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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture


Compiled by: Taryn N. Taylor and Claudia J. Widgery
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.

AFC 1938/011: Alan Lomax 1938 Library of Congress Sessions Collection
Twenty-two 12-inch discs of songs performed by Barbara Bell, Ernest Bourne, W.C. Handy, Alan Lomax, Bess Brown Lomax, the Resettlement Administration Singers, the Rindlisbacher Lumberjack Group, Earl Robinson, the Skyline Farm Singers, and Blaine Stubblefield. Recorded primarily in Washington, D.C., at the Library of Congress, by Alan Lomax, 1937-38. The collection includes 8 pages of notes. [catalog record]

AFS 1637: One disc containing 4 songs sung by Ernest Bourne of Salt Lake City, Utah, recorded at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., by Alan Lomax, May 24, 1938. (5 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reel 119B)

AFC 1941/039: Willard Rhodes 1941 Field Recordings Collection
Twenty-five 16-inch discs of American Indian music recorded in Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and South Dakota by Willard Rhodes, summer 1941, for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Library of Congress. The collection includes one-fourth linear inch of a concordance, content lists, and a published article.

AFS 9520B1, B3-9521A3: Two 16-inch discs containing Paiute songs sung by Tony Tillohash of Santa Clara, Utah, with Charles Grayman, George McFee, and Edward Rice. Recorded in Flagstaff, Arizona. (Eighteen minutes; tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 229A)

AFC 1947/003: "Mormon Epic in Song" Radio Program
Two 16-inch discs of the radio program "Mormon Epic in Song," featuring recordings made in various locations throughout Utah by Austin E. Fife. The program is narrated by Arthur Gate and was recorded by radio station WOL, Washington, D.C., 1947. (includes AFS 9146-9147) (30 minutes; tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 193A) [catalog record]

AFC 1948/028: Austin Fife Mormon Songs
Seventy-eight 12-inch and 9 10-inch discs of Mormon and other songs and stories recorded at various locations in Utah, by Alta S. Fife, Austin E. Fife, and Hector Lee, July 1946; April 1947. The collection includes 1 1/4 linear inches of content lists and correspondence. (includes AFS 8638-8724) (18 hours and 15 minutes; tape copy on LWO 5111 reels 127-136)

AFS 8972-8976: Hector Lee Recordings of Utah Folk Songs
Five 10-inch discs of fifteen songs sung by Erastus H. Peterson, Noah E. Stowe, and Susie Theobald recorded in Fillmore and Manti, Utah, by Hector Lee, 1940s. The collection includes one-fourth linear inch of correspondence and a one-page song list. (40 minutes; tape copy on LWO 5111 reels 174B-175A)

AFS 10,368-10,386: Austin and Alta Fife / Morman Utah Collection
Nineteen 16-inch discs of African American, Anglo American, Hopi, Mexican American, Mormon, and Shoshone music and stories recorded in California and Utah by Alta S. Fife, Austin E. Fife, Martha Huot, and M.M. Keller, September 3, July 9, 1951. The collection includes one and one-half linear inches of content lists and correspondence.

AFS 10,368A-B1: One disc containing the lyrics of four Mormon songs read by Austin E. Fife and two Anglo American songs sung by Gideon T. Alvard and Carolyn Campbell. Recorded in Logan, Utah, by Alta S. Fife and Austin E. Fife, September 3-4, 1947. (15 minutes; tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 301A)

AFS 10,369B2: One disc containing two articles on "Superstitions and Folk Medicine of Early Utah" read by Austin E. Fife and recorded in Glendale, California, by Alta S. Fife and Austin E. Fife, July 2, 1948. (4 minutes; tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 301A)

AFS 10,376A-B1: One disc containing several Mormon stories read primarily from a manuscript entitled "Utah Folklore" by Austin E. Fife. (20 minutes; tape copy on LWO 5111 reels 302B-303A)

AFS 10,490: Hector Lee / Stories About J. Gordon Kimball Collection
One 7-inch tape of stories about J. Golden Kimball, Mormon preacher, spoken and recorded in Chico, California, by Hector Lee, ca. 1951. The collection includes six pages of correspondence, listening notes, and other administrative papers. (30 minutes; LWO 1892; tape copy on LWO 8011 reel 44)

AFS 10,583-10,596: Frances Densmore Northern Ute Recordings
Fourteen 16-inch discs containing transfers of Northern Ute Indian songs, a speech, and stories originally recorded on one hundred nine wax cylinders in Fort Duchesne and Whiterocks, Utah, by Frances Densmore, August 1914 and August 3-12, 1916. (5 hours; speed corrected preservation tape copy on RWE 7431-7433). (See also AFS 21,262)

AFS 11,307-11,309: Sidney Robertson Cowell Collection
Three 10-inch tapes of interviews and music recorded in California, Iran, Ireland (Co. Mayo and Co. Galway), Massachusetts, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Nova Scotia, and Wisconsin by Sidney Robertson Cowell, 1952-56. The collection includes 2 1/2 linear inches of correspondence, journals, logs, notes, postcards, and transcriptions, and an article. Includes Anglo-American songs and ballads from New England, Montana, and California; Portuguese songs from Massachusetts; English and Gaelic songs and ballads from Cape Breton Island, Canada; and Spanish-American songs from southern California. Some recorded with Wayland D. Hand.

AFS 11,309B1-2: One tape containing two songs sung by Rodney Munson of Utah. Recorded in California by Sidney Robertson Cowell, July 26, 1951. (10 minutes; LWO 2496 reel 3B)

AFS 11,859-11,864: Wayland Hand Collection of Songs and Lore of Urban California
Six 10-inch tapes of songs and stories recorded primarily in the Los Angeles, California, area by Wayland D. Hand, D.K. Wilgus, and various UCLA students, 1956-60. The collection includes 40 pages of correspondence, lyrics, notes, transcripts, and song lists. Includes western folk songs and songs and lore of urban minority groups in California.

AFS 11,859A1-7: One tape containing seven songs sung by Rosalie Sorrels recorded in Salt Lake City, Utah, by Wayland D. Hand, July 20, 1957. (25 minutes; LWO 3272 reel 1A)

AFS 11,859B1-2: One tape containing two songs sung by George Thaxton recorded in Riverton, Utah, by Wayland D. Hand, July 23, 1957. (5 minutes; LWO 3272 reel 1B)

AFC 1951/001: Willard Rhodes 1951 Field Recordings Collection
Eight 10-inch tapes of American Indian music recorded in Arizona, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming by Willard Rhodes, June 1952, July 1952, and in Oregon by Louise B. Johannaber, in or before 1952, for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The collection includes one-half linear inch of content lists.

AFS 14,618A1-13: One tape containing 13 Apache, Kiowa, and Pawnee songs recorded at the Intermountain Indian boarding school in Brigham City, Utah, by Willard Rhodes, summer 1951. (25 minutes; LWO 6692 reel 1A)

AFS 14,619A1-6: One tape containing 6 Hopi, Navajo, and Pueblo songs recorded at the Intermountain Indian boarding school in Brigham City, Utah, by Willard Rhodes, July 1951. (15 minutes; LWO 6692 reel 2A)

AFS 14,619B6-14,620A10: Two tapes containing 33 Ute songs recorded in Whiterocks, Utah, by Willard Rhodes, summer 1951. (1 hour and 30 minutes; LWO 6692 reels 2B-3A)

AFS 14,624A1-14,624B7: One tape containing 55 Arikara, Creek, Ecuadorian, Eskimo, Navajo, and Shawnee songs recorded at the Intermountain Indian boarding school in Brigham City, Utah, by Willard Rhodes, June 1952. (1 hour and 30 minutes; LWO 6692 reel 7)

AFC 1952/005: Willard Rhodes and Louise B. Johannaber 1952 Field Recordings Collection
Two 10-inch tapes of primarily American Indian music recorded in New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Utah by Louise B. Johannaber and Willard Rhodes, summer 1952, for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Includes selections of Ecuadorian Indian music. (includes AFS 14,624-14,625)

AFC 1978/023: Utah Songs from the Austin and Alta Fife and Lester Hubbard Collection
One 7-inch tape of three Utah songs, "Cowboy Jack," "On the Road to California," and "Mountain Meadow Massacre" by unknown performers. Duplicated from the collections of Alta S. and Austin E. Fife and Lester Hubbard. Donated by Hal Cannon, 1976. (includes AFS 19,249) (15 minutes; LWO 12,011)

AFC 1979/059: Fresno Folk Festival, 1973
Two cassettes of music recorded at the 1973 Fresno Folk Festival at Fresno City College, Fresno, California, by Charlie McCoy, May 11-13, 1973. The collection includes 21 pages of correspondence and performer lists.

AFS 19,417A7-B1: One cassette containing four songs and narratives performed by Bruce (U. Utah) Phillips of Salt Lake City, Utah. (35 minutes; LWO 12,942 reel 2)

AFS 19,540: One cassette of an interview with Austin E. Fife recorded in Logan, Utah, by William A. Wilson, May 31, 1972, for the American Folklore Society Oral History Project. (1 hour; LWO 12,986)

AFS 21,261-21,262: Frances Densmore Recordings
Two 10-inch tapes of primarily Calusa, Cheyenne, Cocopa, Pawnee, Quileute, Sioux, Ute, and Yuma music and speech. Originally recorded on cylinders at various locations in North America by Frances Densmore, 1907-35. The collection includes 25 pages of documentation, notes, a published article, and a translation of a speech.

AFS 21,262A16: One tape containing a speech recorded on wax cylinder by Red Cap recorded in Whiterocks, Utah, by Frances Densmore, August 1914. (3 minutes; RWA 3410A) (see also AFS 10,583-10,596)

AFC 1980/008: "An Investigation of Adolescent Females in America's Sub-Cultures" by Margo Davis
One hundred twenty-three-page manuscript entitled "An Investigation of Adolescent Females in America's Sub-Cultures." Includes interviews with young women aged 13-27, from Mormon, Mennonnite, Papago, Hopi, Hutterite, farming, and fishing communities. Interviews were conducted in Downeast Maine; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Boulder, Utah; Tucson and areas in northern Arizona;and Norfolk Connecticut, by Margo Davis, Oct. 1979-June 1980. Davis was traveling with the Audubon Expedition Institute for Environmental Education.

AFC 1983/009: 1983 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection
Thirteen 10-inch tapes, 233 black-and-white negatives, 8 black-and-white contact sheets, 7 black-and-white photoprints, 13 color photoprints, 130 color slides, and 1 linear inch of business cards, ephemera, guides, logs, notes, and published articles of performances from the 1983 Neptune Plaza Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center and featuring the presentation of folk traditions from many cultures. Recorded at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., April-September 1983. [catalog record] [finding aid]

The following lists materials from the June 3, 1983, concert of the Deseret String Band of Salt Lake City, Utah.

AFC 1983/009: SR5: One tape containing the concert by the Deseret String Band. (1 hour and 30 minutes; RWA 5869)

AFC 1983/009: Envelope 8: One black-and-white contact sheet with photographs by John T. Gibbs. (17 images)

AFC 1983/009: Folder 9: Five pages of press releases, a band biography, and a brochure on the band.

AFC 1983/009: Folder 10: One sleeve with black-and-white negatives photographed by John T. Gibbs (17 images); and one 8x10 black-and-white promo photo of the band photographed by Carol Edison.

AFC 1989/022: Italian-Americans in the West Project Collection
Sixty-five reel-to-reel tapes, 233 audiocassettes, over 24,000 black-and-white and color photographs, 22 3/4-inch and 1/2-inch videocassettes, 50 linear feet of correspondence, ephemera, exhibit materials, fieldnotes, photo logs, publicity, reports, sound logs, and video logs, and 12 artifacts from the Italian Americans in the West project, an American Folklife Center field research project that focused on the cultural traditions of Italian Americans in the western United States. The materials were compiled in 1988-93; the field research took place in 1989-91 at Gilroy and San Pedro, California; Pueblo, Colorado; central and eastern Nevada; Carbon County, Utah; and Walla Walla, Washington. The project included the publication of a book of essays, Old Ties, New Attachments: Italian-American Folklife in the West (Washington, D.C.: American Folklife Center,1992), and a traveling exhibition of the same name that opened in October 1992. [catalog record] [finding aid]

The following summarizes the collection materials documenting the traditions of Carbon County, Utah.

IAW-PFN-A001; A006: Six audiocassettes (6 hours).

IAW-PFN-B001; B008: Black-and-white contact sheets and negatives (276 images).

IAW-PFN-C001; C015: Color slides (297 images);
Includes interviews and photographs documenting the stories and traditions of Helper, Utah, mainly focusing on the immigrants from the Calabria region of southern Italy. (Recorded and photographed by Philip Notarianni)

IAW-TC-B001; B008: Black-and-white contact sheets and negatives (226 images).

IAW-TC-C001; C016: Color slides (190 images).
Includes documentation of Italian American vernacular architecture in Carbon County, Utah. (Photographed by Tom Carter).

IAW-SS-A001 - A027: Twenty-seven audiocassettes (20 hours).

IAW-SS-R001 - R007: Seven 7-inch tapes (5 hours).

IAW-SS-B001 - B023: Black-and-white contact sheets and negatives (775 images).

IAW-SS-C001 - C032: Color slides (688 images).
Includes documentation of agriculture, foodways, language, occupations, stories, and other folk customs of Carbon County, Utah. (Recorded and photographed by Steve Siporin).

AFC 1990/010: Grouse Creek Cultural Survey
Sixty-two cassettes of interviews, music, and stage performances duplicated from the original Grouse Creek Cultural Survey collection housed at the Fife Folklore Archives, Utah State University. Recorded in the Grouse Creek region of Utah by Hal Cannon, Tom Carter, and Carol Edison, July-August 1985. The Grouse Creek Cultural Survey was a joint project of the American Folklife Center, the Folk Arts Program of the Utah Arts Council, the National Park Service, the Utah State Historic Preservation Office, Utah State University, and the Western Folklife Center. The collection includes two linear feet of architectural survey data, color transparency fiche, correspondence, fieldnotes, guides, logs, published articles, and transcriptions. (85 hours and 30 minutes)

AFC 1991/020: Utah Arts Council Folk Arts Program / Listening In: Utah Storytelling
One cassette entitled "Listening In: Utah Storytelling," featuring recordings made at various locations in Utah primarily by David Stanley, during or before 1991, for the Utah Arts Council Folk Arts Program. The collection includes a booklet, a page of correspondence, and a receipt. Includes field recordings of thirteen stories by Utah residents in various settings, such as homes, campsites, classrooms, and cafes; representing storytelling traditions of various occupational, family, immigrant, and Shoshone groups. First in a series of booklets and cassettes on Utah traditions produced by the Utah Arts Council Folk Arts Program. David H. Stanley, author/compiler. Additional copies of this package available from Utah Arts Council. (1 hour)

AFC 1997/011: Lands' End All-American Quilt Collection
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]

AFC 2000/001: Local Legacies Collection
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] [Utah Local Legacies]

AFC 2000/017: Craig R. Miller / Old-Time Social Dance in the Mormon West
Two booklets and 1 double-CD package received by Peter Bartis from Craig Miller for our files on state materials. The CD-set is accompanied by a 73-page booklet of sheet music and dance steps; the transcriptions were made by Larry V. Shumway from field recordings compiled by Craig Miller. The dance notes are by Craig Miller and Laraine Miner. "Social Dance in the Mormon West" (57-pages with many photos) includes an essay by Shumway. The set of three was published by the Utah Arts Council in 2000.

AFC 2001/015: September 11, 2001, Documentary Project
The collection documents reactions of ordinary citizens in the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States through sound and video recordings of interviews and personal narratives; as well as photographs, children's drawings, two scrapbooks, letters and e-mail, poems, ephemera, and a few artifacts. Some items were submitted as group projects of schools, libraries, and museums from 30 states in the U.S., and from American military service personnel and their families in Naples, Italy. [catalog record] [finding aid] [online presentation]

AFC 2001/015: SR328-371: Forty-four tapes containing 56 interviews and narratives about the events of September 11, 2001, conducted by students from Utah State University, Logan, Utah. Recorded October-December 2001.

AFC 2008/008: The Beehive Band Concert Collection
Collection of digital video, sound recordings, and photographs documenting a concert by The Beehive Band on April 24, 2008 in the Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, as part of the Homegrown concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. The band performs old-time American music, which developed in the Latter-day Saint communities of Utah, including hymns, songs, and fiddle tunes of the Utah pioneers. [catalog record] [event flyer and webcast]



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