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Record Group Number: 000158
Series/Collection Number: .S 1628
Creator: Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs. Florida Folklife Archive
Title, Dates: Miami-Dade Region Survey files, 1985-1986.
Amount: 1.00 cubic ft.
Medium Included: photographs
Organization/Arrangement: Arranged by record type.
Terms Governing Use: SPECIAL USE CONDITIONS:  According to the Depositor Agreements that are present in this series, tapes from the Middle Eastern Ensemble, Franta (KiKi) Wainwright, and W.C. Baker cannot be used for commercial purposes; copies of the tape from Yamba Ye (Rasta Samba Gynin) can be used for educational purposes only; photographs of Sister Rouby Balmur, Mayra Piloto, and Mayra Prada have special conditions; and the patterns created by Florette S. Semigran cannot be copied.
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 Miami-Dade Folk Arts Survey was conducted to identify folk arts and folk artists for the special folklife area at the 34th Annual Florida Folk Festival in 1986. Folklorists Tina Bucuvalas, Nancy Nusz, and Laurie Sommers researched, documented, and recommended the folk artists from this area. The traditions are mainly Haitian, Jamaican, Mexican, Bahamian, Cuban, and Jewish. These traditions cover a wide range of skills and art forms.

Summary:     This series consists primarily of interviews, notes, flyers, and clippings that pertain to folk artists in Miami and Dade County. In addition there is an abundance of background information about the area and the individual folk arts in the form of maps, pamphlets, menus, magazines, programs, newsletters, and recipes. There are also progress reports, field notes, and correspondence from the folklorists involved in this project. Of special note are the paintings of Haydee Scull and the original handwoven designs by Florette Semigran.

Finding Aids: Folder listing available.
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Location of Originals/Duplicates:
Associated Materials: For the audiotapes that are indicated on the informant information sheets, see Series S1576, numbers T-86-1 through T-86-55.
Language Notes: Many of the clippings are in Spanish.
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Subject Access Fields: Folk artists Florida
Folk festivals Florida
Folklorists Florida
Folk music groups Florida
Folk singers Florida
Handicraft Florida
Material culture
Folklore Florida
Reggae music Florida
Photographs. aat
Florida Social life and customs
Florida Surveys
Dade County (Fla.)
Miami (Fla.)
Added Entries Florida. Dept. of State.  --Division of Historical Resources.
Florida Folk Festival