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Record Group Number: 000158
Series/Collection Number: .S 1603
Creator: Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs. Florida Folklife Archive
Title, Dates: Florida Folk Heritage Award winners' files, 1985-2001.
Amount: 2.95 cubic ft.
Medium Included:
Organization/Arrangement: Chronological by year.
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 the 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 of a detailed collection of clippings, letters of recommendation, programs, pamphlets, photographs, biographies, books, interviews, audio tapes, video tapes, a phonographic record, and the correspondence that is related to the winners of the Florida Folk Heritage Awards. The information for each winner varies. There are audio tapes from many of the winners including "Sorry Is As Sorry Does" by Gamble Rogers, and video tapes of "Washboard" Bill Cooke, Julian "Goose" Culbreath, Nikitas Tsimouris, Willie Eason, and Tom Walton. The phonograph record has two singles, "My Heart Is Buried In This Sand," and "Jammin' At Catfish Carl's" by Frank Thomas and Friends. There is a publicity packet for Gamble Rogers, as well as copies of two books by Will McLean, Florida Sand and 'Cross The Shadows Of My Face. This series also includes information related to the nominations of Mary Smith McClain and Chubby Wise for National Heritage Fellowships.

Finding Aids: Searchable index to images and sound recordings available online at #
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Associated Materials: This series is continued in series S 2281, Florida Folklife Program, Florida Folk Heritage Award Files.

Language Notes: Spanish, Greek, and Norwegian.
Ownership/Custodial History:
Publication Note:
General Note: This series contains two different accessions of records. Boxes 1-5 are from the first transfer. Boxes 6-8 are from the second transfer. When looking for a particular awardee, check both sets of boxes.
Electronic Records Access:
Subject Access Fields: Florida Folk Heritage Awards.
National Heritage Fellowships.
Folk art Florida
Folk artists Florida
Folk dance music 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
Folklorists Florida
Ethnic folklore Florida
Oral tradition
Handicraft Florida
Vernacular architecture.
Slides. aat
Audio tapes. aat
Videocassettes. aat
Photographs. aat
Phonograph records.
Florida Description and travel
Florida Social life and customs
Florida Songs and music
Sopchoppy (Fla.)
Florida Folk Festival
Added Entries Rogers, Gamble, 1937-1991.
Florida. Dept. of State.  --Division of Historical Resources.
Florida. Florida Folklife Council.
Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs
Sorry Is As Sorry Does [sound recording] 0