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Save Our Sounds: America's Recorded Sound Heritage Project

Basketmaker at the 1978 Festival of American Folklife
Basketmaker at the 1978 Festival of American Folklife. Smithsonian Institution photo by Chip Clark.

The Archives and Collections

The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and the American Folklife Center's Archive of Folk Culture at the Library of Congress house collections of grass roots music, storytelling, poems, oral history, and cultural documentation from all fifty states and around the world.

Follow the links to visit these centers, learn more about their archives, and sample the materials available online. The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage produces Folkways Records from its collections of grass roots master recordings, and a database of these recordings is available online. The American Folklife Center's web site provides selected examples of its many collections in their entirety, full texts of publications, and information about obtaining published recordings from their collections.

Smithsonian Center for
Folklife and Cultural Heritage

The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage promotes the understanding and continuity of contemporary grassroots cultures in the United States and abroad. It produces the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, exhibitions, documentary films and videos, symposia, and educational materials. The Center conducts research, maintains archives, and provides educational and research opportunities. Follow these links for more information:


Zora Neale Hurston interviewing Rochelle French and Gabriel Brown, Eatonville, Florida, June, 1935
Zora Neale Hurston interviewing Rochelle French and Gabriel Brown, Eatonville, Florida, June, 1935. Library of Congress.

American Folklife Center
Library of Congress

The American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress was created by the U.S. Congress in 1976 through Public Law 94-201 and charged to "preserve and present American folklife" through programs of research, documentation, archival preservation, reference service, live performance, exhibition, public programs, and training. The Center incorporates the Library's Archive of Folk Culture, which was founded in 1928 as a repository for American folk music. Follow these links for more information:

Save our Sounds is an official project of the Save America's Treasures program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

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