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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture

OHIO COLLECTIONS
IN THE ARCHIVE OF FOLK CULTURE

Compiled by: Christopher W. Alberding and Beth A. Sternheimer with assistance from Rhona Campbell
Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: April 2015


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.

Captain Pearl R. Nye Collection (AFC 1937/002)
Twenty-two 12-inch discs containing songs with commentary, sung and spoken by Captain Pearl R. Nye. Recorded in Akron, Ohio, by John A. Lomax, June 26-28, 1937. The collection includes five linear inches of correspondence, notes, and textual transcriptions; seven photos; and one reel of microfilm (MUSIC-12) containing photos and transcriptions. [catalog record] [online presentation]

1937/002: AFS 1001-1009: Nine discs containing songs with commentary, sung and spoken by Captain Pearl R. Nye. Recorded in Akron, Ohio, by John A. Lomax, June 26-28, 1937. The collection shares with AFS 1603-1615 five linear inches of correspondence, notes, and textual transcriptions; seven photos; and one reel of microfilm (MUSIC-12) containing photos and transcriptions. Portions of this collection, and of AFS 1603-1615, have been published by the Library of Congress on recording number AFS L51, The Ballad Hunter: John A. Lomax: Parts V & VI. (1 hour and 45 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 71B-72A)

1937/002: AFS 1603-1615: Thirteen 12-inch discs of songs sung by Captain Pearl R. Nye. Recorded in Akron, Ohio, by Alan and Elizabeth Lomax, November 3, 1937. The collection shares with AFS 1001-1009 five linear inches of correspondence, notes, and textual transcriptions; seven photos; and one reel of microfilm (MUSIC-12) containing photos and transcriptions. Portions of this collection, and of AFS 1001-1009, have been published by the Library of Congress on recording number AFS L51, The Ballad Hunter: John A. Lomax: Parts V & VI. (1 hour and 50 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 117-118A)

Alan Lomax Ohio and Indiana Collection (AFC 1938/004)
Seventy-nine 12-inch discs of instrumentals and songs recorded in Indiana and Ohio by Alan and Elizabeth Lomax, March 27 April 3, 1938. The collection includes one and one-eighth linear inches of articles, correspondence, field notes, postcards, reports, and transcriptions. [catalog record]

AFC 1938/004: AFS 1689-1696: Eight discs containing six songs and ten instrumentals recorded primarily at the Ohio Valley Folk Festival, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 27 28, 1938. (1 hour; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 119B-120A)

AFC 1938/004: AFS 1701-1718: Eighteen discs containing 32 songs and 25 instrumentals performed by Pete Steele and others, recorded in Hamilton, Ohio, March 29-31, 1938. (2 hours and 35 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 120-121)

Ivan Walton Collection of Songs from Michigan and Ohio (AFC 1939/014)
Ten 12-inch discs of 35 songs recorded in Michigan and Ohio by Ivan Walton, September 2-22, 1938. The collection includes 28 pages of notes. [catalog record]

AFC 1939/014: AFS 3403: One disc containing three songs sung by Captain Pearl R. Nye. Recorded in Akron, Ohio, September 22, 1938. (13 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 225B)

AFC 1939/014: AFS 3405: One disc containing four songs, one in French, sung by Harvey Bonnah. Recorded in Cleveland, Ohio, September 22, 1938. (9 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 225A)

The Influence of the Gospel Song on the Negro Church / by Katharine L. Small
M.A. Thesis, Ohio State University, 1945. Microfilm Number: 97/1102 [catalog record]

Anne and Frank Warner Collection, 1938-1969 (AFC 1950/002)
One hundred five discs, 17 7-inch tapes, and 2 5-inch tapes of instrumentals, interviews, readings, songs, and stories recorded in the Bahamas, Massachusetts, the Middle West, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia, by Anne and Frank M. Warner, 1940-66. The collection includes 3/16 linear inch of concordances, correspondence, fieldnotes, and lists. Also includes Mohawk and recordings of Carl Sandburg. [catalog record] [finding aid]

National Folk Festival, 1938 (AFC 1950/017)
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 lists, newspaper articles, and programs. [catalog record]

AFC 1950/017: AFS 9842B5; 9845A7: Two 16-inch discs containing two renditions of "The Old Skipper," sung by Captain Pearl R. Nye of Akron, Ohio. (5 minutes; preservation tape LWO 5111 reel 266)

Jonas Balys collection (AFC 1953/016)
Eighteen 10-inch tapes of Lithuanian songs with commentary 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. Portions of this collection are also contained on AFS 10,751, 10,874, and 18,805. The collection includes seven linear inches of fieldnotes and two monographs. [catalog record]

AFC 1953/016: AFS 19,165A11-19,166A11: Two tapes containing 68 songs with commentary recorded in Cleveland, Ohio, August 14-17, 1949. (2 hours and 5 minutes; LWO 9748 reels 5-6A)

AFC 1953/016: AFS 19,177B1-8: One tape containing 21 songs recorded in Columbus, Ohio, November 23, 1950. (25 minutes; LWO 9748 reel 17B)

Wyatt Insko Collection of Folk Music from Eastern Kentucky (AFC 1955/007)
Fourteen 7-inch tapes of banjo, dulcimer, and fiddle tunes and songs by Kentucky musicians recorded in Berea and Lexington, Kentucky, and southern Ohio by Wyatt Insko, July 1954. Includes performances by Jesse Amburgey of Knott County, Jethro Amburgey of Hindman, Floyd Burchett of Brushy Fork, Mrs. Rosie Foley and Swan Ledford of Natural Bridge, Buell Kazee of Lexington, Pleaz Mobley of Manchester, Balus and Kitty Singleton Ritchie of Viper, and Clarence H. and Ann Wyatt of Perry County. Collected and recorded by Wyatt Insko in charge of recordings for the Coordinated Archives of Indiana University. [catalog record]

John Ball, Bruce Buckley, and Harold Apel Collection of Ohio Recordings (AFC 1958/005)
Three 10-inch tapes of instrumentals, songs, and stories recorded in Darke County and Portsmouth, Ohio, by John Ball and Bruce Buckley, July 1951 June 1952; and piano playing and singing by Rufus Perryman (Speckled Red), recorded by John Ball, 1955. The collection includes one-fourth linear inch of notes. [catalog record]

AFC 1958/005: AFS 11,330B-11,331B12: Two tapes containing a fiddling contest recorded in Darke County, Ohio, by John Ball, 1952. (1 hour and 30 minutes; LWO 2668 reels 1B-2)

AFC 1958/005: AFS 11,331B13-11,332B: Two tapes containing songs and stories sung and spoken by Ira Cephas, recorded in Portsmouth, Ohio, by Bruce Buckley, July 1951 and June 1952. (1 hour and 30 minutes; LWO 2668 reels 2B-3)

William H. Tallmadge Duplication Project (AFC 1969/003)
Nine 10-inch tapes of Baptist lining-out hymns recorded in Knott County, Kentucky, and Lima, Ohio, by William H. Tallmadge, May-July, October 1968. The collection includes two linear inches of notes. [catalog record]

AFC 1969/003: AFS 13,680A: One tape containing hymns and a sermon recorded at the United Baptist Church, Lima, Ohio, October 13, 1968. (45 minutes; LWO 5611 reel 9A)

Francis W. Shield / Mrs. James Wilson Singing "Little Ida" (AFC 1970/041)
One 3-inch tape of "Little Ida," discussed and sung by Mrs. James Wilson, originally of Ohio. Recorded by Francis W. Shield in Hampton, Virginia, July 1970. (AFS 14,217) (20 minutes; LWO 6085)

Library Collections of Ohio Folksong / by Rebecca B. Schroeder (AFC 1972/029)
A 60-page M.A. thesis investigating the unpublished collections of Ohio folksong materials available for study at the Library of Congress and four Ohio libraries. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University, June 1964.

Mary Linebaugh / Nora Rush Manuscript
Nine pages of correspondence and typescript copies of 12 rhymes and song texts written in a notebook by Nora Rush of Youngstown, Ohio, 1880s. Submitted by her great granddaughter Mary Linebaugh of Albany, New York, November 7, 1973.

Carl Fleischhauer Collection of West Virginia and Ohio Folk Music (AFC 1974/011)
Two 7-inch and four 5-inch tapes of instrumentals and interviews recorded in Ohio and West Virginia by Carl Fleischhauer and others, February 15, 1973 April 6, 1974. The collection includes 1/2 linear inch of concordances, correspondence, and lists. [catalog record]

AFC 1974/011: AFS 17,016: One 5-inch tape containing 20 instrumentals performed on banjo, fiddle, and guitar by Ward Jarvis, originally of Braxton County, West Virginia, with Dan (Danlovich) Dagget and John Hutchison. Recorded in Guysville, Ohio, by Bob Bohl, September 1, 1973. (1 hour and 7 minutes; LWO 7976 reel 3)

Pete Seeger Oberlin College Concert, 1955 (AFC 1975/019)
One 10-inch tape of a concert performed by Pete Seeger of Beacon, New York. Recorded at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, by Stephen Lee Taller and others, April 16, 1955. The collection includes six pages of lists and four pages of photocopies of the concert program. (AFS 17,502) (2 hours and 10 minutes; LWO 8394) [catalog record]

Jack Manischewitz Duplication Project (AFC 1976/014)
Six 10-inch tapes of primarily Yiddish songs recorded in Albuquerque; Cincinnati; Denver; New York City; Pittsburgh; and West Orange, New Jersey by Jack Manischewitz, 1957-61. The collection includes 32 pages of notes. [catalog record]

AFC 1976/014: AFS 18,053A1-27, A30-B4, B8 18,055A; 18,057B1-8: Four tapes containing 148 songs recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1957-60. (5 hours and 20 minutes; LWO 8692 reels 1-3A, 5B)

Mike Seeger Collection of Earl Scruggs, Don Reno, and Sam Bowles Recordings (AFC 1977/015)
One 5-inch tape of instrumentals recorded in Maryland and Ohio by Mike Seeger, July 1955 and February March 1971. The collection includes a one-page list. [catalog record]

AFC 1977/015: AFS 18,962A3-B: One tape containing nine instrumentals played on steel guitar by Sam Bowles. Recorded in Centerville, Ohio, February 22, March 3, and March 5, 1971. (13 minutes; LWO 9415)

John McCutcheon Duplication Project (AFC 1977/027)
Three 10-inch tapes of instrumentals, songs, and stories recorded in Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, and Tennessee by John McCutcheon, 1975-76. The collection includes 51 pages of notes. [catalog record]

AFC 1977/027: AFS 19,130: One tape containing instrumentals and stories played on the melodeon and spoken by Michael J. Kennedy. Recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio, October 1976. (2 hours; LWO 9566 reel 1)

Cal Kowal / Interview of Joe "Mr. Spoons" Jones (AFC 1978/025)
One 7-inch tape of an interview and demonstrations of spoon playing by Joe "Mr. Spoons" Jones. Recorded by Cal Kowal in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1975. The collection includes 26 pages of articles, correspondence, and lists as well as A Book Full of Spoons by Cal Kowal, which includes a 45-rpm disc of spoon playing by Mr. Jones. (AFS 19,257) (30 minutes; LWO 12,084)

David Brose recordings of Ward Jarvis, part 1 (AFC 1979/042)
One 10-inch tape of instrumentals and stories performed on banjo and fiddle and spoken by Ward Jarvis. Recorded in Stewart, Ohio, by David A. Brose, April 30, 1978. (AFS 19,386) (1 hour and 15 minutes; LWO 12,904) [catalog record]

Traditional Ethnic Music and the Elderly collection (AFC 1983/031)
Six 10-inch tapes of instrumentals and songs played and sung by Guy Blakeman (fiddle), Wally Bollinger (banjo), "Pigmeat" Jarrett (piano), Phil McGing (melodeon), Vince Sawma (oud), and The Liberty Cornet Band. Recorded in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area by Malcolm Dalglish and Grey Larsen for the "Traditional Music and the Elderly Project," 1978. Portions of the collection have been published on June Appal LP 36142 Snow on the Roof, Fire in the Furnace (1979). The collection includes one linear inch of articles, logs, and notes. (10 hours; RWA 185-190) [catalog record]

David Brose recordings of Ward Jarvis, part 2 (AFC 1983/032)
Five 10-inch tapes of instrumentals and interviews performed on banjo and fiddle and spoken by Ward Jarvis of Braxton County, West Virginia. Recorded in Stewart, Ohio, by David A. Brose, December 12, 1978 June 26, 1979. The collection includes 24 pages of logs. (10 hours; LWO 16,744) [catalog record]

Stephen Erdely Recordings of Hungarian American Songs (AFC 1984/078)
Five 10-inch tapes of Hungarian American songs recorded in Cleveland and Shaker Heights, Ohio, by Stephen Erdely, 1961-65. The collection includes 1/2 linear inch of correspondence, lists, and logs. (10 hours; RWA 7789-7793) [catalog record]

Alan Lomax / Louisa Butler Lullaby Collection (AFC 1984/087)
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. (7 minutes; RYA 1322) [catalog record]

Ethnic Broadcasting in America Collection (AFC 1981/018)
Eighteen 7-inch tapes, 2 5-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 nine linear inches of manuscript materials. [catalog record]

AFC 1981/018: AFS 23,055: One 7-inch tape containing the program "Old World Melodies" on WCBE, Columbus, Ohio, May 20, 1978. (30 minutes; RXA 4461)

AFC 1981/018: AFS 23,056-23,060: Five 7-inch tapes containing three "Music of the Balkans" programs on WCBE, Columbus, Ohio, May 20, June 24, and July 29, 1978. (2 hours and 30 minutes; RXA 4462-4466)

AFC 1981/018: AFS 23,110: One 7-inch tape containing the Spanish program "Puerta Abierta" on WOSU, Columbus, Ohio, May 20, 1978. (30 minutes; RXA 4468)

AFC 1981/018: AFS 23,126-23,134: Nine 7-inch tapes containing an interview with John Heurich about German radio, and two German radio programs on WRMZ, Columbus, Ohio, May 21, 1978, and July 17, 1979. (4 hours and 15 minutes; RXA 4469-4477)

AFC 1981/018: AFS 23,147: One cassette containing the Spanish program "La Voz Hispana" on WZAK, Cleveland, Ohio, May 30, 1978. (1 hour; RYA 2995)

AFC 1981/018: AFS 23,148: One cassette containing a Polish program on WZAK, Cleveland, Ohio, May 30, 1978. (1 hour; RYA 2996)

AFC 1981/018: AFS 23,149: One cassette containing a Greek program and a Hungarian program on WZAK, Cleveland, Ohio, May 30, 1978. (1 hour; RYA 2997)

AFC 1981/018: AFS 23,150: One cassette containing a Slovak program on WZAK, Cleveland, Ohio, May 30, 1978. (1 hour; RYA 2998)

AFC 1981/018: AFS 23,151: One cassette containing the Irish program "Echoes of Erin" on WZAK, Cleveland, Ohio, May 30, 1978. (1 hour; RYA 2999)

AFC 1981/018: AFS 23,152: One cassette containing an Arab program on WZAK, Cleveland, Ohio, May 31, 1978. (1 hour; RYA 3000)

AFC 1981/018: AFS 23,153: One cassette containing a Czech program on WZAK, Cleveland, Ohio, June 1, 1978. (1 hour; RYA 3001)

AFC 1981/018: AFS 23,154: One cassette containing a Bohemian program on WZAK, Cleveland, Ohio, June 1, 1978. (30 minutes; RYA 3002)

AFC 1981/018: AFS 23,155: One cassette containing a Slovenian program on WZAK, Cleveland, Ohio, June 1, 1978. (1 hour; RYA 3003)

"White Oak Basketry: An American Tradition" (AFC 1982/020)
A program of the American Folklife Center held at the Library of Congress, April 8, 1982. Demonstrators of the craft included Lucreaty Clark of Lamont, Florida, and Dwight Stump of Hocking Hills, Ohio. A panel discussion followed, including Clark, Stump, Rosemary Joyce, Ormond Loomis, and Peggy Bulger.

The Mountains Stay With Us: Southern Upland Folklife in the Midwest (AFC 1982/022)
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. [catalog record]

Ohio Valley Folk Research Project Publications (AFC 1983/021)
Five linear inches of mansucript materials including tales, stories, folklore, etc. from Ross County, Ohio. Self published materials by the Ohio Valley Folk Research Project Publications of the Ross County Historical Society.

1984 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection (AFC 1984/007)
Ten 10-inch tapes and two cassettes of instrumentals and songs performed as part of the 1984 Neptune Plaza Concert Series, sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Recorded at the Library of Congress, May-September 1984. The collection includes five linear inches of ephemera, notes, and photos. [catalog record] [finding aid]

The following describes materials from the May 4, 1984, concert by Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, bluegrass music from Ohio.

AFC 1984/007: Folder 2: One folder containing identification of people in photographs.

AFC 1984/007: SR1-2: Two tapes containing the concert (1 hour and 30 minutes; RWA 7311-7312)

AFC 1984/007: Envelope 1: One envelope containing one sheet of black-and-white negatives (35 images). Photographed by John T. Gibbs.

AFC 1984/007: Folders 3-4: Two folders containing one black-and-white contact sheet (35 images). Photographed by John T. Gibbs); and one 7x9 black-and-white photoprint and duplicate (photographer unknown).

David Brose Collection of Harvey Phelps Interviews (AFC 1984/010)
Three videocassettes of commentary, instrumentals, and songs spoken and performed with banjo by Harvey Phelps. Recorded in Delaware, Ohio, by David A. Brose, Jack Shortlidge, and Gary L. Walker, April 23, 1984. (1 hour) [catalog record]

1985 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection (AFC 1985/015)
Eleven 10-inch tapes of dances, instrumentals, and songs performed as part of the 1985 Neptune Plaza Concert Series, sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Recorded at the Library of Congress, April-October 1985. The collection includes 15 linear inches of ephemera, notes, photos, and slides. [catalog record] [finding aid]

The following describes materials from the June 20, 1985, performance by the Dry Branch Fire Squad, bluegrass music from Springfield, Ohio.

AFC 1985/015: Folder 6: One folder containing concert fliers, press releases, and news clippings.

AFC 1985/015: SR4-5: Two tapes containing the concert. (1 hour and 30 minutes; RWB 0487-0488)

AFC 1985/015: Envelope 6: One envelope containing one sheet of black-and-white negatives (36 images). Photographed by John T. Gibbs.

AFC 1985/015: Folders 7-9: Three folders containing 3 black-and-white contact sheets (73 images); 3 duplicate contact sheets; and 4 8x10 black-and-white photoprints. Photographed by John T. Gibbs.

AFC 1985/015: Envelope 7: One envelope containing One holder containing 4 color slides. Photographed by John T. Gibbs.

Mūsų žingsniai : Ohio Lietuvių žinios (AFC 1985/019)
One hundred and six issues of Musu Zingsniai: Savaitines Lietuviu Zinios (Our Steps: Weekly Lithuanian News) (1981-84), and one issue of Biuletenis: Dievo Motinos Nuolatin s Pagalbos Parapija (Bulletin: Parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help) (October 16, 1983), both published by a Lithuanian parish in Cleveland, Ohio. The collection includes one page of correspondence. Contains an incomplete set of the newsletters (1981-1984: vol. 4, no. 26-36, 38-41; vol. 5, no. 1-25, 27-36; vol. 6, no. 1-17, 19-27, 29-35; vol. 7, no. 1-2, 4, 6-22, 24-25, and 28) and a vol. 10, no. 42, October 16, 1983 of Biuletenis: Dievo Motinos Nuolatines Pagalbos Parapija. [catalog record]

Traditional Pork Processing Collection (AFC 1986/009)
Collection of research materials about traditional pork processing collected by Barbara C. Fertig and others from several sources including the family of Marsha Holt Jacob and James M. Holt of Surrey, Virginia. Includes ca. 450 black-and-white and color photographs of family hog butchering and food preparation in Virginia and of local butchers in Ohio, taken by several photographers in 1985 to 1986. Also includes correspondence, articles, recipes, and clippings. In addition, there is information about Mennonite traditions, which includes an oral history interview with Helen Reimer Franz, Erwin Nick Hiebert, and Elfrieda Franz Hiebert conducted by Catherine Hiebert Kerst, about Mennonite hog butchering and food customs. [catalog record]

Victoria Larimore and Michael Taylor collection of sound recordings for The Amish--not to be modern (AFC 1987/014)
Eighty-nine 5-inch tapes of children's songs, interviews of Amish and formerly Amish people, New Order Amish songs, Old Order Amish hymns, and various sounds of Amish life. Recorded in Ohio by Victoria Larimore and Michael Taylor, September 1983 July 1984. The collection includes 52 pages of correspondence and notes. (AFS 24,370-24,458) (30 hours; RXA 6612-6700) [catalog record]

Lebanon (Ohio) Correctional Institute / "Expressions from Within" (AFC 1989/027)
Video and sound recordings of a program titled "Expressions from Within," created and performed by prisoners at the Lebanon (Ohio) Correctional Institute, June 18, 1989. Produced by Jessie Wensler.

Mike Seeger Collection (AFC 1995/004)
Two hundred 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 three linear inches of computer disks, correspondence, notes, and photos. The tape numbers indicated in the following annotations correspond with Mike Seeger's "dub numbers." [catalog record]

AFC 1995/004: 111B12-112A6: Two tapes containing commentary, instrumentals, and songs performed by the Stanley Brothers, recorded at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, November 16, 1961. (30 minutes)

AFC 1995/004: 114B8-116B4: Three tapes containing commentary, instrumentals, and songs spoken and performed by the Stanley Brothers, recorded at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, May 14, 1960. (1 hour and 50 minutes)

AFC 1995/004: 116B7-117A6: Two tapes containing commentary, instrumentals, and songs spoken and performed by the Osborne Brothers with Benny Birchfield. Recorded at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, April 1960. (30 minutes)

Ten pages of notes containing information about Kennedy Jones of Cincinnati, Ohio, who is regarded as an innovator of the thumbpick style of guitar playing.

Anne Grimes Collection of Ohio Folk Music (AFC 1996/003)
One hundred three 7-inch tapes, 22 5-inch tapes, 2 4-inch tapes, and 13 3-inch tapes of instrumentals, interviews, songs, and stories, recorded primarily in Ohio by Anne Grimes, 1953-92. The collection includes 185 articles, 83 other ephemeral publications, 955 pages of manuscripts, 102 photos, and 3 videocassettes. Portions of the tapes are included on AFS 11,443-11,458 (LWO 2627). (75 hours) [catalog record]

Dominic Montecalvo / Vincenza Montecalvo Italian Songs Collection (AFC 1996/061)
One cassette of Italian songs sung by Vincenza Montecalvo, recorded in 1959. Donated by her son Dominic Montecalvo of Ravenna, Ohio. The collection includes 11 pages of notes and a photo of the singer. (32 minutes)

The Shantyman's Canon / by Robert Young Walser (AFC 1996/067)
M.M. Thesis. This thesis is an examination of sailors' work songs for a core repertoire. Walser explores the "canonical" aspects of shanties, using many as examples, and also lists the frequency of shanties appearing in the American Folklife Center collections.

The Formation of Denny Jones' Personal Fiddle Style /by Sharon Poulson Graf (AFC 1996/079)
Master's thesis submitted to the Kent State University College of Fine and Professional Arts, Kent, Ohio, in December 1993. The thesis is a study of Ohio fiddler Denny Jones. The first chapter (pp. 12-24) is a "brief history of fiddling in the United States." Includes transcriptions, selected bibliography and discography.

Lands' End All-American Quilt Collection (AFC 1997/011)
Lands' End in cooperation with Good Housekeeping magazine sponsored quilt contests in 1992, 1994, and 1996. The collection,housed in 154 boxes, 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]

Multi-cultural Programming as a Strategy in Public Diplomacy: Leo Sarkisian, and the Voice of America's "Music Time in Africa" by Bitrus Paul Gwamna (AFC 1997/014)
A copy of Bitrus Paul Gwamna's 1992 Ohio University dissertation, "Multi-Cultural Programming as a Strategy in Public Diplomacy: Leo Sarkisian, and the Voice of America's "Music Time in Africa," given to the Archive by Leo Sarkisian. [catalog record]

Local Legacies Collection (AFC 2000/001)
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] [Ohio Local Legacies]

September 11, 2001, Documentary Project Collection (AFC 2001/015)
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. Includes interviews recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio. [catalog record] [finding aid] [online presentation]

AFC 2001/015: SR229: One tape containing interviews with Jeffrey Rayford and Cheela Fairbanks about their reactions to the events of September 11, 2001. Recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio, November 24, 2001. Interviews conducted by La'Keyta Rayford, student at Alma College, Alma, Michigan.

Art Thieme Documentary Recordings Collection (AFC 2001/030)
Five audiocassettes, 3 CDs, and 17 manuscript pages made by Art Thieme of blues singers and hobos in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio in 1960-1962, and 2000.

Pete and Toshi Seeger Film Collection (AFC 2003/027)
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. The collection includes three bamboo flutes. [catalog record]

Tony Ellis Concert Collection (AFC 2003/055)
Homegrown 2003 concert featuring bluegrass music performed by Tony Ellis at the Pritchard-Laughlin Civic Center in Cambridge, Ohio. Concert was part of a Library of Congress tour of 3 cities in Ohio with Dr. James H. Billington, Ohio Congressman Bob Ney, American Folklife Center and other Library staff to promote the Veterans History Project, and AFC collections and programs. Disc One includes speeches by Cambridge, Ohio, mayor Samual A. Salupo; Congressman Bob Ney; Executive Director of the Ohio Arts Council, Wayne Lawson; and Librarian Dr. James H. Billington. Disc Two is a sound recording of the Tony Ellis concert, introduced by Wayne Lawson. [catalog record]

Tony Ellis and the Musicians of Braeburn concert collection, 2011 June 22 (AFC 2011/029)
Digital sound recordings, video recordings, and photographs documenting a concert performed by Tony Ellis and the Musicians of Braeburn in the Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress on June 22, 2011 as part of the Homegrown concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Concert features old-time and bluegrass music. Photographs by John Barton. [catalog record]

Bentley Historical Library collection (AFC 2011/055)
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]

Ethnic Grocers in the Urban Midwest: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2013-2014 (AFC 2013/016)
Documentation of the occupational folklore of ethnic grocery store owners and workers in five cities in Ohio and Michigan ranging in size, demographics, economies, food cultures, and ethnic settlement patterns. This collection is part of the American Folklife Center's Occupational Folklife Project.

Harmonia Concert Collection (AFC 2013/021)
Video recording, sound recording, and photographs of a concert in the Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress on July 11, 2013 as part of the Homegrown concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Harmonia presents traditional folk music of Eastern Europe, ranging from the Danube to the Carpathians. Its repertoire reflects the cultures of this region: Hungarian, Slovak, Ukrainian, Romanian, Croatian, and Roma (Gypsy). Performed on authentic folk instruments, and styled after turn-of-the-century eastern-European Gypsy bands, their music is drawn from both the urban and rural traditions of eastern Europe. The musicians come from varied eastern-European backgrounds; in Harmonia they have found a common musical language. In addition to being polished performers on instruments as varied as accordion, upright bass, violin, pan-flute, and cimbalom (hammered dulcimer), Harmonia's members are adept at explaining their music and culture to diverse audiences. Harmonia brings to the concert stage the vitality and excitement of ethnic weddings, celebrations, and smoky cafés that inspired composers such as Bartok, Brahms, and Liszt. [catalog record]

Harmonia, an oral history interview with group members conducted by Theadocia Austen (AFC 2013/042)
Oral history interview with three members of the musical group Harmonia: Walt Mikhailovich, Alexander Fedoriouk, and Andrei Pidkivka, regarding learning folk and classical music and playing music as part of community life among Slavic Americans in Cleveland, Ohio and other cities and towns in the central and northeastern United States. They discuss their varied repertoire of older music and music of diverse ethnic groups including Hungarian, Slovak, Ukrainian, Romanian, Croatian, and Roma (Gypsy) music. Group members were interviewed by Theadocia Austen following Harmonia's performance in the Library's Coolidge Auditorium as part of the American Folklife Center's Homegrown concert series. [catalog record] [webcast]

Wayne Anderson Mississippi Freedom Summer 1964 collection (AFC 2014/004)
Six photographs, including 1 8x10 in. black-and-white photograph by Tom Wakayama, of SNCC, of student volunteers joining hands and singing before boarding buses in Ohio for trip to Mississippi in 1964. 5 additional black-and-white and color photographs are by and of Wayne Anderson. 1 linear inch of news clippings, articles, and letters; five letters were written by Wayne Anderson to his parents during the summer of 1964; two articles, "Freedom Summer" and "Seminarian in the Land of Fear," by Wayne Anderson were published in "Community" magazine, Sept.-Oct. 1964. [catalog record]

 

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