This finding aid itemizes the contents
of the South Georgia Folklife Collection, housed in the Archives
and Special Collections of Odum Library at Valdosta State University.
This multi-genre and multi-format ethnographic collection is an outgrowth
of the South Georgia Folklife Project, founded by folklorist and
Laurie Kay Sommers in 1996. It reflects ten years of field documentation
and public programs from 1996-2006. Highlights of the collection
include Southeast Georgia Sacred Harp, Okefenokee Music Survey, Flint
River fisheries, Traditions of Turpentiners, Folkwriting (Lessons
on Place, Heritage and Traditions for the Georgia Classroom), online
exhibits, and a radio archives of documentary programs originally
broadcast on Georgia Public Radio and other public radio affiliates.
The SGF collection includes more
than 350 field sound and video recordings (both music and oral
interviews), over 1500 photographs, manuscripts, fieldnotes, books,
commercial recordings, and vertical file materials from a wide array
of genres. Although the collection is multi-genre, music materials
predominate. Only a portion of these materials are currently available
more information about the collection, or to arrange an appointment,
please contact the VSU Archivist. For additional information on
the collection, see below.