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The collections held by the American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress comprise cultural documentation of folk and traditional culture from six continents, every U.S. state and territory, and the District of Columbia. Additionally, AFC staff maintain reference resources that provide descriptive access to our collections; create digital publications such as blogs or podcasts that offer interpretation and context for our collections; and produce public programming that augments collection materials.
These geographic guides offer entry points into the above resources, and draw on the collective knowledge and expertise of the AFC staff.
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.
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.
The following materials link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to digital content are provided when available.