Southern Folklife Collection
The Southern Folklife Collection (SFC) invites you to join us as we celebrate our 25th anniversary with a three-day festival featuring music, panel discussions and a very special private concert and benefit dinner.
One of the nation’s foremost archives of Southern vernacular music, art, and culture, the SFC is available for research in the University’s Wilson Special Collections Library. The SFC is an educational resource, an archive dedicated to collecting and preserving cultural heritage, and a focal point for the public appreciation of Southern art forms.
Since its opening in 1989, the SFC has grown to contain over half a million items including sound recordings, moving images, photographs, manuscripts, books, song folios, serials, posters and ephemera. The Collection is especially rich in materials documenting old-time, country-western, bluegrass, blues, folk, gospel, rock, Cajun and zydeco music. The SFC holds numerous recordings on the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, including “Puppy Love,” Dolly Parton’s first recording.