05 April 2016

Some "Rich" Folklife Archives

Since UNC Chapel Hill has a Southern Folklife Collection, I read with great interest Alan Lomax's Massive Archive Goes Online (housed on the website of the Association for Cultural Equity).

Folklorist Alan Lomax spent his career documenting folk music traditions from around the world. Now thousands of the songs and interviews he recorded are available for free online, many for the first time. It's part of what Lomax envisioned for the collection — long before the age of the Internet.

More material of Alan Lomax can be found in the Lomax Family (collection) at the American Folklife Center (Library of Congress).

Of course, I had to see if there are other Folklife collections available to researchers and discovered the Florida Folklife Collection, South Georgia Folklife Collection, and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Are there other folklife collections you are aware of that family historians might want to explore?

An appreciation of regional, ethic, or other groups’ traditional expressive culture always benefits our research into family and the context of the lives of our ancestors.

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