Series Description

Record Group Number:


Series Number:

.S 1576


Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs. Florida Folklife Archive


Audio recordings of Florida Folk Festival performances and other folk events, 1935-2001.


4713.00 items

Medium Included:


Organization / Arrangement:

Arranged by format (reel-to-reel, cassette, digital), then chronological.


A few recordings have access restrictions.

Terms Governing Use:

Use and reproduction of brittle older reel-to-reel tapes is at the discretion of archives staff. CASSETTE COPIES OR COMPACT DISKS ARE FIRST USE COPIES when available. To determine whether there is a cassette tape available, check the reel-to-reel index logs in Series S1579, Indexes and Accession Registers to the Audio Tapes, Video Tapes, Photos, and Slides in the Florida Folklife Archive, for the reel-to-reel tape in question to see if there is a cross-reference to a cassette tape number. See the full container/shelf list for reel-to-reel tapes available on compact disk (boxes B0052-B0061), including list of tapes not recorded.


This series consists of audio recordings of performances by or interviews with folk musicians, craftspersons, storytellers, and folklife interpreters. Included are reel-to-reel, audio cassette, and digital audio tape (DAT) formats. Most of the recordings document performances by national and local folk personalities at the annual Florida Folk Festival, dating back to 1954. In addition, there are a small number of reproductions of Works Progress Administration (WPA) folklore field recordings from the1930s and early 1940s, including recordings collected by Zora Neale Hurston on which her voice can be heard both speaking and singing. Together, the recordings document such areas as children's lore, foodways, religious traditions, Seminole culture, maritime traditions, ethnic folk culture, material culture, and occupational lore.

Finding Aids:

Series S1579, Indexes and Accession Registers to the Audio tapes, Video Tapes, Photos, and Slides of the Florida Folklife Archive, contains tape log index sheets with itemized listings for each tape. There is also a shelf listing for the audio recordings in this series.

Associated Materials:

Series S1577, Photographs and Slides of Folk Arts, Artisans, and Performers, contains slide carousels to accompany audio tapes in this series for slide/tape programs produced by the Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs.

Subject Access Fields:

Hurston, Zora Neale
Folk dance music Florida
Folk festivals Florida
Folk music Florida
Folk-rock music Florida
Folk singers Florida
Folk songs Florida
Folklore Florida
Folklore Performance Florida
Oral tradition
Audio cassettes. aat
Audio tapes. aat
Sound recordings. aat

Added Entries:

Florida Folklife Program
Florida. Dept. of State. --Division of Historical Resources.
Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs
Florida Folk Festival