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Record Group Number: 000158
Series/Collection Number: .S 1616
Creator: Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs. Florida Folklife Archive
Title, Dates: Florida Folk Art Directory and Florida Folklife Directory records, 1977-1989.
Amount: 1.00 cubic ft.
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Organization/Arrangement: Chronological by directory year, then alphabetical by record type.
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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 Folk Art and Folklife Directories were compiled as resource publications for persons involved with Florida folklife and folk arts. The first publication, "1978 Florida Folk Arts Directory" was prepared by the Folk Arts Coordinator at the Stephan Foster Center in White Springs for the Department of State.

    The "Florida Folk Life Directory, Volume 1: Collections of Resource Materials" was compiled following a survey of collections in Florida sponsored by the State Library of Florida and the Florida Folk Life Program. The survey was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and was performed in 1981. The directory was published in 1982.

    The "Florida Folk Life Directory, Volume 2: Artists, Interpreters, Scholars, and Other Resource People" was a major revision of the original "1978 Florida Folk Arts Directory" and complements Volume 1. It was published in 1984. An expanded and revised edition of Volume 2 was published in 1989.

Summary:     This series contains materials relating to the production of the Florida Folk Arts and Florida Folklife directories from 1977 to 1989. Directories included are the "1978 Florida Folk Arts Directory," "Florida Folklife Directory, Volume 1: Collections of Resource Materials," and "Florida Folklife Directory, Volume 2: Artists, Interpreters, Scholars, and Other Resource People" the first and second editions. The materials generally consist of forms completed by the institutions and people included in the directories. The forms contain information regarding the collections or short autobiographical notes from people about how and why they started practicing their particular area of folklife or art.  Much of the information on the forms was not included in the directories.

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Subject Access Fields: Folk artists Directories Florida
Folk dancing Florida
Folk music groups Florida
Folk singers Florida
Folklore Directories Florida
Folklorists Florida
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