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Record Group Number: 000158
Series/Collection Number: .S 1602
Creator: Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs. Florida Folklife Archive
Title, Dates: Florida Folk Heritage Awards unsuccessful nominees' files, 1985-1995.
Amount: 1.20 cubic ft.
Medium Included: audiotapes
photo slides
Organization/Arrangement: Alphabetical by name within year or span of years.
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 a 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 Floridianswhose 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 of material submitted for nominations for the Florida Folk Heritage Awards that did not win or have expired. Nominations for this award are good for only two years, unless the individual is recommended again. The material consists of biographies, clippings, correspondence, photographs and slides, flyers, books, video tapes, audio tapes, and letters of recommendation. The amount of material for each nominee varies. There are video tapes for Sakim, H.B. Stevens, Paul Waugh, and Patrick Smith. There are audio tapes for Louise Sanders, W.B. McKinney, Sakim, James Ballew, Sandy Keith, and Glen Edwards Gant, who is known as Sharkmeat Blue. Special publications in this series include the books "A Pictorial History of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind" by Thomas Kerr, "The water Song book" of essays and lyrics by Dale and Linda Crider, "Just A South-side Girl" by Rose Virgo, and "King Death and Other Poems" by Sharkmeat Blue, as well as the audio tapes "Barefoot In Eustis" by Annette J. Bruce, "Cuando Te Miro" by Grupo Canaveral, and "Sing For Wild Things" and "To Be Wild" by Dale and Linda Crider.

Finding Aids: Folder listing available.
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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: 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
Folk-rock music Florida
Folklore Florida
Folklore Performance Florida
Folk art Florida
Folk artists Florida
Ethnic folklore Florida
Handicraft Florida
Florida Folk Heritage Awards.
Oral tradition
Audio cassettes. aat
Audio tapes. aat
Videocassettes. aat
Photographs. aat
Slides. aat
Florida Description and travel
Florida Social life and customs
Florida Songs and music
Florida Folk Festival
Added Entries Sharkmeat Blue (Poet)
Virgo, Rose
Bruce, Annette J.
Crider, Dale
Crider, Linda
Kerr, Thomas R.
Florida. Florida Folklife Council.
Florida. Dept. of State.  --Division of Historical Resources.
Grupo Canaveral (Musical group)
Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs
King Death and Other Poems 0
Just A South-side Girl 0
Barefoot In Eustis [sound recording] 0
Cuando Te Miro [sound recording] 0
The WaterSong Book 4
Sing For Wild Things [sound recording] 0
To Be Wild [sound recording] 0
A Pictorial History of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind. 2