Skip to content
Department of State Homepage State Library & Archives of Florida Services for Citizens Services for State Employees Services for Librarians Services for Archivists Services for Records Managers

Division of Library and Information Services : Research : Search Our Catalogs : Archives Catalog

State Archives of Florida Online Catalog

Magnifying glass over a document.

The Online Catalog allows searching and browsing of information about the Florida State Archives’ holdings of over 48,000 cubic feet of state and local government records and historical manuscripts. The catalog provides descriptions of over 3,400 collections and lists the contents of containers and folders in many of those collections. For assistance with accessing and using State Archives collections, call our Reference Staff at 850.245.6719 or email us at

SearchAdvanced Search  | Browse Indexes | Browse Collections  | FAQ

Details Page

Click on for detailed listing.

Record Group Number: 000158
Series/Collection Number: .S 1599
Creator: Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs. Florida Folklife Archive
Title, Dates: Public program site records for "Pursuits and Pastimes" exhibition, 1982-1984.
Amount: 0.50 cubic ft.
Medium Included:
Organization/Arrangement: Alphabetical.
Terms Governing Use:
Biographical/Historical:     Legislation in 1979 (79-322, SB 1208) transferred the Florida Folk Arts component of the Stephen Foster Memorial to the Florida Department of State. Operating as the Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs from ca. 1985 until 1995, the Bureau coordinated the annual Florida Folk Festival and directed such programs as Folk Arts Apprenticeships, Folk Arts in Education, Folk Heritage awards, annual research surveys, and numerous other projects and programs. From 1995 through June 30, 2021, the renamed and reorganized Florida Folklife Program continued the majority of these operations from within the Division of Historical Resources, Bureau of Historic Preservation in Tallahassee. During the 1995 reorganization, the State Archives of Florida acquired the Florida Folklife Collection from the Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs’ previously maintained Florida Folklife Archives. Legislation in 2021 (2021-71, L. O. F., HB 909) transferred the Florida Folklife Program and its operations from the Division of Historical Resources to the newly renamed Division of Arts and Culture, previously the Division of Cultural Resources, effective July 1, 2021. The program is charged to "identify, research, interpret, and present Florida folk arts, artists, performers, folklore, traditions, customs, and cultural heritage and make folk cultural resources and folklife projects available throughout the state."

    The National Endowment for the Humanities grant received by the Florida Folklife Program in 1982 was to provide folklife programming in public libraries throughout Florida. The program was called "Pursuits and Pastimes" and was sponsored by the Folklife Program, the State Library of Florida, and local public libraries. The programs varied from library to library and included lectures on folk culture, oral history presentations, folk music, dance performances, folk art exhibits, and demonstrations by artisans. Subject matter included folk music, lore, crafts, food, art, medicine, and ritual.

Summary:     This series consists of site records related to the administration by the Florida Folklife Program of public library programs funded by the 1982 NEH library grant for the "Pursuits and Pastimes" exhibit.  Arranged by city, the files contain documents such as reports from folklife interpreters, reports from library coordinators, meeting summaries, correspondence, programs, publicity fliers, newspaper clippings, newsletters, and program evaluations.

Finding Aids: Folder listing available.
Additional Physical Form:
Reproduction Note:
Location of Originals/Duplicates:
Associated Materials: For additional records on this program, see series S 1606, Pursuits and Pastimes exhibition files.
Language Notes:
Ownership/Custodial History:
Publication Note:
General Note:
Electronic Records Access:
Subject Access Fields: National Endowment for the Humanities
Pursuits and Pastimes: Florida Folklife in Work and Leisure
Grants-in-aid Florida
Libraries Florida
Artisans Florida
Folklore Performance Florida
Reports. aat
Added Entries Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs