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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: February 2017

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 1962/010: Blake Robinson recordings of Somali music and poetry
Eight 7-inch tapes of field recordings of poetry, songs, and dances of Somaliland. Reel AFS 11923 are recordings of Somali songs and dances made August 2-4, 1959 during Dabshid, the new year of the Somali Bantu during which Istunka (traditional mock wars including stick fights) take place in Afgoy; other songs and dances were also recorded at Uanle Uen by Blake W. Robinson, public affairs assistant for USIS Mogadishu. Reels AFS 11924-11929 are poetry performed primarily by Farah Elmi Ali (Farah Geed), who was born in Qorrahay in the Ogaden province of Ethiopia and belongs to the Ogaden tribe, and was a refugee in Somalia. He sings poems of other poets and his own compositions. The name of the collector, dates and places of recording of these reels is not identified. Reel 11930 includes a poem performed by Malayow Hussein. (LWO 3734 reel 1; LWO 3138 reels 2-8) (AFS 11,923-11,930) [catalog record]

AFC 2012/008: Roxane Connick Carlisle collection
Collection of field recordings, photographs, video recordings, a film, and manuscripts created by Roxane Connick Carlisle primarily in Darfur Province and other locations in Sudan, from 1963-1968; also includes photographs of musicians, musical instruments, markets, gardens, buildings, weddings, and wildlife taken in Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, and Uganda from 1963-1968. Includes field recordings of music of various groups including Anuak, Baggara, Beni Halba, Dinka, Fur, Nuer, Ingessana, Shilluk, Ta'isha, Zaghawa, and others, especially wedding music and women's traditions. Sound recordings for demonstration and teaching include music from Afghanistan, other locations in Africa (Ethiopia, Burrundi, and more), Australia and New Guinea, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, North American Indian, Philippines, Polynesia, Southeast Asia, and Spain. [catalog record]


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