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Finding Aids to Individual Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture

THE 1991 NEPTUNE PLAZA CONCERT SERIES COLLECTION

AFC 1991/012

Compiled by Michelle Forner
Library of Congress, Washington DC
November 1995

SUMMARY

The 1991 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection consists of manuscript and print materials, sound, recordings, graphic materials, and moving images that document the 1991 concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. The annual series, which began in 1977, features the presentation of folk traditions from many cultures. The concerts take place on the Neptune Plaza at the front of the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress between April and September. Adverse weather conditions sometimes force the concerts indoors.

The 1991 season consisted of the following:

April 18 Han Sheng Chinese Opera Institute, DC (China)
May 16 The Alder Family, Switzerland (Swiss Mountain Music)
June 20 Seldom Scene, VA (Bluegrass)
July 18 Bulgari (Bulgarian)
August 15 Ensemble of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, DC (Javanese Gamelan)
September 19 Prophecy: Cops for Christ, DC (Gospel)

Access and Reproduction: Listening and viewing access to the collection is unrestricted. Duplication of the materials requires prior permission of the Center and may be governed by copyright and other restrictions. Performers may be contacted through the American Folkife Center adminstrative office.

Primary Languages: Bulgarian, Chinese, English, German, Javanese

Physical Description Location Numbers
Print Materials
1 box  
Sound Recordings
1 7" DT mono reel at 3.75 ips AFC 1991/012:SR12 (incomplete)
10 7" DT mono reels at 7.5 ips AFC 1991/012:SR1 (incomplete)
AFC 1991/012:SR3-4 (poor recording)
AFC 1991/012:SR6-7, 9-10, 14-16
6 90-minute audiocassettes AFC 1991/012:SR2, 5, 8, 11, 13, 17
Graphic Materials
3 4x5 b&w internegatives
20 b&w contact sheets
8 8x10 b&w photoprints 1 5x7 b&w photoprint
1 5x5 color photoprint
1 4x6 color photoprint
1 4x5 b&w photoprint
 
Moving Image
2 1/2" VHS color videocassettes AFC 1991/012:V1-2

COLLECTION INVENTORY

SERIES I: PRINT MATERIALS

Location
Contents
Folder 1
Archive of Folk Culture Administrative Materials. The collection guide (this document) and an article describing the Neptune Plaza Concert Series.
Publicity and administration
Folder 2-3
Han Sheng Chinese Opera Institute, 4-18-91. Concert flier autographed by the performers, unsigned fliers, press releases, news clippings, concert programs in English and Chinese, and a concert log by Elaine Bradtke.
Folder 6
The Alder Family, 5-16-91. Concert flier autographed by the performers, unsigned fliers, press releases, a concert log by Elaine Bradtke, and miscellaneous illustrations.
Folder 11
Seldom Scene, 6-20-91. Concert flier autographed by the performers, unsigned fliers, press releases, and a concert log by Elaine Bradtke.
Folder 13
Bulgari, 7-18-91. Concert flier autographed by the performers, unsigned fliers, press releases, and a concert log by Elaine Bradtke
Folder 17
Ensemble of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, 8-15-91. Concert fliers, press releases, news clippings, a concert program, and a concert log by Elaine Bradtke.
Folder 22
Prophecy: Cops for Christ, 9-19-91. Concert flier autographed by the performers, unsigned fliers, press releases, promotional photographs, and a concert log by Elaine Bradtke.

SERIES II: SOUND RECORDINGS

Location
Contents
Reel-to-reels
Reel-to-reels AFC 1991/012: SR1
Han Sheng Chinese Opera Institute, 4-18-91. One 7" DT mono at 7.5 ips. This recording is incomplete because it ends after the very beginning of the concert.
AFC 1991/012: SR3-4
The Alder Family, 5-16-91. Two 7" DT mono at 7.5 ips. The recording is poor quality. The Alder Family (5-16-91) is taped in one direction and the Ensemble of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia (8-15-91) is taped in the opposite direction. As a result, both recordings are barely audible.
AFC 1991/012: SR6-7
Seldom Scene, 6-20-91. Two 7" DT mono at 7.5 ips.
AFC 1991/012: SR9-10
Bulgari, 7-18-91. Two 7" DT mono at 7.5 ips.
AFC 1991/012: SR12
Ensemble of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, 8-15-91. One 7" DT mono at 3.75 ips. This recording is incomplete. There should have been a second reel for this concert. On AFC 1991/012:SR4, the Alder Family (5-16-91) is taped in one direction and the Ensemble of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia (8-15-91) is taped in the opposite direction. As a result, both recordings are barely audible.
AFC 1991/012: SR14-16
Prophecy: Cops for Christ, 9-19-91. Three 7" DT mono at 7.5 ips.
Audiocassettes
AFC 1991/012: SR2 AFC 1991/012: Han Sheng Chinese Opera Institute, 4-18-91. One 90-minute (recorded concurrently with reel-to-reel).
AFC 1991/012: SR5 The Alder Family, 5-16-91. One 90-minute (recorded concurrently with reel-to-reel).
AFC 1991/012: SR8 Seldom Scene, 6-20-91. One 90-minute (recorded concurrently with reel-to-reel).
AFC 1991/012: SR11 Bulgari, 7-18-91. One 90-minute (recorded concurrently with reel-to-reel).
AFC 1991/012: SR13 Ensemble of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, 8-15-91. One 90-minute (recorded concurrently with reel-to-reel).
AFC 1991/012: SR17 Prophecy: Cops for Christ, 9-19-91. One 90-minute (recorded concurrently with reel-to-reel).

SERIES III: GRAPHIC MATERIALS

Location Contents
Negatives
Envelope 1 The Alder Family, 5-16-91. One 4 x 5 black and white internegative. Photographed by Reid Baker.
Envelope 2 Seldom Scene, 6-20-91. One 4 x 5 black and white internegative. Photographed by Greg Jenkins.
Envelope 3 Bulgari, 7-18-91. One 4 x 5 black and white internegative. Photographed by Jim Higgins.
Note: Additional negatives for photographs shot by Library of Congress photographers Reid Baker and Jim Higgins may be located in the Public Affairs Office.
 
Photograph Prints
Folder 4-5 Han Sheng Chinese Opera Institute, 4-18-91. Three black and white 35 mm contact sheets (66 images) and four 8 x 10 black and white photoprints. Photographed by Jim Higgins.
Folders 7-10 The Alder Family, 5-16-91. Three black and white 35 mm contact sheets (64 images), three duplicate contact sheets, one 8 x 10 black and white photoprint and three duplicates, and one 4 x 5 black and white photoprint. Photographed by Reid Baker.
Folder 12 Seldom Scene, 6-20-91. Two black and white 35 mm contact sheets (60 images). Photographed by Greg Jenkins.
Folders 14-16 Bulgari, 7-18-91. Three black and white 35 mm contact sheets (62 images), one 8 x 10 black and white photoprint and two duplicates, and one 5 x 7 black and white photoprint. Photographed by Jim Higgins.
Folders 18-21 Ensemble of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, 8-15-91. Seven black and white 35 mm contact sheets (195 images), one 8 x 10 black and white photoprint, and one 4 x 6 color photoprint. Photographed by Yusef El-Amin.
Folders 23-24 Prophecy: Cops for Christ, 9-19-91. Two black and white contact sheets (56 images), one 8 x 10 black and white photoprint with two duplicates, and one 5 x 5 color photoprint. Photographed by Reid Baker.

SERIES IV: MOVING IMAGES

Location
Contents
AFC 1991/012:V1
Ensemble of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, 8-15-91. One 1/2" VHS videocassette color.
AFC 1991/012:V2
Prophecy: Cops for Christ, 9-19-91. One 1/2" VHS videocassette color.

APPENDIX A

DANCE CONTENT

Concert
Description
Han Sheng Chinese Opera Institute Peking Opera (Ching-shi) is an art combining stories, singing, acting, movement, elaborate costumes and make up, and instrumental music. The group performs three scenes from larger operas: "Jade Bracelet," "Heavenly Maiden Scattering Flowers," and "Ch'i Pa and Tang Ma" (wu-styles). Print material and photographs: folders 2-5; sound recording: AFC 1991/012:SR1.
Ensemble of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia Javanese gamelan and dance performance. The Ensemble presents the following dances: Gambyong, Javanese classical dance; Satrya, story of a knight; Kuda Kuda, story of horse shepherds; Merak, classical peacock dance from the highlands of West Java; Gambir Anom, dance-drama based on the Maha Bharata epic from Central Java; Jaipongan, popular dance from Sunda West of Jawa Island; and Hanoman-Rahwana, dance-drama based on the tale of Hanoman from the Ramayana epic. Print material and photographs: folders 17-21; sound recordings: AFC 1991/012:SR12-13; videotape: AFC 1991/012:V1.

 

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