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.

The following is a list of major collections from Archives cataloged in Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS):


Cook Records Collection [sound recordings], 1953-1968.
Cook, Emory, 1913-2002
9.75 cubic feet

Fast Folk Musical Magazine Collection, 1982-1997.
Fast Folk Musical Magazine, 1982-1997
Sound recordings: 105 phonograph records.

Folkways Records Collection, 1948-1986.
Asch, Moses
approximately 18 cubic feet

Monitor Records Collection.
Stillman, Michael
Sound recordings: 400 phonograph records.
approximately 5 cubic feet

Moses and Frances Asch Collection, 1939-1986.
Asch, Moses
approximately 29 cubic feet

Paredon Records Collection, 1969-1991.
Dane, Barbara
Sound recordings: 50 phonograph records.
approximately 3 cubic feet

Richard Dyer-Bennet Records Collection, 1955-1971.
Dyer-Bennet, Richard
Sound recordings: 15 phonograph records.
approximately .5 cubic feet

Smithsonian Folklife Festival Documentation Collection, TEST RECORD, 1966-[ongoing]
(500 linear ft.)

TEST record: Ralph Rinzler Folklife Collection, (1953-1994).
Rinzler, Ralph, 1934-1994
Audio tapes: (52.5 linear ft.)

The Diana Davies Photograph Collection, 1964-
Davies, Diana, 1938
250 b&w contact sheets
100 b&w ; various photographic prints
39 slides : col.
250 b&w negatives

The Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Collection [sound recordings], 1987-.
Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings
Sound recordings: 250 compact disks
approximately 12 cubic feet

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