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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture


Compiled by: Jonathan Thomsen and Jud Wellington
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 1940/005: Joanna Colcord / Selected Records of Trinidad Calypsos
Two copies of Selected Records of Trinidad Calypsos compiled by Joanna Colcord, including a description of calypso music and textual transcriptions from recordings. The recordings on which this manuscript are based, are at least in part in the Recorded Sound Section. [Note: It is unclear whether these are the actual discs Colcord sent to the Library. The numbers in this manuscript appear to refer to Decca (78rpm) numbers.]

AFC 1942/008: Melville Herskovits and Frances S. Herskovits Trinidad Recordings
One hundred one 12-inch discs of field recordings of bele, carnival, calenda, bungo, passe, and calipso music and songs; religious songs, including Baptist hymns and shouts, Shango songs, and Yariba (Yoruba) songs with some translations of texts into English; popular sentimental songs; Anansi (nansi) story songs and stories; wake-play and ring games; children's songs; and a few songs in Spanish, including Christmas songs; recorded in Trinidad, West Indies, by Mr. and Mrs. Melville J. Herskovits, January 1939. The collection includes 6 linear inches of logs, partial song texts, and notes. (AFS 5744-5844) (13 hours, 15 minutes; LWO 3493) [catalog record]

AFC 1943/021: African Patterns in Trinidad Negro Music / by Richard Alan Waterman
Dissertation: Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University, May 1943. 227 pages. [catalog record]

AFC 1965/004: Joseph E. Hall Calypso Recordings
One 10-inch tape of calypso songs by Atilla, Lord Invader, The Skipper, Lord Melody, King Radio, etc. Recorded in Port au Spain, Trinidad, by John Bessor, 1950. The collection includes a one-page log. (AFS 12303) (1 hour, LWO 4395) [catalog record]

AFC 1979/040: Steve Rathe interviews at the 1975 National Folk Festival
Two 5-inch tapes of Steve Rathe of National Public Radio interviewing Leonard Emmanuel, hollerer, of Spivey's Corner, North Carolina, and Richard Semprit of Baltimore, Maryland, leader of the Trinidad and Tobago Steel Drum Orchestra at the 1975 National Folk Festival. (AFS 19,383-19,384) (30 minutes; LWO 12,915) [catalog record]

AFC 1987/016: 1987 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection
Six CDs of Cape Breton, Mattie Johnson, Afghan & Iranian music, and Trinidad & Tobago Steel Drum. The 1987 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collections consists of manuscript and print materials, audio recordings, and graphic materials that document the 1987 concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Numerical file includes an inventory of the materials included in the collection. [catalog record] [finding aid]

AFS 24,464-24,465: Two 10-inch tapes of The Original Trinidad and Tobago Steel Band of Washington D.C. (1 hour)

AFC 1987/016: Envelope 4: One envelope containing 2 black-and-white contact sheets (56 images) of the concert.

AFC 1987/016: Envelopes 5-6: Two envelopes containing four holders of 66 color slides of the concert. Photographed by John T. Gibbs.

AFC 1987/016: Folder 10: One folder containing concert fliers, press releases, news clippings, and a list of songs performed at the concert.

AFC 1987/016: Folders 11-12: Two 8x10 black-and-white photoprints, and one 4x6 color photoprint of the concert.

AFC 1996/021: Music and Migration: Aspects of Black Music in the British Caribbean, the United States, and Britain...[1750-1950] by John H. Cowley
Doctoral dissertation entitled, "Music & Migration: Aspects of Black Music in the British Caribbean, the United States, and Britain, before the Independence of Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago." Two volumes. Discusses the development and impact of calypso and related music. University of Warwick, Coventry, England. 1992.

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.

AFC 2008/003: Major League Tassa Concert Collection
Collection of digital video, sound recordings, and photographs documenting a concert by Major League Tassa on January 31, 2008 in the Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, as part of the Homegrown concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Major League Tassa, and accompanying dancers, from Queens, New York present rhythms used for processions, the Diwali holiday, and weddings, along with contemporary tunes performed at clubs, sports bars, and social events in the New York City area. All of the members of Major League Tassa are Trinidadian Americans in their twenties and thirties. [catalog record] [event flyer and webcast]


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