Collection Items

  • Film, Video
    Instrument of the State: A Century of Music in Louisiana's Angola Prison Benjamin J. Harbert is an ethnomusicologist and author of the book "Instrument of the State: A Century of Music in Louisiana's Angola Prison." The book and his recent documentary on the same topic, "Follow Me Down," were the subjects of his talk. Angola prison is the largest and one of the most notorious prisons in the United States, built into a slave plantation that...
    • Contributor: Harbert, Benjamin J.
    • Date: 2024-04-17
  • Film, Video
    Conversation with Benjamin J. Harbert Nancy Groce and Jesse Hawkin of the American Folklife Center sit down with Benjamin J. Harbert, ethnomusicologist and author of the book "Instrument of the State: A Century of Music in Louisiana's Angola Prison." The book and his recent documentary on the same topic, "Follow Me Down," were the subjects of his talk. Angola prison is the largest and one of the most notorious...
    • Contributor: Harbert, Benjamin J.
    • Date: 2024-04-17
  • Film, Video
    Conversation with Melissa Cooper Nancy Groce and Douglas Peach of the American Folklife Center sit down with Melissa Cooper, associate professor of history at Rutgers University-Newark, discussing her research on the emergence of "the Gullah" in scholarly and popular works beginning in the 1920s and the 1930s. Using Georgia as a case study, Dr. Cooper explores the forces that initially inspired interest in Black southerners' African heritage and...
    • Contributor: Cooper, Melissa
    • Date: 2024-04-10
  • Film, Video
    Collecting Survivals: Sapelo Island Georgia and the Search for Gullah Folk Historian Melissa Cooper, associate professor of history at Rutgers University-Newark, who specializes in the study of African American cultural and intellectual history and the history of the African Diaspora, discusses her research on the emergence of "the Gullah" in scholarly and popular works beginning in the 1920s and the 1930s. Using Georgia as a case study, Cooper explores the forces that initially inspired interest...
    • Contributor: Cooper, Melissa
    • Date: 2024-04-10
  • Film, Video
    Múscraí Singing Tradition of County Cork, Ireland Cormac Ó hAodha is the current Lomax Scholar and Lovelace Fellow at the Kluge Center and comes from Cúil Aodha, which is a village in the Múscraí Gaeltacht of County Cork in Ireland. He is conducting extensive research in the Alan Lomax Collection within the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, which includes material Lomax collected some 73 years ago from singers...
    • Contributor: Ó'haodha, Cormac
    • Date: 2024-03-26
  • Film, Video
    Listening to Divergent Histories through Canadian Music Canadian ethnomusicologist Beverley Diamond reflects on how her approaches to documenting culture have shifted over 50 years, echoing not only changes in the academic realm but changes in her relations with Indigenous and other culturally diverse communities. She suggests that her approach may align with differences between Canadian and American institutions more generally, given such factors as two official languages and multiple forms of...
    • Contributor: Diamond, Beverley
    • Date: 2023-10-16
  • Film, Video
    Teaching Culture, Teaching Culturally: The Significance of Folklife Education in the Schools Folklorists Paddy Bowman and Lisa Rathje from Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education present an overview of folklore in K-12 education in the United States.
    • Contributor: Rathje, Lisa - Bowman, Paddy - Groce, Nancy
    • Date: 2023-07-28
  • Film, Video
    The Kitchen Sisters Oral History Interview The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva): Oral History with AFC staff members Nancy Groce and Jesse Hocking. In preparation for their 2022 Botkin Lecture "The Kitchen Sisters with Frances McDormand," The Kitchen Sisters are interviewed about their careers as pioneer radio and podcast producers, fieldworkers, and audio documentarians. The Kitchen Sisters collection--some 7,000 hours of interviews, oral histories, songs and field recordings...
    • Contributor: Hocking, Jesse - Nelson, Davia - Groce, Nancy - Silva, Nikki
    • Date: 2022-09-14
  • Film, Video
    Botkin Lecture: Songs and Tunes from the French Creole Corridor French cultural historian Camille Moreddu presents an overview of the American Folklife Center's collections of songs and music recorded in various Midwestern French-American communities during the first half of the 20th century. She reviews the repertoire found in these and related collections--from Great Lakes voyageurs' songs and French-Canadian fiddle tunes to the ballads, winter ritual songs, and local songs of the Creole settlements of...
    • Contributor: Moreddu, Camille - Winick, Stephen
    • Date: 2022-08-10
  • Film, Video
    Botkin Lecture: Musiques du corridor franco-créole French cultural historian Camille Moreddu presents an overview of the American Folklife Center's collections of songs and music recorded in various Midwestern French-American communities during the first half of the 20th century. She reviews the repertoire found in these and related collections - from Great Lakes voyageurs' songs and French-Canadian fiddle tunes to the ballads, winter ritual songs, and local songs of the Creole...
    • Contributor: Winick, Stephen - Moreddu, Camille
    • Date: 2022-08-10
  • Film, Video
    Graffiti, Folklore and Community Life: Photographing Contemporary Culture In this two-part presentation, renowned photo documentarian Martha Cooper shares some of her favorite photographs and discuss her projects, approaches, and reflections on photography and documentation.
    • Contributor: Cooper, Martha
    • Date: 2022-08-07
  • Film, Video
    Botkin Lecture: Songs and Tunes from the French Creole Corridor French cultural historian Camille Moreddu presents an overview of the American Folklife Center's collections of songs and music recorded in various Midwestern French-American communities during the first half of the 20th century. She reviews the repertoire found in these and related collections--from Great Lakes voyageurs' songs and French-Canadian fiddle tunes to the ballads, winter ritual songs, and local songs of the Creole settlements of...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - American Folklife Center
    • Date: 2022
  • Film, Video
    Botkin Lecture: Musiques du corridor franco-créole French cultural historian Camille Moreddu presents an overview of the American Folklife Center's collections of songs and music recorded in various Midwestern French-American communities during the first half of the 20th century. She reviews the repertoire found in these and related collections - from Great Lakes voyageurs' songs and French-Canadian fiddle tunes to the ballads, winter ritual songs, and local songs of the Creole...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - American Folklife Center
    • Date: 2022
  • Film, Video
    The Kitchen Sisters with Frances McDormand The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva) join Academy Award-winning actor Frances McDormand in conversation about their lives and work for this special Live! At the Library evening in the Coolidge Auditorium. A special evening of engaging stories and behind-the-scenes looks into the Kitchen Sisters' archive and their work as audio documentarians and pioneering radio and podcast producers. The event marks the Library's...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - American Folklife Center
    • Date: 2022
  • Film, Video
    Graffiti, Folklore and Community Life: Photographing Contemporary Culture In this two-part presentation, renowned photo documentarian Martha Cooper shares some of her favorite photographs and discuss her projects, approaches, and reflections on photography and documentation.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - American Folklife Center
    • Date: 2022
  • Film, Video
    The Kitchen Sisters Oral History Interview The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva): Oral History with AFC staff members Nancy Groce and Jesse Hocking. In preparation for their 2022 Botkin Lecture "The Kitchen Sisters with Frances McDormand," The Kitchen Sisters are interviewed about their careers as pioneer radio and podcast producers, fieldworkers, and audio documentarians. The Kitchen Sisters collection--some 7,000 hours of interviews, oral histories, songs and field recordings...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - American Folklife Center
    • Date: 2022
  • Film, Video
    The Poetry of Everyday Life: Reflections of an Urban Folklorist Folklorist Steve Zeitlin, the founding director of City Lore, one of America's leading research centers for the documentation of urban folklife and grassroots culture, eloquently reflects on his career, recounts some of his most meaningful projects, and discusses the relationship of folklore to everyday language and speech in contemporary America. Drawing on his experiences as both a folklorist and a poet, he discusses how...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - American Folklife Center
    • Date: 2022
  • Film, Video
    Traditional Folklore in a Digital World: Social Media In the current media environment, people often use the internet as their first recourse to get news, information, commentary, and opinion, as well as entertainment. While some of this activity involves websites of traditional media such as newspapers and TV stations, it also encompasses a wide range of newer digital media such as podcasts, blogs, Facebook, and Twitter. As the nation's premiere public folklore...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - American Folklife Center
    • Date: 2021
  • Film, Video
    African American Dollmaking and Puppetry: Renegotiating Identity, Restoring Community African American artisans utilize ancient skills and innovative technologies to create dolls and puppets that are both whimsical and starkly serious. Their creations, incorporationg clay, textiles, wood, glass and found objects, embrace the somber reality of African American experiences and optimism for a boundless future.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - American Folklife Center
    • Date: 2020
  • Film, Video
    Conversation: Black Lives Matter & Music A panel of ethnomusicologists and contributors to the book "Black Lives Matter and Music" looked towards the present state of the movement to discuss economic injustices, gentrification and cultural displacement, as well as education disparities as enduring kinds of violence. The 2018 scholarly volume "Black Lives Matter and Music: Protest, Intervention, Reflection" collected critical studies which draw from ethnographic research and personal encounters to...
    • Contributor: Martin, Alison - Shonekan, Stephanie - Orejuela, Fernando
    • Date: 2019-06-05
  • Film, Video
    Black Lives Matter & Music: Documenting Contemporary Culture A panel of ethnomusicologists and contributors to the book "Black Lives Matter and Music" looked towards the present state of the movement to discuss economic injustices, gentrification and cultural displacement, as well as education disparities as enduring kinds of violence. The 2018 scholarly volume "Black Lives Matter and Music: Protest, Intervention, Reflection" collected critical studies which draw from ethnographic research and personal encounters to...
    • Contributor: Martin, Alison - Shonekan, Stephanie - Orejuela, Fernando
    • Date: 2019-06-05
  • Film, Video
    Dick Spottswood: Mini Symposium The renowned discographer, researcher, author, broadcaster and scholar of folk and ethnic music Dick Spottswood participated in a two-part event at the Library, featuring an interview about his career and accomplishments followed by a panel with prominent Washington area folklorists, ethnomusicologists, discographers and archivists highlighting his numerous contributions to American music.
    • Contributor: Spottswood, Dick
    • Date: 2019-05-14
  • Film, Video
    Traditional Arts & Resilience in Later Life Folklorist Jon Kay explores the ways that traditional arts help older adults find resilience in later life. Elders who practice folk and traditional arts are often celebrated for their work supporting community life and the continuation of important cultural traditions, but rarely do we explore how these practices support elders as they age. This presentation centers on how everyday expressive practices help elders combat...
    • Contributor: Kay, Jon
    • Date: 2019-02-21
  • Film, Video
    Black Pearl Sings! A theatrical reading of the play "Black Pearl Sings!" followed by a discussion with director Tom Jones II and actors Roz White and Susan Galbraith from the Alliance for New Music Theater, facilitated by N.J. Mitchell. The discussion will focus on the ways in which the Library's extensive primary source collections inform creative artistic practice. Written in 2006 by Frank Higgins, the play was...
    • Contributor: Galbraith, Susan - Mitchell, N.J. - White, Roz - Jones II, Tom
    • Date: 2019-02-13
  • Film, Video
    A Folklorist's Tale: Stories of Tangible Culture, Intangible Culture & the Politics of Culture Folklorist and scholar Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett drew from her multifaceted career to explore the role of folklore in shaping contemporary cultural discourse. Specifically, she discussed her experiences as chief curator charged with creating the multimedia narrative exhibition at the recently opened POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. How did she approach blending intangible cultural heritage with tangible cultural artifacts to tell the thousand-year...
    • Contributor: Kirshenblatt-Gimbett, Barbara
    • Date: 2019-01-16