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    Moses and Frances Asch Collection, 1926-1987.
     
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    Creator: 
    Asch, Moses
    Title: 
    Moses and Frances Asch Collection, 1926-1987.
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    Woody Guthrie Papers, 1944-1949.
    Phy. Description: 
    840.74 cubic feet.
    Bio / His Notes: 
    The son of Yiddish writer Sholem Asch, Moses Asch was born in Poland in 1905. His childhood was spent in Poland, France, Germany, and New York. While young, Asch developed an interest in radio electronics, which was ultimately to lead him to his life's work, recording the music and sounds of the world. He established several record labels in succession, sometimes partnering with other record companies. His best-known and most successful label, Folkways Records, was founded in 1948 with Marian Distler (1919-1964) to document music, spoken word, instruction, and sounds from around the world. The 2,168 titles Asch released on Folkways include traditional and contemporary music, spoken word in many languages, and documentary recordings of individuals, communities, and current events. Based in New York City, Folkways grew to be one of the largest and most influential record companies in the world. Asch was still producing Folkways recordings when he died in 1986. In 1987, the Smithsonian Institution acquired Asch's significant output of recordings on Folkways and other labels, including Asch Records, Cub Records, Disc Records and Verve/Folkways Records. The Asch collection includes published recordings, master tapes, outtakes, acetate disks, business papers, correspondence, photographs, and film.
    Summary: 
    This collection, which dates from 1939-1986, documents the output of Moses Asch through the various record labels he founded and co-founded, and includes some of his personal papers. The Asch collection includes published recordings, master tapes, outtakes, business records, correspondence, photographs, and film.
    Language Note: 
    English
    Organization: 
    Arranged in 11 series: (1) Correspondence; (2) Folkways production files; (3) Business papers; (4) Woody Guthrie papers; (5) Early label materials; (6) Biographical materials; (7) Photographs; (8) Artwork; (9) Sound recordings; (10) Film; and (11) Miscellaneous . At this time, the collection is partially processed and digitized. Please contact the archivist for further information.
    Finding aids: 
    A detailed finding aid for the Asch paper collections is in process, and can be consulted on-site. Audio inventories are also available for consultation.
    Restrictions: 
    Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinlzer Folklife Archives and Collections at (202) 633-7322 for additional information.
    Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for additional information.
    Subject-Topical: 
    Electronic music
    Folk dance music
    Folk music
    Folk music -- United States
    Jazz
    Music -- 18th century
    Music -- 20th century
    Music -- 19th century
    Oral interpretation of fiction
    Oral interpretation of poetry
    Sounds
    Vocal music
    World music
    Popular music -- United States
    Subject-Name: 
    Courlander, Harold, 1908-1996
    Guthrie, Woody, 1912-1967
    Jenkins, Ella,
    Leadbelly, 1885-1949
    Ramsey, Frederic Jr. 1915-1995
    Seeger, Pete, 1919-2014
    Form / Genre: 
    Business records
    Photographic prints
    Audiotapes
    Phonograph records
    Correspondence
    Repository Loc: 
    Smithsonian Institution, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, 600 Maryland Ave., S.W., Suite 2001, Washington, D.C. 20024. Call 202-633-7322 for appointment. Fax: 202-633-7019. Email: rinzlerarchives@si.edu.
    Co-Creator: 
    Distler, Marian, 1919-1964
    Folkways Records
    Components: 
    Asch, Moses Folkways Records Collection, 1948-1986.
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