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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.
Among its diverse holdings of traditional music and folklore, the American Folklife Center's collections include children's songs, chants, and games from the United States Virgin Islands recorded by Karen Ellis-Bell on St. Croix in 1978; music, stories, and interviews collected on St. Croix and St. Thomas by Mary Jane Soule; and Dutch Creole folktales paraphrased into English Creole and re-translated into Dutch Creole.
The following materials link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to digital content are provided when available.