Minnesota Folk Arts Program (Philip Nusbaum) collection

Summary Information

Title: Minnesota Folk Arts Program (Philip Nusbaum) collection
Inclusive Dates: 1959-2000

  • Nusbaum, Phil (Bluegrass musician)
  • Berquist, John
  • Gannaway, Wayne
Unique Identifier: uac217

Quantity: audiocassettes, digital audiocassettes, color slides, color photographs, black and white negatives, black and white photographs, Beta videocassettes
  • 6 Linear Feet
  • 5 record storage cartons, 1 cassette box, 1 legal document box.


The Minnesota Folk Arts Program (Philip Nusbaum) collection primarily contains photographic images, video, and sound recordings of well over 350 Minnesota folk artists and traditional musicians that resulted from John Berquist's and mainly Philip Nusbaum's tenure as Folk Arts Program associates at the Minnesota State Arts Board (1983-2003). Reaching back to 1959 and including collaborations with numerous folklorists in the region, materials relate to the Minnesota Traditional Music Series of commercial recordings, Minnesota Folk Arts radio shows, folk artist directories, apprenticeship and folklore sponsorship grant programs, festival demonstrations and performances, and teaching programs. Minnesota's diverse ethnic make-up is especially featured, including indigenous Ojibwas and older and newer immigrant groups from North and Central America, northern, western, and eastern Europe, the Mediterranean and Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Besides an emphasis on musical traditions from bluegrass to polka, Ojibwa to Norwegian-American, Latino, African-American, Hmong-American, and Slovenian-American, artistic expressions range widely and include diverse basket-making, beadwork, needlework, papercutting, painting, and woodcarving traditions, some related to regional occupational, recreational, and subsistence pursuits like farming, icefishing, and wildricing.

Language: English .

URL to cite for this finding aid: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-ua-uac217
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