- Collection ID:
Boulton, Laura, 1899-1980
- Physical Description:
Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Film and video of the ethnomusicology collection of Laura C. Boulton, shot primarily by Dr. Boulton among traditional peoples around the world. (See inventory attached to agreement).
Collection contains supplementary material: associated texts, sound recordings, annotations, sound logs, and field notes.
Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and terminology used reflect the context and culture of the time of its creation. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution or Anthropology Archives, but is available in its original form to facilitate research.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received from the Laura Boulton Foundation in 1987.
Titles are supplied by the archivist for untitled films.
- Laura C. Boulton, 1969. The Music Hunter: The Autobiography of a Career. New York: Doubleday.
- Laura C. Boulton, 1941. "Timbuktu and Beyond", National Geographic, May 1941. pp-631-670.
Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
Conditions Governing Use
Laura Boulton films, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
The Columbia University Center for Ethnomusicology has the Laura Boulton Collection of Traditional Music; the Harvard University Archive of World Music (Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library) houses Boulton's liturgical music collection; the Archive of Folk Culture at the Library of Congress contains wax cylinders, aluminum discs and reel-to-reel tapes of Boulton's field recordings of traditional vocal and instrumental music worldwide; and Smithsonian Folkways has the originals of recordings Boulton made for Folkways Records.
Human Studies Film Archives
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