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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 of Collections:
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. Making this collection accessible to the public is an ongoing process grounded in the Center's commitment to connecting living people and cultures to the materials this collection represents. To view the Center's full shared stewardship policy, which defines our protocols for addressing collections-related inquiries and concerns, 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:
Access to the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections is by appointment only. Visit our website for more information on scheduling a visit or making a digitization request. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies.
Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more 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:

Ralph Rinzler

Author:
McCarthey, Michael  Search this
Subject:
Rinzler, Ralph  Search this
Office of Folklife Programs  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Office of Public Service  Search this
Assistant Secretary for Public Service  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Person, candid
Date:
1983
Topic:
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Standard number:
95-251
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8801

Agency history, 1964-1985

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary Secretary's Executive Committee  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Adams, Robert McC (Robert McCormick) 1926-2018  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary Secretariat  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Assistant Secretary  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Director General of Museums  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Assistant Secretary for Science  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Assistant Secretary for History and Art  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Assistant Secretary for Public Service  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Treasurer  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Academic Programs  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of General Counsel  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Personnel and Management Resources  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Assistant to the Secretary  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Public Relations Officer  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of International Activities  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary Executive Assistant to the Secretary  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Supporting Services  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Administration  Search this
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Date:
1964
1964-1985
Topic:
Museums--Administration  Search this
Advisory boards  Search this
Local number:
SIA AH00096
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218154

Grant Records

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Public Service  Search this
Extent:
3.5 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
circa 1980-1990
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of files that document grants by the Assistant Secretary for Public Service to Smithsonian offices for educational outreach programs among their constituents. Examples include a project sponsored by the American Indian Program to encourage Native American artists. Materials include correspondence and memoranda, budgets, and proposals for successful grants.
Topic:
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Research grants  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Indian arts -- North America  Search this
Indian artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-005, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Public Service, Grant Records
Identifier:
Accession 95-005
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Grant Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa95-005

Smithsonian Horizons - Secretary Adam's Comments, 1984-1990

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Public Service  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 11-279, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Public Service, Subject Files
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Subject Files
Subject Files / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa11-279-refidd1e424

87-1-5 (1255E7-05) NMAH - "A Century of Progress?"

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Public Service  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-005, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Public Service, Grant Records
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Grant Records
Grant Records / Box 2
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa95-005-refidd1e1203

87-2-20 (1233E7-27) Natural History Building (NHB) - Needs Assessment for the American Indian Programs

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Public Service  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-005, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Public Service, Grant Records
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Grant Records
Grant Records / Box 2
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa95-005-refidd1e1348

Untitled

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Public Service  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Summary:
1989
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-005, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Public Service, Grant Records
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Grant Records
Grant Records / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa95-005-refidd1e188

Untitled

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Public Service  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Summary:
1982
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-005, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Public Service, Grant Records
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Grant Records
Grant Records / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa95-005-refidd1e1935

89-1-3 (1252E9-01/023427) National Portrait Gallery (NPG) - Culture in Motion

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Public Service  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-005, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Public Service, Grant Records
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Grant Records
Grant Records / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa95-005-refidd1e196

1277E1-27 Workshop and Education Kits

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Public Service  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-005, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Public Service, Grant Records
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Grant Records
Grant Records / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa95-005-refidd1e2085

15898700 Aditi Project

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Public Service  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-005, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Public Service, Grant Records
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Grant Records
Grant Records / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa95-005-refidd1e2303

165C9000 Publication of "Treasures of the Smithsonian," "Air and Space," and "Thread of Life"

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Public Service  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-005, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Public Service, Grant Records
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Grant Records
Grant Records / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa95-005-refidd1e2381

90-1-1 (1233E001) NMNH - Summer Intern Program

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Public Service  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-005, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Public Service, Grant Records
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Grant Records
Grant Records / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa95-005-refidd1e2400

126EE034 OESE - Resource Guide for Teachers

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Public Service  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-005, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Public Service, Grant Records
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Grant Records
Grant Records / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa95-005-refidd1e2690

89-1-17 (1255E9-12/023441) NMAH - Black American Culture Conference

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Public Service  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-005, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Public Service, Grant Records
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Grant Records
Grant Records / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa95-005-refidd1e319

1261E9-21 Women's Committee Christmas Project

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Public Service  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-005, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Public Service, Grant Records
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Grant Records
Grant Records / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa95-005-refidd1e397

89-2-4 (1238E9-41) NASM - Collaboration with D.C. Schools

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Public Service  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-005, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Public Service, Grant Records
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Grant Records
Grant Records / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa95-005-refidd1e587

126EE8-08 Preschool Curriculum Kit Materials

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Public Service  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-005, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Public Service, Grant Records
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Grant Records
Grant Records / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa95-005-refidd1e807

88-2-29 (1233E8-14) NMNH - New Americans - New Challenges

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Public Service  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-005, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Public Service, Grant Records
See more items in:
Grant Records
Grant Records / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa95-005-refidd1e874

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