Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections,
Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Metro Stop: L'Enfant Plaza
The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage is home to the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections.
The Rinzler Archives house two major collections. One collection is the
Moses and Frances Asch collection, which consists of original recordings,
business records, correspondence and photographic material which came
to the Smithsonian with the purchase of Folkways Records in 1987. The
recordings on the Paredon, Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, and Monitor labels
have since been acquired by the Center. Folkways, Smithsonian Folkways,
Paredon, Cook, and Dyer-Bennet recordings can all be searched by artist,
title, track, and other options in our web database. An online version
of our Whole Catalog (includes all labels owned by Smithsonian Folkways)
and a listing of all Smithsonian Folkways releases are also available.
Listening copies of most of the catalog are kept in the archives, available
to researchers. The Archives also has a strong collection of world ethnic
music traditions, early country music and bluegrass, blues, and the Folk
Revival on other labels available for in-house listening and research.