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    Folkways Records Collection, 1948-1986.
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    Asch, Moses
    Folkways Records Collection, 1948-1986.
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    Moses and Frances Asch Collection, 1926-1987.
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    Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
    Phy. Description: 
    approximately 250 cubic feet
    Bio / His Notes: 
    Folkways Records was founded in 1948 by Moses Asch (1905-1986) and 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 from around the world, 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. Folkways Records and the label's master tapes, business papers, correspondence, photographs, and miscellaneous files were acquired by the Smithsonian Institution in 1987, as part of the Moses and Frances Asch Collection.
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    Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinlzer Folklife Archives and Collections at (202) 275-1149 for additional information.
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    Popular music -- 20th century -- United States
    Music -- 20th century
    Folk music
    Music -- 18th century
    Folk music -- United States
    Children's songs
    World music
    African Americans
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    Business records
    Phonograph records
    Business letters
    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:
    Distler, Marian, 1919-1964 co-creator.
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