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Sheryl visited the Library of Congress on Monday, to do research for an upcoming project. Here she's looking at items from American Folklife Center collections with AFC editor Stephen Winick. The materials they talked about included some of AFC's most popular items relating to Woody Guthrie, Alan Lomax, and Pete Seeger.
The center's editor says:
"She's also a very knowledgeable researcher of American music, and we look forward to hearing more about her work as time goes on.
Crow has visited the Library before, notably for the concert at which we awarded the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song to Burt Bacharach and Hal David."
ABOUT THE AFC - The center's collections include American Folk and Native American song and dance; ancient English ballads; the tales of "Bruh Rabbit," told in the Gullah dialect of the Georgia Sea Islands; the stories of ex-slaves, told while still vivid in their minds; an Appalachian fiddle tune heard on concert stages around the world; Balinese Gamelan music recorded shortly before the Second World War; documentation from the lives of cowboys, farmers, fishermen, coal miners, shop keepers, factory workers, quilt makers, professional and amateur musicians, and housewives from throughout the U.S., first-hand accounts of community events from every state; and international collections.
The images, sounds, written accounts and more items of cultural documentation are available to researchers at the center's Archive of Folk Culture. There, more than 4,000 collections assembled over the years from all 50 states, United States trusts, territories and the District of Columbia.