The collections of the American Folklife Center contain rich and varied
materials from Michigan that document the diversity of the state's folk
traditions. Among its unique recordings are cylinders of Ottawa Indian
music and speech; Finnish immigrant songs and folklore; Lithuanian folk
music; interviews with migrant farm workers; lumber camp songs; Detroit
blues music; and Irish musicians on Beaver Island.
Finding Aid: View a complete list of our Michigan collections.
Local Legacies: This project provides a "snapshot" of local culture as it was expressed in the year 2000. View Michigan's Local Legacies projects.
Veterans History Project: Browse state collections from the Veterans History Project.
Songs of America: Browse an interactive state map for selected songs from the American Folklife Center’s collections, as well as songs from the Library’s Music Division and Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.
Folklife Resources: Find state folklife-related agencies, societies, archives, higher education programs, and more, in Folklife Sourcebook: A Directory of Folklife Resources in the United States.
Publications: "Reverend C.L. Franklin: Black American Preacher Poet," Folklife
Annual 1987. [catalog record]
"Immigrant to Ethnic: Symbols of Identity Among Finnish-Americans" and "Via
Dolorosa" (a life story), Folklife Annual 1986. [catalog record]
Published Recording: Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks, Library of Congress AFS L56. [audiocassette]