Florida Folklife Collection
This set is a selection of images representing the work of the Florida Folklife Program. Created by Florida folklorists, the Florida Folklife Collection of the State Library and Archives of Florida consists of 88 individual series that document the performances by, interviews with, and fieldwork surveys of folk musicians, artisans, storytellers, folklife interpreters, and other Florida peoples and their traditions.

Over 10,000 images from the collection can be viewed by going to the Florida Photographic Collection page on Florida Memory.

The Florida Folklife Collection is comprised of approximately 150 cubic feet of paper records (including field notes and administrative files) and thousands of audio and video recordings, which date from the 1930s through 2001, as well as more than 12,000 color and black-and-white slides.

The photographs depict folklife festivals and events such as the annual Florida Folklife Festival; artisans and craftsmen, such as quilters, carvers, and weavers, and their work; performances of folk dancers and musicians; educational and cultural programs sponsored by the Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs; various ethnic groups and their art, including the Seminole Indians; persons employed in traditional Florida industries such as shrimping and turpentining; and Florida architecture.

Historical Note: Legislation of 1979 (79-322, SB 1208) transferred to the Florida Department of State the Florida Folk Arts component of the Stephen Foster Memorial and authorized the 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."

The same legislation that established the Florida Folk Life Program also established a "Florida Folk Life Council" within the Department of State to "advise the Secretary of State with respect to folk arts and folk life; stimulate and encourage statewide public interest and participation in folk arts and folklore; develop and promote Florida folk artists, performers, festivals, folk life projects, and folk resources; make studies, sponsor conferences and workshops throughout the state and make recommendations for the development of a statewide Florida Folk Arts program; [and] identify, document, collect, and preserve Florida folklore, folk arts, traditions, cultural heritage, skills, and customs and to make these resources available throughout the state."
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