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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture


Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: December 2013

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 1960/008: Barbara Krader collection of Serbian, Macedonian, and Croatian music
Eight 10-inch tapes of field recordings made by Barbara Krader in 1951 for her study of Serbian wedding songs. According to Krader, her recordings were made "in the region of Sumadija, north Serbia; in the environs of Leskovac, south of Nis in East serbia; and in northern Macedonia, from ethnic groups of Serbian origin. In all these cases wedding songs were sought in preference to other material, but some other ritual songs were recorded in Sumadija, and some epic songs were recorded in Macedonia in Staro Nagoricino and Brazda. From the professional Macedonian folklore ensemble I recorded in Skopje songs of various sorts, and dances..." The collection also includes her recordings of the "Festival narodnih igara i pesama" -- "Festival of folk songs and dances" held in Opatija, September 9-13, 1951 which featured songs and dances of Serbia (including sword dances of Albanians living in Serbia), Bosnia and Hercegovina, Montenegro and Slovenia, Macedonia, and Croatia. The collection includes the original program for this festival, written in Serbian [?], English, and French. One of the tapes was a gift to Barbara Krader from Dr. Petar Guberina of the University of Zagreb in 1953 of ritual songs and speech from Sušak, Croatia. The collection includes a letter from Barbara Krader, July 17, 1958, to the Archive of Folk Song staff describing the collection. (AFS 11,720-11,727) (LWO 3157) [catalog record]

AFC 1960/010: Berliner Phonogramm-Archiv recordings of folk music of Turkey, Kurdistan, Macedonia, Corsica, and Lapland
Two 7-inch tapes of folk songs and dance music of Turkey, Kurdistan, Macedonia, Corsica, and Lapland. Recordings are copied from originals in the collections of the Berliner Phonogramm-Archiv, Museum für Völkerkunde, Berlin, Germany. Collection includes correspondence, with one letter from Kurt Reinhard of the Museum (1960) and a list of titles on the recordings with additional information in German. (AFS 11,732-11,733) [catalog record]

AFC 1981/004: Chicago Ethnic Arts Project Collection
Ninety-nine 7-inch tapes and 245 audiocassettes, 13 linear inches of contact sheets, eight and three-fourths linear feet of field notes and logs, 3080 slides, 210 photographs, and 2 videos from the Chicago Ethnic Arts Project Collection, a field survey of ethnic artistic expression including dance, foodways, neighborhood gatherings, religious celebrations, and instrumental and vocal music. Recorded in the Chicago, Illinois, area by various collectors under the direction of Elena Bradunas, February-November 1977; under the joint sponsorship of the American Folklife Center and the Illinois Arts Council. The collection includes a 561-page report on the project published by the American Folklife Center in January 1978. [catalog record] [finding aid]

AFS 20,693-20,696: Four tapes containing interviews with Tale Buling and Alexandra Buling. The Bulings were recent immigrants from Macedonia and had at the time lived in the U.S. for 7 years. Tale is from Strumica, Macedonia, and Alexandra is from the village of Berovo, Macedonia. Recorded by Richard March, 1977.

AFS 20,708-20,711: Four tapes containing performances by The Continentals, a "Yugoslav pop band" whose members are Macedonian. In addition to Yugoslav and American pop music, they play Macedonian folk music as well as Serbian and Croatian folk songs. Four of the five band members are from Resen, Macedonia, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1962. Recorded by Richard March, 1977.

AFC 1981/004: Folder 140: One folder containing black-and-white photographs of the Bulings. Photographed by Richard March, June 3, 1977.

AFC 1984/065: Greek Festival Music Collection
Six 7-inch tapes of music recorded at weddings, festivals, and in taverns in Macedonia (near Salonika), Peloponessus (near Athens), and mountain villages of Northern Greece. Instrumental accompaniment includes bagpipes, bouzuki, clarinet, and zither. Recorded by Benjamin Jackson, a bilingual cultural affairs officer of the State Department in Greece, 1958-1962. (AFS 22474-22479) (RXA 4033-4038)

AFC 1998/001: Joel Martin Halpern Collection
Sixteen boxes of manuscripts, 45 sound recordings, 2,526 graphic materials, and 8 moving images related to the anthropological field work in the Balkans, primarily among the Serbs; and among Laotian, Vietnamese, and Inuit ethnic groups. The collection includes abstracts, published and unpublished articles, brochures, coding instructions, curricula vitae, exhibit catalogs, logs, periodicals, and other manuscript material. Collected and donated by Joel Martin Halpern and Barbara Kerewsky-Halpern, 1950-2000. [catalog record] [finding aid]

AFC 1998/001: Folder 16: One folder containing documentation from the Halperns' participation in Northeastern Anthropological Association Conference, 1980, including correspondence, paper abstracts, complete papers, conference program, Barbara Kerewsky-Halpern's personal notes from conference, and a joint paper dealing with the research of Polish anthropologist Jozef Obrebski in Macedonia.

AFC 1998/001: Folder 41: One folder containing an unpublished article by Joseph Obrebski, "Ritual and Social Structure in a Macedonian Village." Edited by Barbara Kerewsky Halpern, and Joel Martin Halpern. Research Report No. 16: Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, May 1977: 21 pages.

AFC 1998/001: Folder 54: One folder containing Macedonian monographs and serials--photocopies of cover pages.

AFC 1998/001: Folder 110: One folder containing an article in Macedonian: "Folk Poems and Interpretations of South Slav Rhythm," 1968. p. 275-89.

AFC 1998/001: Folder 114: One folder containing Malesevo and Maleseveci. (Macedonia). 1929: 462 pages.

AFC 1998/001: Folder 169: One folder containing 108 photocopies of photographs of Macedonia-Struga district: August, 1962.


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