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American Folklife Center





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Thomas Jefferson Building, ground floor, room LJ G49

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed weekends and federal holidays.

Telephone: 202 707-5510

Fax: 202 707-2076

Address: American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20540-4610

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Access and use information for all Library of Congress reading rooms: For a brief overview on beginning research at the Library of Congress, see Planning Your Visit. To use any Library of Congress reading room, you must show a Library-issued reader identification card (see Reader Registration). For detailed explanations of each reading room and general Library procedures, consult the Library's Web site at <>.

Access to and use of the Folklife Reading Room: The Folklife Reading Room is the access point for the ethnographic collections of the Archive of Folk Culture and for a reference collection of approximately four thousand books, indexes, and periodicals. A Library of Congress reader identification card is required. Appointment s are recommended for groups of more than three people, and advance notice is advise d for requests to listen to unpublished field recordings or to use large collections. It will be essential to consult the reference staff for assistance in locating information on women's history and culture. Because the collections are so rich in these areas and because information on women is embedded in, and spread throughout collections generally organized by subject or region, you should be prepared to define the particular topic of your study as carefully as possible. The signature research activity in the Folklife Reading Room involves listening to reference tape copies of field recordings, and there are several listening stations for this purpose. Reference staff will instruct you in the use of the tape machines.

Patrons may request copies of manuscript, photographic, and recorded materials in person or by fax, e-mail, or postal mail. The American Folklife Center fully honors the rights of those whose performances and creative expressions are documented in the collections, and permissions issues will arise for most phonoduplication and some photoduplication requests. Order forms, billing information, and notification of necessary permissions will be provided. After permissions are obtained (where applicable), such orders are filled by the Library's Recording Laboratory and other duplicating services.

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