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Record Group Number: 000158
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Creator: Florida Folklife Program
Title, Dates: Florida Folklife Program record group.
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Biographical/Historical Note:     Legislation of 1979 (79-322, SB 1208) transferred to the Department of State the Florida Folk Arts component of the Stephen Foster Memorial and authorized appointment of a Folk Life Director to oversee the program.  The Florida Folk Life Program was charged to "identify, research, and develop Florida folk artists, performers, folklore, traditions, customs, and cultural heritage and make folk art resources, festivals, and folk life projects available throughout the state."
    The office was known as the Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs from ca. 1985 until it was re-organized in 1995.  The bureau operated under the Division of Historical Resources, coordinating the annual Florida Folk Festival and directing such programs as Folk Arts Apprenticeships, Folk Arts in Education, Folk Heritage awards, and numerous research and collecting projects and programs.  Today the Florida Folklife Program continues to implement most research, documentation, and presentation of Florida Folklife.

    Part of the Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs was the Florida Folklife Archive, originally established in 1976 and maintained by the bureau as a depository for field notes and research findings of the folklife program and for the folklife collections of other researchers.


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