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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture


Compiled by: Reinhardt Schuhmann, Kenneth Schweitzer, and Jud Wellington
Series Editor: Ann Hoog

Revised: January 2011

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.

AFS 10,972-10,977: Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Sweeney Collection of West African and Ethiopian Folk Music
Three 5-inch tapes and three 7-inch tapes of music and spoken word recorded in Congo, Gold Coast, Kenya, Ruanda-Urundi, and South Africa by Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Sweeney, ca. 1952-56.

AFS 11,883: Henry Serukenya / African Songs Recorded in Kampala
One 7-inch tape of African songs recorded by Henry Serunkenya, in Kampala (Uganda), Africa, by USIS, August 1960. Choral songs, called "Serunambi" composed by Serukenya.

AFS 21,838: James Barnes East African Cylinder Recording
Thirteen cylinders of music of the Kavirondo, Kikuyu, and Meru Tribal musics of Kenya probably recorded by James Barnes, 1913. (LWO 12,980)

AFC 1994/003: Vida Chenoweth Collection
The life work of Vida Chenoweth, ethnomusicologist. Manuscripts, sound recordings, photographs, and films mainly of her work with the Usarufa in Papua New Guinea, but other culture groups are also represented. Includes work done by her students. Total of 43.75 linear feet. Includes 2 5-inch tapes, 3 7-inch tapes, and 39 audiocassettes of music of Kenya and Zaire.

AFC 2003/027: Pete and Toshi Seeger Film Collection
Approximately 700 film and audio elements relating to Pete and Toshi Seeger's filmmaking from 1955-1965 at various locations in: Angola, Australia, Austria, Canada, England, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Somoa, Sweden, Tanzania, Trinidad, Ukraine, and the United States. In the United States, locations include Beacon, New York; Circle Pines, Michigan; Hamilton, Ohio; Huntsville, Texas; Los Angeles, California; Madison, Wisconsin; New York, New York; Newport, Rhode Island; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Washington, DC, among others. Collection includes three bamboo flutes.

AFC 2008/030: The National Museums of Kenya in the Documentation of Kenya's Intangible Cultural Heritage, Lecture by Kiprop Lagat
A lecture by Kiprop Lagat, curator of Ethnography and an Assistant Director at the National Museums of Kenya, recorded at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., September 18, 2008. Lagat's visit was sponsored by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and the lecture was co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center (AFC) with the African and Middle Eastern Division (AMED) of the Library of Congress.

AFC 2008/035: Maasai Field Recordings Collection
Six audiocassettes of Maasai traditions recorded in the Laikipia region of Kenya. These recordings were possibly made by Ole Tingoi.



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