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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture


Compiled by: Sarah Bryan, Christy Chason, Daniel P. Horvath, Alexander F. Sheriff, and Leah S. Stauber
Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: September 2016

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.

Robert Winslow Gordon cylinder collection (AFC 1928/002)
Nineteen 10-inch tapes (copied from 825 wax cylinders) recorded by Robert Winslow Gordon 1922-1928 in California, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia. Represents a cross section of American folksong including Negro blues, spirituals, and ballads, British-American ballads, gospel singing, sea chanties, recitations, and miscellaneous recordings such as the inauguration of President Coolidge. Singers include Bascom Lamar Lunsford, Nellie Galt, and others. [catalog record]

AFS 19,002-19,009: Eight tapes (copied from cylinders) containing primarily black gospel music recorded in Georgia, including the towns of Merriam, Oak Hill, Ridgeville, and Townsend Spring, Georgia. 1926. (16 hours; LWO 9228 reels 9-16A)

Alan Lomax, Zora Neale Hurston, and Mary Elizabeth Barnicle Expedition collection(AFC 1935/001)
Two hundred twenty-seven 12-inch discs of instrumentals, religious services, songs, and stories recorded in the Bahamas, Florida, and Georgia by Mary Elizabeth Barnicle, Zora Neale Hurston, and Alan Lomax, June-August 1935. The collection includes 1/2 linear inch of content lists, correspondence, and ephemera. (28 hours; tape copy on LWO 4872 reels 23-37A) [catalog record]

AFS 309-348: Forty discs containing instrumentals, songs, and stories recorded in Frederica, Georgia, June 1935. (5 hours; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 23-25)

John Lomax Southern States Collection, 1934-35 (AFC 1935/002)
Three 8-inch, 17 10-inch and 620 12-inch discs of church services, instrumentals, songs, and stories recorded in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., by John A. Lomax, Alan Lomax, Ruby T. Lomax, and Harold Spivacke, 1933-37. [catalog record]

AFS 250-263B4: Fourteen discs containing 57 songs, an instrumental, and prayer recorded at Bellwood Prison Camp, Atlanta, Georgia, and State Prison Farm, Milledgeville, Georgia, November-December, 1934. (3 hours; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 20-21A)

John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip (AFC 1939/001)
One hundred and forty 12-inch discs of instrumentals, sermons, songs, and stories recorded in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and South Carolina by John A. and Ruby T. Lomax, April-June 1939. The collection includes 1 1/4 linear inches of correspondence, a program, song lists, and song transcriptions. [catalog record] [online presentation]

AFS 2727A1-2: One disc containing "I Could Tell You the Time" and "Little Log Cabin" sung by the Carolina Ladies' Quartet of Greenwood, South Carolina. Recorded at the Georgia-Carolina Singing Festival, Toccoa Falls, Georgia, June 11, 1939. (4 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 176A)

AFS 2727B1-2: One disc containing "What a Morning That Will Be" and "Ready When the Great Day Comes" sung by the Hi-Neighbor Men's Quartet of Anderson, South Carolina. Recorded at the Georgia-Carolina Singing Festival, Toccoa Falls, Georgia, June 11, 1939. (4 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 176A)

Margaret Valiant Southern States Collection, 1939 (AFC 1939/025)
Six 12-inch discs of an instrumental and 13 songs recorded in Forsyth and McIntosh, Georgia, by Margaret Valiant for the National Youth Administration, August 1939. The collection includes 6 pages of content lists and correspondence. (50 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 234B) (AFS 3589-3623) [catalog record]

John and Ruby Lomax 1940 Southern States Recordings Collection (AFC 1940/003)
One hundred forty-six 12-inch discs of a sermon and songs recorded in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia by Bess Brown, John A. Lomax, and Ruby T. Lomax, September-November 1940. The collection includes 1 1/2 linear inches of correspondence and song transcriptions. [catalog record]

AFS 4069B-4070; 4071A2-4073A1; 4073B1-4075: Seven discs containing 28 songs recorded in Atlanta and near Canton, Georgia, November 1940. (1 hour; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 275)

Florida WPA Recordings, 1940 (AFC 1940/011)
Twenty-two 12-inch discs made in Florida for the Florida WPA Writers' and Music Projects and for the Archive of American Folk Song by Carita Doggett Corse, Robert Cornwall, John Corse, and John Filareton in Glades County, Jacksonville, Kenansville, Mayport, Sebring, and Tarpon Springs, Florida, and at sea off the Georgia coast, March-July 1940. The collection includes 1 folder of logs and notes. [catalog record] [online presentation]

AFS 3890B-3891A: Two discs containing "Lord, Lord" and "The Johnson Girls" sung by the crew of The Boys (a menhaden fishing boat of Mayport, Florida). Recorded off the coast of Georgia by Robert Cornwall and Robert Cook, July 2, 1940. (8 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 254B)

Radio Research Project Recordings (AFC 1941/011)
One hundred and three 16-inch and 57 12-inch discs of calls, commentary, church services, instrumentals, meetings, recipes, songs, stories, and various events recorded in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia by Joseph Liss, Alan Lomax, and Jerome Wiesner, July-September 1941. The collection includes 2 linear inches of an article, collection lists, correspondence, informant biographies, a program for the 1940 Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, song descriptions, and textual transcriptions. [catalog record]

AFS 4818-4828A; 4829-4831A; 4832-4836; 4842; 4845; 4847-4848A1; 4848B-4850; 4853; 4858-4861; 4863-4865; 4867-4875; 4878-4880; 4882-4886; 4888-4889: Fifty-two discs containing commentary, interviews, meetings, songs, stories, and other events recorded in Townes and Union County, Georgia, early August 1941. (19 hours; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 339-349A)

John Work Collection of Negro Folk Music from the Southeast (AFC 1941/035)
Twenty-one 12-inch discs of instrumentals and songs performed by various African American musicians. Recorded in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee by John Ross, Harold Schmidt, and John Work, 1938-41. The collection includes 51 pages of song lists. [catalog record] [online presentation]

AFS 5149B; 5154-5167: Fifteen discs containing instrumentals and songs recorded at various locations in Georgia, 1941. Includes recordings from the 1942 Fort Valley Folk Festival. (2 hours; preservation tape LWO 3493 reels 10B-11)

Lewis Jones and Willis James Recordings at Fort Valley State College (AFC 1943/012)
Eight 12-inch discs of songs recorded at Fort Valley State College, Fort Valley, Georgia, by Willis Laurence James and Lewis Jones, March 1943. The collection includes 3 pages of song lists. (1 hour; preservatoin tape LWO 4872 reel 439B). [catalog record] [online presentation]

Recordings from Fort Valley, Georgia (AFC 1944/003)
Fifteen 12-inch discs of a prayer, a sermon, and 32 songs recorded at Fort Valley, Georgia, by Willis Laurence James, June-July 1943. The collection includes 4 pages of song lists and a textual transcription. (2 hours; preservation tape LWO 5111 reels 2B-3). (AFS 7039-70530) [catalog record] [online presentation]

Francis Harper Collection of Folk Music of the Okefenokee Swamp Region of Georgia(AFC 1945/012)
Seventeen 12-inch discs of hollers, instrumentals, songs, and stories recorded in the Okefinokee Swamp region of Georgia by Francis Harper, August 10-28, 1944. The collection includes 26 pages of content lists and field notes. (2 hours; preservation tape LWO 5111 reels 61B-62) (AFS 7721-7737) [catalog record]

Ella May Thornton Recording of Graham Jackson (AFC 1948/053)
One 16-inch disc of a story about Franklin Delano Roosevelt's funeral, "Good Bye to Warm Springs," which contains 2 songs, "How Sweet is the Air" and "Going Home," spoken and sung with accordion by Graham Jackson. Graham Jackson was a musician who often entertained Roosevelt at Warm Springs, Georgia. Recorded in Georgia by Graham Jackson, April 19, 1945. The collection includes 7 pages of correspondence, dated 1946 and 1963. (15 minutes) [catalog record]

Roye Dycus Collection (AFC 1952/013)
Two 7-inch tapes of songs learned at various locations in Georgia, sung with guitar and recorded by Roye Dycus of Chula Vista, California, Summer 1950. The collection includes 3 pages of correspondence and song lists. (1 hour and 45 minutes; LWO 3535) [AFS 10,488-10,489] [catalog record]

Charles L. Perdue Collection of Eva Mae Samples Perdue Recordings (AFC 1965/008)
One 7-inch tape of 20 songs sung by Eva Mae Samples Perdue (Mrs. Charles L. Perdue, Sr.), of Decatur, Georgia. Recorded by Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Perdue, Jr. in Atlanta, Georgia, December 1962. The collection includes 1/4 inch of logs, transcripts, and a biographical essay about Eva Mae Samples Perdue, 1990. [catalog record]

Eleanor Dickinson Collection (AFC 1970/001)
One hundred eighty-one video recordings, 185 sound recordings, 90 folders of manuscripts, 157 graphic materials, and 2 artifacts documenting Protestant religious revival meetings of various denominations in the southern Appalachian region, primarily in Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, and Georgia. The collection includes interviews with church leaders and members of congregations, and documentation of religious services, healing services, revivals, hymn singing, sermons, snake handling, and other religious rites and customs recorded by Eleanor Dickinson from 1968 to 1991. Other topics include beekeeping, church roadside signs, religious quilts, snake hunting, drinking strychnine, decorating graves in cemeteries, church dinners, and more. [catalog record]

AFS 23,161A3-23,164B1; 23,171B2: Five tapes containing interviews and songs sung with banjo by the Reverend Howard Finster. Recorded in Summerville, Georgia, August 1-2, 1981. (5 hours and 30 minutes; RWA 8364-8367, 8374)

Kirby Rogers Recordings of Mable Hillary (AFC 1970/031)
One 7-inch tape of songs sung by Mable Hillary giving a concert at Brunswick Junior College, Brunswick, Georgia. Recorded by Kirby Rogers, February 24, 1968. The collection includes a one-page log. (30 minutes; LWO 5931) (AFS 14,169) [catalog record]

Blanton Owen Fiddle Recordings (AFC 1970/062)
Twelve 7-inch tapes of instrumentals performed on banjo, fiddle, and guitar, and religious songs recorded in Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia by Blanton Owen, summer-fall 1970. The collection includes a 9-page list. [catalog record]

AFS 14,308: One tape containing 24 fiddle tunes played by Joseph Lyle Johnson of north Georgia and Manco Sneed of North Carolina. Recorded in Cherokee, North Carolina, May 22, 1970. (1 hour; LWO 6244)

David Evans Duplication Project (AFC 1971/019)
Twenty-five 10-inch tapes of African American instrumentals, interviews, and songs recorded in Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi by David Evans, April 15-September 5, 1970. The collection includes 2 1/2 linear inches of content lists, correspondence, and textual transcriptions. [catalog record]

AFS 14,498-14,499: Two tapes containing instrumentals, interviews, and 10 songs performed and spoken by Floyd Bussey, Ephram Carter, J.W. Jones, and James Jones. Recorded in Talbotton and Waverly Hall, Georgia, August 20-21, 1970. (1 hour and 30 minutes; LWO 6484 reels 6-7A)

Margaret MacArthur Duplication Project (AFC 1972/004)
Five 10-inch tapes of songs recorded mostly in southern Vermont by Margaret MacArthur, 1961-1968. The collection includes 1/8 of a linear inch of descriptions, logs, and song lists. [catalog record]

AFS 14,631B: One tape containing 10 "songs of Negroes on their ancestral plantation" from Flint River Plantation, Georgia, sung by Helibreth [?] Brown. These songs were originally collected by her late Aunt Caroline Lewis Gordon. Recorded November 20, 1961. (30 minutes; LWO 6595 reel 1B)

Raymond C. Hamrick Collection of Georgia Sacred Harp Singing (AFC 1972/019)
One 7-inch tape of 84 Sacred Harp songs recorded at Liberty Hill Church, near Barnesville, Georgia by Raymond C. Hamrick, May 7, 1972. The collection includes one folder of related articles written by Hamrick and correspondence. (3 hours; LWO 6923) (AFS 14,767) [catalog record]

Peter R. Hoover Collection (AFC 1972/025)
Twenty-two 10-inch tapes of primarily instrumental music recorded in Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia by Peter R. Hoover, 1959-67. Mostly instrumental folk music, including also music derived from Ireland, Scotland (from Howard Glasser Collection), Iowa, and Washington, D.C. (44 hours; LWO 6880) [catalog record]

AFS 15,069B16-15,070A7: Two tapes containing 12 instrumentals played on banjo and fiddle and 5 songs sung with banjo accompaniment by Arthur Young of Tate City, Georgia. Recorded in Persimmon, Georgia, May 15, 1964. (1 hour; LWO 6880 reels 17B-18A)

AFS 15,070B: One tape containing instrumentals played on banjo, fiddle, guitar, and harmonica by Elmer Allen Goss. Recorded in Epworth, Georgia, May 18, 1964. (1 hour; LWO 6880 reel 17)

Fiddle Tune Transcriptions by D.W. Frank Maloy (AFC 1972/030)
Four pages of transcriptions of 13 fiddle tunes from Georgia donated by D.W. Frank Maloy of Macon, Georgia, between May 17 and September 22, 1972. The collection includes 6 pages of correspondence. [catalog record]

D. W. Frank Maloy Recordings of Georgia Fiddling (AFC 1973/016)
One 7-inch tape of instrumentals played on fiddle by Buck Allen, A.L. Crutchfield, Frank Maloy, Bud Rhodes, Chick Stripling, and Ernest Watson and son, with occasional accompaniment on guitar by Joe Maloy, Gene Stripling, and Ernest Watson's son. Recorded in or around Macon, Georgia, by D.W. Frank Maloy, ca. 1970. The collection includes 4 pages of content lists and correspondence. (1 hour; LWO 7365) (AFS 15,606) [catalog record]

Lester Smallwood Recordings (AFC 1974/010)
One 5-inch tape of 2 songs sung and played with banjo by Lester Smallwood of Gainesville, Georgia. Recorded at WGTV, University of Georgia, Athens, by Jeff Glasserow, March 1974. (10 minutes; LWO 7898) (AFS 17,013) [catalog record]

Glossary of Army Slang by Carl Fleischhauer (AFC 1974/034)
A 65-page typescript of approximately 350 terms collected from American soldiers at Fort Gordon, Georgia; Fort Hood, Texas; and Fort Knox, Kentucky, by Carl Fleischhauer, 1964-66. The collection includes 23 pages of correspondence and newspaper clippings. [catalog record]

Carter Inaugural Concert Duplication Project, Part 1 (AFC 1980/039)
Eight 10-inch tapes of musical performances by numerous artists including Beau Soleil, Jimmy Driftwood, John Jackson, and Ralph Stanley from folk and ethnic music and dance events celebrating the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter. Recorded at the National Visitors Center and at Union Station in Washington, D.C., January 18 and 21, 1977. Events sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution. The collection includes 1 3/4 linear inches of correspondence, logs, performance releases, programs, and schedules. [catalog record]

AFS 20,265: One tape containing "Yonder Come Day," "So Glad I’m Here," "Amazing Grace," and "Amen" sung by Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers. Recorded January 21, 1977. (LWO 16,810 reel 6A; RWA 115)

John Garst Duplication Project (AFC 1977/024)
Twenty-two 10-inch tapes of church services, instrumentals, an interview, and songs recorded in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and North Carolina by John F. Garst, William H. Koon, R. A. Stewart, and T. Walsh, for Prestige Recording Studio and WGTV, March 13, 1961-February 23, 1975. The collection includes 3/8 linear inch of content lists and textual transcriptions. [catalog record]

AFS 19,101B2-3; 19,102A2-B1: Two tapes containing an interview with Alonzo Hodges, 22 instrumentals and 2 songs sung and played with banjo and fiddle by Ernest Hodges. Recorded in Athens, Georgia, by John F. Garst, July 29-30, 1966. (2 hours; LWO 9587 reels 2B-3)

AFS 19,102A1: One tape containing a Primitive Baptist foot-washing ceremony conducted by Elder J.J. Aderhold. Recorded at the New Hope Primitive Baptist Church near Villa Rica, Georgia, late 1966 or 1967. (30 minutes; LWO 9587 reel 3A)

AFS 19,104B2: One tape containing songs sung by the Georgia Sea Island Singers. Recorded in unknown location in Georgia, by John F. Garst, November 11, 1966. (30 minutes; LWO 9587 reel 5)

AFS 19,106-19,107; 19,109A[?]-19,111A1; 19,117-19,121: Eleven tapes containing Sacred Harp songs. Recorded at the Georgia State Sacred Harp Singing Convention at the Emmaus Primitive Baptist Church and the Liberty Church at unknown locations in Georgia, and the Boiling Springs Primitive Baptist Church near Birmingham, Georgia, by John F. Garst, 1964-1966. (18 hours; LWO 9587 reels 10-23)

AFS 19,111B1-19,113A1; 19,113B-19,116: Six tapes containing Social Harp songs sung by unknown performers. Recorded at the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, by John F. Garst, March 4, 1973-February 23, 1975. (10 hours; LWO 9587 reels 12B-17)

Chickamauga Elementary School Collection (AFC 1979/004)
Six booklets containing drawings, original and traditional songs, games, photographs, and interpretations of community history by students of Chickamauga Elementary School, Chickamauga, Georgia, 1977-1979. Titles of each volume are "Activities for a Study of Our Community and its Past," "Ballads," "Butter Making," "The Civil War Soldier," "Out of the Past Come These Games," and "Reflections of Our Past." [catalog record]

Don't Let the Devil Out Talk You, by Charles L. Perdue (AFC 1979/099)
A 185-page typescript by Charles L. Perdue documenting chants, rhymes, songs, and other musical material of the WPA collection of Georgia folklore and ex-slave interviews. Submitted to the Folklore and Folklife Department of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 1970. [catalog record]

Peter B. Lowry Trix Records Collection (AFC 1980/025)
One hundred and thirteen 10-inch tapes of blues recorded primarily in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia by Peter Lowry for Trix Records of Rosendale, New York, August 1, 1970-March 26, 1979. The collection includes ½ linear inch of content lists and correspondence. [catalog record]

AFS 19,987A4-19,989A1; 19,991A3-19,992A1; 19,996A2-19,997A4; 20,001A1-3; 20,008A4-20,012A1; 20,022-20,028A3; 20,035A2-20,036A3; 20,038A3-20,039A2; 20,043A2-20,045A2; 20,054A2-20,056A3; 20,061A3-4; 20,074A2; 20,080A2; 20,080A4; 20,087A3-4: Forty 10-inch tapes containing blues performed by various musicians from Georgia including John Amica, Charlie Brown, Popcorn Arthur Clover, James Davis, Roy Dunn, Frank Edwards, Larry Johnson, Robert Lockwood, G. Kirkland, Eddie Kirkland, Eddie Lee Person, Charlie Rambo, Little Dickie Rogers, J. C. Rush, Charlie Russel, Mattie Russel, Tommy Lee Russel, Ernest Scott, Charlie Smith, Clifford Lee Swanson “Sam” Swanson, and Susie Weaver Young. Recorded December 28, 1970-March 20, 1979. (46 hours; LWO 16,649 reels 8-10, 12-13, 17-18, 22, 29-33, 43-49, 56-57, 59-60, 64-66, 75-77, 82, 95, 101, 108)

Foxfire Duplication Project Part 1 (AFC 1983/030)
Eighty-five 10-inch tapes of interviews with residents of Rabun County, Georgia, and neighboring regions used in the production of Foxfire magazines and books. Topics include agriculture, animals, community culture, crafts, foodways, gardening, legends, medicine, music, railroads, religion, tales, and wild plants. Included are interviews with Aunt Arie Carpenter and potter Lanier Meaders. Recorded by the students and staff of Foxfire in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, 1970-1973. [catalog record]

1981 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection (AFC 1981/006)
Eleven 10-inch tapes, 194 black-and-white prints and negatives, and 120 color slides of performances from the 1981 Neptune Plaza Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center and featuring the presentation of folk traditions from many cultures. Recorded at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, May-October 1981. [catalog record] [finding aid]

The following describes documentation from the August 6, 1981, concert by J.C. Burris and "Piano" Red [Willie Perryman] (originally of Hampton, Georgia)

AFC 1981/006:Folder 8: One folder containing press releases and identification of people in photographs.

RWA 1358-59: Two tapes containing the concert. (1 hour)

AFC 1981/006:Envelope 8: One envelope containing a contact sheet of black-and-white images from the concert (37 images). Photographed by Carl Fleischhauer.

AFC 1981/006:Envelope 9: One envelope containing 12 color slides of the concert photographed by John T. Gibbs.

AFC 1981/006:Folder 9: One envelope containing one black-and-white contact sheet (37 images, photographed by Carl Fleischhauer); and one 8x10 black-and-white photoprint, and two 3x5 black-and-white photoprints.

Foxfire String Band Collection (AFC 1984/053)
Two audiocassettes of 3 instrumentals and 11 songs, most played and sung with banjo, bass, guitar, and mandolin by the Foxfire String Band of Rabun Gap, Georgia. Recorded in Franklin, North Carolina by Greg Juchem, 1982, for Foxfire Records; and at the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, Tennessee, September 24, 1983. (1 hour and 30 minutes; RYA 2528-2529; AFS 22,187-22,188)

Sacred Harp Singers radio program produced by Cleve Callison (AFC 1984/086)
One audiocassette of a radio broadcast on Sacred Harp singing produced and hosted by Cleve Callison; includes interviews with singers Buell Cobb, Carl Hughes, Hugh McGraw, Lisa Wooten, and Mac Wooten. Recorded at the Holly Springs Primitive Baptist Church in Bremen, Georgia, date unknown. (1 hour; RYA 2768; AFS 22,607) [catalog record]

South-Central Georgia Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/010)
One hundred seventy-nine 7-inch tapes, one 5-inch tape, 196 audiocassettes, 278 rolls of black and white negatives, 353 holders of color slides, and 8 videotapes from the South-Central Georgia Folklife Project, a field survey of expressions, traditional life, and work in the Wiregrass region of south-central Georgia, collected by Thomas A. Adler, Carl Fleischhauer, Alan Jabbour, William E. Lightfoot, Howard Wight Marshall, Beverly J. Robinson, and David Stanley, July 11-August 22, 1977, for the American Folklife Center and the Arts Experiment Station of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia. The collection includes 5 linear feet of artifacts, various publications and ephemera, contact sheets, correspondence, fieldnotes, inventories, logs, and textual transcriptions. Also included are 2 3-inch binders of black and white photographs, fieldnotes, interviews, and sketches as part of a draft for a proposed book and a Library of Congress exhibit of photographic prints entitled "Sketches of South Georgia Folklife," 1978. (287 hours; RXA 1531-1710; RYA 0861-1056) [catalog record]

Merritt Family Heritage Collection (AFC 1983/011)
Three audiocassettes of interviews with family members and 19 stories told by James Turner Bryson about hunting, fishing, cooking, and adventures growing up in Greene County, Georgia and surrounding counties in the 1930s. Recorded by Nancy Merritt, ca. 1984. Stories include: "Chowder at Linger-Longer," "Georgia Tech Schoolbus," "Siloam (Blacksmith Gin House Sharecroppers," "Chowder (repeat)," "Camping Trip," "Thanksgiving Day Hunt," "Mt. Mitchell Climb," "W.G.," "Merritt's Waterproofing," "Possum Hunt," "Button Bush," "Bird thrashing," "introduction of J.T. Bryson," "Little log cabin," "hunting," "boat trip," "the whippin'." The collection includes additional manuscripts, publications, and photos. Recordings also include La Nelle Eberhardt Merritt, Dr. James Turner Bryson, William Bluford (Bill) Merritt. (3 hours and 30 minutes)

American Dialect Society Collection (AFC 1984/011)
One thousand three hundred and thirty-five primarily 10- and 12-inch discs of dialect recorded primarily in New England, South Carolina, and Virginia by E. Marguerite Chapallaz, Miles Hanley, Guy S. Lowman, Lorenzo Turner, and others, 1931-37. Recorded in part for the Linguistic Atlas of New England. Received on exchange from the American Dialect Society. The collection includes 13 3/4 feet of content lists, correspondence, disc jackets, index cards, reports, and textual transcriptions. [catalog record] [finding aid]

AFS 25,649: One disc containing Scotia Washington discussing raising vegetables, raising poultry, and personal information. Recorded in Brewer’s Neck, Georgia (Gullah), by Guy S. Lowman, August 31, 1933.

AFS 25,653: One disc containing Bristow McIntosh discussing a story about their mother. Recorded in Harris Neck, Georgia (Gullah), August 4, 1933.

AFS 25,654: One disc containing James Rogers discussing farming and house. Recorded in Harris Neck, Georgia (Gullah), August 4, 1933.

AFS 25,661: One disc containing Katy (Katie) Brown discussing a Civil War story and life before and after the Yankees came. Recorded in Sapelo Island, Georgia (Gullah), July 7, 1933.

AFS 25,662: One disc containing Shadrach Hall discussing crops and a folk story of rabbit and wolf. Recorded in Sapelo Island, Georgia (Gullah), July 29, 1931.

AFS 25,663: One disc containing Balaam Walker discussing the song "What I going to with my old cow?” Recorded in Sapelo Island, Georgia (Gullah), on an unknown date.

AFS 25,664: One disc containing Belle Murray discussing a prayer, singing, and bringing in the sheaves. Recorded in St. Simon Island, Georgia (Gullah), August 5, 1933.

AFS 25,665: One disc containing Wallace Quarterman discussing farming and life as a "bought man", followed by a recitation of months, days of the week, and the numbers 1-20. Recorded in St. Simon, Georgia (Gullah), August 5, 1933. [audio, side A] [audio, side, B] [transcript, side A] [transcript, side B]

AFS 25,666: One disc containing Dave White discussing a prayer, being born in slavery, and religion. Recorded in St. Simon, Georgia (Gullah), July 26, 1933. [audio, side A] [audio, side B] [transcript, side A] [transcript, side B]

Raven McDavid / Regional Dialect Collection (AFC 1984/012)
One hundred and sixty-one 7-inch tapes, 36 5-inch tapes, 4 3-inch tapes, and 1 audiocassette of conferences, interviews, lectures, radio programs, and dialectal and phonetic readings recorded in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, Turkey, and West Virginia by Audrey Duckert, A. Lloyd James, Raven I. McDavid, Pat Nichols, and Barbara Rutledge, ca. 1953-81. The collection includes 1 1/4 linear inches of content lists, correspondence, and ephemera. [catalog record]

AFC 1984/012:SR016-032; 62-63: Nineteen tapes of interviews recorded at various locations in Georgia by Raven I. McDavid, June 23-July 2, 1965. (36 hours)

Howard Finster Manuscript and Photo Collection (AFC 1984/016)
Collection includes two interviews conducted by the American Folklife Center with Reverend Howard Finster, minister and visionary artist of Summerville, Georgia, in 1978 and in 1984. An interview with Howard Finster recorded by N. Pearson with Carl Fleischhauer and Howard Marshall at the American Folklife Center on January 26, 1978 was conducted on the occasion of the opening of the American Folklife Center's Folk Art and Folklife exhibition; this interview includes Finster performing an original song and harmonica music. A second interview with Howard Finster was conducted by Alan Jabbour at the American Folklife Center, June 11, 1984. The collection also includes 27 color slides of Howard Finster with two of his paintings, detail photos of the paintings, and photographs of letters and notes written by Mr. Finster that describe his ideas about the paintings. Photographs were taken by Carl Fleischhauer in January and February 1978. Finster visited the Library of Congress again in May 1986 and the collection includes 31 color slides of Howard Finster completing a painting outside of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. photographed by John Gibbs and Reid Baker. The collection includes correspondence from Howard Finster to Ray Dockstader and to Alan Jabbour at the American Folklife Center (1977-1986) and a letter from Finster to William R. Bode (1982), plus other correspondence. Includes two copies of the book "Howard Finsters vision of 1982. Vision of 2.00 light years away space born of three generations from earth to the heaven of heavens" (Summerville, Ga. : Howard Finster, 1982) and two copies of the sound recording "Just a little tack" and "A portion of a sermon" by Reverend Howard Finster recorded May 1979 (Winston-Salem, N.C.: Wake Forest University, Fine Arts Gallery, 1980) (cataloged separately). [catalog record]

Foxfire Collection, Part 2 (AFC 1985/028)
Seventy-nine 10-inch tapes of interviews used in the production of Foxfire magazines and books, including oral histories, information on crafts, customs, foodways, and occupational lore. Recorded by the students and staff of Foxfire in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, 1973-1974. [catalog record]

Center for Applied Linguistics Collection (AFC 1986/022)
Fifty-nine 10-inch tapes of conversations, local and personal histories, interviews, narratives, radio shows, reading samples, and public speeches demonstrating various North American English dialects. Recorded in 33 states, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., and compiled by the Center for Applied Linguistics for a project entitled "A Survey and Collection of American English Dialect Recordings." The collection includes 14 linear inches of bulletins; journal, magazine, newsletter and newspaper clippings; content lists; correspondence; an introduction; maps; black and white photographs; a preface; press releases; questionnaires; reports; and textual transcriptions. [catalog record] [online presentation]

AFS 24,314B1: One tape containing a conversation with a 57-year old black female of Valdosta, Georgia, discussing tobacco cutting and storing. Recorded by Mary Ritchie Key, 1967. [audio]

AFS 24,314B2: One tape containing a conversation with a 66-year old black male of Valdosta, Georgia, discussing tobacco growing procedures in the early days and the special difficulties of black growers. [audio]

AFS 24,314B3: One tape containing a conversation with a white male of Lakeland, Georgia, discussing procedures in tobacco farming. Recorded by Mary Ritchie Key, 1967. [audio]

AFS 24,336A9: One tape containing a spoken narrative by a 70-year old male of Savannah, Georgia, concerning his childhood in Savannah. Submitted by Joseph Mele, 1975. (12 minutes) [audio]

AFS 24,344-24,345: Two tapes of oral history interviews with natives of Beachton, Cairo, Hart's Mill, Whigam, and Grady County, Georgia, and nearby communities. Recorded 1967-72. Submitted by Wessie Connell, Roddenbery Memorial Library, Cairo, Georgia. (4 hours; RWB 3893-3894)

William Abner White Oral History Collection (AFC 1987/041)
One 10-inch tape of an interview with William Abner "Papa" White, concerning the economy, farming practices, church and school life, and other aspects of the community of Bethany, Georgia, from 1860-1960. Recorded in Baker County, Georgia, by Wayne A. Foster for WBBK, Blakely, Georgia, 1960. The collection includes 9 pages of a biography, content lists, and correspondence. (1 hour)

Metropolitan Atlanta Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1991/016)
Twenty-three cassettes of African American, Caribbean, Columbian, Hmong, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Venezuelan, and Vietnamese religious and secular ceremonies and festivals, instrumentals, interviews, narratives, and songs. Recorded at various locations in Georgia for the Georgia Folklife Program, August 6-September 15, 1988. The collection includes 18 pages of biographical outlines and content lists. (23 hours)

John R. Griffin Recording Project (AFC 1991/027)
Thirty-one 7-inch tapes and 16 audiocassettes, 26 pages of black-and-white contact sheets, 9 sheets of black-and-white negatives, 2 color photographic prints, 10 holders of color negatives documenting dialogues, instrumentals, jokes, narratives, a parade, songs, and stories spoken and performed with fiddle primarily by John R. Griffin, and accompanied on guitar by Billy and Paskell Griffin. Recorded in and around Lenox, Georgia, by Carl Fleischhauer and Alan Jabbour, December 17-21, 1981. The collection includes 4 linear inches of architectural drawings, content lists, correspondence, field notes, logs, and maps. [catalog record]

Mike Seeger Collection (AFC 1995/004)
Two hundred and seventy-five 10-inch tapes of interviews and bluegrass, country, and folk music recorded in California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia, primarily by Mike Seeger, 1953-67. The collection includes 3 linear inches of computer disks, content lists, correspondence, and black and white photographs. The tape numbers indicated in the following annotations correspond with Mike Seeger's "dub numbers." [catalog record]

AFC 1995/004:144A6-145A1: Two tapes containing an interview with Charlie Bowman, mainly concerning various musicians and record collectors. Recorded in Union City, Georgia, by Mike Seeger, April 27, 1961. (2 hours)

AFC 1995/004:269B2-270B3; 271B9-272A4: Four tapes containing an interview with and instrumentals played on banjo and fiddle by Emmett Cole, with some accompaniment on guitar by Mike Seeger. Recorded near Cartersville, Georgia, by Mike Seeger, November 12, 1967. (3 hours)

AFC 1995/004:274B2-7: One tape containing 6 instrumentals played on banjo, fiddle, and guitar by Roy V. Edwards of near Fulsom, Georgia, Robert A. McClure, and Mike Seeger. Recorded near Adairsville, Georgia, August 19, 1967. (30 minutes)

Seattle Folklore Society Collection (AFC 1995/006)
Fifty-four 7-inch tapes of 33 concerts and two workshops presented and recorded in Seattle, Washington, by the Seattle Folklore Society, 1965-73. Many well-known bluegrass, blues, folk, and gospel artists are represented. The collection includes a 50-page book entitled Folkmusic on Tapes and Cassettes from the Seattle Folklore Society (Seattle: South Seattle Community College Instructional Resources Center, May 1973). [catalog record]

AFC 1995/006:SR2: One tape containing 13 songs sung by the Georgia Sea Island Singers of St. Simons Island, Georgia. Recorded February 28, 1965. (1 hour)

Lands' End All-American Quilt Collection (AFC 1997/011)
Lands' End in cooperation with Good Housekeeping magazine sponsored quilt contests in 1992, 1994, and 1996. The collection consists of visual images, entry blanks, and essays written by entrants, as well as Lands End administrative files and correspondence pertinent to the promotion of the contest. Approximately 13,100 entries for the three contests came from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Numerous types and styles of needlework, quilting, patchwork, applique and embroidery are represented among the visual images. [catalog record] [finding aid] [online presentation]

"Shape-Note Singing" Concert with Hugh McGraw (AFC 1998/032)
One audiocassette and 1 videocassette of a performance by Hugh McGraw and members of the Sacred Harp Singers from Georgia and Alabama. Sponsored by the American Folklife Center and other divisions within the Library of Congress. Recorded in Washington, D.C., at the Library of Congress, July 24, 1998. [catalog record]

Local Legacies Collection (AFC 2000/001)
Four hundred and five linear feet (approximately 90,000 manuscript pages, 475 sound recordings, 13,000 graphic materials, 330 electronic media, and 75 artifacts) of documentation of local festivals, fairs, parades, and other community-based events from each U.S. state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories and trusts. The Local Legacies Collection was donated through the efforts of individuals, organizations, and institutions asked to participate by members of Congress. This project was part of the Library of Congress Bicentennial celebration in the year 2000. There is an online presentation of this collection entitled Community Roots. [catalog record] [online presentation] [Georgia Local Legacies]

Art Rosenbaum Georgia Folklore Collection (AFC 2000/003)
Two-hundred and thirty-six audiocassettes of ballads, banjo tunes, blues, gospel, shout, oral history interviews, and work songs recorded by Art Rosenbaum in coastal and north Georgia, 1955-1983. The collection includes 1/2 linear inch of a collection summary, correspondence, an inventory of performers and songs, and one computer disk containing a collection guide and inventory files. [catalog record] [finding aid]

Laurie Sommers / "Wiregrass Ways" Radio Series (AFC 2001/012)
One audiocassette of 13 radio programs from the Wiregrass Ways radio series featuring food, song, and work traditions of south Georgia. The series was broadcast on Georgia Public Radio in the fall of 1998 and on WFSU in Tallahassee, Florida, in 1999. The collection includes 1 page of correspondence and a list of program topics. An online presentation of this collection, entitled Wiregrass Ways Radio Archive. (1 hour and 30 minutes)

September 11, 2001 Documentary Project (AFC 2001/015)
The collection documents reactions of ordinary citizens in the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States through sound and video recordings of interviews and personal narratives; as well as photographs, children's drawings, two scrapbooks, letters and e-mail, poems, ephemera, and a few artifacts. Some items were submitted as group projects of schools, libraries, and museums from 30 states in the U.S., and from American military service personnel and their families in Naples, Italy. [catalog record] [finding aid] [online presentation]

AFC 2001/015:PH043-334: Sixty-one color photos of community memorials, sculptures, flags, and signs, from Cobb County, Georgia, photographed by Margaret M. DeNeergaard, September-November, 2001.

Isabel Gordon Carter Collection (AFC 2005/004)
Correspondence and photographs to Isabel Gordon Carter regarding her research and publications on Appalachian ballads and folktales. Correspondents include E.A. Bishop, Horace Kephart, I.K. Stearns, Nelly L. Brooks, Amabel Williams-Ellis, Richard Chase, Kay Chase, Maud Gentry Long, and Robert B. Bean. Included as enclosures are typescript copies, ca. 1920s, of two letters from Wm. Payne of Pierceville, Georgia, one to "Ritcherde" Jan. 13, 1902; and one to "Bill" Mar. 25, 1903. E.A. Bishop enclosed texts for two ballads, "Jonah and the whale," and "Little Mohea" (1921) and Nelly L. Brooks sent the text to "I'm as free a little bird as I can be" (1924). Included are two letters from Carter to Richard Chase (1938-1939) and letters and copies of printed materials from Chase to Carter. [catalog record] [finding aid]

Sounds of South Georgia Radio Programs (AFC 2006/010)
Two CDs containing programming produced by Laurie Sommers, director of the South Georgia Folklife Project at Valdosta State University. The programs were broadcast on Georgia Public Radio's news/feature magazine, "Georgia Gazette," in 2005-2006. The CDs contain tracks drawn from field recordings from the South Georgia Folklife Project, historic field recordings from the American Folklife Center, and a few commercial recordings. Programs include: "Ham and Egg Show," "Lebanese Easter," "Diwali," "Las Posadas," "Passover Seder," "Creek Traditions," "Chesser Homestead Open House," "Big Meeting at Rome Primitive Baptist Church," "Fiddlin' Bud Zorn," "Freedom Singers Rutha & Emory Harris," "Migration Stories," "Old Timey Harvest Day & McIntosh County Shouters."

Donald R. Hill and David Mangurian Collection (AFC 2007/018)
Original analog tapes and digitized copies of the tapes, representing over 40 hours of original field recordings made between 1958 and 1961 in Baltimore, Maryland; Clarksdale, Mississippi; Chicago, Illinois; Delaney, Arkansas; Los Angeles, California; Nashville, Tennessee; New Orleans, Louisiana; New York, New York; St. Louis, Missouri, and in Northern Georgia. The recordings comprise 724 songs and interviews with 20 of the musicians (including 12 blues and street singers). [catalog record]

Jun-ichi Yamada Collection of Bluegrass Recordings (AFC 2008/024)
One hundred thirty-seven 7-inch tapes of the recordings of bluegrass festivals in the United States, recorded by Jun-ichi Yamada of Japan. The festivals include Carlton Haney's Bluegrass Festival at Watermelon Park, Berryville, Virginia; Bluegrass Music Festival in Bluegrass Park, Campsprings, North Carolina; the Newgrass Festival of 1974; the Wise County Shrine Club Bluegrass Festival; the 2nd Carter Stanley Memorial Festival, McClure, Virginia; the 7th Annual Culpeper Bluegrass and Folk Music Festival, Culpeper, Virginia; Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Festival, Bean Blossom, Indiana; Old Time Family Bluegrass Festival, Callaway, Maryland; Georgia State Bluegrass Music Festival, Lavonia, Georgia; Bluegrass Bonanza Showcase, Indiansprings, Maryland; Indiansprings Bluegrass Festival, Hagerstown, Maryland; the Country Store at Williams Restaurant; as well as performances by the Blue Sky Boys, J. D. Crowe, Vic Jordan, and Don Reno and Red Smiley. [catalog record]

Seeing Mary: Belief, Politics, and Practice at Marian Apparition Sites, Lecture by Anne Pryor (AFC 2008/026)
Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture Series, June 3, 2008. Anne Pryor, Wisconsin Arts Board, discusses her ethnographic research at Marian apparition sites in Necedah, Wisconsin; Conyers, Georgia; Cold Spring, Kentucky; and Emmitsburg, Maryland. [catalog record] [event flyer and webcast]

McIntosh County Shouters concert collection, 2010 December 2 (AFC 2010/036)
Digital sound recordings, video recordings, and photographs documenting a concert performed by the McIntosh County Shouters in the Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress on December 2, 2010 as part of the Homegrown concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Performance of Gullah Geechee ring shout and other dances and traditional songs and spirituals from Georgia, featuring fusion of movement, call-and-response singing, and percussion (hand-clapping and a stick beating a drum-like rhythm on a wooden floor). [catalog record]

Glen Pearcy collection (AFC 2012/040)
Collection of film, audio recordings, and photographs comprising Glen Pearcy's work for his documentary film "One More River to Cross," (1969) about the Southwest Georgia Project (SWGP), a civil rights organization which began as a project of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1962 and was directed by Charles Sherrod; this includes more than 700 black-and-white photographs of SNCC workers and events taken in Georgia from 1967-1968. More than 700 still photographs taken in Montgomery, Alabama in March 1965 focus on the dramatic events following the events of "Bloody Sunday," at the height of the sometimes violent confrontation between civil rights activists, especially college students, and Alabama's white segregationist power structure. Pearcy covered the events as a student reporter for the Harvard Crimson student newspaper. Materials from a later film project "20 years," which was not completed, include documentation of the 20th anniversary March on Washington in 1983, the 20th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery March in 1985, and related materials. [catalog record]

One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia, lecture by Tom Rankin (AFC 2013/036)
Tom Rankin was a featured presenter in the Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture series on October 30, 2013, sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Rankin discussed photographer Paul Kwilecki's life and work and the publication of the book of Kwilecki's photographs titled: One place: Paul Kwilecki and four decades of photographs from Decatur County, Georgia (Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, in association with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, 2013) which Rankin co-edited. Paul Kwilecki's years of photographing and writing about the place where he lived produced a body of work that not only reflects a vision and understanding of Decatur County but reveals the cultural landscape of the deep South in America in the latter half of the twentieth century. [catalog record]

Documenting the freedom struggle in southwest Georgia, lecture by Glen Pearcy (AFC 2014/002)
Glen Pearcy, as a featured presenter in the Many Paths to Freedom series on February 27, 2014, sponsored by the American Folklife Center, screens his film, "One More River to Cross," (1969) about the Southwest Georgia Project, led by Charles Sherrod, which Glen Pearcy and his wife Susan Due Pearcy participated in during the 1960s. Pearcy also shows and discusses his involvement in and photographs of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery March. Co-sponsored by Blacks in Government, LC chapter, with thanks to the SNCC Legacy Project and National Museum of African American History and Culture. [catalog record]

Susan Due Pearcy collection (AFC 2014/028)
Collection of original visual art, manuscripts, ephemera such as posters and newsletters, photographs and artifacts such as political buttons, which documents the United Farm Workers labor movement in California during the 1970s and the Civil Rights movement in southwest Georgia during the 1960s. [catalog record]

Alan Jabbour, Carl Fleischhauer, and Betsy Peterson oral history interview, 2016 February 11 (AFC 2016/045)
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary year of the founding of the American Folklife Center, the Center recorded an oral history conversation with Alan Jabbour, the first Director of the American Folklife Center; Carl Fleischhauer, former staff member, photographer and fieldworker for the American Folklife Center; and Betsy Peterson, Director of the American Folklife Center, in the Recording Studio, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress on February 11, 2016. Discussion topics include Howard Finster in Georgia, Alan Jabbour's and Carl Fleischhauer's fieldwork documenting the Hammons family in West Virginia, American Folklife Center field projects; history of the American Folklife Center and the Archive; the Library of Congress American Memory projects; the Paradise Valley Folklife Project; cultural conservation and policy issues related to folkife documentation, and other subjects. Includes a recording log and summaries by Carl Fleischhauer. [catalog record]


An Analytical Study of the Similarities and Differences in the American Black Spiritual and Gospel Song from the Southwest Region of Georgia, by Jacqueline Delores Cogdell, University of California, Los Angeles, 1972. M.A. thesis in Music. 155 pages. Provides examples of the differences between "spiritual" and "gospel" using musical notation and transcription. Appendices contain complete song transcriptions, interview transcriptions, and lists performers song titles from unpublished recordings. [catalog record]


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