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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 of Finns in Finland and the United States document the diversity of their expressive culture. Among its unique collections are Finnish language songs and music recorded by Alan Lomax in Michigan in 1938; folk songs and Kalevalaic songs documented by the Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura in Finland; and an audio recording and other documentation of a symposium on the Kalevala at the Library of Congress in 1985.
This online presentation, California Gold: Northern California Folk Music from the Thirties, comprises 35 hours of folk music recorded in 12 languages representing numerous ethnic groups and 185 musicians. It includes sound recordings, still photographs of the performers, drawings of folk instruments, and written documentation from a variety of European ethnic and English- and Spanish-speaking communities in northern California in the 1930s.
The following materials link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to digital content are provided when available.
Ánnámáret is the performing name of Sámi musician Anna Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman. Ánnámáret performs yoik, a distinctive singing and songwriting tradition of the Sámi people. For her Homegrown concert, Ánnámáret is joined by two members of her Nieguid duovdagat project: Ilkka Heinonen (who specializes in folk music on the jouhikko, G-violone and contrabass) and Turkka Inkilä (who plays flutes and electronic instruments). (Event date: April 07, 2021)