Jo Daviess County Folk Arts in Education Project Collection, 1990-1991

Collection Summary

Title: Jo Daviess County Folk Arts in Education Project Collection
Dates: 1990-1991

  • Illinois Arts Council Ethnic and Folk Arts Programs
Unique Identifier: CSUMC0009-CG

Contents: American Folklife Center: 1 folder, 9 audiocassette masters, 130 slides, approximately 160 negatives, approximately 5 contact sheets (3 sets); Galena History Museum: 1 folder, 9 copy audiocassettes, 75 slide duplicates, 37 photographs, 10 internegatives, 5 contact sheets (3 sets); and Janet C. Gilmore: 4 folders, 9 copy audiocassettes, 91 slides, 5 contact sheets (3 sets), 4 mounted photographs, 2 computer diskettes

Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures
432 East Campus Mall, Room 332
Madison, Wisconsin 53706
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Archival Locations:
American Folklife Center (Map)
Galena History Museum (Map)

The Jo Daviess County Folk Arts in Education Project generated field reports, sound recordings, and photographic images from a one-month folk art survey of Jo Daviess County, Illinois, in 1990, and modest communications, student work, and related manuscript materials from two two-week folk arts educational programs in the River Ridge (Elizabeth and Hanover) and Galena school districts in 1991. With Illinois Arts Council initiative and funding and Galena/Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum sponsorship, folklorist Janet C. Gilmore documented 12 traditional practitioners including 7 quilters, a number of quilting groups, a rag-rug weaver, a horse-farming family, trappers, and a genuine local character and "river rat," several of whom additionally contributed information about farm life, commercial fishing, waterfowling, railroading, foundry work, leather work, knife-making, and decoy-carving in the area.

Language: Manuscripts and sound recordings are in English.

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