Art Thieme, who made the photographs in this collection, was himself a noted folk singer. He launched his career at a Hyde Park, Chicago club, the Limelight, in 1959. He went on to perform for many years at a coffeehouse called No Exit, also in Chicago. He recorded for Folk Legacy Records.
459 color slides documenting folk musicians and folk music, in both concert settings and informal portraiture, all taken by the donor, Art Thieme, a folksinger himself. Subjects include such well-known performers as Stephen Wade, the New Lost City Ramblers, Mike Seeger, Pete Seeger, Peggy Seeger, Jack Elliott, Ike Everly, B.B. King, Dave Edmonson, Ray Harris, Kenny Baker, Tom Paxton, John Hammond, Bill Monroe, Justin Bishop, Steve Goodman, Cathy Fink, Wes Asbury, Ron F. Kirkpatrick, Doc Watson, Jim Kweskin, and Lightnin' Hopkins, and other notables such as Studs Terkel.
Photograph by Art Thieme, from Art Thieme Folk Music Slides, ca. 1960s-1990, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of the artist