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Record Group Number: 000158
Series/Collection Number: .S 1601
Creator: Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs. Florida Folklife Archive
Title, Dates: Nominations and correspondence for the Florida Folk Heritage Awards, 1985-1993.
Amount: 0.80 cubic ft.
Medium Included: audiotapes
Organization/Arrangement: Chronological.
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 Florida Folk Heritage Award, given annually to folk artists and folk advocates by the Florida Folklife Council, was established in response to growing awareness throughout the state of the importance of folk traditions in the cultural life of Florida. The purpose of the award is to honor Floridians whose lifelong devotion to and accomplishments in the folk arts are affirmations of the cultural legacy that the citizens of Florida wish to acknowledge, celebrate and conserve.

    The works of the individuals must be worthy of state recognition and relate directly to the long-standing, intangible cultural resources, or folklife, of the state. Folklife includes "a wide range of creative and symbolic forms such as custom, belief, technical skill, language, literature, art, architecture, music, play, dance, drama, ritual, pageantry, and handicraft, and are generally learned orally, by imitation, or in performance and are maintained or perpetuated without formal instruction or institutional direction," [Florida State Statutes 267.021 (6)].

Summary:     This series consists primarily of the correspondence and letters of recommendation, but also the biographies, clippings, memos and press releases that pertain to each nominee for the Florida Folk Heritage Award, and the resolutions, announcements and speeches associated with the ceremonies celebrating the winners. The Florida Folklife Council documented the receipt and acknowledgement of the nominations, as well as biographies, clippings and other related information for each of the nominees. The winners were recognized at a ceremony during the annual Florida Folk Festival in White Springs, Florida.

    Additional materials in this series include a report entitled "Regional Folktale Research in a Media-based Society," by nominee Elise Park McClain, two audio tapes of music from nominee Jim Bob Tinsley (one solo and the other with The Drifters) and photographs of nominee Florence Pratt-Hall.

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Associated Materials: This series is continued in series S 2281, Florida Folklife Program, Florida Folk Heritage Award Files.
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Subject Access Fields: Ethnic folklore Florida
Folk dance music Florida
Folk dancing Florida
Folk festivals Florida
Folk literature Florida
Folk medicine Florida
Folk music Florida
Folk music groups Florida
Folk singers Florida
Folk songs Florida
Folklore Florida
Folklore Performance Florida
Oral tradition
Oral history
Handicraft Florida
Folk art Florida
Folk artists Florida
Florida Folk Heritage Awards.
National Heritage Fellowships.
Audio tapes. aat
Audio cassettes. aat
Photographs. aat
Florida Description and travel
Florida Social life and customs
Florida Songs and music
Florida Folk Festival
Added Entries Tinsley, Jim Bob
Florida. Dept. of State.  --Division of Historical Resources.
Florida. Florida Folklife Council.
Drifters (Musical group, Country)
For A Cowboy Has To Sing [sound recording] 0
He Was Singin' This Song [sound recording] 0