in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS),
the Florida State Archives has completed a two-year project to enhance
access to and provide educational tools based upon the Florida Folklife
Collection (Record Group 158), a rich collection
of field notes, images, and sound recordings created by the Florida
Folklife Program and the Florida Folk Festival that document the
ethnic, religious, and cultural diversity reflected in the communities
of our state.
from the Folklife Collection have been added to the Florida Memory
web site (FloridaMemory.com).
Through the use of primary historical records, the web-based Florida
Memory Project illustrates significant moments in Florida history,
provides educational resources for students of all ages, and makes
available archival collections useful for historical research.
Florida Folklife Collection includes approximately 150 cubic feet
of paper records (including field notes and administrative files)
and thousands of audio and video recordings, which date from the
1930s through 2001. Created by Florida folklorists, the Collection
consists of 88 individual series that document the performances
by, interviews with, and fieldwork surveys of folk musicians, artisans,
storytellers, folklife interpreters, and other Florida peoples and
their traditions. Topics include children's lore, foodways, religious
traditions, Native American culture, numerous musical traditions,
art, maritime traditions, ethnic folk culture, material culture,
and occupational lore. These records document the living traditions
of Florida's peoples.
addition to the research files of the Florida Folklife Program,
the Collection also includes the recordings and images of the annual
Florida Folk Festival, the nation's longest-running continuous folk
festival. Through more than two thousand reel to reels, audio cassettes,
and digital audio tapes, as well as thousand of photographic prints
and slides, the Collection documents not only the state's oral and
musical traditions, but also the development of national musical
trends and genres. Performers range from Florida folk artists, including
Gamble Rogers, Lilianne Louis, Will McLean, Ida Goodson, and Frog
Smith, to national artists such as Vasser Clements, Doc Watson,
the Beers Family, and James Kelly.
the Florida Folklife Collection as source material, the Archives
has completed the following components of the project.
Institute of Museum and Library Services, a Federal agency that
fosters innovation, leadership and a lifetime of learning, supports
the Florida State Archives' Florida Memory Project.