Folk Music Archives
of Folk Music
Since 1999, Frank
Shane of Folk Music
Archives has been recording folk artists and folk groups to preserve and archive
their personal stories, backgrounds and recollections. Folk Music Archives is devoting
archival research, resources, radio broadcasting expertise, equipment and
production capabilities to record the stories of folk singers "in
their own words." The fans and followers of folk singers and groups of
the 20th Century know the music, lyrics and songs, but the majority, know
little or nothing about those that sang the songs and preserved the folk
tradition. They may have heard or
seen a documentary on Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul & Mary . . . and
countless others, but these are edited and produced for commercial viewing or
listening. Many times the programs are interesting, but not
historically correct or complete. Media time constraints, budgets and deadlines limit the
ability to present the subject matter in a format essential for archival
Music Archives' Mission and Purpose
Mission and Purpose Folk Music Archives is to sustain and preserve the "VOICE"
of Folk Music. The personal stories and recollections of folk singers that are equally as
important as the folk songs and music they sing. As a repository of Folk
Music Archives' interviews, the Library of Congress American Folklife Center will
ensure that the archival research, recordings and interviews are properly
utilized and will protect all intellectual property and copyrights. A
collaboration with the Library of Congress American Folklife Center will enable
these interviews to be available to the folk community and the American
not now . . . When?
opportunities to do certain interviews now, which in a short period of time will
not be possible. Why are these interviews different? They are recorded not only
for archival preservation, but will enable the public and the folk community to have access to these recordings:
folk archivists, folklorists, performers, broadcast
media, folk organizations, folk societies, museums, folk clubs, festivals, managers,
agents, venues, record companies, instrument manufacturers, arts administrators, well-known folk singers and front-porch folk
Why the Alliance
The Library of
Congress American Folklife Center?
The American Folklife
Center at the Library of Congress was created by Congress in 1976 "to
preserve and present American Folklife." The Center
incorporates the Archive of Folk Culture, which was established at the Library
in 1928 as a repository for American Folk Music. The Center and its
collections have grown to encompass all aspects of folklife from this country
and around the world.
collaboration will ensure that the interviews of Folk Music Archives are
properly utilized and will protect intellectual property and copyrights. The
Folklife Specialists of the Center are essential for archival research and
subject accuracy. As a collaborative effort, Folk Music Archives benefits from
their expertise. Conversely, the Folklife Center has at its disposal the
interview resources of Folk Music Archives. A collaboration enables these
interviews to be available to the American people.
How are the
recorded interviews archived?
Through digital and
computer data base technology, Folk Music Archives will provide the American
Folklife Center with entire interview recordings. In addition, Folk Music
Archives creates a voice data base of each interview which is segmented and put
on a computer archive system to enable the retrieval of not only interview
recordings, but the retrieval of subject matter of one folk artist or all
recorded folk artists.
What is the benefit of this
type of archiving?
Folk Music Archives
through this digital technology has a data base of thousands of voice clips on a
computer retrieval system. These are archived both by artist and subject matter.
It provides the retrieval not only of a particular interview, but enables the
retrieval of recordings by subject matter from all recorded interviews. For
example, if you wanted the story and music of
"Where Have All The Flowers Gone" the data base can provide interviews and
voice clips from: Pete Seeger, Joe Hickerson,
The Kingston Trio and Peter, Paul & Mary.
It took Folk Music Archives two years, hundreds of hours, thousands of
miles and thousands of dollars to interview, record, edit and archive this
material. In addition the original song lyrics are sung by some of those artists
during the interviews. Folk Music Archives also cites the proper recordings to accompany the
song for archival accuracy.
Please tour the Folk
Music Archives Web-site and the main pages: Funding, Folk
Artists, Interviews, Coffee House, Archives, Production, FAQ's, Pictures, Voice Clips and Feedback. There are links to artists, songs and the American Folklife
Center as well as other valuable information.
Your Feedback is not only welcome, but vital to Folk Music Archives.