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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture


Compiled by: Elizabeth D. Eisenhood, Joseph C. Hickerson, and Therese Langer
Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: August 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 1942/007: Seamus Doyle South American Recordings
Fifty-three 12-inch discs of music recorded in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay, by Seamus Doyle, July-September 1941, while Doyle was on tour with the Kirstein American Ballet Group. The collection includes Doyle's 6-page journal entitled "Report on the Collection of Folk Music in South America" and a detailed song list with performers, titles, genres, recording dates, and locations. [catalog record]

AFS 5691-5703: Thirteen discs containing songs recorded in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (tape copy on LWO 4872 reel 383)

AFC 1943/001: Discoteca Pública Municipal de São Paulo Collection
Two hundred fifteen 10-, 12-, and 16-inch sound discs, 359 black-and-white photoprints, and one film reel documenting songs, instruments, and dances recorded in the states of Maranhão, Para, Paraiba, Pernambuco, and São Paulo, 1937-38. Acquired from the Discoteca Pública Municipal of São Paulo in an exchange project initiated by the U.S. Department of State. The recordings are accompanied by extensive notes in Portuguese. (includes AFS 7399-7597; 9813-9828) (tape copy on LWO 5111 reels 35A-52A; 261B-262B) [catalog record] [finding aid]

AFC 1943/010: Melville Herskovits Recordings from Bahia, Brazil
One hundred sixteen 12-inch discs of Afro-Bahian songs recorded by Melville and Frances Herskovits in Bahia, 1941-42, for the Library of Congress. Selections from this collection have been published by the Library of Congress on cassette number AFS L13, Afro-Bahian Religious Songs from Brazil. (includes AFS 6777-6892) (tape copy on LWO 4872 reels 427B-436B) [catalog record]

AFC 1943/015: Luiz Heitor Corrêa de Azevedo and E. Nogueira França Recordings from Goiânia, Brazil
Eighteen 12-inch discs of Brazilian folks songs and folk dances, a folk play, and interviews recorded in Goyania, Goyaz, Brazil, by Luiz Heitor Correa de Azevedo and E. Nogueira Franca June 24-27, 1942. The collection includes one box of logs and correspondence, 1941-1953. Also included is Azevedo's detailed course outline, "Classe de Folclore Nacional, Escola Nacional de Música," on Brazilian folk music and folklore, including indigenous music, Afro-Brazilian music and dance; and popular music, in Portuguese (69 p., photocopy). (includes AFS 7019-7036) (tape copy on LWO 5111 reels 1A-2B) [catalog record]

AFC 1945/008: Luiz Heitor Corrêa de Azevedo and E. Nogueira França Recordings from Ceará, Brazil
Seventy-five 12-inch discs of Brazilian folk songs, improvisations, folk dances, and folk plays (Bois do Reis, Fandango, Congo, Cana-Verde), romances, religious songs, desafios, louvaçãos, cocos, Xangô tunes, and other songs recorded in several locations in Ceará, Brazil, by Luiz Heitor Correa de Azevedo and E. Nogueira Franca, January and February, 1943. One disc, AFS 7324, was recorded at Manga, Minas Gerais, while they were enroute to Ceará. The collection includes logs and trip itinerary. Correspondence for this collection is in AFC 1943/015. (includes AFS 7324-7398) (tape copy on LWO 5111 reels 29A-34B) [catalog record]

AFC 1948/002: Luiz Heitor Corrêa de Azevedo and E. Silva Novo Collection of Folksongs of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Ninety-seven 12-inch discs of folk songs of Brazil recorded in Minas Gerais, Brazil, by Luiz Heitor Corrêa de Azevedo and E. Silva Novo, January and February 1944. Genres include folksongs, popular songs, dance music, guitar music, brass band music, religious chant, interviews, group singing, toasts and songs performed at a dinner; duets, children's game songs, Christmas begging songs, work songs of stone-cutters and mine workers, street cries, and other music of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The collection includes logs. Related correspondence is in AFC 1943/015. (includes AFS 7764-7860) (tape copy on LWO 5111 reels 64A- 71A) [catalog record]

AFS 10,053-10,054: Erich von Hornbostel Collection
Two 10-in tapes copied from 120 cylinders of ethnic and tribal music recorded by various collectors in various parts of the world and comprising a 1919 version of the Erich M. Von Hornbostel Demonstration Collection of the Berlin Phonogramm-Archiv. Gift of Walter V. Bingham.

AFS 10,053 B7-9: One tape containing copies of three cylinders of music of the Makuschi and Taulipang Indians recorded by Theodor Koch-Grunberg in the territory of Roraima, 1911. (LWO 1416 reel 1B; additional tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 283/29B)

AFC 1951/028: Stella Ferreira Collection
One 10-inch disc of children's songs recorded by Rev. Ellis Graves, Instituto de Ponte Nova, Itacira, Bahia. Gift of Stella Ferreira, 1951. (includes AFS 10,152) (tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 288B)

AFC 1958/008: Musee de l'Homme / Music from Bahia, Brazil
One 12-inch LP of music from Bahia, Brazil, recorded ca. 1950s. (Musee de l'Homme, LD 16) (includes AFS 11,346)

AFC 1970/002: Literatura de Cordel Brazilian Chapbook Collection
More than 8380 16x11cm chapbooks collected by the Library of Congress Office in Brazil. In the markets of northeast Brazil, where literatura de cordel is most popular, local poets hang their little four by 6 1/2-inch chapbooks from strings, hence the name literatura de cordel, which literally means "stories on a string." The poets, known as cordelistas, then entertain the market crowd by reciting their narrative poems about current events, morality, or the adventures of a famous folk hero. Chapbooks are illustrated by woodcut prints, photographs, and other cover art. Approximately 300 chapbooks are added to this collection each year. The collection includes 13 7-inch tapes of romances and other songs recorded by Sol Biderman in northeastern Brazil, ca. 1968-70, 11 prints, 1 by E. Rivaldo, 1995, and 10 by José Francisco Borges, artist and cordel poet, signed and dated 1997 and 1998. (includes AFS 14,178-14,190) (LWO 6077) [catalog record]

AFC 1971/025: Ralph Cole Waddey Recordings of Afro-Brazilian Music
One 7-inch tape of capoeira music, with birimbau, agogô, pandeira, and chorus (45 min.) and candomblé music (82 min.) recorded by Ralph Cole Waddey in Salvador, Brazil on two dates in 1966. The collection includes correspondence about this donation between Mr. Waddy and Alan Jabbour of the Archive of Folk Song, 1971 (3 items, 4 leaves).(includes AFS 14,573) (LWO 6527)

AFC 1973/028: Laura Boulton Collection

AFS 17,155-17,176: Laura Boulton Collection Part 20: Miscellaneous discs
Twenty-two 10-inch discs apparently comprising Laura Boulton's demonstration recordings for a class at the University of California at Los Angeles. Acquired on exchange from Columbia University, 1973.

AFS 17,175A1 & B: One disc containing Brazilian songs sung by Elsie Houston. (tape copy on LWO 7551 reel 74A)

AFS 18,102-18,468: Laura Boulton Collection Part 23: Africa, Europe, Far East, Latin America, etc.
Three-hundred and forty-four 7-inch tapes, 22 5-inch tapes and 1 3-inch tape of instrumentals and songs recorded in Africa, Europe, Far East, Latin America, Middle East, Near East, North America, South America, and Southeast Asia by Laura Boulton, 1949-61. The collection includes 1/3 linear inch of articles, correspondence, and lists.

AFS 18,447: One tape containing two choros recorded in Brazil and broadcast on the radio program "Nights in Latin America," March 13, 1961. (LWO 8956 reel 346; additional tape copy on LWO 8949 reel 70B)

AFS 18,454-18,456: Three tapes containing songs recorded in the state of Bahia, 1960. (LWO 8956 reels 353-355; additional tape copy on LWO 8949 reels 72A-B)

AFC 1975/055: Enciclopedia de la poesia popular y de la cancion protesta Hispanamericana Collection
Four audiocassettes forming part of the audio component of the Enciclopedia de la Poesía Popular y de la Canción Protesta Hispanoamericana, vols. 1-4 (n.p.: Colección la Sangre en el Ojo, n.d.). The collection includes 1/4-inch of an index and extensive notes.

AFS 17,981A10-11: One audiocassette containing 2 songs by Brazilian singer Chico Buarque. (LWO 8697 reel 1A)

AFC 1977/042: Some Religious Topoi in Anglo-American and Luso-Brazilian Folk Literature by Sol Biderman
Thesis, Departmento de Letras Modernas, Instituto de Letras, Ciencias Sociais E Educacao, Campus de Araraquara, Universidade Estaudual Paulista "Julio de Mesquite Fillho," 1977. [catalog record]

AFS 22,605-22,606: "Origens" Brazilian Radio Program Collection
Two audiocassettes of the "Origens" Brazilian Radio Program Collection, containing examples of Afro-Brazilian musical traditions, with commentary by Helena Theodoro Lopes. Recorded in Rio de Janeiro, October and December 1982. (RYA 2766-2767)

AFS 22,968-23,018: William Henry Crocker / Canela (Ramkokamekra) Indian Collection
Fifty-one 10-inch tapes of songs and group dance chants, some with gourd rattle accompaniment, by the Ramkokamerkra group of the Canela Indians of the Amazon Basin of South America. Recorded in Brazil by William Henry Crocker of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, September 1978-October 1979.

AFC 1980/010: Guilherme Santos Neves Brazilian Wire Recordings
Ten wire spools of regional folksongs of Espirito Santo, Brazil. Recorded on an unknown date by Guilherme Santos Neves.

AFC 1996/014: Chiraj Productions / Verde Amarelo Band Cassette
One audiocassette of a demonstration tape made by two members of the Verde Amarelo Band from Brazil. The band plays jazz-influenced sambas, traditional and contemporary tunes. Instruments include guitar, bass, percussion, keyboards, mandolin, and saxophones.

AFC 1999/033: Brazilian Woodcut Prints Collection
Eleven large Brazilian woodcut prints, 10 by J. Borges (José Francisco Borges), signed and dated 1997 and 1998; and one by Erivaldo (Erivaldo Silva), 1995. The J. Borges prints were donated to the Library of Congress as a "Gift to the Nation" during the Library of Congress Bicentennial by Ambassador of Brazil, Rubens Barbosa, November 16. 1999. [catalog record]

AFC 2005/008: Luiz Heitor Corrêa de Azevedo Collection on Latin American Folklore
Publications pertaining to Latin American folklore from the library of Luiz Heitor Corrêa de Azevedo, Brazilian folklorist and musicologist. The collection includes monographs, articles, bibliographies, conference proceedings, and other publications about folk music, musical instruments, popular music, dance, folklore, food traditions, proverbs, children's folklore, traditional and folk medicine, local religious celebrations (including Christmas, Epiphany, and Easter) and devotions to various saints, Cuban santeria, Afro-Brazilian traditions, and anthropological studies of indigenous people of Brazil, among other topics. Most publications are about Brazil but some are about folk culture in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela. [catalog record]

AFC 2006/019: Sol Biderman Collection
The collection comprises Biderman's writings, poetry, research materials, and primary sources for his studies of folk literature including 326 Brazilian chapbooks published between 1958 and 2003, with comparative materials from other countries, including Mexico and Italy. Includes 3 sound recordings, some of which were taped in Pernambuco, Rio Grande do Norte, and Ceara in 1967-1968, of performances of Brazilian poetry and song. Artifacts in the collection include wooden boxes by Guilherme de Faria (a.k.a. Alma Welt); a series of fourteen woodblocks depicting the crucifixion of Christ by João Antonio de Barros; woodblock prints from the Via Sacra series by Jose Ćosta Leite; and selected photographs from Inocencio da Costa Niquel's (Mestre Noza) woodblock Via Sacra series, plus posters advertising Biderman's plays. [catalog record]

AFC 2007/025: Henrique Vieira Leite Collection of Brazilian Literatura de Cordel
Ten literatura de cordel chapbooks (8 p. each) of poetry on contemporary events by author Henrique Vieira Leite, with woodcut cover illustrations signed Erivaldo (Erivaldo Silva); most are dated 2002 to 2007, a few are undated. Several chapbooks have an advertisement inserted inside the front cover. The publishers are Preserve a Natureza e a Cultura Popular Brasileira, or Academia Brasileira de Literatura de Cordel. [catalog record]

AFC 2008/001: David A. Taylor Collection of Literatura de Cordel
Six Brazilian cordel literature chapbooks acquired by the donor at the Library of Congress Professional Association (LCPA) book sale, Washington, D.C., January 8, 2008.

AFC 2011/023: Mary C. Karasch Collection of Literatura de Cordel
Collection of 22 literatura de cordel (Brazilian chapbooks), by various authors published at various locations in Brazil from 1975-2007. [catalog record]


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