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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture

TEXAS COLLECTIONS
IN THE ARCHIVE OF FOLK CULTURE

Compiled by: Mary Alfaro, Sylvia Drake, Kirsi Haenninen, and Chloe Raub
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.

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]

Note: The following are arranged by the month and year in which the recordings were made.

AFS 182A, 183, 184, 188B: Four discs containing 8 songs recorded at Darrington State Farm, Sandy Point, Texas, December 1933. (tape copy on LWO 4844 reel 14)

AFS 194, 195A, 196A, 197A-B1, 199A, 200, 201B1, 207B, 210B: Nine discs containing 19 songs and 2 stories sung and spoken by Mose (Clear Rock) Platt. Recorded at Central State Farm, Sugarland, Texas, December 1933. (tape copy on LWO 4844 reels 15-16A)

AFS 197B2-3: One disc containing "I Met Your Mama" and one holler "I Feel That Old Black Woman is a Jinx to Me" recorded at the State Penitentiary, Huntsville, Texas, December 1933. (tape copy on LWO 4844 reel 15B)

AFS 202-203A: Two discs containing 5 songs recorded at Central State Farm, Sugarland, Texas, February 1934. (tape copy on LWO 4844 reel15B; LWO 5111 reel 437A)

AFS 207A: One disc containing harmonica tunes "Train," "Fox and Hounds," and "Howling Wolf Blues" recorded at the State Penitentiary, Huntsville, Texas, March 1934. (tape copy on LWO 4844 reel 16A)

AFS 2, 5B2-3, 6A, 6B2-3, 9, 10A1, 10A3-5: Five discs containing 17 songs recorded at Old Mission, San Antonio, Texas, April 1934. (tape copy on LWO 4844 reel 1)

AFS 4, 7, 8: Three discs containing 7 songs recorded in Cotulla, Texas, April 1934. (tape copy on LWO 4844 reel 1)

AFS 84: One disc containing 6 songs recorded at St. Mary's hall, San Antonio, Texas, April 1934. (tape copy on LWO 4844 reel 7B)

AFS 86: One disc containing "Tell Angels at the Bar," "Will You Guide Me," and "Ain't That Good News" recorded at Smithers Plantation, Huntsville, Texas, April 1934. (tape copy on LWO 4844 reel 7B)

AFS 182B1-2, 188A1, 196B, 200B1-2, 208A1, 209B4-210A: Seven discs containing 12 songs recorded at the State Penitentiary, Huntsville, Texas, April 1934. (tape copy on LWO 4844 reel 7B)

AFS 189, 190A: Two discs containing 5 songs recorded at Darrington State Farm, Sandy Point, Texas, April 1934. (tape copy on LWO 4844 reel 14B)

AFS 201B2: One disc containing "Gorree Blues" performed by Alnora. Recorded at Gorree State Farm, Huntsville, Texas, April 1934. (tape copy on LWO 4844 reel 15B)

AFS 208B: One disc containing "Ol' Rattler" and "Drop 'Em Down" recorded at Central State Farm, Sugarland, Texas, April 1934. (tape copy on LWO 4844 reel 16A)

AFS 72: One disc containing 4 songs recorded in Austin, Texas, May 1934. (tape copy on LWO 4844 reel 6B)

AFS 78, 89: Two discs containing 12 songs recorded in Richmond, Texas, May 1934. (tape copy on LWO 4844 reels 7A, 8A)

AFS 112, 185-187, 192B: Five disc containing a sermon and Easter Church Service sung and spoken by Sin-killer Griffin and congregation; plus the song "All Night Long." Recorded at Darrington State Farm, Sandy Point, Texas, May 1934. (tape copy on LWO 4844 reels 9B, 14, 15A)

AFS 204: One disc containing 4 songs recorded at Central State Farm, Sugarland, Texas, May 1934. (tape copy on LWO 4844 reel 15B)

AFS 191,193: Two discs containing 7 songs recorded at Darrington State Farm, Sandy Point, Texas, June 1934. (tape copy on LWO 4844 reel 14B-15A)

AFS 199B: One disc containing "This Little Light of Mine" performed by Jim Boyd. Recorded at the State Penitentiary, Huntsville, Texas, June 1934. (tape copy on LWO 4844 reel 15B)

AFS 121B: One disc containing "How shamed She Was" performed by James "Iron Head" Baker. Recorded at Central State Farm, Sugarland, Texas, July 1934. (tape copy on LWO 4844 reel 10B)

AFS 205-206, 224B1-2: Three discs containing 9 songs recorded at Central State Farm, Sugerland, Texas, October 1934. (tape copy on LWO 4844 reel 16A, 17B)

AFS 55-71A, 72, 212A3, 216B1: Twenty-seven discs containing 74 songs recorded in Austin, Texas, November 1934. (tape copy on LWO 4844 reels 5-6, 16B)

AFS 211A-212A2, 212B-216A, 216B2, 217A5-219B, 221-223: Twelve discs containing 14 songs plus a chopping song "O Lordy, Lordy, Lord" recorded at the State Penitentiary, Huntsville, Texas, November 1934. (tape copy on LWO 4844 reels 16-17)

AFS 220: One disc containing four songs. Recorded at Gorree State Farm, Huntsville, Texas, November 1934. (tape copy on LWO 4844 reel 17A)

AFS 242B: One disc containing a levee camp holler "Good Mornin', Mister" and a song "Jack and Betsy" recorded at Central State Farm, Sugarland, Texas, November 1934. (tape copy on LWO 4844 reel 19A)

AFS 571-574: Four discs containing a religious play "Los Pastores," sung by Leandro Granadoy Salome Rabago and 24 members of the cast. Recorded in San Antonio, Texas, January 1935. (27 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reels 39B-40A)

AFS 539-540, 543A, 567, 576, 578B: Six discs containing 6 songs and 14 banjo and fiddle tunes recorded in Austin, Texas, October 1935. (49 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reels 37B, 39B, 40A)

AFS 543B, 545, 547, 554A, 554B1, 577: Six discs containing 12 cowboy and other folk songs recorded in San Angelo, Texas, October 1935. (24 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reels 37B, 38, 40A)

AFS 546, 548, 552B, 553: Four discs containing 9 songs with fiddle, guitar, and bones, recorded in Spur, Texas, October 1935. (27 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reel 38)

AFS 549, 552A, 575, 668B, 670A2: Five discs containing 9 songs recorded in Throckmorton, Texas, October 1935. (33 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reels 38A, 40A, 46B-47A)

AFS 554B2, 555A: Two discs containing "Trip to Mexico" and "Sailor's Sweetheart" recorded in San Antonio, Texas, October 1935. (6 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reel 38B)

AFS 668A1, 670A1, 670B1-672, 674, 676, 740: Eight discs containing 20 songs and 2 calls recorded in Fort Spunky, Texas, October 1935. (59 minutes; LWO 4872 reels 46B, 47, 52)

AFS 668A2: One disc containing "Breakdown Tune With Calling" played by a group on fiddle and guitar. Recorded at Swenson Ranch, Spur, Texas, October 1935. (3 minutes; LWO 4872 reel 46B)

AFS 829: One disc containing "Cattle Calling" and "Calling Hogs" recorded at Zweiful Farm, Fort Sparky, Texas, October 1935. (4 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reel 59A)

AFS 537A, 537B1, 578A: Two discs containing "Diamond Joe" and a fiddle tune performed by J.D. Dillingham, and "Cattle Stampede" sung by Alec Moore. Recorded in Austin, Texas, November 1935. (8 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 37A, 40A)

AFS 536, 538, 563, 579-580A: Five discs containing string band music, square dance music, dance calls, cowboy songs, and other folk songs recorded in Stamford, Texas, December 1935. (38 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reels 37, 39A, 40B)

AFS 665, 673: Two discs containing 10 songs recorded in Austin, Texas, December 1935. (27 minutes; LWO 4872 reels 46B- 47A)

AFS 537B2-B3: One disc containing "My Yallow Gal" sung by John Lomax and "Soda Gal" sung by J.D. Dillingham. Recorded in Austin, Texas, January 1936. (5 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reel 37A)

AFS 541-542, 556- 557, 560-562, 564, 568-569, 582, 584А2, 588B2, 589B5, 591B2, 592А, 593B2, 597B, 608А1, 624B3, 625B, 658-660А1, 661А2-662, 669, 693A: Twenty-seven discs containing 70 instrumentals, songs, and a whistled tune, recorded in San Antonio, Texas, January 1936. (3 hours; tape copy on LWO 4872 reels 37B, 38B, 39, 40B, 41, 42B, 44, 46A, 46B-47A, 48B)

AFS 558, 570, 620, 660A2-660B2: Four discs containing 13 songs with fiddle and guitar recorded at Guapalupe Church, Pleasanton, Texas, January 1936. (39 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reels 38B, 39B, 43B, 46A)

AFS 604, 612: Two discs containing 9 songs and a "Cotton Compress Chant" recorded in Luling, Texas, February 1936. (14 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reels 42A, 43A)

AFS 609: One disc containing "Cradle Song," "Hymn to the Passion of Christ," and "Salve Guadalupe" recorded in Crystal City, Texas, February 1936. (9 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reel 42B)

AFS 623A: One disc containing "Dusty Miller" and "Rickett’s Hornpipe" recorded in Austin, Texas, February 1936. (6 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reel 43)

AFS 654-657: Four discs containing 18 songs recorded in and near Austin, Texas, March 1936. (38 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reels 45B-46A)

AFS 601, 617A-617B2: Two discs containing 7 songs recorded in Dallas, Texas, April 1936. (13 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reels 42-43)

AFS 643-648, 650, 653: Four discs containing 20 songs recorded in Austin, Texas, April 1936. (58 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reel 45)

AFS 717-719, 721: Four discs containing 15 songs performed by James "Iron Head" Baker from Sugarland, Texas. Recorded in Washington, D.C., May 1936. (42 minutes; LWO 4872 reel 50B-51A)

AFS 898-902: Five discs containing 18 songs with violin, guitar, banjo, and fiddle recorded in Llano, Texas, January 1937. (36 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reel 65A)

AFS 905, 911B, 912, 913, 918, 932A, 947, 949, 951: Nine discs containing 27 songs with fiddle, guitar, and banjo, recorded in Lubbock, Texas, January 1937. (57 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reels 65B, 66A, 67A, 68B)

AFS 911A, 914-917, 926, 952: Seven discs containing 25 songs recorded in Austin, Texas, January 1937. (46 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reels 65B- 66A, 67A, 69A)

AFS 887, 888, 928, 929B, 939A: Five discs containing 13 songs and a spoken piece entitled "A Letter from Home" recorded in San Antonio, Texas, February 1937. (29 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reels 64A, 67)

AFS 894-896, 906-908, 922, 923B, 953: Nine discs containing 45 play-party songs and other songs recorded in Bells, Texas, February 1937. (1 hour and 14 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reels 64B, 65B, 66B, 69A)

AFS 919-920, 923A, 926-927, 929A, 931, 932B, 933A: Nine discs containing 19 songs and a play-party song recorded in Grand Saline, Texas, February 1937. (49 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reel 66-67)

AFS 921, 936B1-936B2: Three discs containing 4 songs recorded in Austin, Texas, February 1937. (9 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reel 66B, 67B)

AFS 930, 937A: Two discs containing 4 songs and a fiddle tune recorded in Abilene, Texas, February 1937. (12 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reel 67)

AFC 1937/006: Janie Ellis Mason and Alan Lomax Recordings
One disc of "Old Virginny Neber Tire," "Sally Am de Gal for Me," "I'll Never Leave a Dixie Land Again," "Kimo, Kimo," and "The Old Grey Goose is Dead" sung by Janie Ellis Mason; and "Ten Thousand Goddam Cattle" sung by Alan Lomax. Recorded at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., June 1937. (includes AFS 1000) [catalog record]

AFC 1937/007: John A. Lomax Southern States Collection, 1937
One hundred forty-nine 12-inch discs of recordings from Alabama, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Texas, recorded by John A. Lomax and Ruby T. Lomax, June-July 1937. [catalog record]

AFS 1328A2, 1337-1339: Four discs containing 11 songs recorded in Bells, Texas, July 1937. (14 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reels 97B, 98B)

AFS 2073A2: John A. Lomax Sandy Point, Texas, Collection
One 10-inch disc of "Long John" sung by Washington "Lightnin'" and group. Recorded at Darrington State Farm, Sandy Point, Texas, by John A. Lomax, 1933.

AFC 1939/001: John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip
One hundred sixty-five discs recorded by John A. Lomax and Ruby T. Lomax in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia, April-June 1939. Genres include ballads, blues, children's songs, cowboy songs, dance music, fiddle tunes, field hollers, lullabies, Mexican corridos, play-party songs, religious dramas, spirituals, work songs. Also includes discs recorded for Gamut Records (aka General Records). (includes AFS 3796-3806) [catalog record] [online presentation]

AFS 2589-2648A1: Sixty discs recorded in and near Austin, Bandera, Brownsville, Comanche, Falfurrias, Houston, Huntsville, Kingsville, Medina, Otey, Pipe Creek, Sugarland, and Taylor, Texas, including the prisons Clemens State Farm, Darrington State Farm, Gorree State Farm, and Ramsey State Farm, March 31-May 14, 1939. [for more details see the online presentation]

AFC 1940/003: John and Ruby Lomax 1940 Southern States Recordings Collection
One hundred forty-six 12-inch discs of songs recorded in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia by Bess Brown Lomax, John A. Lomax, and Ruby T. Lomax, September-November 1940. The collection includes 1.5 linear inches of correspondence and song transcriptions. [catalog record]

AFS 3847A2: One disc containing "The Rambling Boy" sung by Oda Smith. Recorded in Dallas, Texas, September 1940.

AFS 3942A, 3946B2-3947A1, 3947A3-A5, 3949, 3951A2-3951B3: Five discs containing play-party songs, blues songs, hymns, and other folk songs recorded in Dallas, Texas, September 1940. (LWO 4872 reels 259, 260)

AFS 3942B1, 3952B3—3953B3, 3954A4, 3954B2-3956A1: Five discs containing 20 songs recorded in Austin, Texas, September 1940. (LWO 4872 reels 259-261)

AFS 3943-3946A1, 3946A3-3946B1: Four discs containing 22 songs performed by C. Gaines from Fort Worth, Texas. Recorded in Glen Rose, Texas, September 1940. (LWO 4872 reel 259)

AFS 3950-3951A1: Two discs containing 9 songs recorded in Fort Worth, Texas, September 1940. (LWO 4872 reel 260)

AFS 3952A1-4, 3952B1-2: One disc containing 6 songs recorded in Waco, Texas, September 1940. (LWO 4872 reel 260)

AFS 3956A3-3960B2: Five discs containing 27 songs and a recitation performed by Elizabeth Fulks. Recorded in Prairie Lea, Texas, September 1940. (LWO 4872 reels 261, 262)

AFS 3963B1-3964A2, 3965A1: Three discs containing 6 songs recorded in Kingsville, Texas, September 1940. (LWO 4872 reel 262)

AFS 3967A3-B4, 3968A2-A4, 3969A1-3969A5, 3973B7, 3985B3: Five discs containing 15 songs recorded in Lufkin, Texas, September 1940. (LWO 4872 reels 263, 264, 266)

AFS 3969B1-3969B5: One disc containing 5 songs recorded in Kellys, near Lufkin, Texas, September 1940. (LWO 4872 reel 263)

AFS 3970A1-3970B4: One disc containing 7 songs recorded at Beach Grove School, near Jasper, Texas, September 1940. (LWO 4872 reel 263)

AFS 3971A1-4: One disc containing 4 songs recorded in Jasper, Texas, September 1940. (LWO 4872 reel 263)

AFS 3971B1-3972A4: Two discs containing 7 songs recorded at Union Springs Church, near Covington, Rock County, Texas, September 1940. (LWO 4872 reel 263)

AFS 3972B1: One disc containing "We'll Be Gathered There" recorded in Covington, Rock County, Texas, September 1940. (LWO 4872 reel 264)

AFS 3972B2-3: One disc containing "Track-lining holler" and "Steel-laying holler," with rattling of bars, recorded in Winegate, Texas, September 1940. (LWO 4872 reel 264)

AFS 3973A1-B4, 3973B5-6: One disc containing a holler, a chant, and 5 songs, plus an explanation on steel-driving, recorded in Wiergate, Texas, September 1940. (LWO 4872 reel 264)

AFS 3974, 3975, 3978A2-3980B3, 3981A1-3981B5, 3986A1-B4, 3987: Eight discs containing 58 songs, prayers, and monologs recorded in Jasper, Texas, October 1940. (LWO 4872 reels 264-266)

AFS 3982A1-3985B1: Five discs containing 24 songs, calls, hollers, and monologs recorded in Burkeville, Texas, October 1940. (LWO 4872 reels 265-266)

AFS 3986B5-7, 3988, 3990A1-2, 4044A4: Four discs containing 8 songs recorded in Lufkin, Texas, October 1940. (LWO 4872 reels 266-267, 273)

AFC 1940/006: John A. Lomax Recordings of Oda Smith
One 10-inch disc of "Rambling Boy" and "Little Colin Anne" sung by Oda Smith. Recorded in Dallas, Texas, by John A. Lomax, March 1940. (includes AFS 2077) [catalog record]

AFC 1940/017: John A. Lomax Oklahoma and Texas Cylinder Recordings
Two 10-inch tapes, copied from 13 cylinders, of songs recorded in Oklahoma and Texas, 1908-1910. Copied onto tape as part of the Federal Cylinder Project. The collection includes a song list. (includes AFS 20,257-20,258) (RWA 3318-3319) [catalog record]

AFC 1940/016: John A. Lomax Recordings of Cowboy Songs
One 12-inch disc of 4 cowboy songs sung by New Mexican cowboys: "Coma-ti-yippy-yi" and "Whoopee ti yi yo, git along little dogies" sung by Lloyd Shillings; and "Jesse James" and "The Dying Cowboy" sung by Texas Archer. Recorded in Washington, D.C., by John A. Lomax, January 1940. (tape copy on LWO 4872 reel 301) (includes AFS 4420 ) [catalog record]

AFC 1941/004: "Man-on-the-Street" Interviews Collection
Five 16-inch and 12 12-inch discs of interviews from Washington, D.C.; Bloomington, Indiana; Nashville, Tennessee; Burlington, North Carolina; New York, New York; and Austin and Dallas, Texas, documenting the reactions of the "man-on-the-street" to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and declaration of war. Recorded by Robert E. Barton Allen, Philip Cohen, Fletcher Collins, John Henry Faulk, Charles T. Harrell, Charles Johnson, Alan Lomax, John A. Lomax, Robert Sonkin, and Charles Todd, December 8-10, 1941. Recorded as part of the Library of Congress Radio Research Project. The collection includes one linear inch of logs, and transcripts. (includes AFS 6357-6375; 6453-6454) [catalog record] [online presentation]

AFS 6369-6372: Five 12-inch discs recorded in Austin, Texas, by John Henry Faulk, December 9, 1941.

AFC 1941/014: John Henry Faulk Recordings of Negro Religious Services. Part 1
Forty-seven 12-inch discs of African American Baptist church services including scripture readings, African American gospel quartets and quintets, choirs, religious songs, hymns, prayers, and sermons recorded in various parts of Texas, by John Henry Faulk, July 1941. (includes AFS 5168-5214) (tape copy on LWO 4872 reels 365A-370B) [catalog record]

AFC 1941/015: John Henry Faulk Recordings of Negro Religious Services. Part 2
Forty-two 12-inch discs of African American Baptist, Church of God in Christ, Holiness, and African Methodist Episcopal church services and revivals in Texas, including scripture readings, choirs, religious songs, hymns, prayers, testimonials, and sermon recorded in Texas by John Henry Faulk, August and September 1941. (includes AFS 5436-5477) (tape copy on LWO 4872 reels 370B-378A)

AFC 1941/016: John Henry Faulk Texas Recordings Collection
Thirty-three 12-inch discs of recordings from Texas recorded by John Henry Faulk, November 1941. Contains African American Baptist church services including scripture readings, a funeral service for a child, African American gospel quartets, choirs, religious songs, hymns, prayers, and sermons. In addition to recordings of religious services, this collection includes interviews with a day laborer, Willis Sorrells; with two former slaves, Laura Smalley and Aunt Harriet Smith, about experiences of slavery, memories of the Civil War, and religion and religious music; and an interview with Baptist minister Reverend R.R. Reese about his life history, and race relations in Texas. (includes AFS 5478-5510) (tape copy on LWO 4872 reels 378-382) [catalog record]

AFC 1941/017: John A. Lomax Texas Recordings, October 1941
Five 12-inch discs of songs performed by Nancy Humble Griffin of Hasse, Texas, introduced by Mrs. Y.W. Holmes of Comanche, Texas. Includes hymns, ballads, play-party songs, cowboy songs, and conversations about cowboy life, housekeeping, and quilting in Austin County, Texas; also about horseback riding and how Griffin learned one of the hymns. Recorded in Hasse, Comanche County, Texas, by John A. Lomax, October 1941. (includes AFS 5686-5690) (LWO 3493) [catalog record]

AFC 1941/034: John O. Rosser Recordings of the Roans Chapel Singers and the Magnolia Five
Three 12-inch discs of religious songs sung by the Roans Chapel Singers from Roans Prairie, Texas, and the Magnolia Five from Magnolia, Texas. Recorded at WTAW Radio Station, College Station, Texas, by John O. Rosser, June 1941. (tape copy on LWO 4872 reel 325) (includes AFS 4706-4708) [catalog record]

AFC 1941/037: Alan Lomax and Elizabeth Lomax Photographs of Texas and Mexico, 1941
Sixty-seven black-and-white images made by Alan Lomax and Elizabeth Lomax in Comanche County, Texas, and in Mexico, May and June 1941. Subjects in Texas include: African American men; horses, automobiles, dogs, landscapes, and Elizabeth Lomax; a hot tamale vendor in a mule-drawn cart in San Marcos, Texas; Anglo-American men and women, houses, porches, mules, and a tractor. Photographs taken in Mexico include landscapes (including mountains, hills, roads, towns); Mexican men, women, and children; an ox-drawn cart; and houses with thatched roofs. [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 one linear inch of correspondence, logs, and transcripts. (includes AFS 6397-6452; 6455-6463) [catalog record] [online presentation]

AFS 6402-6406: Five 12-inch discs recorded in Austin, Texas, by John Henry Faulk, January-February 1942.

AFC 1942/005: John A. Lomax Texas Recordings, Winter 1941
Thirty-two 12-inch discs of Spanish American songs, cowboy songs and tales, cattle calls, fiddle tunes, and other folksongs from Texas. Recorded in Callaway Ranch, Comanche, Falfurrias, Hebbronville, San Antonio, San Perlita, Texas, by John Lomax, winter 1941. (includes AFS 5613-5644) (tape copy on LWO 3493 reels 27-29) [catalog record]

AFC 1942/006: John A. Lomax Texas Recordings, 1942
Fifty-seven discs of cowboy songs and stories recorded in Abilene, Dallas, Denison, Fort Davis, Indian Lodge, Odessa, Pecos, Stamford, Toyahvale, Texas, recorded by John A. Lomax, spring and summer 1942. (includes AFS 5645-5685; 6506-6520) [catalog record]

AFC 1942/014: John A. Lomax Recordings of Jess Morris
One 12-inch disc of Jess Morris, of Dalhart, Texas, and supposed composer of "I Ride an Old Paint," singing this song and "Jack O' Diamonds." Recorded in Amarillo [or Dalhart?], Texas, by John A. Lomax, ca. 1940. (includes AFS 6108)

AFC 1943/008: Brownie McNeil Collection of Southern Texas Recordings
Twenty-five 12-inch discs of corridos and other songs and dance music recorded in south Texas by Norman Laird "Brownie" McNeil, 1942. The collection includes correspondence. (includes AFS 6742-6766) [catalog record]

AFC 1943/009: John Henry Faulk Collection of Texas Prison Songs
Ten 12-inch discs of work songs, blues songs, and other folk songs sung by African American prisoners at Central Farm #1, Sugarland, Texas. Recorded by John Faulk, June 1942. The collection includes logs. (AFS 6767-6776) [catalog record]

AFC 1943/011: John A. Lomax Southwest Recordings
Thirty-three 12-inch discs recorded in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, by John A. Lomax, August-September, 1942. The collection includes a song list.

AFS 6953: One disc containing "Hardship of Early Days in the Toyah Country" told by Annie Agnes Kingston of Toyahvale, Texas, and Davis Mountains, Madera Valley, Texas. Recorded in Toyahvale, Texas, July 1942. (LWO 3493 reel 57)

AFS 6953-6957: Five discs containing "The Cow-Business – Story of Experiences," told by W.M. Moote. Also discusses how he got into the cow-business and the start on the trail west from Wood County, Texas, in the early 1880s, experiences on the trail west, how he got a start on his own herd, his return home via Hill County, cattle marketing, and cow horses and the cowboy's string. Recorded in Wichita Falls, Texas, August 1942. (LWO 3493 reel 57)

AFS 6958-6963: Six discs containing 16 songs, dance calls, and a conversation between brothers Frank "Punch" Hight and Lanham "Lou" Hight about old days on the 6666 "Four Sixes" Ranch, including stories about Tom Hight told by his younger brothers Robert Hanham and Frank Hight. Recorded in Asperment, Texas, August 1942. (LWO 3493 reels 57, 58)

AFS: 6964-6967: Four discs containing "How My Manhood Fell," "There is a House in This Old Town,""Roosters Crow For Midnight," an unidentified breakdown, "Done Gone Breakdown," "Old Judge Parker Take The Shackels Off Of Me Breakdown" and 9 songs with fiddle, piano and accordion performed by Jeff Guthrie and Allene Guthrie (Woody Guthrie's brother and sister-in-law). Recorded in Pampa, Texas, September 1942. (LWO 3493 reel 58)

AFC 1948/021: John A. Lomax Collection of Dick Devall Cowboy Songs
Six 12-inch discs of Dick Devall [Devoll?] singing cowboy songs. Recorded in Texas by John A. Lomax, ca. 1940s. (includes AFS 8353-8361)

AFC 1948/050: Sam Hinton Collection
Four 16-inch discs of American folk songs, including ballads, cowboy songs, and children's songs, performed by Sam Hinton. Recorded in the Recording Laboratory of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., March 25, 1947. Singer originally from Texas, later from California. The collection includes a song list. (include AFS 8930-8933) [catalog record]

AFC 1948/058: George C. Groce Recordings of American Folk Songs
Two 16-inch discs of American folk songs made by George C. Groce in the Recording Laboratory of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., January 21, 1947. Singer is from Texas. (includes AFS 8950-8951)

AFC 1948/075: Frances Densmore collection of Alabama Cylinder Recordings
One 10-inch tape, copied from thirty-nine 4-inch cylinders, recorded by Frances Densmore in Livingston, Texas, December 21-22, 1932, under a grant from the National Research Council. All of the recordings are of Alabama tribal leader Charles Martin Thompson. Densmore published her analyses and transcriptions in a 1937 article entitled "The Alabama Indians and their music" in Straight Texas. The recordings were transferred to the Library of Congress from the National Archives in 1948. (includes AFS 10,736-10,739; 21,266)

AFS 8965: J.M. Waddell Collection of Cowboy Songs
One 16-inch disc of cowboy songs sung by J. M. Waddel of Texas. Recorded in the Recording Laboratory of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., May 26, 1947. The collection includes a 2-page log. (tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 173)

AFS 9140-9141: George C. Groce Singing Folk Songs
Two 16-inch discs of bawdy folk songs sung by George Groce of Texas. Recorded at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., ca. 1948. The collection includes a log. (tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 192)

AFS 9604: Dorothy G. Howard Singing Texas Lullabies
One 16-inch disc of Dorothy Howard of the Maryland State Teachers College singing Texas lullabies. The collection includes lyrical transcriptions of each song. (tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 245)

AFC 1950/018: University of Texas Radio House Recordings of Folk Music and Interviews
Nineteen 16-inch discs of Texas folk songs, square dance calling, tale telling, and interviews from the area of Austin, Texas. Recorded by the Radio House, University of Texas. The collection includes an incomplete log. (LWO 5111 reels 272-275) (includes AFS 9869-9887) [catalog record]

AFC 1953/004: John Lomax Jr. Collection of Pete and Toshi Seeger Recordings
Seven 7-inch tapes of African American prison songs recorded in Texas prison farms and Sioux songs recorded in Parmelee, South Dakota, by Pete and Toshi Seeger, 1951. (includes AFS 10,749; 10,757-10,762)

AFC 1953/005: Wanda Pedigo Collection of Children's Play Party and Game Songs of Texas
One tape of traditional children's play-party and game songs of Texas recorded by Wanda Pedigo. (includes AFS 10,750)

AFS 10,941: Elmer C. Helm Collection of Texas Ballads
One 7-inch tape of Elmer C. Helm singing Texas Ballads. Recorded at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., ca. 1955. (LWO 2443)

AFC 1959/007: John Q. Anderson Exchange Project Collection
One 7-inch tape of songs and ballads from Texas recorded and sung by John Q. Anderson, accompanying himself on guitar. Recorded in College, Station, Texas, January 1959. The songs are those recalled from Anderson's childhood growing up in Wheeler County, Texas. The collection includes 2 pages of notes about the songs. (includes AFS 11476) [catalog record]

AFC 1959/009: Frank Goodwyn Singing Cowboy Songs from Texas
One 10-inch tape of cowboy songs from Texas sung (with guitar) by Frank Goodwyn. (includes AFS 11,479) (LWO 2810 reel 1)

AFC 1965/011: Bruce Jackson Texas Prison Songs
One 7-inch tape of worksongs, blues, and spirituals sung by African American and white prisoners. Recorded in the Texas prison system, by Bruce Jackson, summer 1964. The collection includes 3 pages of logs and notes. (includes AFS 12,318) [catalog record]

AFS 13,042-13,046: Bruce Jackson Negro Texas Prison Songs
Five 10-inch tapes of African American work songs and others recorded in Texas prisons by Bruce Jackson, 1965-1966. (LWO 5037 reels 1-5)

AFS 13,047: Bruce Jackson Collection of Negro Texas Prison Songs, Demonstration Tape
One 5-inch tape of African American worksongs recorded in Texas prisons by Bruce Jackson, ca. 1966. (LWO 5038 reel 1)

AFS 13,992-14,021: National Federation of Music Clubs Archivists / Folk Music Materials
Eighteen 7-inch, 3 5-inch, and 9 3-inch tapes of folk music from Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Recorded by regional National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) archivists and contributors, 1931-63. Donated by Annabel M. Buchanan for the NFMC Folk Music Archive. The collection includes 5 linear inches of articles, correspondence, logs, and musical and textual transcriptions.

AFC 1970/019: Charles Faurot Duplication Project
Ten 10-inch tapes of Texas fiddle tunes, guitar tunes, and other folk music performed by Lewis Thomasson, fiddle; Lonzo Biggers, fiddle; and Vernon Solomon, guitar. Recorded by Charles Faurot, 1965-1969. The collection includes 5 black-and-white photographs of the Lewis Thomasson family and logs of the recordings, plus an interview with fiddler Benny Thomasson. (includes AFS 14,094-14,103) (LWO 6043) [catalog record]

AFC 1971/004: R.P. Christeson Collection of Fiddle Tunes
One 10-inch tape (duplicated from a wire, an acetate disc, and a tape) of fiddle tunes recorded mostly by Robert P. Christeson. Includes three separate recordings: 1) Recorded in Terrell, Terrell Co., Texas, May 11, 1950; 2) Recorded in Grand Island, Nebraska, January 22, 1950; and 3) Recorded at an old fiddlers' picnic, in Lenape, Pennsylvania, 1968 (features Jehile Kirkhuff). The collection includes a song list. (includes AFS 14,419) (LWO 6325)

AFC 1971/029: Southern Spirituals from White Singers / by Henry Edwin Meyer
M.A. Thesis: Southwest Texas State Teachers College, August 1942. 139 pgs. [catalog record]

AFC 1971/031: Folk Songs of Florida and Texas / by Mary Elizabeth Buford
M.A. Thesis: Southern Methodist University, June 1941. 219 pgs. [catalog record]

AFC 1972/002: J. Russell Reaver Collection of American Tall Tales
Fifteen linear inches of manuscripts of tales from the South. Collected in 1950 by the "Progressive Farmer" magazine of Birmingham, Alabama, and Dallas, Texas, 1949 and 1950. See also "Motif Index to a Collection of American Tall Tales" compiled by Reaver ca. 1974 based on this collection (AFC 2006/003).

AFC 1973/033: Ballads of the Lower Border / by Américo Paredes
M.A. Thesis: University of Texas, May 1953. 229 pages. Includes corridos from the Mexican American Border Region. [catalog record]

AFC 1974/012: Kenneth S. Goldstein Collection of Folk Tales and Belief Stories
One 10-inch tape of two collections of stories: "English Language Folktales," collected by various fieldworkers in the United States, Scotland, and England from a wide range of storytellers, speaking in various dialects of English, compiled by Kenneth S. Goldstein, undated; and "Folk Tales and Belief Stories from a New England Grandmother, Sara Cleveland," collected by Kenneth S. Goldstein and told by Sara Cleveland, March 1968. (includes AFS 17,020) [catalog record]

AFS 17,020: One tape containing a story entitled "Texas Mosquitoes" told by Ernest Hobbs of Texas. Recorded by Kenneth S. Goldstein, ca. 1968.

AFC 1974/034: A Glossary of Army Slang by Carl Fleischhauer
A 65-page typescript of approximately 350 terms collected from American soldiers at Fort Gordon, Georgia; Fort Hood, Texas; and Fort Knox, Kentucky, by Carl Fleischhauer, 1964-66. The collection includes 23 pages of correspondence and newspaper clippings. [catalog record]

AFC 1975/009: Elmer Sparks Interview with Ex-Slave Celia Black
One audiocassette of an interview with Celia Black, 115-year old ex-slave. Recorded at the Colonial Mannor Nursing Home, Tyler, Texas, by Elmer Sparks, October 11, 1974. (includes AFS 17,476) [audio] [transcript]

AFS 18,712-18,721: San Diego Folk Festival, 1975
Ten 7-inch tapes of the San Diego Folk Festival, April 16-20, 1975. Performers include the Cajun band of McGee, Courville, and Savoy, Louisiana; Uillean pipes of Dave Page; country fiddle, banjo and guitar music by Sam and Kirk McGee; Texas fiddling by Benny Thomasson; white blues piano by George Winston; Tex-Mex singing by Lydia Mendoza; and Appalachian fiddling by Tommy Jarrell. The collection includes a 1-page log.

AFC 1977/013: David Holt Recordings Collection
Thirteen 10-inch tapes of Appalachian string band, banjo, fiddle, and hammered dulcimer music; cajun music, cowboy songs, labor songs (southern mill), shape note religious singing, and black children's games. Recorded in California, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, by David Holt, Appalachian Music Program, Warren Wilson College. The collection includes 7 pages of logs, song lists, and notes. (includes AFS 18,945-18,957) [catalog record]

AFC 1977/030: Dorothy Howard Duplication Project Collection
Three 10-inch tapes of Dorothy Howard's recollections for her grandchildren about domestic crafts, musical traditions, and experiences of her family as pioneer settlers in the Sabine River in Texas. She sings ballads, hymns, children's songs, lullabies, and sentimental songs, and mentions the banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, reed organ, piano, autoharp, and also poetry recitations. (includes AFS 19,150-19,152) [catalog record]

AFC 1977/035: Franklin G. Smith Lecture on Military Folk Music
One audiocassette containing a lecture entitled "Military Folk Song Since 1870," presented by Franklin Smith. Includes vocal examples with guitar. Recorded at Fort Bliss, Texas, as part of the Fort Bliss Bicentennial Lecture Series, May 12, 1976. (includes AFS 19,179) [catalog record]

AFC 1977/036: Judith Blank Collection of African American Children's Songs
Two African American children's songs recorded by anthropology students of Judith Blank, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts, spring 1977. The song "Goin' back to Texas" was collected from an unidentified third grade boy at an unidentified local public school; the song "Zoo-De-O" was collected from an unidentified group of girls. (includes AFS 19,180) [catalog record]

AFC 1979/056: Américo Paredes Oral History Intervews Conducted by Francis A. de Caro and Rosan A. Jordan
Four audiocassettes of an interview of Américo Paredes conducted by Francis A. de Caro and Rosan A. Jordan. Recorded in Austin, Texas, 1974. Recorded as part of the American Folklore Society Oral History Project. [catalog record]

AFS 20,103-20,104: Archive of Folk Song Fiftieth Anniversary Concert Collection
Two 10-inch tapes of songs, ballads, and banjo music by Dee and Delta Hicks of Tinchtown, Tennessee; blues and bottleneck guitar by David "Honeyboy" Edwards of Chicago, Illinois; and fiddling by Benny Thomasson of Arlington, Texas. Also includes an introduction by Alan Jabbour, Director of the American Folklife Center, and remarks by Burl Ives and Joseph C. Hickerson, Head of the Archive of Folk Song. Recorded at Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress, November 16, 1978.

AFS 20,114-20,165: Marion Michael Recordings of Baptist Songs from Texas
Fifty-two 10-inch tapes of spirituals and religious songs from Texas by Hiram and Emma Brooks and family of King's Village (Bastrop County), Oran Winn of Dale, and Jennie Franklin of Houston, Texas; also Baptist church services in Austin, Bartlett, Cedar Creek, Dale, DeVilla, Granger, Killeen, King's Village, and Temple, Texas. Recorded by Marion Michael in Texas, 1958-1976.

AFS 20,184-20,197: John Q. Anderson Collection
Fourteen 10-inch tapes of lectures, interviews, and performances of Civil War, frontier, slave and Louisiana (French, creole, early jazz) folksongs and ballads (Western, American, English, Scottish); songs composed by Anderson and Everett A. Gills; live recordings of Texas Folklore Society Programs (1963-1966) with performances by John A. Lomax, Jr.; play-party games arranged for the Lake Charles Ballet Society; misc. Latin American and Spanish songs; and Australian gold rush songs and sea chanties.

AFS 20,259: Jim Marshall / "A Night with S.H. Maples" Collection
One 7-inch tape of the Reverend Sebron H. Maples delivering a humorous address at the South Hills Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. Recorded on the South Hills Baptist Church lawn by the Radio and Television Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention on October 2, 1967, and copied by Sebron H. Maples' grand-nephew, Jim Marshall, December 26, 1979.

AFC 1981/018: Ethnic Broadcasting in America Collection
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 6 linear inches of manuscript materials. (includes AFS 23,019-23,155) (RXA 4458-4477; RYA 2887-3003)

AFC 1984/033: Rosemary Killam Collection of Texas Folk Music
Seventeen 10-inch tapes of fiddle tunes, bluegrass music, country music, religious songs (hymns, spirituals), sentimental songs, and polka waltz, and square dance music and calls. Recorded by Rosemary Killam in 1971 at fiddle contests, bluegrass festivals, and periodic singings held throughout central and eastern Texas. (includes AFS 22,137-22,153) (RWA 3911-3927)

AFC 1984/034: Ramiro Cardenas Interview
One audiocassette of an interview with Ramiro Cardenas and Mrs. Cardenas. In 1934, Cardenas and his brother Ricardo were recorded by John A. Lomax in San Antonio, Texas. Their singing of Mexican American songs with guitar appears on AFS 1. Recorded at the Library of Congress, by Gerald E. Parsons, Jr., and Peter T. Bartis, July 7, 1982. (includes AFS 22,154) (LWO 2477)

AFC 1984/038: Henry Young / Jim Evans Interview Collection
One tape of an interview with Jim Evans of Lubbock, Texas, concerning Evans' role in founding the Jimmie Rodgers Fan Club. Recorded by Henry Young, April 22, 1980. (includes AFS 22,163) (RXA 3850)

AFS 22,457-22,468: Conference on Folk Culture in Texas Collection: Preservation and Presentation
Twelve 7-inch tapes of the Conference on Folk Culture in Texas held in San Antonio, Texas, September 30-October 1, 1977. The purpose of the conference was to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas among those involved with the preservation and presentation of folk cultural resources in Texas. Sponsored by the American Folklife Center, Institute of Texan Cultures, Texas Folklore Society and the Center for Intercultural Studies at the University of Texas. Keynote speaker is Nancy Hankes, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. (RXA 4018-4029)

AFC 1985/009: Lurline H. Coltharp Recordings of the Tirilónes of El Paso, Texas
Fourteen 7-inch tapes recorded in 1962-1963 of a lexically oriented linguistic study of calo, the Spanish-English "language" (argot or cant) of a male underworld community in El Paso, Texas, called tirilónes. Related manuscripts include Coltharp's dissertation (1964) and offprints of published articles (1970, 1975) and publicity about the donation of the collection to the Library of Congress (1985). [catalog record]

AFC 1986/015: William A. Owens / Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song Collection
Twenty-nine songs collected from ethnic groups in Texas during 1937-1942 by William A. Owens. The cassette is a sampler from the book by Owens, with the title Tell Me A Story, Sing Me A Song: A Texas Chronicle. (includes AFS 24,285)

AFC 1990/007: "Conversations with Texans" Collection
Recordings of a panel discussion of folk music and folklore in Texas with Alan Lomax, Bess Lomax Hawes, Shirley Lomax Dugan, and Patricia Jasper at the Smithsonian Discovery Theater, Washington, D.C., March 16, 1987, as part of a series on Texas. Topics covered include a history of the Lomax family's influence on collecting American folksong with emphasis on John Lomax, presentation of a video and slide show of Mexican American folk art, and portions of 9 songs and poems from the Lomax collection. This was part of a lecture series focusing on different states implemented by the Resident Associate Program of the Smithsonian and was the pilot program. Moderated by Raye Virginia Allen.

AFC 1992/006: Major Bowes' Amateur Hour Broadcast / Sam Hinton performance
Two audiocassette copies of the "Major Bowes' Amateur Hour" radio program recorded February 18, 1937. Includes a performance by Sam Hinton and his sisters Nell and Ann. The collection includes a photocopy of the February 15, 1937, audition sheet and a list of tape contents. The Hintons are listed as the "Texas Trio." Sam Hinton also appears later in the program as a "novelty instrumentalist."

AFC 1993/001: Ethnic Heritage and Language Schools in America Project Collection
Twenty-four 5-inch tapes, 60 7-inch tapes, and 288 audiocassettes from the Ethnic Heritage and Language Schools in America Project, a survey of 23 ethnic schools from 22 ethnic groups. Recorded in various locations throughout the United States by Elena Bradunas and 23 fieldworkers, April-July 1982, sponsored by the American Folklife Center. The collection includes 14 linear feet of slides, photographs, and reports. Includes documentation of a Cambodian school in Houston, Texas (founded in 1980) and a Chinese school in San Antonio, Texas (founded in 1927). (includes AFS 23,347-23,718) (RXA 4996-5079; RYA 4369-4656) [catalog record]

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. These tapes supplement his collections already in the archive. Includes some examples made by other collectors, including recordings of autoharpist, John Kilby Snow recorded by Blaine Jaeger. Bluegrass music predominates this collection. A number of the tapes were recorded from radio and TV programs. Bluegrass performers represented include Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, the Stanley Brothers, Don Reno, and Red Smiley. Tapes also include interviews with country music artists of the 1920s and 1930s including Tom Ashley, Sam and Kirk McGee, Ernest V. Stoneman, Gid Tanner, and Frank Walker.

AFC 1995/036: Rosemary Killam / Texas and Missouri Folk Music and Song Collection, 1971-88
One hundred twelve audiocassettes, 616 pages of associated hardcopy documentation, 57 3x5 cards, and 424 4x6 notecards of Texas and Missouri folk music and song, recorded by Rosemary Killam, 1971-1988.

AFC 1996/008: Sacred Harp Traditions in Texas / by Lisa Carol Hardaway
Master's thesis entitled, "Sacred Harp Traditions in Texas" written by Lisa Carol Hardaway of Rice University, in 1989. The thesis gives an overview of American sacred harp music as it has been sung for 200 years. Includes musical examples and photos.

AFC 1996/015: Balmoral School of Highland Piping (Scottish) Cassette
One audiocassette of the music of Mike Cusack who teaches Scottish highland piping at St. Thomas Episcopal School in Houston, Texas. The collection includes two fliers about the school and correspondence. Recorded ca. 1990s.

AFC 1996/084: Alan Govenar / Portraits of Community: The Texas African-American Photography Collection
One video recording of a lecture titled Portraits of Community: The Texas African-American Photography Collection, delivered at the Library of Congress by Alan Govenar, September 27, 1996.

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 1997/031: Stephen B. Green Collection of Home Disc Recordings
Seventeen audiodisc recordings purchased by Stephen Green at Bassey's Flea Market, near San Antonio, Texas, ca. 1997. The collection includes an inventory, photocopies of the discs, and a list of contents. Contents include radio broadcasts, including the Joe Louis heavyweight boxing fight with Al McCoy, December 16, 1940; Christmas Eve mass, December 24,1944; Christmas, New Year, and other gatherings and parties; poker parties; conversations, audio letters or messages; singing of popular songs; and other material. One disc has content from a linguistic dialect survey, with a reading of excerpts from "Arthur the Rat" for a speech class. Some participants on the recordings are identified as military personnel, including U.S. Navy personnel; some or all recordings were made in Texas. [catalog record]

AFC 1998/008: Smokey Butler / Texas Fiddle Tunes Collection
Two audiocassettes, one black-and-white photograph, and two articles relating to the musical talent of Smokey Butler. Butler is an old-time fiddler from Texas who competes in national fiddling competitions. The articles offer insight as to Butler's musical background and his contemporary fiddling activities. The audiocassettes contain 81 tunes in which Smokey Butler plays fiddle, Mary Butler and Bryan Jimmerson play guitar, and Charles Gardner plays bass fiddle. A list of the tunes on the audiocassettes is included.

AFC 1999/006: Frank and Elizabeth Goodwyn Interview Collection
Two DATs of an interview with Frank Goodwyn and Elizabeth Goodwyn at their home in Silver Spring, Maryland, April 29, 1999. Interview conducted by David A. Taylor and Rachel Howard. Frank Goodwyn sang cowboy songs for John A. Lomax and Ruby T. Lomax in 1939. The Goodwyns spoke of the Lomaxes as well as about J. Frank Dobie. Frank Goodwyn was raised on the King Ranch in Texas and spoke as well about ranching life. The collection includes photographs and fieldnotes.

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] [Texas Local Legacies]

AFC 2003/001: Carl Lindahl Collection of Tales and Narratives
Collection of 26 tales and narrative clusters collected by Carl Lindahl, 1932-2002, including a Jack tale from Daron Douglas; 3 tales from Glen Muncy Anderson (2001); 11 marchen and related tales from Jane Muncy Fugate, Hyden, Kentucky, and Melbourne, Florida (2001); 2 family legends from Lee Winniford, Cumby, Texas, and Houston, Texas (2002); a marchen tale from Barry Jean Ancelet (1982); a marchen tale from Mary Caroline Spurlock Ancelet (1982); and 7 tales from Alfred Anderson (1932) [catalog record]

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.

[uncataloged]: Thirteen reels of film elements related to "Afro-American Work Songs in a Texas Prison." Filmed by Pete Seeger, Toshi Seeger, and Danny Seeger. Narrated by Bruce Jackson. Filmed at Ellis Unit, Huntsville, Texas. Folklore Research Films, 1966.

AFC 2004/013: Wayland D. Hand American Folklife Center Legislation Collection
Collection compiled by Wayland D. Hand, former Trustee of the American Folklife Center. Includes reports, position papers, memos, notes, correspondence, American Folklife Center Board of Trustees minutes and agendas. Most are in reference to legislation to establish and reauthorize appropriations for the American Folklife Center. Includes: Conference on Folk Culture in Texas, San Antonio, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 1977 and National Endowment for the Humanities support for Folklife.

AFC 2004/035: Masters of Mexican Music Concert Collection, April 1, 2004
Videorecordings and 29 black-and-white photographs of the "Masters of Mexican Music" concert held in the Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, April 1, 2004. The concert featured 21 musicians and dancers performing musical traditions from four distinct regions of Mexico: The mariachi of Jalisco; the harp-led son jarocho of southern Vera Cruz; the accordion-based conjunto of the Texas-Mexican border; and the marimba music from the southern state of Chiapas. The concert was produced by the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Included are press releases, a media kit on CD-R with 8 color photographs of the performers and biographies, and an illustrated program book (16 p.) in Spanish and English. Concert photos by James Hardin. [catalog record]

AFC 2006/003: Motif Index to a Collection of American Tall Tales by J. Russell Reaver
Typescript (photocopy) of motif index to over 2,000 manuscripts in the J. Russell Reaver Collection of American Tall Tales (AFC 1972/002) The tales were collected by the magazine "The Progressive Farmer," through its offices in Birmingham, Alabama, and Dallas, Texas, in 1949 and 1950. Motif index is undated, but was donated with related correspondence between Michael Taft and J. Russell Reaver, and one letter from Reaver to David Hufford, 1974. See also: J. Russell Reaver Collection of American Tall Tales (AFC 1972/002). [catalog record]

AFC 2008/006: Surviving Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Houston Collection
One hundred four digital audio files of first-person accounts from people who lived through the Katrina and Rita Hurricanes of 2005. Includes sound recordings, published articles about the project, FileMaker Pro database records (received as Word files). Most interviews are in English; one is in Spanish and English, one is in Vietnamese and English, and two are in Vietnamese with a few words in English. [catalog record]

AFC 2009/011: Surviving Katrina and Rita in Houston, August 13, 2009 / Lecture by Carl Lindahl and Pat Jasper
Video recording and photographs of a lecture delivered by Carl Lindahl and Pat Jasper in the Mary Pickford Theater, Library of Congress, on August 13, 2009, as part of the Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Surviving Katrina and Rita in Houston was the first large-scale project in which the survivors of a major disaster have taken the lead in documenting it. While media treatments of the survivors have too often depicted criminals or, at best, victims, the voices of the survivors themselves have portrayed selfless friends, compassionate strangers, loving neighbors, and, above all, heroes. The speakers discussed current research on the 432 project interviews conducted to date, which are archived at the American Folklife Center. [catalog record]

AFC 2009/020: Barbara Lynn and Friends Concert and Interview Collection
Collection of digital video, sound recordings, and photographs of Barbara Lynn, the "empress of Gulf Coast soul," singer, guitarist, and songwriter from Beaumont, Texas, in concert, performing her rhythm and blues hits from the 1960s to the present. Recorded in Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, November 18, 2009, as part of the Homegrown concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. The collection also includes an interview with Barbara Lynn conducted by Sarah Rucker on September 21, 2009, in Beaumont, Texas, transcribed by Sarah Rucker (9 p.). [catalog record] [event flyer and webcast]

Microfilm Collections

Los Paisanos: Folklore of the Texas-Mexicans of the Lower Rio Grande Valley / by Miriam Webb Hiester
M.A. Thesis, University of Texas, 1954. Microfilm Number: 97/1115 [catalog record]

Corridos de asuntos vulgares corresponding to the romances vulgares of the Spanish / by Norman Laird McNeil
M.A. Thesis, University of Texas, 1944. Microfilm Number: 97/1122. Author also known as "Brownie" McNeil. [catalog record]

 

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