Voices from the Days of Slavery
Oral histories and interviews with African Americans who endured the hardships of slavery. These recordings document the first-person accounts of several individuals whose life experiences spanned the period during and after slavery. The podcasts are drawn from several collections in the American Folklife Center Archives, one of the preeminent audio-visual repositories of national and international folklife, history and cultural expressions.
Alan Lomax and the Soundscapes of the Upper Midwest
In 1938 the Library of Congress dispatched the pioneering folklorist and song collector Alan Lomax to complete a folklife survey of the Great Lakes region. He set off in a 1935 Plymouth sedan, toting a Presto instantaneous disc recorder and a moving image camera. He returned almost three months later, having driven thousands of miles on barely paved roads, with a cache of 250 discs and 8 reels of film. These materials documented the incredible range of ethnic diversity and occupational folklife in Michigan.
Below are some books the American Folklife Center has authored over the years.
Introduction & History
The American Folklife Center is a branch of the Library of Congress. It was created by Congress in 1976 in order to have a place to house materials related to American folklife. When the AFC was created, the preexisting American Folklife Center Archive (est. 1928) was moved to its archives. The AFC focuses on the preservation of ethnographic materials from the 1800s to today and ranges from traditional arts to oral histories and songs.
The AFC archive houses many types of materials in its collections: audio, video, photography, and manuscripts. Some material was acquired through AFC field research and other materials have been donated.