The American Folklife Center contains rich and varied
material from Tennessee that document the diversity of the state's folk
traditions. Among its recordings are hundreds of hours of folksongs, including
African American and Anglo American traditions; folk tales, including "Jack
tales" recorded in the 1930s; religious services, including tent revival
meetings, faith healing, and snake handling; shape-note singing; and recordings
of the Harmon Family of Cades Cove, who were relocated with other families
during the creation of Smoky Mountain National Park. In 2001 the American Folklife Center acquired the International Storytelling
Collection which contains
manuscripts, sound recordings, graphic materials, moving images, electronic
media, and artifacts that relate to the storytelling revival of the 1970s
through the present.
Finding Aid: View a complete list of our Tennessee collections. [full text]
Local Legacies Collection: This project provides a "snapshot" of local culture as it was expressed in the year 2000. View a list of Tennessee'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.
Lawson and Quicksilver: Bluegrass and Gospel music from
Tennessee. Recorded at the Library of Congress, September 13, 2006: [webcast and event flyer]
Educational Resources: View a list of educational materials related to Tennessee from A Teacher's Guide to Folklife Resources.
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.
Print Publication: "The Photographs of Maggie Lee Sayre: A Personal Vision of Houseboat
Annual 90. [catalog record]
Published Recordings: Play and Dance Songs and Tunes, Library of Congress AFS L9 [audiocassette]; and Versions and Variants of "Barbara Allen," Library of Congress
AFS L54 [audiocassette]