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Ralph Rinzler papers and audio recordings

Creator:
Rinzler, Ralph  Search this
Names:
Festival of American Folklife  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Greenbriar Boys  Search this
Jugtown Pottery (Firm)  Search this
Newport Folk Festival  Search this
Smithsonian Folklife Festival  Search this
UNESCO  Search this
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-  Search this
Hawes, Bess Lomax, 1921-2009  Search this
Lomax, Alan, 1915-2002  Search this
Monroe, Bill, 1911-1996  Search this
Rinzler, Kate, 1937-2010  Search this
Sayles, Charlie  Search this
Seeger, Anthony  Search this
Seeger, Mike, 1933-2009  Search this
Seeger, Pete, 1919-2014  Search this
Seeger, Toshi  Search this
Watson, Doc  Search this
Extent:
106.32 Cubic feet (87.5 cubic feet of papers, 18.82 cubic feet of audio)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Field recordings
Correspondence
Phonograph records
Notes
Business records
Audiocassettes
Photographic prints
Black-and-white negatives
Audiotapes
Date:
1890-2011
bulk 1950-1994
Summary:
This collection, with bulk dates from 1950-1994, documents the life of Ralph Rinzler and his professional activities as Director of Field Programs for the Newport Folk Festival, Director of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival (formerly the Festival of American Folklife) and the Office of Folklife Programs (now the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage), and the Smithsonian Institution's Assistant Secretary for Public Service. Includes personal papers, business records, correspondence, notes, photographs, audiotapes and field recordings.
Scope and Contents:
The Ralph Rinzler Papers and Audio Recordings encompasses a wide range of materials from Rinzler's prolific personal and professional life. Predominantly consisting of clippings, collected texts, correspondence, meeting notes, photographs, and production materials, this collection charts Rinzler's role in the mid-twentieth century emergence of community-based and institutional efforts to preserve, sustain, and amplify cultural heritage. As an assemblage of materials from all aspects of his life, the Ralph Rinzler Papers also reflect the many integral relationships he developed throughout the years with his colleagues, contemporaries, family, and friends.
Arrangement note:
The collection is currently arranged in 9 archival series as follows:

1. Biographical

2. Collected Texts

3. Correspondence

4. Events

5. Fieldwork

6. Meetings and Organizations

7. Notable Figures

8. Publishing and Production

9. Audio

The papers and photographs contained in the first 8 series are processed at an intermediate level, which means that all material was rehoused in archival folders, with folder-level arrangements and descriptions. Individual items within folders may not be fully arranged or described, due to the collection's level of complexity when it was deposited in the Archives.

When possible, folders were arranged alphabetically within series and subseries.
Biographical/Historical note:
Ralph Rinzler (1934-1994) was born in Passaic, New Jersey, and was interested in music at an early age. He was given a collection of ethnographic recordings from the Archive of Folk Song of the Library of Congress by his uncle, Harvard University ballad scholar George Lyman Kittredge, and they soon became his favorites. He became actively involved in the Folk Revival while attending Swarthmore College, organizing an annual festival on campus. He received his B.A. in 1956, and did graduate work at Middlebury College and the Sorbonne in French literature and language. Upon his return to the United States, he played mandolin for four years with the Greenbriar Boys, at times touring with singer Joan Baez. During the 1960s, he also studied, recorded, and worked with performers of traditional music, such as Doc Watson and Bill Monroe, both of whom gained international recognition in part through his efforts. In 1964, Rinzler accepted the position of Director of Field Programs at the Newport Folk Foundation, which involved the planning and programming of the Newport Folk Festival.

Rinzler came to the Smithsonian in 1967 as co-founder of the Festival of American Folklife (now the Smithsonian Folklife Festival) with James Morris in what was then the Smithsonian's Division of Performing Arts. After the 1976 Bicentennial Festival, Rinzler became the founding director of the Office of Folklife Programs (now the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage) to establish a center for research, publication, and presentation of programs in American culture and tradition. As Director, he initiated Smithsonian Folklife Studies, a publication series, and did research for the Celebration exhibit, which opened at the Renwick Gallery in 1982. Rinzler was appointed Assistant Secretary for Public Service in 1983 and Assistant Secretary Emeritus in 1990. Ralph Rinzler died on July 2, 1994.
Shared Stewardship:
Making this collection accessible to the public is an ongoing process, tethered to the living people and cultures its materials represent. The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage acknowledges and respects the right of artists, performers, Folklife Festival participants, community-based scholars, and knowledge-keepers to collaboratively steward representations of themselves and their intangible cultural heritage in media produced, curated, and distributed by the Center. To view the Center's full shared stewardship statement, please visit https://folklife.si.edu/archives#shared-stewardship.
Provenance:
The materials in this collection were deposited into the archives of the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage over a number of years by Ralph Rinzler, Kate Rinzler, and Jeff Place in honor of the aforementioned. From the 1980s until Ralph Rinzler's passing in 1994, the Center received the majority of the audio tapes and photographs in this collection directly from Rinzler. With Rinzler's death in 1994, Jeff Place reviewed and deposited the majority of Rinzler's papers at the Center.

Until her passing in 2011, Kate Rinzler donated materials to this collection, with more continuing to arrive via her estate (as of May 2021). Many of these items were rehoused in the Kate Rinzler Papers.
Restrictions:
Large portions of this collection are digitized, and while these materials are being prepared for public access through this finding aid, researchers can request digital copies by contacting the Rinzler Archives at rinzlerarchives@si.edu or (202) 633-7322.
Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for information.
Topic:
Folk festivals  Search this
Folk music -- Southern States  Search this
Folk music -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Field recordings
Correspondence
Phonograph records
Notes
Business records
Audiocassettes
Photographic prints
Black-and-white negatives
Audiotapes
Citation:
Ralph Rinzler papers and audio recordings, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.RINZ
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Ralph Rinzler papers and audio recordings
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk51af02b1d-29bd-42f2-a8e7-d35c9bab6da0
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-cfch-rinz
Online Media:

Jacques Busbee letter to Mr. Moody

Creator:
Busbee, Jacques, 1870-1947  Search this
Busbee, Jacques, 1870-1947  Search this
Subject:
Jugtown Pottery (Firm)  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1931 September 15
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13885
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Jacques Busbee letter to Mr. Moody, 1931 Sept. 15
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13885
Online Media:

Harvey K. Littleton papers, 1946-1975

Creator:
Littleton, Harvey K., 1922-2013  Search this
Littleton, Harvey K., 1922-2013  Search this
Subject:
American Ceramic Society  Search this
American Craftsmen's Council  Search this
Midwest Designer-Craftsmen  Search this
Jugtown Pottery (Firm)  Search this
Wisconsin Designer-Craftsmen  Search this
Topic:
Ceramics  Search this
Glass blowing and working -- United States  Search this
Handicraft -- United States  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9159
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211353
AAA_collcode_littharv
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211353

Jacques Busbee letter to Mr. Moody, 1931 Sept. 15

Creator:
Busbee, Jacques, 1870-1947  Search this
Busbee, Jacques, 1870-1947  Search this
Subject:
Jugtown Pottery (Firm)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)21798
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)306032
AAA_collcode_busbjacq
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_306032

Harvey K. Littleton papers

Creator:
Littleton, Harvey K.  Search this
Names:
American Ceramic Society  Search this
American Craftsmen's Council  Search this
Jugtown Pottery (Firm)  Search this
Midwest Designer-Craftsmen  Search this
Wisconsin Designer-Craftsmen  Search this
Extent:
4 Linear feet ((on 6 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1946-1975
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence; biographical data; photographs; notes and sketches; writings; applications for research grants; subject files; receipts and bills; and exhibition catalogs and announcements.
Biographical / Historical:
Harvey Littleton (1922- 2013) was a ceramicist, glassmaker, sculptor and educator in Wisconsin.
Provenance:
Donated 1975 by Harvey K. Littleton.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm.
Occupation:
Ceramicists -- Wisconsin  Search this
Glass artists -- Wisconsin  Search this
Topic:
Ceramics  Search this
Glass blowing and working -- United States  Search this
Handicraft -- United States  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.littharv
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9dec7578e-6d34-47a1-b7c6-078fb158ea5f
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-littharv

Jacques Busbee letter to Mr. Moody

Creator:
Busbee, Jacques, 1870-1947  Search this
Names:
Jugtown Pottery (Firm)  Search this
Extent:
1 Item
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1931 Sept. 15
Scope and Contents:
One letter from Jacques Busbee to Mr. Moody. Busbee responds to Mr. Moody's request for a catalogue his pottery workshop, Jugtown Pottery, and explains why they do not have one. Letter is written on Jugtown Pottery letterhead.
Biographical / Historical:
Jacques Busbee (1870-1947) was a painter and ceramicist who, with his wife Juliana, founded Jugtown Pottery in Steeds N.C.
Provenance:
Transferred 2007 from the Smithsonian American art Museum.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Identifier:
AAA.busbjacq
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw999a15259-f335-4226-9dae-9edbece5d095
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-busbjacq

Jugtown Pottery 1917-2017 : a century of art and craft in clay / Stephen C. Compton ; foreword by Ray Owen

Author:
Compton, Stephen C.  Search this
Subject:
Jugtown Pottery (Firm) History  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 195 pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 25 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
North Carolina
Date:
2017
Topic:
Pottery, American--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1103918

Juliana Busbee : creator, reformer, and promoter / Kyra Malia Swanson

Author:
Swanson, Kyra Malia  Search this
Subject:
Busbee, Juliana R  Search this
Jugtown Pottery (Firm) History  Search this
Physical description:
52 leaves, [7] leaves of plates : photos. ; 29 cm
Type:
Manuscripts
Place:
North Carolina
Date:
2005
20th century
Topic:
Jugtown pottery--History  Search this
Pottery  Search this
Call number:
NK4340.J7 S93 2005
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_785360

New ways for old jugs : tradition and innovation at the Jugtown Pottery / edited by Douglas DeNatale, Jane Przybysz, Jill R. Severn

Author:
DeNatale, Douglas  Search this
Przybysz, Jane 1954-  Search this
Severn, Jill R. 1966-  Search this
McKissick Museum  Search this
Subject:
Jugtown Pottery (Firm)  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 92 p. : ill. (some col.), 1 map, ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
North Carolina
Date:
1994
C1994
20th century
Topic:
Jugtown pottery  Search this
Pottery, American  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_476692

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