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American Folklife Center Collections: Utah

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


Dick, Betty E., artist. 1992 Utah State Winner. Brown quilt with an eight-pointed star pattern. Lands' End All-American Quilt Collection (AFC 1997/011). Library of Congress American Folklife Center.

American Folklife Center collections from Utah document the diversity of its expressive culture. Among its unique recordings and collections are unique recordings of Mormon narratives and folklore; and recordings of Ute Indian songs. In 1985 the American Folklife Center conducted field research as part of the Grouse Creek Cultural Survey in Utah, including interviews and music. The resulting documentation is now part of the collections. From 1988 to 1993 the American Folklife Center conducted field research on customs and traditions of Italian Americans in western states, including Utah. In Another American Folklife Center project to document oral histories and other materials connected with the September 11, 2001 attacks included interviews and narratives from Utah.

September 11, 2001, Documentary Project

The September 11, 2001 Documentary Project captures the reactions, eyewitness accounts, and diverse opinions of Americans and others in the months that followed the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93. The portion of the collection from Utah includes forty-four tapes containing 56 interviews and narratives about the events of September 11, 2001, conducted by students from Utah State University, Logan, Utah. Recorded October-December 2001. (AFC 2001/015: SR328-371)

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.

Public Programming

The Beehive Band perform traditional Mormon string band music from Utah as part of the American Folklife Center's Homegrown Concert Series. The band performs old-time American music, which developed in the Latter-day Saint communities of Utah, including hymns, songs, and fiddle tunes of the Utah pioneers. April 24, 2008.