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Record Group Number: 000158
Series/Collection Number: .S 1702
Creator: Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs. Florida Folklife Archive
Title, Dates: "Drop On Down In Florida" grant project records, 1979-1981.
Amount: 0.25 cubic ft.
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Biographical/Historical:     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."
    Known as the Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs from ca. 1985 until a 1995 reorganization, 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.  Part of the bureau 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.

    Since 1995, the Florida Folklife Program has operated within the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources in Tallahassee and continues most of the same programs as the Bureau.

    The "Drop On Down in Florida: Recent Field Recordings of Afro-American Traditional Music" record album grant project began in 1979.  The major goal of the project was to investigate and promote one aspect of Florida's diverse folk culture, its traditional African-American music. The music was recorded by Peggy Bulger, Florida Folk Arts Programs, Brenda McCallum, Stephen McCallum, and Dwight DeVane.  The project was completed in 1980 and the album was released in 1981.
Summary:     This series contains copies of the grant and the booklet from the "Drop On Down" record album grant project.  The booklet discusses the background of performers and the types of music included on the record album.
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Subject Access Fields: Blues (Music) Florida
Folk music Florida
Folk singers Florida
Folk songs Florida
Spirituals (Songs)
African American churches Florida.
African Americans Folklore. Florida
African Americans Florida.
Folklife.
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