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American Folklife Center Collections: Georgia

This guide provides access to ethnographic resources documenting expressive culture in the state of Georgia at the Library of Congress.


Carl Fleischhauer, photographer. Image 11 of Session of hand games organized by Beverly Robinson. 1977. South-Central Georgia Folklife Project collection. Library of Congress American Folklife Center.

American Folklife Center (AFC) collections from the U.S. state of Georgia document expressive culture from nearly every corner of the state and span nearly a century. Beginning with Robert Winslow Gordon's documentation of Gullah-Geechee culture in Darian, Georgia, and continuing with StoryCorps interviews made today, AFC collections illustrate the rich variety of folklife found in this state.

Particularly noteworthy are Civil Rights oral histories and oral histories relating to Foxfire magazine as well as musical traditions such as gospel singing and fiddle tunes. The Center also has material culture documentation, vernacular art, and occupational folklife in its Georgia collections.

South-Central Georgia Folklife Project

The South-Central Georgia Folklife Project collection resulted from an ethnographic field project conducted in the summer of 1977 by the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress and the Arts Experiment Station of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia. The eight-county area chosen for the study is in the center of the "Wiregrass" region of Georgia.

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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During this interview Glen Pearcy and David Cline discuss Pearcy'swork with the Southwest Georgia Project, which documented local people at work and in their homes during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Learn more about the Glen Pearcy collection by following the link below to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog.