Southern Folk Cultural Revival Project, Inc., records, 1965-1989.

Creator: Southern Folk Cultural Revival Project, Inc., records, 1965-1989 [manuscript].
Collection number: 20004
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Abstract: Founded in 1966 by Anne Romaine and Bernice Johnson Reagon, the Southern Folk Cultural Revival Project (SFCRP), based in Nashville, Tenn., worked to present traditional musicians from black and white cultures in performance together at a time when this was considered controversial. The SFCRP continued presenting musical performances throughout the South until the late 1980s, keeping close ties with the civil rights movement. Records of the SFCRP document performing folk musicians from or associated with the southeastern United States. Included are letters, artist files, contracts, photographs, and recordings of a large number of musicians who worked for the organization, among them Dewey Balfa, Dock Boggs, Reverend Pearly Brown, Alice Gerrard, Hazel Dickens, Mable Hillary, Jane Sapp, Lily May Ledford, Furry Lewis, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Ola Belle Reed, Frazier Moss, Sparky Rucker, Mike Seeger, Johnny Shines, Hedy West, and Nimrod Workman.Also included are files from SFCRP tours and festivals, music in the schools series, prison performances, benefit concerts, and Romaine’s work with the Alex Haley House Museum. There are also general office and grant files; photographs of musicians; audio recordings and videotapes from meetings, workshops, and musical performances at festivals, schools, and prisons; posters from various events; and blueprints from the Alex Haley House.

Repository: Southern Folklife Collection

Collection Highlights: Series 1 contain several artists files on noted African American musicians, or materials related to African American influenced music.  Subseries 5.2 also contains general correspondence and other materials from organizations such as Fisk University and the NAACP.

Series 7 also contains photographs of artists at various events; and Series 8 &9 contains audio recordings and video recordings of various performances.

Series 10 also contains various posters from different festivals, such as the Georgia Sea Island Festival (Oversive OP-20004/3 & 4).