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American Folklife Center Collections: Kansas

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


American Folklife Center collections from Kansas document the diversity of its expressive culture. Among its unique collections are the vast archive of personal narratives found in the Veterans History Project and cognate collections, the Vera Mae Duerksen collection of Kansas Mennonite recordings, documentation of occupational traditions of Boeing factory workers, and extensive documentation of traditional American music.

The Veterans History Project

The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. The collection includes oral histories from veterans from Kansas. The featured video below is an interview with Maj. Nicole E. Douglas of Kansas.

Additional Collections of Interest

Podcasts and Blog Posts

Public Programming

The Bajich Brothers perform tambura music from Kansas. Boris, Paul, Peter and Robert Bajich form a Serbian-American tambura quartet from Kansas. They are active in the St. George Orthodox Church, located in the Kansas suburbs of Kansas City, and have played their music at all the maj or Serbian and Croatian festivals in the United States, including the Tamburaland festival in Pittsburgh. Part of the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the Library of Congress American Folklife Center. September 17, 2008.