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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture


Compiled by: Jeremy Frank and Claudia J. Widgery
Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: December 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 1938/011: Alan Lomax 1938 Library of Congress Sessions Collection
Twenty-two 12-inch discs of songs performed by Barbara Bell, Ernest Bourne, W.C. Handy, Alan Lomax, Bess Brown Lomax, the Resettlement Administration Singers, the Rindlisbacher Lumberjack Group, Earl Robinson, the Skyline Farm Singers, and Blaine Stubblefield. Recorded primarily in Washington, D.C., at the Library of Congress, by Alan Lomax, 1937-38. The collection includes eight pages of notes. [catalog record]

AFS 1633-1636, 1848: Five discs containing 14 songs sung by Blaine Stubblefield of Idaho. Recorded at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., by Alan Lomax, 1938.

AFS 1848: Blaine Stubblefield Recordings
One disc of "Bryan O'Lynn" and "Poor Miner" sung by Blaine Stubblefield of Idaho. Recorded in Washington, D.C., by Alan Lomax, January 1939. (5 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 131A)

AFC 1939/009: Frank A. Melton and Blaine Stubblefield Recordings
Two 12-inch discs of five songs sung by Frank A. Melton and Blaine Stubblefield. Recorded at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., by Alan Lomax, January 1939. [catalog record]

AFS 2505B1-2506B: Two discs containing four songs by Blaine Stubblefield of Idaho. Recorded at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., by Alan Lomax, January 1939.

AFC 1941/039: Willard Rhodes 1941 Field Recordings Collection
Seventy-six 10" and 12" discs (AFS 12097-12138) copied on 16-inch discs (AFS 9519-9543). These recordings of tribal songs were made by Willard Rhodes during July-August 1941 for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Education Division. The collections includes logs.

AFS 9548B1, AFS 9550B1-B2, AFS 9551A1-B2; AFS 9552A1-9553A4: Five discs containing 27 songs, including circle dance songs (dance of the War Bonnets), bone game songs, praise songs, songs of the Dirty Water band, ceremonial song, religious song, marriage dance, medicine bear song, medicine song rabbit dance, owl dance songs, serenade, ware dance songs (some from Sioux), root feast song, chief's song, horseback song. Performers includ John Moses, Sol Webb, Tom Johnson, Sam Luton, Ike Patrick, Luke Cowapoo, and Jesse Jones. Recorded in Pendleton, Oregon, by Willard Rhodes, summer 1947. (50 minutes)

AFC 1942/015: Alan Lomax Recording of Blaine Stubblefield Singing "The Golden Vanity"
One 12-inch disc of "The Golden Vanity" sung by Blaine Stubblefield of Idaho. Recorded at the Library of Congress in the Recording Laboratory, Washington, D.C., by Alan Lomax, 1942. (AFS 6310) [catalog record]

AFC 1950/027: Willard Rhodes 1950 Field Recordings Collection
Five 10-inch tapes of American Indian music recorded in Idaho and Washington, by Willard Rhodes, summer 1950. Sponsored by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Education Division.

AFS 10,094A: One tape containing Arapaho, Bannock, and Shoshone songs sung by Nenni Chedihop and Joe English. Includes sun dance songs, war dance songs, owl dance songs, a ghost dance song, victory songs, hand game songs, a ’49 song, and social dance songs. Recorded in Fort Hall, Idaho, by Willard Rhodes, summer 1950.

AFC 1969/018: National Federation of Music Clubs archive of American folk music, 1952-1963
Eighteen 7-inch, three 5-inch, and nine 3-inch tapes of folk music from Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Recorded by regional National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) archivists and contributors, 1931-63. Donated by Annabel M. Buchanan for the NFMC Folk Music Archive. The collection includes five linear inches of articles, correspondence, logs, and musical and textual transcriptions. [catalog record]

AFS 13,999-14,001: Three tapes containing songs and fiddle tunes from the Ernst Family collection recorded in Caldwell, Idaho, by Carolyn Ernst Payne, 1962.

AFS 14,052-14,055: J.P. Harrington / Chilkat, Karuk, Nez Perce, Tlingit Recordings
Four 10-inch discs of Chilkat Tlingit, Karuk, and Nez Perce Indian language and legends. Recorded in New York, New York, by John P. Harrington, 1929, for the Bureau of American Ethnology, Smithsonian Institution.

AFS 14,054: One tape containing "Coyote and Rock" legend spoken by Archie Phinney. Recorded in New York City, by John Peabody Harrington, April-May, 1929. (released on Victor special discs, private pressings) (3 minutes)

AFC 1973/028: Laura Boulton Collection

AFS 16,845-16,957: Laura Boulton Collection Part 14: Miscellaneous speech samples and narratives
One hundred thirteen discs of miscellaneous speech samples and narratives. Many dubbed from commercial recordings. Areas represented are Africa (Sierre Leone, Uganda), North American Indian (Chilcat, Dakota [ Sioux], Karok, Nez Perce, Onandaga, Oneida, Tlingit, and Tsimshian).

AFS 16,905-16,906: Two discs containing "Coyote and the Ghost" story told by an unidentified person. Recorded by Laura Boulton. (12 minutes; LWO 7551 reel 68A)

AFC 1973/029: Songs of Eastern Idaho by Kenneth Larson
Texts and music of folk songs and ballads collected by the author in Malad, McCammon, and Pocatello, Idaho, from 1927 to 1933, bound with photocopies of letters written to Kenneth Larson from Austin E. Fife, Wayland D. Hand, Richard M. Dorson, Joseph Hickerson, and Sylvia Cline, from 1957 to 1972. Academic paper--University of Utah, 1950. [catalog record]

AFC 1973/031: The Folklore Trade with Gershon Legman by Kenneth Larson
Barnyard folklore of southeastern Idaho / compiled by J. Kenneth Larson (1952) -- Typical specimens of vulgar folklore from the collection of Gershon Legman / typed by Kenneth Larson (1952). 1 v. (unpaginated) ; 29 cm.

AFC 1974/004: College of Idaho Folklore Conference, 1971 August 4
Two 10-inch tapes of the evening program from the College of Idaho Folklore Conference August 4th, 1971, in Caldwell, Idaho. Participants include Barre Toelken, Joe Hickerson, Linda Danielson, Dave Frisbee, Jim York, Cheryl Wanzer, Loyd Wanzer, Rue Frisbee, Vivian Skeans, and Louie W. Attebery. (LWO 7486; LWO 7910) [catalog record]

AFC 1974/005: College of Idaho Folklore Archive Collection
Seven 10-inch tapes of folklore and music, oral history of Idaho. Includes ballads, songs, recitations, children's rhymes and parodies, narrative beliefs, and games. Directed by Louis Attebery. The collection includes two folders of logs and notes. Also includes aboriginal and other songs from Queensland, Australia. [catalog record]

AFS 16,999A-16,999B1: One tape containing music performed by John Craft (fiddle) and Michael Stanger (banjo and guitar), with conversation. Recorded in Nampa, Idaho, by Michael Stanger, summer 1970.

AFS 16,99B2-17,000B1: Two tapes containing songs performed by an unidentified person. Recorded in New Plymouth, Idaho, by Charles C. Anderson, summer 1969.

AFS 17,000B2-17,001A1: One tape containing Basque music and narratives performed by Joe Eiguran and Japanese music and narratives performed by Midori Koyama. Recorded in Meridian and Nampa, Idaho, respectively, by Wendell Klein, summer 1970.

AFS 17,001A2-17,001B1: One tape containing songs performed by Mrs. John Ferguson, Cambridge 6th Grade, and Lynn Heiner. Recorded in Cambridge, Idaho, by Lynn Heiner, spring 1971.

AFS 17,001B2-17,002B3: One tape containing narratives spoken by Glenn D. Horning and dubs from ca. 1905 Challenge Records, Columbia Records, and Harmony Disc Records. Recorded in Midvale, Idaho, by Glenn D. and Marjorie Horning, spring 1971.

AFS 17,002A1: One tape containing 12 songs sung by Marjorie Horning. Recorded in Midvale, Idaho, by Majorie Horning, spring 1971.

AFS 17002A2-17002B1: One tape containing Finnish songs performed by Mr. and Mrs. Carl Jarvie. Recorded by Midred Fisk, spring 1971.

AFS 17,002B2: One tape containing songs performed on organ by Velma Coriell. Recorded in Indian Valley, Idaho, by William M. Watson, summer 1971.

AFS 17,607-17,608: Three tapes containing Chicano music, nursery rhymes, hand games, jokes, superstitions, folk medicine, children's songs, narratives, ballads, and other folk songs recorded in Caldwell, Homedale, Kuna, McCall, Nampa, Idaho, 1971-1973.

AFC 1974/021: Faith Petric Recording Project
One 10-inch tape of Faith Craig Petric from Idaho and California recorded at the Library of Congress July 9, 1974 by Joseph C. Hickerson and Ed Tittel. Includes experiences with the migratory labor camps and the San Francisco Folk Music Club. (LWO 7971) (AFS 17,105)

AFC 1975/057: Historical Background and Musical Analysis of Thirty Selected Nez Perce Songs by Melda Ann Williams.
M.M. Thesis: University of Idaho, May 1967. 201 pgs. [catalog record]

AFS 14,737-14,754: Peabody Museum Cylinders [Preservation copies]
Fifteen 10-inch tapes and three 7-inch tapes of copies of wax cylinders from the Peabody Museum cylinders collection. Includes cylinders recorded by Herbert Joseph Spinden and Jesse Walter Fewkes.

AFS 14,739: One tape containing Nez Perce spoken word, shamans' songs, and songs from the War and Guardian Spirit dances. Recorded on the Nez Perce reservation, Idaho, by Herbert Joseph Spinden, summer 1907. Accompanying materials for this collection are located at the Peabody Museum.

AFS 20,308-20,326: Alice Fletcher Plains Indian Music on Cylinders
Nineteen 10-inch tapes of North American Plains Indian music originally recorded on cylinders in the Midwest and Washington, D.C., by Alice Cunningham Fletcher, 1896-1905. Transferred from the National Archives, 1948.

AFS 20,309 cuts 12-14: One tape containing Nez Perce war dance songs, song of chief's daughters, a war and death song, and a triumph song, performed by Chief Joseph, Harry Hayes, Levi Jonas, and Stephen "Rubin" [probably Reuben or Reubens]. Recorded in Washington, D.C., by Alice Fletcher, April 20-28, 1897 and April 6, 1900.

AFC 1986/022: Center for Applied Linguistics Collection
Fifty-nine 10-inch tapes of speech samples, linguistic interviews, oral histories, conversations, and excerpts from public speeches recorded at various locations in North America by various collectors, and compiled by the Center for Applied Linguistics for a project entitled "A Survey and Collection of American English Dialect Recordings." The collection includes fourteen linear inches of documentation, including an introduction and preface, a list of contents, content summaries, and transcripts. Collectors and interviewees vary, representing approximately 43 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Canada, and Puerto Rico. [catalog record] [online presentation]

AFS 24,325A1-A2: One tape containing an oral history of Keith Elmer, age 82, of Salmon, Idaho. Recorded September 1, 1981. Collected by Steve Siporin. [audio, part 1] [audio, part 2] [transcript]

AFS 24,325A3: One tape containing an oral history of Ella Kangas Eld (age 73) and Ray Eld. Recorded September 5, 1981. Collected by Steve Siporin. [audio]

AFS 24,325A4: One tape containing an oral history interview of William Stowell, age 78, of Lewiston, Idaho, conducted by Sam Schrager. Recorded summer 1981. Collected by Steve Siporin. [audio] [transcript]

AFS 24,348B2: One tape containing a personal history interview of David Gerber [?], age 66, of Montpelier, Idaho. Recorded in 1983. Collected by Darwin L. Hayes. [audio]

AFS 24,348A1: One tape containing a personal history of Tony Kunz, age 88, of Bern, Idaho. Recorded in 1983. Collected by Darwin L. Hayes. [audio]

AFS 24,348A2: One tape containing a personal history of Parley Kunz, age 94, of Bern Idaho. Recorded in 1983. Collected by Darwin L. Hayes. [audio]

AFS 24,348A3: One tape containing a personal history interview of Charles Kunz, age 45, of Bern Idaho, conducted by Darwin L. Hayes. Recorded in 1983. [audio]

AFS 24,348A4: One tape containing a personal history of O. Louis Kunz (age 94) and Sylvia Schmid Kunz, of Bern Idaho. Recorded in 1983. Collected by Darwin L. Hayes. [audio]

AFS 24,348B1: One tape containing a personal history of Libby Schmid [?], age 90, of Bern Idaho. Recorded in 1983. Collected by Darwin L. Hayes. [audio]

AFS 24,348B3: One tape containing a personal history interview of Lee Alleman and Ruth Alleman, both age 76, of Nounan, Idaho. Recorded by Darwin L. Hayes, 1983. [audio]

AFC 1990/030: Sam Morris Nez Perce Cylinder Collection
Six 10-inch tapes, copied from 69 cylinders, of Nez Perce music, originally recorded 1909-1912. Cylinders are from the Washington State University Libraries. Contents include war dances, social dances, women's dances, smoke songs, hymns, etc. (LWO 24,954)

AFC 1997/011: Lands' End All-American Quilt Collection
Lands' End in cooperation with Good Housekeeping magazine sponsored quilt contests in 1992, 1994, and 1996. The collection,housed in 154 boxes, 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 presenation]

AFC 2000/001: Local Legacies Collection
Four hundred and five linear feet (approximately 90,000 manuscript pages, 475 sound recordings, 13,270 graphic materials, 335 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. [catalog record] [online presenation] [Idaho Local Legacies]

AFC 2004/029: Oinkari Basque Dancers Concert Collection
Homegrown 2004 concert in Madison Hall. Collection consists of sound and video recordings of a performance by the Oinkari Basque Dancers from Boise, Idaho, a group founded in the 1960s by Basque Americans who traveled to the Basque province of Gipuzkoa in Spain to learn the dances. Manuscripts in the collection include a program flyer and additional information about the dances, dance group members, Basque settlement in Idaho, and some history of the Basques in Europe. Opening remarks made by Peggy Bulger, Director of the American Folklife Center. Deanna Marcum, Associate Director for Library Services, introduced Idaho Senator Mike Crapo who discusses Idaho’s Basque settlements. Later in the concert, Idaho Senator Larry Craig spoke about cultural diversity in the United States. [catalog record]

AFC 2004/044: Basque Culture in the Western United States, Lecture by Maria-Carmen RA. Gambliel
Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture July 16, 2004. Maria-Carmen RA. Gambliel, Director of the Folk and Traditional Arts Program, Idaho Commission on the Arts, lectures on the history of Basque pioneers in Idaho, Basque identity in the United States, the Basque Museum and Cultural Center in Boise, Idaho, and Basque traditions including music, dances, and language. [catalog record] [event flyer]

AFC 2010/025: Amuma Says No Concert Collection, 2010 July 14
Digital sound recordings, video recordings, and photographs documenting a concert performed by the Basque band, Amumu Says No, in the Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress on July 14, 2010 as part of the Homegrown concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Songs sung in the Basque language, Euskara, accompanied by trikitixa -- button accordion and tambourine -- with electric guitar, drums, folk percussion, and other instruments; with performance of Basque dances. The group, Amumu Says No, is from the Basque community in Boise, Idaho, and performs music and dance from the Basque region of the Pyrenees. [catalog record] [event flyer and webcast]

AFC 2010/026: Amuma Says No Oral History Interview Conducted by Maria Carmen Gambliel
Interview with Basque-American band Amumu Says No, conducted by Maria Carmen Gambliel, May 23, 2010.

AFC 2011/028: Robert McCarl Collection: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2010-2011
Field documentation of residents of Silver Valley, Idaho. McCarl was a recipient of the American Folklife Center's Archie Green Fellows award in 2010.


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