Moses and Frances Asch Collection. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution

Documentary heritage submitted by the United States of America and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2015.

The collection features material of both famous and lesser known writers, poets, documentarians, ethnographers, and grass roots musicians from around the world. The series Folkways Records includes a diversity of documentary, audio, visual, and business materials from Folkways Records, one of the most influential record labels of the twentieth century. American folk icon Woody Guthrie recorded on Folkways, and the collection includes selections of his correspondence, lyrics, drawings, and writings in the series The Woody Guthrie Papers. With the mission of representing an “encyclopedia of sound,” the Moses and Frances Asch Collection (1926-1987) serves as a unique testament to the breadth and depth of the twentieth-century human experience.

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