Texas Folk Art Survey, 1984-1986

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Texas Folklife
Alternate Title
Texas Folk Art Survey (Formal/Original (assigned by creator/donor))
1984 - 1986 (Inclusive dates)

The Texas Folk Art Survey is a statewide ethnographic survey of folk art begun in 1984 and concluded in 1986. The collection documents folk art, cultural expression, and folkways in the state of Texas and consists of tape recorded oral interviews with artists and craftspeople, along with photographs of their work on 35mm slides. Also included are 35mm photographic negatives, contact sheets, photographic prints, and paper documentation, as well as additional material related to the resulting travelling exhibition, Handmade and Heartfelt: Contemporary Folk Art in Texas.

Creator and/or Contributor
Texas Folklife (creator)
Scope and Content Note

The majority of this collection comprises 86 tape recorded oral interviews with 81 folk artists from across the state of Texas and more than 3,500 color 35mm photographic slides depicting the artists and their work. Also included are 176 black and white 35mm photographic negatives, 6 black and white contact sheets, 143 black and white photographic prints, and paper documentation. Cassette tapes are housed individually in their plastic cases and stored in archival document boxes; slides are stored in archival preservation sheets and divided mostly by region in nine separate binders according to the original arrangement of the creators. Additional material, some of it contained in plastic or negative storage pages, is dispersed across the collection. The collection includes both professional and amateur artists and craftspeople working in a broad variety of media, including quilting, boot making, saddle making, metalwork, sculpture, woodcarving, and more.

English (Languages)
Spanish (Languages)
Vietnamese (Languages)
Other Subject Headings
folk art (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Texas (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Geographic Coverage
Texas (MARC Code List for Geographic Areas)
Preferred Citation
Texas Folk Art Survey, Texas Folklife
Related Entities:
Texas Folklife (creator)