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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture


Compiled by: Lanah Koelle
Series editor: Ann Hoog

Revised: May 2014

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.

Helen H. Roberts American Indian and Pacific Island Recordings Collection (AFS 751-819)
Sixty-nine 12-inch discs of music and spoken word recorded, originally on wax cylinders, in California, East Africa, Hawaii, Jamaica, Montana, New Mexico, Samoa, Tahiti, and Tonga by Martha Beckwith, Henry E. Crampton, Frank Hurley, Bernice M. King, Walter McClintock, Helen H. Roberts, Claude Schaeffer, and others. Donated by Helen H. Roberts, 1936. The collection includes 42 pages of lists and notes.

AFS 755: One disc, copied from two cylinders, containing American cowboy songs recorded in Black Mesa, New Mexico, ca. 1929-30.

Juan B. Rael Collection (AFC 1940/002)
Thirty-six 12-inch discs and 650 pages of print materials of religious and secular music of Spanish-speaking residents of rural Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. The collection includes correspondence, administrative materials, recording logs, song transcriptions and translations, and materials generated in the process of creating the online presentation. In 1940, Juan Bautista Rael of Stanford University, a native of Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico, used disc recording equipment supplied by the Archive of American Folk Song (now the Archive of Folk Culture) to document alabados (hymns), folk drama, wedding songs, and dance tunes in Alamosa, Manassa, and Antonito, Colorado, and in Cerro and Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico. [catalog record] [finding aid] [online presentation]

John A. Lomax Recordings of Cowboy Songs of New Mexico (AFC 1940/016)
One 12-inch disc of four cowboy songs sung by New Mexican cowboys: "Coma-ti-yippy-yi" and "Whoopee ti yi yo, git along little dogies" sung by Lloyd Shillings; and "Jesse James" and "The Dying Cowboy" sung by Texas Archer. Recorded in Washington, D.C., by John Lomax, January 1940. (8 minutes) [catalog record]

Songs and Dialog from Isleta Pueblo in New Mexico (AFC 1942/016)
Eleven 16-inch discs of songs and dialog sung by Governor Elias Jiron, custodian of songs for the Isletta Pueblo, Albuquerque, New Mexico, assisted by Diego Abieta, official spokesman for the tribe. Drum accompaniment. Recorded in the Recording Laboratory, through the courtesy of Mr. Bradley of the National Archives, by Alan Lomax and Arthur Semmig, ca. 1942.

Willard Rhodes 1942-1943 Field Recordings Collection (AFC 1942/024)
Fifty-seven 12-inch discs of Sioux, Assiniboine, Ute, and Navajo songs recorded by Willard Rhodes in 1942 in Wanblee and Pine Ridge, South Dakota; Towaoc and Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado; Toadalena, Shiprock, and Fort Wingate, New Mexico; Pine Springs, Fort Defiance, and Lukachukai, Arizona. The collection also includes two Potawatomi songs recorded in Lawrence, Kansas, in 1943. The recordings were made for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Education Division.

John Donald Robb Collection (AFC 1945/016)
Collection of field recordings of more than 2500 items, principally Hispanic American music and American Indian music from the southwestern United States, with some recordings of fiddle tunes, cowboy songs, and other popular music. Also includes music from Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Spain, and Venezuela. Recorded by John Donald Robb and others at many locations in New Mexico and elsewhere, 1942-1979. [catalog record]

American Indian Songs (AFS 7611)
One disc of of Indian songs sung by Perry A. Keahtigh, Kiowa, Anardarko, Oklahoma, and Private Calvin Solimon, Paguate, Valencia, Co., Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico. Recorded in the Recording Laboratory of the Library of Congress, by B.A. Botkin, Arthur Semmig, and John P. Harrington, November 1, 1944.

Willard Rhodes 1949 Field Recordings Collection (AFC 1949/001)
Thirty-two 12-inch discs and one 10-inch disc of Washoe, Navajo, Apache, Crow, Paiute, Warm Springs, Klamath, Walapai, Havasupai, Hopi, Zuni, and Taos songs, recorded in Stewart and Pyramid Lake, Nevada; Peach Springs, Grand Canyon, Second Mesa, Fort Defiance, Polacca,and Oraibi, Arizona; and Fort Wingate and Window Rock, New Mexico, by Willard Rhodes, summer 1949. Sponsored by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Education Division.

Arthur L. Campa Collection of Spanish Folk Songs (AFC 1950/007)
Collection of field recordings of Spanish American songs of New Mexico and Colorado, the first group recorded under the auspices of the University of New Mexico Recording Project; and the second group under the University of Denver Folk Song Recording Program, both headed by Arthur L. Campa. The collection includes correspondence between Arthur L. Campa and Duncan Emrich of the Folklore Section, Library of Congress from 1946-1948, plus one letter from Alan Lomax to Campa, 1942. [catalog record]

Willard Rhodes and Louise B. Johannaber 1952 Field Recordings Collection (AFC 1952/005)
Two 10-inch tapes of primarily American Indian music recorded in New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Utah by Willard Rhodes, summer 1952, for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Includes selections of Ecuadorian Indian music recorded in Utah. Includes one reel of Warm Springs, Walla Walla, Shoshone, and Choktaw music recorded at the Chemawa Indian School, Chemawa, Oregon by Louise B. Johannaber. [catalog record]

Robert A. Black Duplication Project (AFC 1970/013)
Nineteen 10-inch tapes of Acoma, Hopi, Laguna, Pueblo, and Zuni chants and music performed by various people. Recorded in Arizona and New Mexico by Robert A. Black, 1957-1965. The collection includes 11 pages of correspondence, logs, and notes. [catalog record]

Carl B. Johnson Duplication Project (AFC 1970/014)
One 10-inch tape of Navajo music originally recorded on cylinders in New Mexico by Geoffrey O'Hara, ca. 1914. [catalog record]

Pioneers Foundation Oral History Collection (AFC 1970/024)
Fourteen 7-inch tapes of New Mexico pioneer folklore and oral history recorded in early 1950s by Lou Blachly. Topics include the cattle and mining industry, coming to the southwest in covered wagons, Apache wars, eyewitness accounts of the violence of the West including recollections of Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy, Black Jack Ketchum, Curly Bill Brocus, the McCarthy's, Broncho Bill, etc. Most informants are 80-90 years of age. [catalog record]

Benjamin A. Botkin Duplication Project, 1950-1958 (AFC 1970/042)
Four 10-inch tapes of narratives, radio programs, and songs recorded in California, Colorado, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington, and Washington, D.C., by Benjamin A. Botkin and the Voice of America, 1949-58. The collection includes five pages of notes. Includes Botkin's Western trip of 1950, Voice of America folklore programs; air checks from ca. 1952-53 including a program honoring Carl Sandburg's 75th birthday; and selections from Botkin's Southern trip of 1949. [catalog record]

Southwest Museum Duplication Project (AFC 1970/055)
One 10-inch tape, copied from wax cylinders, of Cheyenne, Arapaho, Santo Domingo Pueblo (New Mexico), and Maidu music. Recorded by Frances Densmore for the Southwest Museum, Los Angeles, California.

Chiricahua and Mescalero Apache Cylinder Recordings, Series 1 (AFC 1972/042)
Three 10-inch tapes, copied from 48 dictaphone cylinders, of Chiricahua and Mescalero Apache songs received by exchange from the Mary C. Wheelwright Museum in 1972. Misattributed to Gladys Reichard, the recordings appear to be part of the work done by members of the 1931 Field Project in Ethnology led by Ruth Benedict on the Mescalero Apache reservation in New Mexico and sponsored by the Laboratory of Anthropology and the Rockefeller Foundation.

John S. Candelairo / American Indian Music (AFC 1973/025)
Two audiocassettes of Fuss and Feathers, includes American Indian music recorded among Western tribes ca. 1953-1973, by John S. Candelairo of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Narrated by James Atkinson. (#KC-20 and KC-26) (AFS 16,982-16,983)

Laura Boulton Collection (AFC 1973/028)

AFC 1973/028: AFS 16,152-16,277: Laura Boulton Collection (part 9)
One hundred twenty-six 10-inch discs recorded primarily in New Mexico among the Navajo, Hopi, Winnebago, Mescalero, Sioux and Jemez Pueblo Indians, by Laura Boulton, 1933.

Monroe Benton Collection of Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial and Flagstaff All-Indian Pow-Wow Recordings (AFC 1977/038)
Five 7-inch tapes of songs, chants and dance music of the Apache, Crow, Cuchan, Hopi, Kiowa, Laguna, Navajo, Oyeh, Pima, Santa Anna, Ute, and Zuni Indians. Largely recorded at Inter-Tribal Ceremonial, Gallup, New Mexico, August 14, 1969; also at All-Indian Pow Wow, Flagstaff, Arizona, July 4, 1969, and elsewhere. (AFS 19,182-19,186) [catalog record]

Geraldine Saunders Songbook (AFC 1979/010)
Photocopy of a songbook compiled by Myrtle Edna Brewster Duncan of New Mexico during the 1920s and 1930s.

University of New Mexico recordings of the Santa Rosa de Lima fiesta (AFC 1979/033)
Two 10-inch tapes of Santa Rosa Fiesta at Santa Rosa Catholic Church, Santa Rosa, New Mexico. Recorded at the Santa Rosa [de Lima] Catholic Church, Santa Rosa, New Mexico on August 20, 1977 by Charlemaud Curtis and Louis Gallegos for the Archive of Southwestern Music, University of New Mexico, now the John Donald Robb Archive of Southwestern Music. Originals or copies of these tape recordings probably form part of the: Ned Sublette collection of New Mexico Country Western and Hispanic folk music,1977, Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico. [catalog reocord]

School of American Research Cylinder Duplication Project, Part I (AFS 19,471-19,501)
Thirty-one 10-inch tapes of the School of American Research Cylinder Duplication Project, Part I. Includes Keresan music of Acoma Pueblo. Recorded in Pecos, New Mexico, by Bernhardt A. Reuter, ca. 1929-1930.

School of American Research Cylinder Duplication Project, Part II (AFS 19,502-19,513)
Twelve 10-inch tapes copied from cylinders of American Indian and Mexican music and spoken word. Recorded by Ernest Beaglehole, Helen H. Roberts, and members of the 1931 Ethnology Field Training Group. Acquired on exchange from the School of American Research, 1979.

AFS 19,509-19,513: Five tapes of Chiricahua and Mescalero Apache music. Recorded at the Mescalero Apache reservation, New Mexico, by Jules Blumensohn [aka. Jules Henry], Paul Franks, and perhaps Morris Opler, Reginia Flannery, Sol Tax, and J.P. Gillin, summer 1931.

University of New Mexico / American Indian Recordings (AFS 19,514)
One 12-inch disc labeled "Sioux Songs - Sioux Singer - Hindus Collection." Received from the Fine Arts Library of the University of New Mexico, ca. 1979.

Jack Loeffler and Katherine Strain / Spanish Folk Music from New Mexico (AFC 1979/082)
Seventy 7-inch tapes of Spanish and other folk music from New Mexico recorded in 1977-1978 by Jack Loeffler and Katherine Strain. Performers include Abenicio Montoya, George Romero, Benny Bustos, Jose Archuleta, Julia Jaramillo, Pablo Trujillo, Juan Olguin, Vicentito Montoya, Margarito Olivas, Jose D. Romero, Remijio Romero, Guadalupe Urioste, Jose G. Martinez, Enrique Yara, Landro Torrez, Dan Torrez, Al Thrasher, Mr. Plotner, John Hill, Gil Salazar, Antonio Chavez, Virginia Bernal, Adolfo Trujillo, Louis Martinez, Louis Olguin, Rafael Martinez, Gregorio Ruiz, Manuel Ruiz, Evaristo Lucero, Juan Mascarenas, Floyd Aguilar, Sam Armijo, Toney Sanchez, Pedro Joe Sanchez, Reymundo Anaya, Santiago Martinez, Rafelita Martinez, Jake Olguin, Floyd Olguin, Clara Olguin.

Wheelwright Museum of Pueblo Indian Music (AFS 22,170-22,171)
Fourteen cylinders of Navajo music ("Blessing Way Chant" and "Bead Way Chant") recorded by George Herzog, January 1932 in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Keresan (Chochiti Pueblo) recorded in Cochiti Pueblo by Inez Duddington, May 5-14. Also includes Hopi and Tiwa (Taos Pueblo) recorded in various locations in New Mexico.

Ethnic Broadcasting in America Collection (AFC 1981/018)
Eighteen 7-inch tapes, two five-inch tapes, and 117 cassettes of ethnic radio broadcasts recorded for the Ethnic Broadcasting in America Project of the American Folklife Center. Recorded mostly off the air by Elena Bradunas, Theodore Grame, Alan Jabbour, and others at various locations in the United States, 1977-78. Documentation includes Theodore Grame's Ethnic Broadcasting in the United States (Washington, D.C.: American Folklife Center, 1980) and 6 linear inches of manuscript materials. [catalog record]

AFC 1981/018: AFS 23,020: One tape containing a Spanish language radio broadcast from KBSO (103.4 FM), Española, New Mexico. Recorded April 30, 1978. (RYA 2894)

AFC 1981/018: AFS 23,028-23,029: Two tapes containing two Spanish language radio broadcasts from KDCE (970 AM), Española, New Mexico. Recorded April 29-30, 1978.

Doc Williams interview conducted by Bob Sayers, 1971 November (AFC 1984/073)
One 5-inch tape of fiddle tunes by Doc Williams of Flagstaff, Arizona, along with discussion of his life in the saddlemaker's trade in Arizona and New Mexico. Recorded by Robert Sayers in Flagstaff, Arizona, November 1971. [catalog record]

Center for Applied Linguistics Collection (AFC 1986/022)
Fifty-nine 10-inch tapes of public speeches and other utterances containing dialect samples, 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]

AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,304: One tape containing conversations with 16 residents of New Mexico of various ages about going to school, religious and social life, health care, etc. Recorded in New Mexico, 1977. Collected by Donna Christian and Walt Wolfram.

AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,354B: One tape containing conversations with 4 residents of Zuni, New Mexico, discussing a variety of issues concerning American Indian healthcare, home remedies, traditional values, pottery, going to school, etc. Recorded in Zuni, New Mexico, by Keith Cunningham, 1984.

Rio Grande Arts Center / "Tradiciones del Valle" Collection (AFC 1986/023)
One hundred eighteen 7-inch tapes of Anglo American fiddle tunes and songs, and primarily Hispanic popular and traditional musical forms; also includes customs, interviews, proverbs, riddles, and stories. Recorded in the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico by Dana Everts, May September 1985, for the Rio Grande Arts Center. The collection includes two linear inches of notes. Includes penitente songs, alavados, comdos, canciones, versos, and dance band music; also interviews, storytelling, proverbs, riddles, oraciones, customs, and verbal remedies documented. Fieldwork intended for production of radio programs produced by KRZA public radio in Alamosa [see AFC 1986/043 for the radio programs]. Funded by Folk Arts Program of NEA and by the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities Folk Arts Program.

Rubén Cobos collection of Hispanic folk music of the southwest (AFC 1990/004)
Fifty-three wire spools of field recordings of songs and instrumental music recorded by Rubén Cobos at various locations in New Mexico in 1949; most recordings are undated. The collection includes secular and religious songs -- posadas, decimas, corridos, romances, inditas, alabados (some performed by Ricardo Archuleta of Cerro, New Mexico) -- and others, some recordings with guitar and violin. [catalog record]

New Mexico Folklife Project Collection, 1984-1985 (AFC 1991/032)
Documentation from consultancies by Carl Fleischhauer to the Museum of International Folk Art (Santa Fe, N.M.) in the summers of 1984 and 1985, with fieldworker Laurie Beth Kalb. In 1984, Kalb documented the art of Hispanic carvers in northern New Mexico; in 1985 she contributed to a joint project of the Museum and the New Mexico Historic Preservation Office (HPO), who had contracted with Boyd Pratt to survey historic architecture in the northeastern quadrant of New Mexico. Fleischhauer, Kalb, and Pratt conducted a short folklife survey in Clayton and Mosquero. Topics documented include Hispanic art, folk art, and culture, Pop Shaffer's folk art environments, and recordings of a livestock auction in Clayton. Kalb's original field documents and reports are archived at the Museum of International Folk Art. [catalog record]

1992 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection (AFC 1992/001)
Manuscript materials, sound recordings, photographs, and moving images documenting the performances from the 1992 Neptune Plaza Concert Series. Recorded live outdoors on Neptune Plaza in front of the Library of Congress. [catalog record] [finding aid]

The following includes documentation from the June 25, 1992, concert of Santa Clara Pueblo Dancers, New Mexico.

AFC 1992/001: SR7: One 10-inch tape containing the concert. (1 hour)

AFC 1992/001: V7: One videocassette of the concert. (1 hour)

AFC 1992/001: Folder 15: One envelope containing a concert flier autographed by the performers, unsigned fliers, and news clippings.

AFC 1992/001: Folders 16-19: Four folders containing 4 black-and-white 35 mm contact sheets (76 images) and 7 8x10 black-and-white photoprints. Photographed by Reid Baker and possibly Yusef El- Amin.

AFC 1992/001: Envelope 7: One envelope containing 10 color slides from the concert. Photographer unknown.

Zuni Pueblo Storytelling Collection (AFC 1996/073)
Nineteen individuals telling over 800 stories, including 7 or 8 narrators relating hour-long telapna:we, a traditional form of Zuni folktale. Recorded in 1966 and 1967 in Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico. Purpose of the project was to recover American Indian oral historical traditions.

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]

Local Legacies Collection (AFC 2000/001)
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 presentation] [New Mexico Local Legacies]

Cellicion Traditional Zuni Dancers Concert Collection (AFC 2002/021)
Sound and video recordings of the performance of traditional music and dance from Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico, by the Cellicion Traditional Zuni Dancers. Recorded at the Library of Congress, November 13, 2002. The collection includes black-and-white photos of the concert and two color photographic prints of the group in ceremonial dress. Fernando Cellicion, director of the group, performs flute music based in his own tradition and borrowed from other tribal groups including the Hopi, Rio Grande people, Kiowa, Sioux, and Comanche. The dance group performs songs and dances for intertribal powwows and other public ceremonial occasions. Part of the 2002 Homegrown Concert Series. [catalog record]

Roberto and Lorenzo Martinez Interview collection (AFC 2003/047)
Collection consists of biographical and publicity materials for an American Folklife Center sponsored concert, "Roberto & Lorenzo Martinez and the Spanish colonial music and dance of New Mexico," scheduled for September 18, 2003, and canceled due to Hurricane Isabel. A sound recording of an interview with Roberto and Lorenzo Martinez, conducted by New Mexico folk arts coordinator, Claude Stephenson, was recorded on August 27, 2003, and is part of the collection. Roberto Martinez discusses performing in Colorado and Wyoming before moving to New Mexico, discusses corridos he has composed, and discusses performing on radio. His son Lorenzo, a violin player, talks about learning and performing traditional music of New Mexico, some of which was learned from his mother and grandmother. Also included are 4 photographic prints of the performers. [catalog record]

Curtis Cook Zuni Pueblo Storytelling Collection (AFC 2004/010)
Five 7-inch tapes, 1 audiocassette, 3 boxes of manuscript material, 196 color slides, 2 black-and-white photographs, and 18 color photographs documenting Zuni language and daily life from 1964-67. [catalog record]

Peggy V. Beck Collection on New Mexican Midwinter Masquerades (AFC 2005/005)
The collection consists of Peggy V. Beck’s research materials used to create the exhibition "Oremos, Oremos: New Mexican Midwinter Masquerades," at the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, New Mexico, in 1987. Included are sound recordings of interviews and performances, field notes, photographs, drawings, and videocassettes. Beck conducted interviews in 1986 and 1987 in Costilla, Amalia, Cerro, Arroyo Seco, Taos Pueblo, Taos, Los Cordovas and other locations in New Mexico on Los matachines, an Indo-Hispano dance drama that is an allegorical representation of the meeting of indigenous and European cultures, with characters or groups of dancers representing El Monarca (Montezuma), his bride (Malinche), El Abuelo (Grandfather or ancestral spirit), and El Toro (Bull). Los matachines are the dance, the dancers, musicians, and elders who participate in the tradition. Abuelos and abuelas were a focus of Beck’s research and the collection includes a series of drawings of abuelos. Also documented are the Christmas nativity play, Los Pastores, New Year's plays, and the custom known as Los Dias or Los Manueles, where singers make rounds in the villages to celebrate the New Year. [catalog record]

Dineh Tah Navajo Dancers Concert Collection (AFC 2005/029)
Dineh Tah Navajo Dancers perform Navajo music and dance from Arizona and New Mexico in celebration of Native American Heritage Month, 2005. Concert recorded on November 16, 2005, in the Coolidge Auditorium. Part of the Homegrown 2005 concert series. [catalog record] [concert flyer and webcast]


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