Festival of American Folklife. Commentary by Gene Bluestein, California State University at Fresno. Interviewees include Mayer and Doris Kirshenblatt, storytellers from Ontario, Canada; Estelle Oozevaseuk, Yupik Eskimo storyteller from Alaska; Rev. Daniel Womack, musician and preacher from Roanoke, Virginia; Kaui Zuttermeister, hula dancer from Oahu, Hawaii; Wade Mainer (banjo) and Julia Mainer (guitar) from Flint, Michigan; and Tommy Jarrell, fiddler from Mt. Airy, North Carolina. (AFS 23,719)

AFC 1982/022: The Mountains Stay With Us: Southern Upland Folklife in the Midwest / edited by Deborah K. May
A regional folklife project field research summary compiled by Barry Bergey, Robert Cantwell, Mary Hufford, Kathleen Mundell, and Patricia Radecki, under the auspices of the Great Lakes Arts Alliance, 63 pages. The report includes a map of the site location and descriptions of the "work, leisure, and folk arts" of the "southern uplanders: a Midwestern ethnic group" of people who migrated from the "southern mountains." The study was conducted in parts of southern Illinois, southern Indiana, southeastern Michigan, and southern Ohio, January - June 1980.

AFC 1986/022: Center for Applied Linguistics Collection
Fifty-nine 10-inch tapes of speech samples, linguistic interviews, oral histories, conversations, and excerpts from public speeches 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 24,311A1: One tape containing reading samples of a 22-year old white female of Wakefield, Michigan. Recorded on an unknown date. Collected by Stewart A. Kingsbury. [audio] [transcript]

AFS 24,311A2: One tape containing reading samples of a 23-year old male of Italian descent from Ironwood, Michigan. Recorded on an unknown date. Collected by Stewart A. Kingsbury. [audio] [transcript]

AFS 24,311A3: One tape containing reading samples by a 58-year old female of Finnish descent from Herman, Michigan. Recorded on an unknown date. Collected by Stewart A. Kingsbury. [audio] [transcript]

AFS 24,311A4: One tape containing reading samples by a young male of Michigan. Recorded on an unknown date. Collected by Stewart A. Kingsbury. [audio] [transcript]

AFS 24,311A5: One tape containing reading samples by a 26-year old female of Finnish descent from Bessemer, Michigan. Recorded on an unknown date. Collected by Stewart A. Kingsbury. [audio] [transcript]

AFS 24,311A6: One tape containing reading samples by a male of Michigan. Recorded on an unknown date. Collected by Stewart A. Kingsbury. [audio] [transcript]

AFS 24,311A7: One tape containing reading samples by a 36-year old female of Finnish descent from Michigan. Recorded on an unknown date. Collected by Stewart A. Kingsbury. [audio] [transcript]

AFS 24,311A8: One tape containing reading samples by a 53-year old male of Swedish descent from Cedarville, Michigan. Recorded on an unknown date. Collected by Stewart A. Kingsbury. [audio] [transcript]

AFS 24,311B2: One tape containing an interview with a male from Michigan. Recorded on an unknown date. Collected by Stewart A. Kingsbury. [audio]

AFS 24,311B3: One tape containing reading samples of a 19-year old white female from Michigan. Includes a series of sentences, reads Arthur the Rate, recounts some personal narratives. Recorded on an unknown date. Collected by Stewart A. Kingsbury. [audio]

AFS 24,311B4: One tape containing reading sampes of a female from Michigan. Includes a series of sentences, reads Arthur the Rate, recounts some personal narratives. Recorded on an unknown date. Collected by Stewart A. Kingsbury. [audio]

AFS 24,311B6: One tape containing reading samples of a 35-year old white female from Michigan. Includes a series of sentences, reads Arthur the Rate, recounts some personal narratives. Recorded on an unknown date. Collected by Stewart A. Kingsbury. [audio]

AFS 24,316A1: One tape containing a conversation with a 31-year old black female of Detroit, Michigan, discussing her children, holidays, and the neighborhood. Recorded ca. 1967. Collected by Roger Shuy. [audio] [transcript]

AFS 24,316A2: One tape containing a conversation wiht a 32-year old black female of Detroit, Michigan, discussing children's games, TV programs, movies, school, and raising children. Recorded ca. 1967. Collected by Roger Shuy. [audio] [transcript]

AFS 24,316B1: One tape containing a conversation with a 41-year old black male of Detroit, Michigan, discussing childhood games, school, Vietnam War, and life views. Recorded ca. 1967. Collected by Roger Shuy. [audio] [transcript]

AFS 24,316B2: One tape containing a conversation with a 41-year old black male of Detroit, Michigan, discussing childhood games, school, and work. Recorded ca. 1967. Collected by Roger Shuy. [audio] [transcript]

AFS 24,317A1: One tape containing a conversation with a 16-year old black female of Detroit, Michigan, discussing Halloween, school, plans for the future, and fights. Recorded ca. 1967. Collected by Roger Shuy. [audio] [transcript]

AFS 24,317A2: One tape containing a conversation with a 13-year old white male of Detroit, Michigan, discussing hot rods, cars, and sports. Recorded ca. 1967. Collected by Roger Shuy. [audio] [transcript]

AFS 24,317B1: One tape containing a conversation with a 12-year old white female of Detroit, Michigan, discussing TV programs, games, friends, and school. Recorded ca. 1967. Collected by Roger Shuy. [audio] [transcript]

AFS 24,317B2: One tape containing a conversation with a 12-year old white female of Detroit, Michigan, discussing holidays, school, aspirations for the future, and an accident she experienced. Recorded ca. 1967. Collected by Roger Shuy. [audio] [transcript]

AFS 24,329A1: One tape containing an oral history with a 40-year old black male of Ann Arbor, Michigan, discussing race relations. Recorded on an unknown date. Collected by Jerrie Cobb Scott. [audio] [transcript]

AFS 24,329A2: One tape containing a reading test administered to a 7-year old black male of Detroit, Michigan. Recorded on an unknown date. Collected by Jerrie Cobb Scott. [audio] [transcript]

AFS 24,329A3: One tape containing a reading test administered to a 7-year old black male of Detroit, Michigan. Recorded on an unknown date. Collected by Jerrie Cobb Scott. [audio] [transcript]

AFC 1990/017: Archive of American Folk Song Films Collection
Video contains segments of film clips made by John A. Lomax, Alan Lomax, Elizabeth Lomax, and Bess Lomax during recording expeditions in the late 1930s and early 1940s. All the clips are silent footage in both color and black-and-white. It is believed that Alan wanted to use it to show off the Archives' collections. Includes logs. Finnish American, Michigan, Kentucky, Haiti. Southern United States. South Carolina. (AFS 27,010)

AFC 1990/017: reels 4-6, 19-22: Seven reels containing black-and-white film footage from Michigan. Includes footage of performers from Alan Lomax's Michigan and Wisconsin recording trip (AFC 1939/007), including John Frederickson (recorded on AFS 2376-78). Michigan footage includes dancers, singers, a log rolling competition, a Finnish water ritual, Serbian performers, Finnish performers, a man chopping wood, a string trio, and performances on accordion, gusla, violin, kantele (or possibly autoharp), and double flute (svirale), as well as shots of scenery, houses, and rural towns. Filmed by Alan Lomax in Calumet, Detroit, Baraga, and Mt. Pleasant, Michigan (though some recording locations are unclear), between August and October 1938. (13 minutes)

AFC 1991/026: "Down Home Dairyland" / Wisconsin Folk Museum Collection
Seven audiocassettes of part II of the radio series "Downhome Dairyland," hosted and produced by Jim Leary and Richard March, presented by the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Wisconsin Folk Museum, and broadcast weekly March 4-May 27, 1990. The collection includes eight pages of a brochure, correspondence, datasheets, and an inventory. The radio series entitled "Down Home Dairyland," a program of traditional and ethnic music of Wisconsin and Michigan, hosted and produced by folklorists Jim Leary and Richard March; presented by Wisconsin Arts Board and the Wisconsin Folk Museum. Includes performances and interviews, as well as older recordings. Also includes Native American, Swiss, Polish, French, German, Puerto Rican, and Asian-traditions; also fiddling, polka, instrument building, and library and museum collections.

AFC 1995/004: Mike Seeger Collection
Two hundred and 75 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 three linear inches of computer disks, correspondence, notes, and photos. [catalog record]

AFC 1995/004: MS 532B: One tape containing a Dock Boggs recording session, including "Omie Wise," and "Cavalry." Recorded at Canterbury House, Ann Arbor, Michigan, February 1968.

AFC 1995/032: Harlan E. Bogie / Clare Alexander Bogie Wire Collection
One wire spool of a "Home recordings" of Mr. Clare Bogie and associates. Clare Bogie, a bandleader, composer, award-winning fiddler, and pianist from Pontiac, Michigan, was recorded by his grandson, Harlan E. Bogie. The wire recording was made in 1951, and features Clare Bogie and others performing instrumentals, as well as gospel, Irish and popular songs. The collection includes a log. [catalog record]

AFC 1996/058: Erskine Peters / Reverend C. L. Franklin, "The Eagle Stirreth Her Nest" Sermon Collection
One audiocassette of "The Eagle Stirreth Her Nest" recorded at New Bethel Baptist Church, Detroit, Michigan, and duplicated from Jewel Records LP# LPS-0083 (1973). The audiocassette is accompanied by Peters' 78-page manuscript describing his system of transcribing African American prosody, of which the sermon serves as the main example. Examples also drawn from blues, poetry, and rap music. Peters's manuscript is part of his longer, book-length study entitled "Afro-Poetics in the United States: Principles and Practices: An Introduction to an Aesthetic Tradition."

AFC 1996/075: Les Raber / "Come Dance With Me" Fiddling Collection
Two audiocassettes of 44fiddle tunes played by Raber, many with uncommon titles. Raber's repertoire includes older quadrilles, waltzes, jigs, reels, schottisches, and two steps in a style common to rural Michigan before the influence of the World Wars, the Fox Trot, and Appalachian fiddling styles. Raber is accompanied by Bill Webster, hammered dulcimer; and Jim Vandenberg, guitar.

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 1997/016: David Romas / Central Michigan University Marching Band Song Collection
Two audiocassettes of bawdy American songs collected by Mike Fitzpatrick and David Romas. The majority of the songs were performed by the bawdy singer and pianist known as "Vollbey." The rest of the songs, as well as the recordings and narration were performed by David Romas. The audiocassettes are accompanied by 3 copies of a 59-page manuscript entitled "Central Michigan University Marching Band: 'The Marching Chippewas:' Bawdy Songs, Chants and Limericks." The manuscript contains a complete song list and textual transcriptions. The collection was originally intended to aid the research of Ed Cray of the University of Southern California for the updated version of his book The Erotic Muse: American Bawdy Songs (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1992).

AFC 1998/004: Eric Larson / Otto Martin Larson Collection
One audiocassette of 23 ragtime and other versions of 7 piano pieces played by Otto Martin Larson (1895-1961), of Hammond, Indiana; Chicago, Illinois; and Detroit, Michigan. Two pieces are his original compositions: "Old Kentucky," and "Sarabelle and Johnny." The other titles are: "Golden Days," "It Had to Be You," "Kiss Me Again," "Liebestraum," and "You and I." Larson initially played in silent movie theaters, and later played in theaters and night clubs. The collection includes 25 pages of biographical information, song lyrics, and program notes.

AFC 2000/001: Local Legacies Collection
Four hundred and five linear feet (approximately 90,000 manuscript pages, 475 sound recordings, 13,270 graphic materials, 335 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. [catalog record] [online presentation] [Michigan Local Legacies]

AFC 2001/015: September 11, 2001, Documentary Project Collection
The collection documents reactions of ordinary citizens in the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States through sound and video recordings of interviews and personal narratives; as well as photographs, children's drawings, two scrapbooks, letters and e-mail, poems, ephemera, and a few artifacts. Some items were submitted as group projects of schools, libraries, and museums from 30 states in the U.S., and from American military service personnel and their families in Naples, Italy. [catalog record] [finding aid] [online presentation]

AFC 2001/015: SR207-216: Ten tapes containing 10 interviews and narratives of reactions to the events of the September 11, 2001. Recorded by students from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, November 21-27, 2001.

AFC 2001/015: SR217-SR234: Seventeen tapes containing 51 interviews and narratives of reactions to the events of the September 11, 2001. Recorded by students from Alma College, Alma, Michigan, November 21-27, 2001.

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. Collection includes three bamboo flutes.

AFC 2003/027: VBS 1321: Black-and-white film footage of Big Bill Broonzy performing at Circle Pines, Michigan, 1957. (9 minutes)

AFC 2004/004: The 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 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 he 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 2004/004: [uncataloged]: Nine folders of manuscript material relating to Alan Lomax’s 1938 Michigan and Wisconsin recording trip (AFC 1939/007). Materials include field notebooks, diaries, field notes, publications, song texts, research documents, and correspondence.

AFC 2004/032: Nadeem Dlaikan and the Dearborn Traditional Ensemble Concert and Interview Collection
Homegrown 2004 concert in Coolidge Auditorium, with interview with Nadeem Dlaidan conducted by Yvonne Lockwood recorded August 11, 2004. Collection consists of sound and video recordings of the concert at the Library of Congress, and a sound recording of an interview with Nadeem Dlaikan regarding his family and education in Lebanon, his immigration to the United States in 1969, and details about making reed flutes and performing in Michigan. Also included are digital photographs of the concert in the Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress and of the performance later on the same day at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Manuscripts in the collection include a tape log and summary of the interview, program flyer, and additional publicity materials for the concerts. [catalog record]

AFC 2010/001: Dane Johnson Collection
Two CDs, newspaper clippings, manuscripts, and photographs related to Dane Johnson of Bloomingdale, Michigan. Johnson is a fiddler, fiddle and dulcimer maker, woodcarver, and restorer of mechanical toys and antique cars. The CDs include fiddler Gene Johnson, Dane's late brother, and guitarist Gene Hamlin. Color photographs of fiddles, carved canes, rifles, and antique toys in Dane Johnson's home. The collection was donated by Kimberly Allen, who is the niece of Dane Johnson. The CDs are copies of audio cassettes recorded in 1994 or later. [catalog record]

AFC 2011/055: Bentley Historical Library collection
Field recordings of folksongs, ballads, fiddle tunes, and interviews, including lumbering songs and stories, sea songs of the Great Lakes region, humorous and popular songs, and Irish American songs recorded by Ivan Walton, Alan Lomax, and others from 1938-1955, plus speed corrected tapes of the early recordings, 1989, and tape copies of commercial recordings. In several series including: 1938 recordings by Alan Lomax on Beaver Island and St. Ignace, Michigan; 1938 recordings by Ivan Walton from Cleveland, Ohio and Port Huron, Michigan; 1940 recordings by Ivan Walton on Beaver Island and Cheboygan, Michigan; 1950s recordings by Ivan Walton on Beaver Island, Michigan; 1955 recordings by Ivan Walton, University of Michigan Summer Session Folklore Program and undated recordings by Ivan Walton. [catalog record]

AFC 2013/026: Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946, lecture by Jim Leary
Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture, July 18, 2013, Mary Pickford Theater, Library of Congress. Jim Leary presented his research devoted to a compilation and new edition of folk music recorded during the 1930s and 1940s by Sidney Robertson Cowell, Alan Lomax, and Helene Stratman-Thomas in homes, hotels, community halls, church basements, and parks throughout Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Focusing on 175 representative performances by more than 200 singers and musicians -- and including biographical sketches and photographs of performers, as well as transcriptions, translations, and annotations for songs in twenty-five languages, the field recordings will be published in 2014 under the title Folksongs of another America: field recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946. [catalog record]

 

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