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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture


Compiled by: Theresa Anne J. Sotto
Series Editor: Ann Hoog

Revised: November 2012

For additional information about Archive of Folk Culture collections, contact the Folklife Reading Room. To request copies, see our webpages regarding audio materials and photographic materials. Please refer to the AFC and/or AFS numbers when requesting information. All indications of time duration listed in this finding aid are estimates.

AFC 1960/013: Linguistic Survey of Burma Recordings
Thirty-eight 10-inch discs of 29 languages and dialects of Burma recorded for a linguistic survey before 1922, probably between 1917-1919. Content includes the "Parable of the prodigal son" spoken in various languages and dialects; religious songs, chants, and exhortations; short tales, invocations, a tradition of a great flood; songs, love songs, divination traditions, and other traditional expressions. The recordings were a gift from the Burmese government to the Smithsonian Institution in 1922. Contents list, which includes the disc numbers, is from the typed accession list created by the Smithsonian, which transferred the recordings to the Library of Congress December 18, 1959. (preservation tape LWO 5111 reels 388-389A) (AFS 11,793-11,830) [catalog record]

AFC 1969/016: Foreign Folk Music Project by Joint Army-Navy Committee / Music of India and Burma
Ten 12-inch discs recorded by the Foreign Folk Music Project of the Joint Army-Navy Committee. Miscellaneous classical music of India and Burma. (AFS 13,723-13,732) (preservation tape LWO 5111 reel 444)

AFC 2006/004: Sara L. M. Davis Collection on Tai Lue Culture
The collection consists of original field documentation of Tai Lue religious rituals, epic oral narratives, popular songs, and performances for tourists, as well as interviews with poets and singers; audio and printed materials collected in Sipsongpanna (Xishuangbanna), Yunnan Province, China, and in Kengtung, Shang State, Burma, between 1997 and 2003, by anthropologist Sara L. M. Davis. The material was used to write the book, "Song and Silence: Ethnic Revival on China's Southwest Borders." Includes manuscripts, graphic images, sound recordings, videorecordings and artifacts. [catalog record]


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