Folkways Records Becomes Part of SI

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Folkways Records, a commercial record publisher of folk and tribal music and spoken-word recordings, becomes part of the Smithsonian Institution. In addition to purchasing the Folkways published catalog, the Smithsonian will receive the Folkways archives, an extensive collection of unreleased material, including books, tapes, original glass disks and correspondence. The transfer agreement between SI and the estate of Moses Asch was signed February 27, after three years of negotiations. Folkways was founded in 1947 by Asch.


  • Asch, Moses
  • Folkways Records


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 5, "The Torch," May 1987, p. 1.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1987. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1988, p. 20.
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7098, "Robert McC. Adams Chronology."

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


April 3, 1987


  • Folk music
  • New Programs
  • Music
  • Museums
  • Entertainers
  • Archives
  • Museum exhibits
  • Performing arts

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