The Smithsonian Institution Festival of American Folklife, held annually since 1967 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was renamed the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in 1998. The materials collected here document the planning, production, and execution of the annual Festival, produced by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (1999-present) and its predecessor offices (1967-1999). An overview of the entire Festival records group is available here: Smithsonian Folklife Festival records.
Scope and Contents note:
This collection documents the planning, production, and execution of the 1971 Festival of American Folklife. Materials may include photographs, audio recordings, motion picture film and video recordings, notes, production drawings, contracts, memoranda, correspondence, informational materials, publications, and ephemera. Such materials were created during the Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., as well as in the featured communities, before or after the Festival itself.
Arranged in 5 series.
Series 1: Program Books, Festival Publications, and Ephemera
Series 2: Northwest Coast Indians
Series 3: Ohio
Series 4: Performances
Series 5: Union Workers
The Festival of American Folklife, held annually since 1967 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was renamed the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in 1998.
The 1971 Festival of American Folklife was produced by the Smithsonian Division of Performing Arts.
For more information, see Smithsonian Folklife Festival records.
The Festival of American Folklife, since its initiation in 1967, sought to present varied folk traditions representing a broad spectrum of our nation's cultural groups. It was the Smithsonian's hope and belief that the 1971 Festival would deepen and advance public appreciation of the richness and viability of American grass-roots creativity.
The 1971 Festival featured the State of Ohio, Pacific Northwest Coast Indians and Alaskan Eskimos, and the American worker as a part of organized labor. It took place for five days on the National Mall, between Madison Drive and Jefferson Drive and between 10th Street and 14th Street, south of the National Museum of History and Technology and the National Museum of Natural History (see site plan).
Evening programs took place in two locations: Indian Pow Wows were held in the Indian Area at 13th Street opposite the National Museum of History and Technology nightly except July 4th when a powwow was held on the Washington Monument Grounds. Evening concerts took place on the Main Stage located in front of the National Museum of Natural History. The Main Stage also hosted its own performers and others drawn from one of the Festival's three other programs; the resulting recordings constitute a separate subseries below.
The 1971 Festival was once again produced by the Division of Performing Arts, where James R. Morris was Director and Richard Lusher was Deputy Director. Ralph Rinzler continued as Festival Director, with Gerald L. Davis as Assistant Director and Kenneth S. Goldstein as Special Assistant to the Secretary on Folklore and Folklife.
The 1971 Program Book included information on all of the programs, a participant list, and schedule.
Festival speakers and consultants:
Roger Abrahams, Daniel Barnes, Mike Cooney, Hazel Dickens, Josh Dunson, Kenneth S. Goldstein, Archie Green, Richard Hulan, Martin Koenig, George Mitchell, Patrick Mullen, Hoyle Osborne, Ethel Raim, Alice Foster Seeger, Bob Siggins, Frances Utley, Arthur Walker
Forms Part Of:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1971 Festival of American Folklife forms part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival records .
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: Papers
1967 Festival of American Folklife records - [Ongoing]
Related Archival Materials note:
Within the Rinzler Archives, related materials may be found in various collections such as the Ralph Rinzler papers and recordings, the Lily Spandorf drawings, the Diana Davies photographs, the Robert Yellin photographs, and the Curatorial Research, Programs, and Projects collection. Additional relevant materials may also be found in the Smithsonian Institution Archives concerning the Division of Performing Arts (1966-1983), Folklife Program (1977-1980), Office of Folklife Programs (1980-1991), Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies (1991-1999), Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (1999-present), and collaborating Smithsonian units, as well as in the administrative papers of key figures such as the Secretary and respective deputies. Users are encouraged to consult relevant finding aids and to contact Archives staff for further information.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records
Caribbean Resources Guide / Folklife Festival Programs
The Caribbean Resource Guide groups the Smithsonian Folklife Festivals that are related to the culture of the geographical region of the Caribbean and its relationship with the United States of America. The themes developed in the different festivals program are related to migration, music, dances, food, carnivals, languages, religions, among other materials belonging to the tangible and intangible heritage of the Caribbean. The titles of the Caribbean programs are the following: African Diaspora Program (1974-1977), Caribbean Carnivals (1979), Caribbean Americans (1980), National Heritage Fellowships Program (1983), Cultural Conservation (1985), Metropolitan Washington (1987) , Ingenuity and Tradition: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1988), The Caribbean: Cultural Encounters in the New World (1989), US Virgin Islands (1990), Creativity and Resistance: Maroon Culture in the Americas (1992), The Commonwealth of the Bahamas (1994), Culture and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (1994), Bermuda Connections (2001), Haiti: Freedom and Creativity from the Mountains to the Sea (2004), Our Music: Music in Latino Culture (2004-2006), Special Events (2008), The Americas: A musical world / The Americas: A Musical World (2009), Special Program : Haiti, earthquake, Tribute To Haiti Concert (2010), Peace Corps: Fifty Years of Promoting World Peace and Friendship (2011), The Will to Adorn: African American Diversity, Style, and Identity (2013). Also, this Resource Guide can contain materials from other Latinx communities.
La Guía de Recursos Caribeños agrupa los Smithsonian Folklife Festivals que se relacionan con la cultura de la región geográfica del Caribe y su relación con los Estados Unidos de América. Los temas desarrollados en los diferentes programas de los festivales están relacionados con la migración, música, bailes, comida, carnavales, idiomas, religiones, entre otros materiales pertenecientes al patrimonio tangible e intangible del Caribe. Los títulos de los programas caribeños son los siguientes: African Diaspora Program (1974-1977), Caribbean Carnivals (1979), Caribbean Americans (1980), National Heritage Fellowships Program (1983), Cultural Conservation (1985), Metropolitan Washington (1987),Ingenuity and Tradition: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1988), The Caribbean: Cultural Encounters in the New World (1989), U.S. Virgin Islands (1990), Creativity and Resistance: Maroon Culture in the Americas (1992), The Commonwealth of The Bahamas (1994), Culture and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (1994), Bermuda Connections (2001), Haiti: Freedom and Creativity from the Mountains to the Sea (2004), Nuestra Música: Music in Latino Culture (2004,2005, 2006, 2009), Special Events (2008), Las Américas: Un mundo musical/The Americas: A Musical World (2009), Special Program: Haiti, earthquake, Tribute To Haiti Concert (2010), Peace Corps: Fifty Years of Promoting World Peace and Friendship (2011), The Will to Adorn: African American Diversity, Style, and Identity (2013). Además, esta guía de recursos caribeños puede contener materiales de otras comunidades Latine.
Access by appointment only. Where a listening copy or viewing copy has been created, this is indicated in the respective inventory; additional materials may be accessible with sufficient advance notice and, in some cases, payment of a processing fee. Older papers are housed at a remote location and may require a minimum of three weeks' advance notice and payment of a retrieval fee. Certain formats such as multi-track audio recordings and EIAJ-1 videoreels (1/2 inch) may not be accessible. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at 202-633-7322 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.