An Act To provide for the establishment of an American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress, and for other purposes

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  • This Act establishes in the Library of Congress an American Folklife Center to preserve and present American folklife. The Center shall be under the direction of a Board of Trustees, which shall include the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Provisions are set forth to regulate terms of office, compensation, vacancies, and quorums for the Board. The functions of the Center include: promotion of research, scholarship, and training in American folklife; support and production of live performances, festivals, exhibits, and workshops related to American folklife; the production of exhibitions, displays, publications, and presentations which represent or illustrate some aspect of American folklife; and purchase, production, arrangement for and support of the production of exhibitions, projects, presentations, and materials specially designed for classroom use illustrating some aspect of American folklife.
  • Limitations on contracts and administrative provisions are noted. There are authorized to be appropriated to the Center to carry out the provisions of this Act $133,500 for the fiscal year 1976 and for the period from July 1 through September 30, 1976, $295,000 for the fiscal year 1977, and $349,000 for the fiscal year 1978.


  • American Folklife Center
  • American Folklife Preservation Act
  • Library of Congress


Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 89 Stat. 1129
  • Title 20, Education
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large


This Act may be cited as the "American Folklife Preservation Act".

Contained within

89 Stat. 1129 (1975); Pub. L. No. 94-201 (Book)

Contact information

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


  • 1977
  • 01/02/1976


  • Festivals
  • Art
  • Conservation and restoration
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Secretaries
  • Exhibitions
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Workshops
  • Protection
  • Folk art
  • Cultural property
  • Art objects--Conservation and restoration
  • Cultural property--Protection
  • Research


Public Law

Physical description

Number of pages: 6; Page Numbers: 1129-34

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