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The Voices of Civil Rights Project Collection

In addition to my work cataloging new oral histories for the Civil Rights History Project, I am also working on other collections related to the civil rights movement and African American history. One of these collections is the Voices of Civil Rights Project, a nationwide initiative of AARP conducted over the years 2003 to 2005. […]

Michigan-I-O: Alan Lomax and the 1938 Library of Congress Folk-Song Expedition

The following is a guest post by Aimee Hess, Library of Congress Publishing Office, and Todd Harvey, American Folklife Center. The American Folklife Center, in collaboration with the Library of Congress Publishing Office, has recently published Michigan-I-O: Alan Lomax and the 1938 Library of Congress Folk-Song Expedition, a digital publication containing text, images, music, and […]

The Veterans History Project

Within the vast array of recordings housed at the American Folklife Center (everything from sea shanties to slave narratives to street cries), you can also find voices that are a little different from the rest: the narratives of over 90,000 American veterans—all part of the Veterans History Project. Created by Congress in 2000, the Veterans […]

Putting Foods By for Winter

This time of year in the northern hemisphere, agricultural communities celebrate the last harvest of the growing season. A great deal of work goes into the raising of food for our tables. Before electric refrigerators and local grocery stores, people also needed to work throughout the growing season to preserve food. The completion of that […]

Welcome to Folklife Today

Welcome to Folklife Today, a new blog produced by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.  Here at AFC, we have one of the largest archives in the world relating to traditional folk culture.  The Center’s team of bloggers will be posting here regularly with interesting information about our collections and services. We […]