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Answers to queries regarding the one-of-a-kind ethnographic Archive of Folk Culture collections
Basic research assistance related to folklore and folklife, ethnomusicology, oral history
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Services we cannot provide
Complete information on commercial recordings – contact the Recorded Sound Reference Center for more assistance
Copyright/public domain research on folk songs – contact the Copyright Office
Copies of sheet music –
the Performing Arts Reading Room

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  Phone: (202) 707-5510
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  American Folklife Center
  Library of Congress
  101 Independence Ave. SE
  Washington DC 20540-4610

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Also, try consulting these online resources and publications:
 Veterans History Project
 Links to Ethnographic Resources
 Finding Aids for AFC collections
 Published AFC Recordings
 Folklife and Fieldwork
 A Teacher's Guide to Folklife Resources
 Preserving your sound recordings

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    May 26, 2005