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Record Group Number: 000158
Series/Collection Number: .S 1604
Creator: Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs. Florida Folklife Archive
Title, Dates: Library folklife holdings surveys, 1981-1982.
Amount: 1.75 cubic ft.
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Organization/Arrangement: Alphabetical by city.
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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 Folklife Program and the State Library of Florida received a grant in 1981 from the National Endowment for the Humanities in order to compile information for a directory of folklife collections in Florida libraries and other repositories. Five hundred eighty-six repositories were surveyed in regard to their folklife holdings. These repositories included archives, public libraries, academic libraries, museums, historical societies, and private collections. For small and medium-sized collections, the first survey contact was made through a written questionnaire, followed by telephone inquiries to clarify or expand as necessary. For larger collections, on-site visits were made by the Florida Folklife Program staff to compile a more detailed inventory of the material.  The directory was published in 1982.

Summary:     This series consists of the completed survey forms regarding folklife holdings collected by the Florida FolklifeProgram from Florida libraries and other repositories. The information taken from the forms was used to compile a statewide directory of folklife resources. The repositories surveyed include archives, public and academic libraries, museums, historical societies, and private collections. The forms include information such as: whether a library holds specific folklife book titles or works by specific authors; whether the library has a separate local history collection; whether there are other folklife resources available in the community; and names of community residents the library may consult with local history or folklife inquires. The series also contains the forms completed by Foklife Program staff during follow-up telephone conversations.

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Publication Note: Florida Folklife Directory Volume 1: Collections of Resource Materials / compiled by Doris J. Dyen and Charles R. McNeil. Tallahassee : Florida Dept. of State, Division of Library Services, 1982.
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Subject Access Fields: Libraries Florida
Library surveys Florida
Folklore Directories Florida
Folklore Library resources Florida
Folk artists Directories Florida
Questionnaires. aat
Florida Folklife Directory 0
Added Entries State Library of Florida
Florida Folklife Program