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SIRIS | Smithsonian Institution Research Information System

Archival, Manuscript, and Photographic Collections

The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage constitute one of the world's most important archives of audio and video recordings, photographs, manuscripts, and other materials documenting traditional and grassroots cultures of the U.S. and the entire world. The holdings include more than 18,000 commercial discs, 4000 acetate discs, about 48,000 audiotapes (reel, cassette, DAT), more than 3000 CDs, over 1,000,000 still images, over 4000 videotapes, more than 500,000 feet of motion picture film, drawings and posters, files of correspondence and business records for Folkways and other labels acquired by the Center, the Woody Guthrie Papers, and other significant photographic and manuscript collections related to folk music and the activities of the Center. At present, not all collections are represented in the SIRIS catalog.

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The archives are open to visitors and researchers by appointment only. Please contact the archivists at (202) 275-1149 or .

The Archives are located in the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in the Victor Building at the following address: 750 9th St., N.W., Suite 4100 (4th Floor) Washington, DC 20560-0953