- Collection ID:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
The bulk of the collection material is in
- Physical Description:
The Smithsonian Institution Festival of American Folklife, held annually since 1967 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was renamed the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in 1998. The materials collected here document the planning, production, and execution of the annual Festival, produced by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (1999-present) and its predecessor offices (1967-1999). An overview of the entire Festival records group is available here: Smithsonian Folklife Festival records
Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
This collection documents the planning, production, and execution of the Papers. Materials may include photographs, audio recordings, motion picture film and video recordings, notes, production drawings, contracts, memoranda, correspondence, informational materials, publications, and ephemera. Such materials were created during the Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., as well as in the featured communities, before or after the Festival itself.
The collection is arranged as 8 series.
- Series 1: Festival Year 1967, circa 1967-circa 1968 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1)
- Series 2: Festival Year 1968, circa 1965-circa 1969 (0.4 linear foot; Box 1)
- Series 3: Festival Year 1969, circa 1967-circa 1970 (1 linear foot; Boxes 1-2)
- Series 4: Festival Year 1970, circa 1966-circa 1971 (1 linear foot; Boxes 2-3)
- Series 5: Festival Year 1971, circa 1968-circa 1973 (1.8 linear feet; Boxes 3-5)
- Series 6: Festival Year 1972, circa 1960-circa 1974 (2.3 linear feet; Boxes 5-7)
- Series 7: Festival Year 1973, circa 1968-circa 1979 (2.2 linear feet; Boxes 7-9)
- Series 8: Festival Year 1974, circa 1960-circa 1976 (8 linear feet; Boxes 10-17)
The Festival of American Folklife, held annually since 1967 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was renamed the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in 1998.
The was produced by the Smithsonian .
Funding for the processing of Festival Year 1967 through Festival Year 1974 was provided by the Smithsonian's Collections Care and Preservation Fund.
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Records for the 1967 through 1974 festivals were processed to a minimal level and a finding aid prepared by Anna Rimel in 2017, with funding provided by the Smithsonian's Collections Care and Preservation Fund. Minimal processing included arrangement to the series, subseries, and folder levels. Generally, items within folders were simply verified with folder titles, but not arranged further. The collection was re-housed in archival containers and folders, but not all staples and clips were removed.
Using the Collection
Preferred Citation note
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: Papers, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections , Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Access note
Access to the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections is by appointment only. Visit our website
for more information on scheduling a visit or making a digitization request. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies.
Conditions Governing Use note
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website
for more information.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note
The Rinzler Archives is continually engaged in digitization of archival materials to facilitate preservation and ready access by users. However, given the diversity of legacy formats of the originals, some older materials may not be available. Notably, certain older audio recordings cannot be played because of deterioration of the tape stock, and the Archives has no playback equipment for EIAJ-1 videoreels (1/2 inch) or multi-track audio recordings. Where listening or viewing copies are available, this is generally indicated for each item. Users are encouraged to contact Archives staff to verify that the materials of interest to them are already accessible, or to determine if they can be digitized as needed.
Forms Part Of
Related Archival Materials note
Within the Rinzler Archives, related materials may be found in various collections such as the Ralph Rinzler papers and recordings, the Lily Spandorf drawings, the Diana Davies photographs, the Robert Yellin photographs, and the Curatorial Research, Programs, and Projects collection. Additional relevant materials may also be found in the Smithsonian Institution Archives concerning the Division of Performing Arts (1966-1983), Folklife Program (1977-1980), Office of Folklife Programs (1980-1991), Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies (1991-1999), Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (1999-present), and collaborating Smithsonian units, as well as in the administrative papers of key figures such as the Secretary and respective deputies. Users are encouraged to consult relevant finding aids and to contact Archives staff for further information.
Shared Stewardship of Collections
Shared Stewardship of Collections
The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage acknowledges and respects the right of artists, performers, Folklife Festival participants, community-based scholars, and knowledge-keepers to collaboratively steward representations of themselves and their intangible cultural heritage in media produced, curated, and distributed by the Center. Making this collection accessible to the public is an ongoing process grounded in the Center's commitment to connecting living people and cultures to the materials this collection represents. To view the Center's full shared stewardship policy, which defines our protocols for addressing collections-related inquiries and concerns, please visit https://folklife.si.edu/archives#shared-stewardship
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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