Lomax Family Collections at the American Folklife Center
The entire body of Lomax material at the American Folklife Center encompasses more than 100 collections and includes 700 linear feet of manuscripts, 10,000 sound recordings, 6000 graphic images, and 6000 moving images. Created by Alan Lomax, John A. Lomax, Sr., and many others, the body of material documents the creative expression of nearly 1000 culture groups from around the world.
Following is a list of 120 collections created by or about the Lomax family (John A. Lomax, Sr.; Ruby Terrill Lomax; John A. Lomax, Jr.; Alan Lomax; and Bess Lomax Hawes). All of these materials are housed in the American Folklife Center's archive. Contact the Folklife Reading Room for inquiries about any of our collections.
Please note: This list does not include the 400 snapshot photographs in the portion of the Lomax Collection that is housed in the Prints & Photographs Division. These photos were made in the course of sound recording expeditions carried out by John A. Lomax, Alan Lomax, and Ruby Terrill Lomax, between 1934 and ca. 1950 for the Archive of American Folk-Song.