The Maryland State Arts Council was established in 1967 as an agency of the State
of Maryland, under the authority of the Department of Business & Economic Development,
Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts. MSAC awards grants to organizations and individual
artists for arts programming and projects, provides technical and advisory assistance
to individuals and groups, and carries out cultural programs of its own. The Maryland
Folklife program was established by MSAC in 1974 with support from the National Endowment
for the Arts, as an outcome of a 1968 Maryland Gubernatorial Commission for the Study
of Folklore. The program seeks to promote research, documentation and programming
about Maryland’s traditional arts and culture. The program was reformed as Maryland
Traditions in 2000.
Organized into three series: Series I. Maryland Folklife Festival, 1967-1983. Series
II. George Carey, 1967-1976. Series III. Charley Camp, 1971-1997.
This collection was created by the Maryland State Arts Council collecting materials
from 1974-1997. Previously housed in three separate repositories, these collections
were assembled at AOK in April 2014. Accessions: MSS 2013-06, MSS 2014-02, MSS 2014-03,
Initial inventory and rehousing prepared by Greg Adams and Hannah Rogers, 2013-2014.
Nichole Procopenko completed initial processing in 2015.
Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS)
Archives Processing Manual: Description (2015): The processing manual used in Special Collections for all descriptive platforms, including
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Maryland State Arts Council. Maryland Folklife Program
Maryland Public Television
Maryland Folklife Festival
Folklore -- Maryland
Maryland State Arts Council. Maryland Folklife Program -- Archives
Extent: 1 box (1.5 linear ft.)
Series includes field documentation and administrative files pertaining to the
Maryland Folklife Festivals of 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, and 1980.
Extent: .25 box (.5 linear ft.)
Subseries is arranged alphabetically by Maryland county from which it was collected
with additional reports and regional fieldwork (e.g., Pennsylvania, Washington D.C.,
West Virginia, Virginia, Delaware, and Ohio) located at the end of the sub-series.
Items include index cards and interview report forms submitted by fieldworkers. The
forms list informant names and contact information, as any additional documentation,
such as tapes or photographs. Fieldworkers include Charley Camp, Poly Deemer, Bill
McNeill, Gerald and Margaret Parsons, Timothy Lloyd and David Whisnant. (Further information
on report forms is contained in a document in the collection folder.) [*indicates
that there is a supplemental document with more extensive notes on contents of forms]
Extent: .75 box (1 linear ft.)
Subseries is arranged chronologically. It contains administrative papers relating
to the production of the Maryland Folklife Festivals at the Caroll County Farm Museum,
Catoctin Mountain Park, Queenstown, and St. Mary’s City, including budgets, press
items, and lists of participants and fieldwork leads.
Subseries is arranged loosely by medium. These holdings incorporate audio and still
photovisual documentation of the Maryland Folklife Festival from 1975-1978 and features
recordings of performances, interviews and more with musicians, tradesmen, and craftspeople.
Date: circa 1967-1989
Extent: 3 boxes (5 linear ft.)
Series includes administrative files of state folklorist George Carey from 1974-1976,
as well as files pertinent to fieldwork, book, archival, and film projects directed
by Dr. Carey from 1967-1976. Materials are housed in non-consecutive boxes due to
the varying materials of contents.
Date: circa 1967-1989
Subseries is loosely arranged by type of activity and date and reflects original
order. Contents include fieldwork and research submitted by contracted fieldworkers
(chronological), materials related to projects and programming, and materials related
specifically related to George Carey, including a curriculum vitae and press items.
Date: circa 1967-1976
Extent: 2 boxes
Subseries is arranged chronologically and contains George Carey’s field notes from
March to November, 1974, a report to the Arts Council, and fieldwork from the Eastern
Shore of Maryland from circa 1967-1970 presumably collected by his students. The student
fieldwork consists of index cards documenting proverbs, superstitions and folk medicine.
They are contained in 6 small archival boxes: 4 in box 6, 2 more in box 7. Cards in
box 6 are organized mostly by subject, but those is box 7 are organized by collector.
Extent: 9 boxes
Series includes administrative files of state folklorist Charley Camp from 1976-2000,
as well as files pertinent to films, exhibits, fieldwork, and book projects directed
by Dr. Camp
Extent: 3 boxes
Subseries contains files relevant to the administration of the Maryland Folklife
Program, including grant applications and materials relating to an initiative to create
a decentralized Maryland Folklife Archives. Folders are organized alphabetically by
Extent: 4 boxes
This subseries contains materials pertaining to projects of the Maryland Folklife
Program, including fieldwork produced by contracted researchers and partnerships with
other organizations. The subseries adheres to Dr. Camp’s original file order and includes
95 unboxed reels of 16 mm film.
Date: circa 1971-1993
Subseries is organized in two groups. The first group includes personal name files
arranged in alphabetical order. The second group includes subject/organization files
arranged in alphabetical order. The separation of these from the Projects files reflects
Dr. Camp’s original order.
Date: circa 1976-1990