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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture


Compiled by: Reinhardt Schuhmann, Kenneth Schweitzer, and Jud Wellington
Series Editor: Ann Hoog

Revised: January 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.

AFS 10,029-10,052: Arthur S. Alberts Collection of West Africa Recordings
Twenty-four 7-inch tapes of music recorded in French Guinea, French Sudan, Gold Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, and Upper Volta by Arthur S. Alberts, ca. 1949-50. The collection includes a 3-page concordance.

AFS 10,029: One tape containing battle, hunting, religious, and other songs sung by Ashanti and Ibo (Nigeria) performers, and Moslem prayers recorded in Kumasi and elsewhere, Gold Coast. (30 minutes; LWO 4070 reel 1; tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 283/22A)

AFS 10,030: One tape containing songs sung by Ibo (Nigeria) performers recorded in Accra, Gold Coast. (30 minutes; LWO 4070 reel 2; tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 283/22)

AFS 10,031: One tape containing drums, an "Anansi song," songs sung by Mano (Liberia) performers, and songs sung by Ibo (Nigeria) performers recorded in Accra, Gold Coast. (30 minutes; LWO 4070 reel 3; tape copy on LWO 5111 reels 283/22B-23A)

AFS 10,053-10,054: Erich von Hornbostel Collection
Two 10-inch tapes of music originally recorded on cylinders in Africa, Asia, Australia, Central America, Europe, Greenland, Indonesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, New Guinea, North America, and South America, by various collectors. Compiled on 120 cylinders by Erich M. von Hornbostel at the Berlin Phonogramm-Archiv as the Hornbostel Demonstration Collection, ca. 1911. Donated to the Archive by Walter V. Bingham, 1943. The collection includes 3/4 linear inch of correspondence, descriptions, lists, and notes. A published description is contained in volume eight, pages 35-77, of The Federal Cylinder Project: A Guide to Field Cylinder Collections in Federal Agencies: Volume 8: Early Anthologies (Washington, D.C.; American Folklife Center, 1984)

AFS 10,053B27: One tape containing a song sung while dancing. Recorded in Nigeria by Karl E. Laman, ca. 1908. (2 minutes; LWO 1416 reel 1B)

AFS 13,001-13,030: Darius L. Thieme Collection
Thirty 10-inch tapes of instrumental music and songs recorded in Western Nigeria by Darius L. Thieme, 1964-66. Includes performances by Abeokuta, Ado Awaiye, Ajagase, Ara, Ede, Ejigba, Gbamgbola, Ibadan, Ida, Ife, Igangan, Ijebu-Ode, Illebo, Imini, Iseyin, Isundunrin, Iwo, Lalupan, Lanlate, Mowolowo, Ogbomosho, Ogburo, Ogo, Oyo, and Sukeeru performers. The collection includes a 28-page concordance, a newspaper clipping, and 9 pages of notes. (60 hours; LWO 4973)

AFS 13,169-13,184: William Bascom / Music of the Yoruba and Ibo, Africa
Sixteen 10-inch discs of Music of the Yoruba and Ibo people of West Africa, mainly Nigeria. Duplicated from commercial discs loaned by William Bascom, 1943. (2 hours, 15 minutes; Includes LWO 5111 reels 424B-425)

AFC 1973/028: Laura Boulton Collection
One thousand, one hundred sixty-six 10 inch discs, eighteen 14 inch discs, one 3 inch tape, twenty-two 5 inch tapes, and three hundred forty-four 7 inch tapes of music recorded in Angola, The Bahamas, Canada, The Congo, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Jamaica, Japan, Martinique, Mexico, Native American Music, Nyasaland, Peru Polynesia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and the USA by Laura Boulton, Walter Garwick, George Hibbit, Bascom Lamar Lunsford, and Charles F. Lummis, ca. 1904-1961. The collection includes twelve linear inches of logs, correspondence, and notes.

AFS 15,880-16,151: Laura Boulton Collection Part 8: French West Africa
Two hundred seventy-two 10-inch discs of music recorded in Benin, French Sudan, Niger, Nigeria, and other locations by Laura Boulton, 1934. Duplicated in part on AFS 17,329-17,368. The collection includes 1 1/2linear inches of concordances and fieldnotes.

AFS 15,946-15,963: Eighteen discs containing instrumental and vocal music performed by Yoruba performers, recorded in Nigeria. (1 hour and 12 minutes; tape copy on LWO 7551 reels 21B-22A)

AFS 15,964: One disc containing choral and drumming music of a Warri funeral recorded in Nigeria. (4 minutes; tape copy on LWO 7551 reel 22A)

AFS 16,014-16,027: Fourteen discs containing drumming pieces and songs with square drum accompaniment by Ibo performers, recorded in Nigeria. (56 minutes; tape copy on LWO 7551 reels 24B-25A)

AFS 16,037-16,048: Twelve discs containing dance music, drumming, and speech by Ibo performers, recorded in Nigeria. (48 minutes; tape copy on LWO 7551 reel 25B)

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, D.C., among others. Collection includes three bamboo flutes.



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