Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture
IN THE ARCHIVE OF FOLK CULTURE
Compiled by: David Mindel and David Spener
Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: September 2016
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Alan Lomax 1938 Library of Congress Sessions Collection (AFC 1938/011)
Twenty-two 12-inch discs of songs performed by Barbara Bell, Ernest Bourne, W.C. Handy, Alan Lomax, Bess Brown Lomax, the Resettlement Administration Singers, the Rindlisbacher Lumberjack Group, Earl Robinson, the Skyline Farm Singers, and Blaine Stubblefield. Recorded primarily in Washington, D.C., at the Library of Congress, by Alan Lomax, 1937-38. The collection includes 8 pages of notes. Also includes recordings made in Chevy Chase, Maryland, of Charles Seeger, Leverett S. Lyon, Margaret Valiant, Adrian Dornbush, Grete Franke, Ruth Crawford, Bess Brown Lomax, Edward T. Calhoun, Richard Kenah, Martha Peacock, John B. Vance [chief librarian of the LC Law Library], and Tannis Tugwell. [catalog record]
AFS 1622-1623A1: Two discs containing 5 songs sung and played on the fiddle and "Paul Bunyan Harp" by the Rindlisbacher Lumberjack Group of Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Recorded in Washington D.C. in May 1938 by Alan Lomax.
Sidney Robertson Cowell Wisconsin Recordings (AFS 2236)
One 12-inch disc of "The Mermaid" sung by A.J. Ford, "The Sinking of the Cumberland" sung by Ward Ford, and "Custer's Last Charge" sung by Bob Walker. Recorded in Crandon, Wisconsin, by Sidney Robertson (Cowell), July 1937.
Alan Lomax Collection of Michigan and Wisconsin Recordings (AFC 1939/007)
Two hundred fifty 12-inch discs of instrumentals, songs, and stories recorded in Michigan and Wisconsin by Alan Lomax, August 10-November 1, 1938. The collection includes a 1/2 linear inch of cards, correspondence, lists, and notes. [catalog record]
AFS 2469-2470: Two discs containing 8 instrumental tunes performed on the fiddle and banjo by Joe and Clarence Cloud of Odanah, Wisconsin.
Resettlement Administration Recordings Collection (AFC 1939/016)
One hundred sixty-five 12-inch discs of instrumentals and songs recorded in Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C. by Sidney Robertson Cowell, Charles Seeger, Margaret Valiant, and others for the Special Skills Division, Resettlement Administration, 1936-37. The collection includes 3 1/2 inches of transcripts, correspondence, graphic images, and a program book from the 1937 National Folk Festival. [catalog record] [online presentation from the University of Wisconsin]
AFS 3246; 3252; 3253B1-3255A3: Five discs containing examples of clogging, instrumental tunes, yodeling, and the French dialect of Wisconsin lumberjacks. Recorded in Chicago, Illinois, at the National Folk Festival, May 27, 1937.
AFS 3278-3279: Two discs containing 11 fiddle tunes performed by Leizime Brusoe. Recorded in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, July 1937.
AFS 3282-3297: Sixteen discs containing songs sung by Mr. And Mrs. Charles Spencer, Clyde Spencer, Harry Fannin, Warde and A. J. Ford, Robert Walker, Ed King, Mr. Berker, Bud Faulkner, and Jack Bailey. Recorded in Crandon, Wisconsin, July 1937.
University of Wisconsin Folk Music Recording Project (AFC 1940/013)
Thirty-five 12-inch discs of instrumentals and songs recorded in Wisconsin by Robert F. Draves and Helene Stratman-Thomas (Blotz) for the University of Wisconsin and the Library of Congress, August 19-September 5, 1940. The collection includes five-eighths linear inches of descriptions and lists. Includes Finnish American, Welsh American, Swiss, Bohemian. [catalog record]
AFS 4159A1-B1; 4179A1-4183A1: Six discs containing 16 Welsh folksongs and hymns performed by various persons from Dodgeville and Pickett, Wisconsin, and the Congregation of Cymanfa Ganu in Pickett, Wisconsin.
AFS 4159B2; 4161A2; 4162A1-2: Three discs containing 4 Dutch folksongs sung by Mrs. Anna Scholten and Mrs. Kranendonk of Oostburg, Wisconsin.
AFS 4160A1: One disc containing a Cornish folksong sung by Aunt Dorah Richards of Platteville, Wisconsin.
AFS 4160A2-4161A1; 4161B1-2: Two discs containing 6 Swiss tunes played on the zither by Albert Mueller of New Glarus, Wisconsin.
AFS 4162B1-4164A1: Three discs containing 3 Bohemian songs performed by the "Straight eight" Bohemian Band and a vocal quartet from Kewaunee, Wisconsin.
AFS 4164B1-4165A2: Two discs containing 3 Icelandic songs performed by Mrs. Karl Bjarnson, her daughter Mrs. Christine Gudmunsen, and Mrs. Margaret Richter of Washington Island, Wisconsin.
AFS 4165B1-4166B1: Two discs containing 3 Belgian and two Wisconsin folksongs performed by Al Van der Tie and Jules Rower of Brussels, Wisconsin.
AFS 4167A1-B1; 4168A1-4169B2; 4170A1-B1; 4171A1-4172A1; 4186A1-4188B1: Eleven discs containing 21 songs with poetry and oral history performed by John Christian of Coloma; Henry Humphries of Hancock; Lewis Winfield Moody of Plainfield; Dan Grant of Bryant; and Arthur Mosely of Black River Falls, Wisconsin.
AFS 4172B1-4176B3: Five discs containing 18 folksongs of Kentucky origin performed by Mrs. Pearl Jacobs Borusky of Antigo, Wisconsin.
AFS 4177; 4189: Two discs containing 10 fiddle tunes performed by Leizime Brusoe of Rhinelander, Wisconsin.
AFS 4190: One disc containing 4 Swedish folksongs sung by John G. Ostrom, with piano accompaniment by Professor E. Lundholm, both of Superior, Wisconsin.
AFS 4184A1: One disc containing the song "Uncle Joe", performed by Moses Morgan of Pickett, Wisconsin.
AFS 4184B1: One disc containing the Irish song, "Paddy Doyle and Biddy O'Toole", sung by Mr. Charley Bowlen of Black River Falls, Wisconsin.
AFS 4185; 4191-4193: Four discs containing 11 Finnish folksongs sung by Mrs. Martha Leppänen Hayes and Mr. Jalmar Nukala, with piano accompaniment by Mrs. Mamie Wirtanen Jukala, all of Superior, Wisconsin.
Robert F. Draves and Helene Stratman-Thomas Collection of Wisconsin Recordings (AFC 1941/012)
Seventy-eight discs of Wisconsin music and stories. Recorded mostly in the summer of 1941 by Robert F. Draves and Helene Stratman-Thomas for the University of Wisconsin and the Library of Congress. Portions of this collection appear on the CD entitled Folk Music from Wisconsin (Rounder Records). [catalog record]
AFS 4948-4951: Four discs containing Croatian instrumental tunes performed by the Tamburica Quartet. Includes a spoken description of the Tamburica instruments. Recorded in Madison, Wisconsin, November 15, 1940.
AFS 4952-4955: Four discs containing 10 English songs sung by Winifred Bundy. Recorded in Madison, Wisconsin.
AFS 4956-4959: Four discs containing 17 Norwegian tunes played on the psalmadikon and the Hardanger violin by the Psalmodikon Quartet of McFarland and Dagny Veun Quisling of Madison. Recorded in Madison, Wisconsin.
AFS 4960-4965: Six discs containing ballads, Civil War songs, Indian lore, recitations, and "School Section" sing-alongs performed by Hamilton Lobdell of Mukwanago, Wisconsin.
AFS 4966, 4968B1-2; 4969A1; 4971A1-4973A1, B1; 4974A2; 4977A1; 4987-4991B2; 4994B1-3; 5002B1; 5005A5, B1; 5006A2, B1-2; 5007A1-2; 5010A1-2, B1; 5011A1; 5017A1-B1; 5018B3; 5019A1-B1; 5020A1: Twenty-four discs containing lumberjack and other songs and instrumentals performed by various persons from Wautoma, Hancock, Rhinelander, Crandon, Black River Falls, Galesville, Madison, the town of Marion in Waushoma County, Plainfield, Colburn, and Schofield, Wisconsin. Includes lumberjack dance tunes performed by Mr. and Mrs. Otto Rindlisbacher of Rice Lake, Wisconsin
AFS 4969-4970; 4973A2; 4976A1; 4991A1; 5008B1-2: Six discs containing 10 Irish songs performed by Michael Leary and F.S. Puty of Almond; Lewis Winfield Moody of Plainfield; Gene Silsbe of the town of Colburn; Emery De Noyer of Rhinelander, Wisconsin; and Robert Walker of Crandon, Wisconsin.
AFS 4973B1-4975B1: Three discs containing 5 songs performed by Henry Humphrey and Gene Silsbe of Hancock, Wisconsin.
AFS 4976B2; 4977B1-4981B3; 5005A1-2; 5007B1-5: Eight discs containing Polish folksongs performed by Mr. And Mrs. Adam Bartosz and John Cieczak of Stevens Point, Wisconsin; includes two songs in the Kasshubian dialect.
AFS 4981B1-2; 4982B1; 5005B2-5006A1: Four discs containing 5 German songs performed by Robert and Martha Steinbach of Wausau, Wisconsin.
AFS 4983A1-4987A1; 4991B2-4994A1; 4995; 4997A1-B1: Eleven discs containing 11 examples of "Kaintuck" songs and conversation from Ollie Jacobs and Pearl Jacobs Borusky of Pearson; Charlie Spencer and Grant Faulkner of Crandon, Wisconsin; and Luther Royce of White Lake, Wisconsin.
AFS 4998A1-5000A1: Three discs containing 7 Belgian and French folksongs including one in the Walloon dialect, performed by Desire Maes of Green Bay, Wisconsin.
AFS 5000A2-5004A1: Five discs containing oral history and poetry concerning Mississippi River boating and lumber rafts, by Harry G. Dyer of Madison, Wisconsin.
AFS 5005A3-4: One disc containing 2 Ukrainian folksongs performed by Adam Barstosz of Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
AFS 5012-5015: Four discs containing "old-time" dance music performed by Leizime Brusoe's Orchestra of Rhinelander, Wisconsin.
AFS 5017B2-5018A2; 5018B1: Two discs containing 5 Swiss tunes performed on the Swiss hand orgeli-accordian and the Swiss bells by Otto Rindlisbacher and family of Rice Lake, Wisconsin.
AFS 5020B1-5022A1; 5025A1-B1: Four discs containing 7 Bohemian folksongs performed by Mrs. George McClure, Mrs. Mayme Doser, Mrs. Frand Stevens and Mr. Albert Wachuta of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Mrs. Stevens is accompanied by accordionist John Pinz.
AFS 5022B1-5023B1: Two discs containing 4 French Canadian songs sung and played on the recorder by Mrs. Virginia La Bonne Valley in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.
Frances Densmore Collection of Chippewa Cylinder Recordings (AFC 1943/018)
Three hundred thirty-six 4-inch and 21 6-inch cylinders containing Chippewa songs recorded by Frances Densmore on one visit to Washington, D.C., and during 10 field trips to Red Lake, White Earth, Nett Lake, and Leech Lake in Minnesota, and to Lac du Flambeau in Wisconsin, between July 1907 and November 1910. Seventeen cylinders were gifts from Densmore to the Music Division of the Library of Congress in 1943 and 1944, but most of the cylinders were transferred from the National Archives in 1948, with additions from the Smithsonian Institution in 1979 and 1981. Included in the collection are the Sioux songs used by Chippewa singers in presenting a ceremonial drum to the Menominee community in 1910. [catalog record]
Alanson Skinner collection of Menominee cylinder recordings (AFC 1947/009)
Twenty-two 4-inch cylinders of Menominee songs recorded by Alanson Buck Skinner in June 1919 near Keshena, Wisconsin. The cylinders, primarily containing songs of the Medicine Ceremony (Mita'win), were received by exchange from the Milwaukee Public Museum in 1947. Skinner published texts and commentary on these songs in "Songs of the Menomini Medicine Ceremony," American Anthropologist n.s. 27 (1925): 290-314. (AFS 8904-8906) [catalog record]
University of Wisconsin Project (AFC 1948/022)
One hundred twelve discs of Wisconsin folk music recorded in the summer and fall of 1946 by Helene Stratman-Thomas, Aubrey Snyder, and Phyllis Pinkerton for the University of Wisconsin and the Library of Congress. American Indian recordings were made by Charles Hofmann. Portions of this collection appear on the CD entitled Folk Music from Wisconsin [CD]. [catalog record] [online presentation from the University of Wisconsin]
AFS 8362-8364; 8386B1-8387A1; 8439A1-B2; 8442B1; 8458A2-B3; 8462B1-2: Nine discs containing 20 English songs sung by Winifred Moore Bundy of Madison, Wisconsin; William Jacob Morgan of Berlin, Wisconsin; and Charles Dietz of Monroe, Wisconsin.
AFS 8365-8368; 8360A1-2; 8373A1-3; 8374A1-B4; 8376A1-2; 8381A1-B1; 8382A1-B2; 8411-8413: Thirteen discs containing songs of the Winnebago sung by various performers. Recorded in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, July 24 and 31, 1946, and Black River Falls, Wisconsin, August 15, 1946.
AFS 8369A1-B2; 8373B1-2; 8376B1, B3: Three discs containing 10 Zuni songs sung by Margaret Eagle and Phyllis Lewis (age ten). Recorded in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. July 24, 1946.
AFS 8371-8372: Two discs containing 9 Sioux songs performed by Mr. and Mrs. James Hawkins, their son, Lawrence, and his niece, Rena. Recorded in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, July 25, 1946.
AFS 8370B1-4: One disc containing 4 Navajo songs performed by Margaret Eagle. Recorded in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, July 24, 1946.
AFS 8375: One disc containing Peyote songs in the Sioux language from the Native American Church. Sung and performed with drum and rattle by John and Reuben Bear Skin and Larry Hawkins. Recorded in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, July 25, 1946.
AFS 8377B1; 8394A2, B3; 8427A1; 8431A3-B3; 8432B1; 8469A1-8470A2; 8471B1-8473B1: Ten discs containing sea shanties, railway songs, and ballads sung by Noble B. Brown of Millsville,Wisconsin.
AFS 8378A1-8379B3; 8423A1: Three discs containing 8 Cornish songs and dance tunes performed by John Persons and Helene Stratman-Thomas of Madison, Wisconsin, and Mr. J.L. Peters of Beloit, Wisconsin.
AFS 8384A1-B3; 8393B1-8394A1: Three discs containing Swiss accordian tunes and yodelling performed by Mrs. Vaughn Garfoot of Verona, Wisconsin, and John Giezendannen of Barron, Wisconsin.
AFS 8385A1, B2; 8397-8398; 8414A1-8416A1: Six discs containing 4 Norwegian accordian tunes performed by Mrs. Vaughn Garfoot of Verona, Wisconsin, and nineteen Norwegian songs sung by Mrs. Brithe Lothe of Milltown, Wisconsin, and Alice Everson of Blair, Wisconsin.
AFS 8386A1; 8471A1: Two performances of the Civil War song, "The Dying Wisconsin Soldier," by William Jacob Morgan of Berlin, Wisconsin, and Noble B. Brown of Millsville, Wisconsin.
AFS 8387A1-2; 8406B1; 8410A1-2, B1, 8419A1-8422A2; 8427A2; 8430A1-B2; 8470B1: Ten discs containing songs and ballads sung by various persons from Berlin, Black River Falls, Grantsburg, Lancaster, Linden, Pittsville, and Wisconsin.
AFS 8388A1-8398A3; 8409; 8446A1-8449A1: Eleven discs containing French Canadian songs sung by various persons from Chippewa Falls ,Somerset, and Waukesha, Wisconsin.
AFS 8395-8396; 8424-8426; 8499B1-2: Two discs containing 20 Italian songs sung by Thomas St. Angelo and Ambrose Degidio of Cumberland; Joe Accardi and Mrs. De Noto of Beloit; and Irene Ruffalo of Kenosha, Wisconsin.
AFS 8399; 8438A1-2: Two discs containing 5 Danish songs sung by Esther Utoft of West Denmark, Wisconsin, and Mildred N. Moll of Madison, Wisconsin.
AFS 8400A1-8406A2: Seven discs containing 23 Swedish songs sung by Dr. A.C. Lindberg, Ruth Sandberg, Ruth Olson, Alice Carlson, Orrin Olson, Rev. Theodore Kronberg, and Abel Jotblad of Grantsburg, Wisconsin.
AFS 8407-8408; 8445A1: Three discs containing lumberjack songs and reminiscences by Charles Ring and Adolf Williams of Hayward, Wisconsin.
AFS 8410A3; 8435-8437; 8439A1: Five discs containing 13 Bohemian songs and dance tunes performed by the Bohemian Band and various other persons from Yuba, Wisconsin.
AFS 8417: One disc containing 4 Ottawa Indian songs performed by Roi Clearwater. Recorded at Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.
AFS 8418; 8423B1-2; 8433-8434: Four discs containing square-dance calling by Ray Bicknell of Fort Atkinson, Preston Willis of Linden, and John Muench of Lancaster, Wisconsin.
AFS 8422B1-2; 8428-8429; 8431A1-2; 8438A3; 8444; 8445A2; 8458A1-2; 8466-8467: Ten discs containing 28 German, Austrian, and Bavarian songs and an example of the German dialect from various persons from Madison, Lancaster, Darlington, Mayville, and Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
AFS 8427A1: One disc containing the Welsh hymn, "Way Up in Heaven," sung by Mrs. Laura Avanell of Linden, Wisconsin.
AFS 8432A1-5: One disc containing 5 black spirituals and early American songs sung by Aunt Lily Richmond of Lancaster, in Beetown Township, Wisconsin. Richmond is an 84 year-old ex-slave originally from Missouri.
AFS 8440A1-8442A2; 8443; 8449B3-4; 8450-8451: Seven discs containing 29 Dutch songs sung by various persons from Crandon and Kenosha, Wisconsin. Includes songs in the Friesland dialect.
AFS 8445B1: One disc containing "The Newhall House Fire," sung by Mrs. Ella Mittelstaedt of Mayville, Wisconsin. The song is about a fire in Milwaukee witnessed by Mrs. Mittelstaedt in 1883.
AFS 8452-8453: Two discs containing 9 Polish songs sung by Miss Stasie Pokora of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
AFS 8454A2-8455B2: Two discs containing 7 songs in a Flemish or German dialect. Songs performed by Jacob C. Becker of Belgium, Wisconsin. They were learned from his father, Nicholas Becker, who came to Ozaukee County, Wisconsin from Luxembourg in 1854.
AFS 8456A1-8457B2: Two discs containing 7 Lithuanian songs performed by various members of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
AFS 8459A1-8462A1: Four discs containing 14 Belgian songs sung by Theuphiel Ropson, Emil Boulangeer, and Anton De Beck of Dykesville, Wisconsin.
AFS 8463-8465: Three discs containing 9 religious Oneida Indian songs performed by members of the Oneida Methodist and Episcopal churches.
Edmund Zawacki and Harriet Pawlowska collection of Polish folk songs and speech (AFC 1948/027)
Fifty-nine discs containing the speech, traditions, legends and folksongs of Polish residents of the town of Independence, Wisconsin. Recorded from December 1946 to 1947 by Prof. Edmund Zawacki and Harriet Pawlowska for the University of Wisconsin. (AFS 8579-8637) [catalog record]
Milwaukee Public Museum duplication project (AFC 1948/047)
Twelve 16-inch discs of Hopi, Iroquois, Menominee, and Winnebago songs and spoken word. Originally recorded on wax cylinders loaned by the Milwaukee Public Museum. The collection includes 1/8 linear inch of correspondence and logs. Includes 23 Iroquois, 2 Winnebago songs. [catalog record]
AFS 8903: Two cylinders containing Winnebago music recorded at an unknown location by Samuel Alfred Barrett, 1928. Gift of the Milwaukee Public Museum.
Frances Densmore collection of Menominee cylinder recordings (AFC 1948/069)
Eighty-four four-inch and four six-inch cylinders collected by Frances Densmore on the Menominee reservation in Wisconsin during 1925 and 1928. Information on the recordings is contained within Densmore's monograph, Menominee Music (Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 102, published in 1932). The cylinders were transferred from the National Archives in 1948. Songs from the collection were included in the record album produced by Densmore in 1952, "Songs of the Menominee, Mandan and Hidatsa" (Library of Congress, AFS L33). (AFS 10,676-10,687 and 10,708; 20,222) [catalog record]
Frances Densmore collection of Winnebago (Ho-Chunk) cylinder recordings (AFC 1948/073)
Sixty-five 6-inch dictaphone cylinders and 29 4-inch cylinders of Winnebago songs, recorded on Frances Densmore's various field trips to Wisconsin and at her home in Red Wing, Minnesota, between October 1927 and June 1932. Her unpublished manuscript of transcriptons and analysis of these recordings is in the National Anthropological Archives. The cylinders were transferred to the Library of Congress from the National Archives in 1948. (AFS 10,698-10,707; 10,709-10,711; 10,718-10,722; 20,222) [catalog record]
Mary Agnes Starr recording of French voyageur songs (AFC 1952/016)
One 7-inch tape containing French voyageur songs sung by 100 year-old Reuben Valley of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Recorded on June 17, 1950, by Mary Agnes Starr. (AFS 10,494) (LWO 1939) [catalog record]
Jonas Balys collection (AFC 1953/016)
Collection of field recordings of Lithuanian and a few Polish and Greek folk and popular songs, and dance music recorded in Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin. Recorded by Jonas Balys from 1949-1959, sponsored by the American Philosophical Society and Indiana University. The collection includes an alphabetic index of songs, copies of six diaries of field notes and song texts, mostly in Lithuanian, with a few translations into English. Genres include ballads, drinking songs, emigrant songs, flax working songs, harvest songs, herding songs, hunting songs, orphan songs, patriotic songs, religious songs, soldiers' songs, wedding songs, Christmas and Lenten songs, and a few hymns. The collection also includes tales, legends, beliefs, customs, and folk medical practices from Lithuania. [catalog record]
AFS 10,873A1: One tape containing "Volungëtë sake," sung by Mrs. Veronika Kasperaitiene and Mrs.Felicija Kapocienë of Racine, Wisconsin.
AFS 19,163A15-38: One tape containing 24 Lithuanian songs sung by various persons from Racine, Wisconsin.
Laura Miller Taylor Collection of Chippewa Cylinder Recordings (AFC 1954/003)
Twelve cylinders of Chippewa music among those collected by Laura and Ralph B. Miller (her first husband) of St. Louis, Missouri, probably in the course of their 1915 canoe trip between Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin, and Duluth, Minnesota, with stops at the Wisconsin Chippewa reservations. Additional information and perhaps recordings were obtained during the summer of 1916 at Lac du Flambeau. The cylinders were transferred to the Library of Congress from the Detroit Public Library in 1954. (AFS 22,168) [catalog record]
Sidney Robertson Cowell Collection (AFC 1959/004)
Three 10-inch tapes of interviews and music recorded in California, Iran, Ireland (Co. Mayo and Co. Galway), Massachusetts, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Nova Scotia, and Wisconsin by Sidney Robertson Cowell, 1952-56. The collection includes two and one-half linear inches of correspondence, journals, logs, notes, postcards, and transcriptions, and an article. Includes Anglo-American songs and ballads from New England, Montana, and California; Portuguese songs from Massachusetts; English and Gaelic songs and ballads from Cape Breton Island, Canada; and Spanish-American songs from southern California. Some recorded with Wayland D. Hand.
AFS 11,307-11,309: Eleven 10-inch tapes of interviews and music recorded in Bangladesh; California; Iran; Ireland; Massachusetts; New York (State); North Carolina; Nova Scotia, Canada; Pakistan; Wisconsin; and Wyoming by Sidney Robertson Cowell, 1952-56. The collection includes 2 1/2 linear inches of correspondence, journals, logs, notes, postcards, and transcriptions, and an article.
AFS 11,335B1-11,338A15: Four tapes containing songs performed by members of the families of Warde Ford and Robert Walker, originally from Crandon, Wisconsin. Recorded in September 1952 in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, and in August 1954 in Central Valley, California.
National Federation of Music Clubs archive of American folk music, 1952-1963 (AFC 1969/018)
Eighteen 7-inch, three 5-inch, and nine 3-inch tapes of folk music from Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Recorded and collected 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 five linear inches of articles, correspondence, logs, and musical and textual transcriptions. [catalog record]
AFS 14,007A: One tape containing 25 songs in the English language performed by Mary Agnes Starr of Hales Corners, Wisconsin. Songs were learned between 1909 and 1919 from Starr's mother, Elizabeth Le Roux Barbour. Recorded July 6, 1961, by Mary Agnes Starr.
AFS 14,007B: One tape containing French Canadian dance music, voyageurs' songs, and French finger-play games performed by Reuben Valley of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, and Mary Agnes Starr of Hales Corners, Wisconsin. Recorded in 1962.
National Folk Festival, 1960 (AFC 1971/005)
Seven 7-inch tapes of folk songs and performances, including Bob Beers of New Year, Montana, Leslie Skeen of Denville, West Virginia, and the Lester Wolfe Group. Recorded by Voice of America during the National Folk Festival in Washington D.C., June 1 and 4, 1960. The collection includes two pages of song lists. [catalog record]
AFS 14,422: One tape containing a performance of Norwegian Dancers of Stoughton, Wisconsin, directed by Jeanne Reek, and accompanied on the accordian by Carol Lande and Nor Ann Kampanger.
Margaret Anderson Collection of Norwegian American Songs from Wisconsin (AFC 1973/004)
One audiocassette tape containing 9 Norwegian American songs sung by Mrs. Norah Anderson of River Falls. Recorded in 1972 by her granddaughter, Margaret Anderson. (AFS 15,424) [catalog record]
National Folk Festival, 1954 (AFC 1975/022)
Two 10-inch tapes cntaining excerpts from the National Folk Festival, recorded in St.Louis, Missouri, by the Voice of America, April 8, 1954. [catalog record]
AFS 17,508A8-10: One tape containing 3 examples of lumberjack songs and dance music performed by Mary Agnes Starr and the Wisconsin lumberjacks of Phillips, Wisconsin, under the direction of Ray Caulkins.
AFS 20,199-23,204: Federal Cylinder Project Collection
Consists of multiple cylinder collections.
AFS 20,222: Eight cylinders containing Winnebago Indian music. Recorded at an unknown location by Frances Densmore for the Bureau of American Ethnology, Smithsonian Institution, 1930-31.
AFS 20,323: Five cylinders containing Winnebago Indian Music. Recorded in 1895 by Alice Cunningham Fletcher, location unknown. From the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Smithsonian Institution collection.
AFS 20,508-20,513; 20,520: Sixty cylinders containing music of the Fox Indians (originally from Wisconsin) recorded in Iowa by Truman Michelson, date unknown. From the Bureau of American Ethnology, Smithsonian Institution collection.
Nancy O. Lurie collection of Winnebago cylinder documentation (AFC 1981/019)
Audio and written documentation assembled by Nancy O. Lurie in 1980-81 regarding the Frances Densmore and Paul Radin Winnebago cylinder recordings. Wilbur Blackdeer, Benjamin Winneshiek, Emanuel Thundercloud, and others provided comments on recordings Densmore had made in Wisconsin Winnebago communities between 1927 and 1932, and that Radin made in the Nebraska community between 1908 and 1912. These comments were subsequently drawn upon for the Federal Cylinder Project catalog listings of the individual Winnebago recordings. (AFS 23,256-23,258) (RXA 4788-4790) [catalog record]
Czech Heritage Incorporated recording of Young Czechs (AFC 1984/050)
One audiocassette of Czech songs with accordion accompaniment performed by the "Young Czechs," a children's costumed song and dance group from Forestville, Wisconsin. Recorded by Veronica Seiler and sent to the Library of Congress through the office of Senator William Proxmire. [catalog record]
Jeffrey C. Wrolstad Collection (AFC 1986/050)
Old-time and Norwegian American music performed on fiddle and piano by Ethelyn Aanrud, Arnt Soli, Ella Wrolstad and Emil Wrolstad, with announcements by Ellen Mears and Jeffrey H. Wrolstad. Recorded by Jeffrey H. Wrolstad near Peru, Wisconsin, August 31, 1958. [note: Second copy of this recording was donated by Marwin Wrolstad in April 2005. He wrote that the group was called the Peru Trio. Peru was a cross-road in the Town of New Hope, Portage County, Wisconsin, in Peru Public School District No. 1.] [catalog record]
Wisconsin Public Radio "The Wisconsin Patchwork" Collection (AFC 1986/057)
Thirteen 1/2-hour radio programs containing selections from the University of Wisconsin / Library of Congress field survey of Wisconsin folk music conducted between 1940 and 1946 by Helene Stratman-Thomas Blotz and others. Programs feature religious and secular vocal and instrumental music of various ethnic and occupational groups, with commentary by producer and host Judy Woodward. Funded by the Folk Arts Program of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wisconsin Arts Board; produced and broadcast in 1984 at WHA Public Radio, Madison, by Vicki Nonn and Judy Woodward; and narrated by Dan Devany.
Elaine C. Breach / Subject access to Ethnic Folk, and National Music Manuscript Collection (AFC 1986/001)
Masters thesis in Music History and Literature and Library and Information Science, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, 1985. [catalog record]
John Stuart Hamilton Collection (AFC 1986/005)
One audiocassette of an aural letter from Harley Schatzka (age 73) of Westfield, Wisconsin, to his friend, John Stuart Hamilton, dated January 1984. Schatzka performed two songs (one entitled "Little Yella' Nigger," the other a parody of "Red Wing." Both songs attributed to a Fred Aurick [sp?]).
Judy Woodward 63rd Annual Peniel Gymanfa Ganu Collection (AFC 1986/018)
Two 10-inch tapes of the 63rd Annual Peniel Gymanfa Ganu including hymns, prayers, and psalms sung in English and Welsh by the congregation of Peniel Church. Recorded in Pickett, Wisconsin, by Judy Woodward for Wisconsin Public Radio, August 24, 1986. Organized by the Welsh Gymanfa Ganu Association of Wisconsin.The collection includes a copy of a four-page program and five pages of correspondence and notes. [See also AFS 4178A-4180B1 and 24,219A10-11].
Center for Applied Linguistics Collection (AFC 1986/022)
Fifty-nine 10-inch tapes of speech samples, linguistic interviews, oral histories, conversations, and excerpts from public speeches recorded at various locations in North America by various collectors, and compiled by the Center for Applied Linguistics for a project entitled "A Survey and Collection of American English Dialect Recordings." The collection includes fourteen linear inches of documentation, including an introduction and preface, a list of contents, content summaries, and transcripts. Collectors and interviewees vary, representing approximately 43 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Canada, and Puerto Rico. [catalog record] [online presentation]
AFS 24,329B4: One tape containing a conversation and reading with unidentified students from Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin. Recorded in Wisconsin, 1957. Collected by W.J. Kirwin, Jr. [audio]
"Down Home Dairyland" / Wisconsin Folk Museum Collection (AFC 1991/026)
Seven audiocassettes of part II of the radio series "Downhome Dairyland," hosted and produced by Jim Leary and Richard March, presented by the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Wisconsin Folk Museum, and broadcast weekly March 4-May 27, 1990. The collection includes eight pages of a brochure, correspondence, datasheets, and an inventory. The radio series entitled "Down Home Dairyland," a program of traditional and ethnic music of Wisconsin and Michigan, hosted and produced by folklorists Jim Leary and Richard March; presented by Wisconsin Arts Board and the Wisconsin Folk Museum. Includes performances and interviews, as well as older recordings. Also includes American Indian, Swiss, Polish, French, German, Puerto Rican, and Asian traditions; also fiddling, polka, instrument building, and library and museum collections. (Note two of the programs drew on Archive recordings from the 1930s and follow-up work with descendants of the earlier recordings ("Polish Fiddlers of Posen," and "Woodland Indian Fiddlers and Jigs").
Ethnic Heritage and Language Schools in America Project Collection (AFC 1993/001)
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 Latvian school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, founded in the 1950s. [catalog record] [finding aid]
"Down Home Dairyland" / Ethnic Folk Music from Wisconsin Collection (AFC 1996/019)
Five audiocassettes of the "Down Home Dairyland" radio program including: "Gospel in Wisconsin," "Old-Time Dance Music in Madison," "Old-Time Music in Stevens Point," "Many Forms of Wisconsin Indian Music," "The Accordions," "German-American Music in Wisconsin," "The Concertina," "The Manitowoc Bohemian Sound," "Humorous Scandinavian Dialect Songs," and "Wisconsin's Ethnic Country Music."
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]
Chris Wood's Green Bay Packers Songs Collection (AFC 1997/025)
Six audiocassettes and 1 CD of songs about the Green Bay Packers, their fans (often called Cheeseheads, originally a derogatory term applied to Wisconsinites by residents of Illinois), rival teams, Superbowl XXXI (in New Orleans), etc. Keywords: Wisconsin, football, sports
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] [Wisconsin 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. [catalog record] [finding aid] [online presentation]
AFC 2001/015: SR375-381: Seven audiocassettes containing 16 interviews and personal narratives about September, 11, 2001. Recording project coordinated by the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, Madison, Wisconsin, September 13-October 1, 2001. Interviews conducted by students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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. Collection includes three bamboo flutes. [catalog record]
Dunn Family Collection of Captain Francis O'Neill Cylinder Recordings (AFC 2005/001)
Twenty-nine digital files (from wax cylinders) of Irish music recorded by Captain Francis O'Neill (1848-1936). Performers include Edward Cronin, Barney Delaney, Sgt. James Early, James McFadden, H. Touhey, and Patrick Touhey. The collection includes a song list. Recorded in Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1910s.
Seeing Mary: Belief, Politics, and Practice at Marian Apparition Sites, Lecture by Anne Pryor (AFC 2008/026)
Lecture presented by Anne Pryor of the Wisconsin Arts Board. Pryor discusses her ethnographic research at Marian apparition sites in Necedah, Wisconsin; Conyers, Georgia; Cold Spring, Kentucky; and Emmitsburg, Maryland. Part of the Benjamin A. Botkin Folklife Lecture Series. [catalog record] [event flyer and webcast]
Steve Meisner Band Concert Collection (AFC 2010/027)
Concert of traditional and contemporary Milwaukee-Slovenian style Polka from Wisconsin performed by the Steve Meisner Band. Recorded in Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., August 25, 2010. [catalog record]
Steve Meisner oral history interview conducted by Anne Pryor (AFC 2010/028)
Digital video of an oral history interview with Steve Meisner conducted by Anne Pryor in Whitewater, Wisconsin, August 18, 2010. Meisner is a performer of Milwaukee-Slovenian style Polka. [catalog record]
Cultural Traditions of Ironworkers in America’s Upper Midwest : Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2011/062)
Collection of field recordings of oral history interviews with iron workers in Wisconsin and Illinois, 2011-2013, conducted by folklorists James Leary and Bucky Halker (Clark D. Halker), with photographs, interview logs, and transcripts. Some interviews were conducted by Bucky Halker at the IWU national convention at Sheraton Hotel on the Chicago River in Chicago, 2011. A few photographs are digital copies of the interviewees' photographs documenting building and bridge construction, topping out ceremonies, and other events, circa 1963 to 1990s. Most photographs of structures, ornamental ironwork, ironworkers' homes and families were taken by the interviewers in 2011. The collection includes a book of illustrations of ironworkers and ironworking by Blair Kennedy titled: Our tribute to Blair Kennedy : an Ironworker & Illustrator printed by the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers and I.M.P.A.C.T., 2010. This collection is part of the American Folklife Center's Occupational Folklife Project. [catalog record]
University of Wisconsin -- Madison, Folklore Program, Laborlore Interviews, Spring 2011 (AFC 2011/063)
Twenty-four audio interviews on occupational folklore conducted by students enrolled in Professor James P. Leary’s University of Wisconsin Laborlore Course (Social Science 6116), which was taught at the University of Wisconsin/Madison during spring semester 2011, recorded between April and August 2011 at various locations in Wisconsin. The collection includes photographs of interviewees, a copy of the course syllabus, and related materials. Forms part of the initial beta-test of the America Works/Occupational Folklore Project. [catalog record]
University of Wisconsin -- Madison, Folklore Program, Laborlore Interviews, Fall 2011 (AFC 2011/065)
This collection consists of occupational folklore interviews conducted by freshman students at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, enrolled in Professor Jim Leary's "folklore Course" during the fall semester, 2011. The interviews were conducted in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, and document a variety of occupations. This collection is part of the American Folklife Center's Occupational Folklife Project. [catalog record]
University of Wisconsin -- Madison, Folklore Program, Laborlore Interviews, Winter 2012 (AFC 2012/007)
Audio interviews on occupational folklore conducted by students enrolled in Professor James P. Leary’s University of Wisconsin "America Works" course, which was taught at the University of Wisconsin/Madison during winter semester 2012. The collection includes photographs of interviewees, a copy of the course syllabus, and related materials. Forms part of the initial beta-test of the America Works/Occupational Folklore Project. [catalog record]
Teachers Offstage--The Occupational Folklore of Wisconsin Teachers: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2013-2014 (AFC 2013/017)
Collection of oral history interviews documenting the occupational folklore of teaching in Wisconsin.The project was directed by Anne Pryor, and interviews conducted by Anne Pryor, Mary Hoefferle, Ruth Olson, and Mark Wagler under the sponsorship of Wisconsin Teachers of Local Culture (WTLC). The interviews document the work life, teaching techniques, and skills and performance of a variety of Wisconsin teachers from across the state, among them, fourth- and fifth-grade classroom teachers and teachers whose work involveds a community-focused orientation. This collection is part of the American Folklife Center's Occupational Folklife Project. Many interviews submitted, but not all, as of 3/1/15.
Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946, lecture by Jim Leary (AFC 2013/026)
Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture, July 18, 2013, Mary Pickford Theater, Library of Congress. Jim Leary presented his research devoted to a compilation and new edition of folk music recorded during the 1930s and 1940s by Sidney Robertson Cowell, Alan Lomax, and Helene Stratman-Thomas in homes, hotels, community halls, church basements, and parks throughout Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Focusing on 175 representative performances by more than 200 singers and musicians -- and including biographical sketches and photographs of performers, as well as transcriptions, translations, and annotations for songs in twenty-five languages, the field recordings will be published in 2014 under the title Folksongs of another America: field recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946. [catalog record]
University of Wisconsin -- Madison, Folklore Program, Laborlore Interviews, Fall 2013 (AFC 2013/030)
Collection of field recordings of oral history interviews on occupational folklore conducted by students enrolled in Professor James P. Leary's University of Wisconsin-Madison class, "The Folktale" (Folklore 220), during the fall of 2013. Students interviewed a variety of individuals in a variety of occupations in Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin. The collection includes photographs of interviewees, a copy of the course syllabus, interview logs, and related materials. [catalog record]