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Record Group Number: 000158
Series/Collection Number: .S 2385
Creator: Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs. Florida Folklife Archive
Title, Dates: Gadsden Farm Project records, 2017-2018.
Amount: .25 cubic ft.
155.1529 gigabytes (1,573 Files, 50 Folders)
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Organization/Arrangement: Arranged 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 Folklife Program, working with the State Archives of Florida and Florida State University Professor Holly Hanessian, created the Gadsden Farm Project. The project was a "Craft as Social Practice" project that used a multi-disciplinary approach to showcase the agricultural history of Gadsden County through oral history documentation and exhibition. The Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts held the "Socially Engaged Craft Collective: Craft as Social Practice" exhibition was featured from October 12, 2018 through November 18, 2018.

    State Folklorist Amanda Hardeman collected video interviews with Gadsden County farmers. Ms. Hardeman and Archivist Adam Watson also photographed participants. The farmers interviewed were Jewel Dixie, Calvin Davis, Damfinos Dinner, Michael Brown, Ronnie Jackson, James Brown, Gloria Rodriquez and Josephina Perez. The edited video and photographs were featured along with pottery pieces created by Hanessian in the exhibition at the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts.

Summary:     This series consists of records created during the Gadsden Farm Project. The records include notes, plans, depositor agreements and participant information forms as well as digital files consisting of interview questions, photographs, oral history video and audio recordings, and a contact spreadsheet.

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Subject Access Fields: Farm workers.
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Gadsden County (Fla.)
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