The collections of the American Folklife Center contain rich material
from Missouri that documents the state's diverse folk traditions. Among
its unique recordings are Anglo-American ballads; shape-note singing; jazz
performances from Kansas City and St. Louis; fiddle music; Ozark songs
and folklore; and Missouri-French songs recorded on cylinders in the 1920s
and now preserved on tape.
Finding Aid: View a complete list of our Missouri collections.
Local Legacies: This project provides a "snapshot" of local culture as it was expressed in the year 2000. View Missouri's Local Legacies projects.
Veterans History Project: Browse state collections from the Veterans History Project.
The Gannon Family: Irish music and dance from Missouri. Recorded November 15, 2006. [webcast and event flyer]
Educational Resources: View a list of educational materials related to Missouri from A Teacher's Guide to Folklife Resources.
Folklife Resources: Find state folklife-related agencies, societies, archives, higher education programs, and more, in Folklife Sourcebook: A Directory of Folklife Resources in the United States.
Publication: "Debatable Land: Frontier Versus Wilderness in the Ozark National
Scenic Waterways," Folklife Annual 88-89. [catalog record]
Published Recordings: Anglo-American Songs and Ballads, Library of Congress AFS L12
and L20. [audiocassette] (L12) [audiocassette] (L20)
Songs of the Mormons and Songs of the West, Library of Congress
AFS L30. [audiocassette]