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American Folklife Center Collections: Denmark

This guide provides access to ethnographic resources documenting Danish expressive culture in Denmark and the United States in the collections of the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.


Carl Fleischhauer, photographer. Danish Singing Society Harmonien rehearsing at Normennernes Singing Society Hall, Chicago. 1977. Chicago Ethnic Arts Project Collection. Library of Congress American Folklife Center.

American Folklife Center collections documenting Danish expressive culture in Denmark and the United States represent the diversity of its expressive culture. Among its unique collections are early recordings of Danish Music and song collected by Percy Grainger in Denmark the 1920s; interviews and recordings of hymns of Danish Lutherans in Iowa made by Marcus Bach; recordings of Danish music and songs in Wisconsin; and documentation of a Danish singing group in Chicago made as part of the American Folklife Center's Chicago Ethnic Arts Project.

Chicago Ethnic Arts Project Collection

The Chicago Ethnic Arts Project survey was conducted in 1977 by the American Folklife Center at the request of the Illinois Arts Council to assess and document the status of ethnic art traditions in more than twenty ethnic communities in Chicago, and was jointly sponsored by both organizations. The collection includes photographs and recordings of a rehearsal by members of a Danish singing society as well as interviews with members of the group.

Additional Collections of Interest

The following materials link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to digital content are provided when available.

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