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Record Group Number: 000158
Series/Collection Number: .S 1625
Creator: Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs. Florida Folklife Archive
Title, Dates: Timber Industries Survey records, 1985-1990.
Amount: 2.55 cubic ft.
Medium Included: audiotapes
photo slides
Organization/Arrangement: Arranged by record type.
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 Forest Industries Project was designed to survey and showcase the folklife and folk arts of Florida's forestry workers in the special folklife area at the 37th Annual Florida Folk Festival. These industries represent some of Florida's oldest yet least known occupations in Central Florida, North Florida, and the Panhandle. They are the traditions of planting, managing, protecting, and harvesting of trees; manufacturing lumber, chips, paper, and toys; country music; making wood crafts; storytelling; and enjoying forest sports.

    Four folklorists from the Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs conducted the fieldwork for this project, each covering different geographical locations. The folklife area at the festival featured occupational demonstrations, crafts demonstrations, skills contests, workshops and performances, as well as displays in an effort to "stimulate the recognition of traditional expressions in these rapidly changing industries."

Summary:     This series consists primarily of directories, field notes, clippings, interviews, photographs, slides, and audiotapes that relate to possible participants who represent the folklife and folk arts associated with timber industries at the 1989 Florida Folk Festival. In addition to information concerning these individuals, there are many pamphlets, regulations, newsletters, and reports about the industries themselves. There is also a wide range of materials such as correspondence, financial records, schedules, contracts, reports, and maps that are associated with the folklorists and their fieldwork, and there are notes and plans for the layout and organization of the folklilfe area at the festival as well.

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Subject Access Fields: Timber Florida.
Folk artists Florida
Folk festivals Florida
Folklore Performance Florida
Folklorists Florida
Folk music Florida
Folk poetry
Folk songs Florida
Forest products industry
Forests and forestry Florida
Handicraft Florida
Oral tradition
Machine-readable artifacts. aat
Photographs. aat
Slides. aat
Audio tapes. aat
Videocassettes. aat
Florida Social life and customs
Florida Songs and music
Added Entries Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs
Florida. Dept. of State.  --Division of Historical Resources.
Florida Folk Festival