• Force and Violins: What the FBI Had on Folksingers

    Among the sufferings of those pursued during the McCarthy era, the situation of folksingers and folklorists was unique. Suspected by their government, they were hunted by the FBI almost everywhere. Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, one can now know the extent of privacy crimes committed against Pete Seeger and other folklorists. For more than 20 years, the FBI and CIA conducted surveillance ...

    • Contributor: Dunaway, David
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2008-03-19
  • A Conversation with Stetson Kennedy

    Pioneering folklorist, social activist and writer Stetson Kennedy, of Jacksonville, Fla., discussed his long and wide-ranging career and explored the theme of "Building Democracy in America" in a lecture presented by the American Folklife Center as part of its Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture Series. The event was co-sponsored by Holland & Knight LLP. The program was introduced by Peggy Bulger, director of the American ...

    • Contributor: Kennedy, Stetson
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2005-05-24
  • Afghan Women's Stories: the Problematics of Cover

    Afghan women in burkas have become iconic representations of women's oppression in western media, but this representation is contested in various ways by Afghan women and men. The most common observation by Afghan women activists is that we westerners should get over it, that the burka, hot, uncomfortable and inconvenient as it is, is certainly not their most pressing problem. It has even proved ...

    • Contributor: Mills, Margaret
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2007-09-19
  • Folklore's Champion: Ben Botkin

    Among Benjamin Botkin's accomplishments, the gathering of slave narratives has received the greatest amount of attention, though not always with his name attached. As folklore editor of the Federal Writers Project, and later head of the Archive of Folk Culture at the Library of Congress, Botkin guided the fieldworkers who collected the narratives, amassed and edited the raw materials, and produced 17 bound volumes ...

    • Contributor: Abrahams, Roger
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2007-08-15
  • Newslore: Contemporary Folklore on the Internet

    Russell Frank defines newslore as folklore that comments on, and is therefore indecipherable without knowledge of, current events. Newslore takes multiple forms: jokes; urban legends; digitally altered photographs; mock news stories, press releases or interoffice memoranda; parodies of songs, poems, political and commercial advertisements and movie previews and posters; still or animated cartoons and short live-action films. Such material, he argues in his new ...

    • Contributor: Frank, Russell
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2011-08-10
  • African American History Month Celebration: National Visionary Leadership Project Showcase

    The Library of Congress celebrated African American History Month with its signature event--a showcase of the American Folklife Center's National Visionary Leadership Project (NVLP) Collection. The NVLP is a collection of oral life histories of extraordinary African American elders who have made significant contributions to American society, and the American Folklife Center is the official repository for these stories. The Library's signature event featured ...

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2008-02-22
  • Celebrating the Acquisition of the NCTA Collection

    Barry Bergey, with the National Endowment for the Arts moderates a group of panelists who discuss the significance and highlights of the NCTA Collection.

    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2009-09-11
  • Cowboy Poet Paul Zarzyski and Cowboy Singer-Composer Wylie Gustafson From Montana

    Poet Paul Zarzyski and singer-composer Wylie Gustafson perform at Coolidge Auditorium as part of the Homegrown Concert Series.

    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2009-10-07
  • Campus Traditions: Folklore from the Old-Time College to the Modern Mega-University

    Simon J. Bronner interprets the uses of play and ritual for students in different eras to work through tough issues of their age and environment. More broadly, campus traditions are shown to function centrally in the development of American culture.

    • Contributor: Bronner, Simon J.
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2012-08-09
  • Dog Tags: History, Stories & Folklore of Military Identification

    The 100th anniversary of the official use of American personal identity tags, affectionately known as "dog tags," recently passed without fanfare. Dog tags are highly personal items to warriors of every service and to their families as well. Each dog tag carries its own human-interest story. The acts of receiving the dog tag, hanging it around the neck, and feeling it against the body ...

    • Contributor: Cucolo, Ginger
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2012-01-26
  • Woodie Guthrie: My Father, My Partner

    Nora Guthrie recounted her early recollections of family life (which include family gatherings and hootenannies with musicians close to the family), her father Woody's hospitalization with Huntington's Disease, her recognition of her father's growing mythology among artists in the 1960s folk music revival, and the gradual transition of her relationship with her father into one of professional partnership.

    • Contributor: Guthrie, Nora
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2012-03-29
  • Reflections on Memory & History: Collecting New Oral Histories of the Civil Rights Movement

    A half-century on, what remains to be learned of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement? Plenty, it turns out. Last year historian Joe Mosnier, together with videographer John Bishop, journeyed to twenty states to interview fifty individuals who, most as teenagers or young adults, gave themselves over to the civil rights struggle. This testimony -- urgent and immediate, but also refracted by memory and time ...

    • Contributor: Mosnier, Joe - Mosnier, Joseph
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2012-04-12
  • An-Sky Ensemble Oral History

    Members of the An-sky Yiddish Heritage Ensemble, who are performers as well as researchers of Yiddish music, discuss their history.

    • Contributor: An Sky Yiddish Heritage Ensemble
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2013-06-25
  • Celebrating the Acquisition of the NCTA Collection

    Barry Bergey with the National Endowment for the Arts moderates a group of panelists who discuss the significance and highlights of the NCTA Collection.

    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2009-09-11
  • Traditional Greek Smyrneika Music from Massachusetts

    Sophia Bilides sings and plays santouri (Greek hammered dulcimer) and zilia (finger cymbals). Smyrneika songs arose out an urban population where the music of Greeks, Turks, Jews, and Armenians influenced each other in the early decades of the 20th century. This vibrant cultural scene was shattered when conflicts led to the 1922 Asia-Minor Catastrophe. The destruction of the port city of Smyrna (Izmir) led ...

    • Contributor: Bilides, Sophia
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2011-08-24
  • Squeeze This! A Cultural History of the Accordion in America

    Polka, zydeco, and "Lady of Spain": If this is your idea of the only genres wherein the accordion flourishes, prepare to be enlightened by the history of this robust instrument's odyssey across the American musical landscape and its dramatic rise, fall, and rise again in 20th century popular culture.

    • Contributor: Jacobson, Marion - Jacobson, Marion S.
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2012-07-12
  • Bar J Wranglers: Cowboy Music from Wyoming

    The Bar J Wranglers perform cowboy music from Wyoming, another in the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.

    • Contributor: Wranglers, Bar J
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2008-10-02
  • Do All Indians Live in Tipis? and Other Compelling Questions for Education

    Stereotypes, inaccuracies and inappropriate representations of Native Americans continue to abound in American society today. Reflecting on his 20 years of experience working in the field of American Indian education, the Edwin Schupman explores examples, causes and implications of the current state of awareness about Native peoples and issues.

    • Contributor: Schupman, Edwin
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2008-08-05
  • Place and the Politics of Belonging

    One of America's greatest ironies is that, although a nation of immigrants, the country also has a longstanding history of ambivalence, and at times hostility, toward its newest arrivals. In the last decade, the increased number of immigrants living in new destinations, those settlements located outside the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, has coincided with an upsurge in local anti-immigrant sentiment.

    • Contributor: Shutika, Debra Lattanzi - Lattanzi Shutika, Debra
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2010-08-12
  • Revolutionaries, Nursery Rhymes, and Edison Wax Cylinders: The Remarkable Tale of the Earliest Korean Sound Recordings

    On July 24, 1896, the pioneering ethnologist Alice Fletcher recorded six wax cylinders documenting the singing of three Koreans who were studying in Washington, D.C. Now housed in the American Folklife Center Archive, these cylinders have proved to be the earliest known recordings of Korean music. As interesting as the recordings themselves, are the extraordinary circumstances surrounding how they came to be made, as ...

    • Contributor: Provine, Robert
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2009-01-27
  • Legends and Legacies Concert: A Celebration of Public Folklore

    A Legends and Legacies concert celebrates Joseph T. Wilson and the NCTA Collection coordinated and produced by the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA).

    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2009-09-10
  • Archie Green Memorial: Remembering Archie

    The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress hosted a two-day event including a tribute, a symposium, and a concert, honoring folklorists Archie Green and Joe Wilson, and celebrating the acquisition of the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) Collection by the Center's archive. The multifaceted event featured spoken tributes, musical performances, panel discussions, and rare glimpses at archival treasures, and was ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2009-09-10
  • David Warren Steel: Makers of the Sacred Harp

    David Warren Steel discusses his new book, "The Makers of the Sacred Harp," newly published by the University of Illinois Press.

    • Contributor: Steel, David Warren
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2010-10-21
  • Gary Haleamau: Traditional Hawaiian Music from Las Vegas

    Gary Haleamau and his band perform traditional Hawaiian slack-key guitar from Nevada, another in the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.

    • Contributor: Haleamau, Gary
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2008-08-20
  • Reverb

    Gospel/inspirational harmony group Reverb performs as part of the Library's celebration of African American History Month. The concert was also part of the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.

    • Contributor: Reverb Ensemble
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2007-02-07