Guide to the 1999 Smithsonian Folkways Festival Collection, 1997-2001
Collection number: MC 307
About the 1999 Smithsonian Folkways Festival Collection
From June 23-June 27, 1999 and June 30-July 4, 1999 the State of New Hampshire was
featured at the 1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in
Washington, D.C. A partnership, which included the New Hampshire State Council on
the Arts, the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources, the New Hampshire
Commission on the Smithsonian Folklife Festival with its non-profit affiliate
Celebrate New Hampshire Culture and the Smithsonian Institution made the event
possible. New Hampshire mounted the largest presentation (to date, 1999) any state
had ever presented at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. More than 1.5 million
people sampled New Hampshire history and culture during the Festival.
Commencing in February 1998, a team of 21 researchers interviewed over 450
individuals throughout New Hampshire. In the process they compiled and documented
information, took photos, and conducted audio and visual interviews. Based on the
guidelines set by the Smithsonian Institution, over 160 participants and presenters
were selected from among the 450 interviewees to represent New Hampshire at the
The fieldworkers were: Andrew Stewart (AS), Debra Cottrell (DC), Eleanor Wachs (EW),
Fran Kessler-Richardson (FR), Gary Samson (GS), Jack Beard (JB), Jessica Payne (JP),
Jill Linzee (JL), Julien Oliver (JO), Kate Dodge (KD), Kathy Neusdadt (KN), Linda
Bornstein (LB), Louis Mazzari (LM), Josee Vachon (JV), Marjorie Goodson (MG), Martin
Delgadillo (MD), Rachel Mears (RM), Simon Phillips (labeled MP), Mathew Pouliott
(MP), Susan Hawkins (SH), Tom Carroll (TC).
Five broad themes were chosen to represent the state’s rich living and diverse
cultural, social, political, and economic traditions:
- Cultural Diversity in Music: Explored the rich musical heritage that centers
around music for the home and community,
- Home, Town, and Community: Focused on the cultural traditions, crafts, and
ceremonies that support a sense of place for families and communities,
- Ingenuity and Enterprise: Examined the heritage of family-owned and community
- Seasonal Work and Recreation: Highlighted howt he beauty and diversity fo the
state’s natural resources gave rise to traditional activities and a work culture
that supports recreation, and
- Farm, Forest, Mountain, and Sea: Looked at family-run farms, forestry,
quarrying, maritime traditions, and more.
One year after New Hampshire participated in the annual Smithsonian Folklife
Festival, the event was re-staged for five days at the state fairgrounds in
Hopkinton as the “Celebrate New Hampshire Festival”. This event occurred from June
7-11, 2000. Over 150 craftspeople, artists, performers, and traditional artisans
participated in the festival. In addition to the five themes above, two new themes
- Celebrate Our History: Focused on organizations which were presenting and
promoting New Hampshire history, and
- Partnerships for Community Service: Featured organizations whose mission is to
improve community services and enhance the quality of life in New
This collection consists of 8.5 cubic feet of folklore interviews, photographs, video
material, supporting material, and documentary material related to New Hampshire’s
participation in the 1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. and the
2000 Celebrate New Hampshire Festival in Hopkinton, NH.
Topics: 4-H, Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), Archery, Architectural Restoration,
Basket Making, Beekeeping, Blacksmithing, Boat Building, Box making, Canoe Building,
Chinese New Year, Columbian woodcarving, Computers, Contra dance, Cooperage (Barrel
Making), Copper Smithing, Dairy Farming, Decorative Painting, Decoy carving,
Dixville Notch, Dog sled making, Doll Making, Draft Horses, Farm Crafts, Farm
Stands, Farm Toys, Fiber Artistry, Finnish dance music, Firefighter Suits, Fireman’s
Muster, Fireworks, Fishing Guide, Fly Rod Makers, Fly tying, Foodways, Forestry,
Franco-American Dance, Franco-American Music, Franco-American Singing, Furniture
Masters, Genealogy, Gill Net Making, Gill netting, Gospel Music, Granite quarrying,
Greek Dance, Gun Smithing, Haitian music, Hand Spoon maker, Hand Weaving, Harness
Making, Hispanic foodways, Hispanic Music, Historic Building Renovation, Hunting
Guide, Ice Fishing, Irish dance, Irish Step Dance, Jewish Music (Klezmer), Knitting,
Latvian weaving, Lebanese Music, Lobster Fishing, Logging Games, Lumber industry,
Manchester NH Franco-American Culture, Maple Sugaring, Mask making, Metal craft,
Metal Smith, Mexican folklore music, Model Boat Building, Motorcycle Culture,
Musical Instruments, New England music, Norwegian foodways, Norwegian Knitting, Old
Man of the Mountain, Orchards, Oxen, Painting, Pewter Smith, Polish Music, Poplarware
(Shaker), Pottery, Prayer Shawls, Quilting Rock and Ice Climbing, Rug Braiding, Rug
Hooking, Scenic New Hampshire, Scottish Fiddling, Scottish music, Scottish Piping
Sewing, Shaker Music, Sheep Herding, Sign Artistry, Ski industry, Skiing, Snow
Mobiling, Snowshoe Making, Snowshoeing, Spinning, Square dance, Stone Carving,
Storytelling, Summer Camps, Textile Traditions, Textiles, Theater, Timber Frame
Construction, Tin Smith, Tool Making, Town Bands, Town Meetings, Tractors, Uruguayan
folk dance, Weather, Weaving, Wood Carving, Wood Turning, Woodcraft, Woodsman
Competitions, Woodsmen, Wreath Making, Yankee foodways.
This collection is open.
Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions
about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.
[Identification of item], [Folder Number], [Box Number], 1999 Smithsonian Folkways
Festival Collection, 1997-2001, MC 307, Milne Special Collections and Archives,
University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.
Gift of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and Celebrate New Hampshire,
Town Reports are housed with the Repository's Town Reports Collection
A small number of commercial audio recordings are housed with the main audio/visual
The materials are mostly organized by initials of the fieldworker, followed with a
period and the type of material forming a two letter abbreviation. Example: JB.AT =
Jack Beard Audio Tapes. Any exceptions are noted within each series and box.
Series 1: Preliminary Folklore Interview Materials, 1998
(1.33 cu. ft.)
This series contains materials related to the interviews conducted by about a
dozen fieldworkers during the year 1998. The purpose of the interviews was
to survey folk traditions in New Hampshire and determine who would be a
likely candidate for participating in the 1999 festival in Washington D.C.
Materials include interview reports, consent forms, and partial
transcripts/summaries of each interview.
|Interview Reports and Consent forms
Interview reports organized alphabetically by surname of interviewee (or
first interviewee listed). Fieldworker travel and report logs. Consent
forms for interviewees with surnames A-N.
|Interview Summaries, Interview Topics A-B
Consent forms for interviewee surnames O-Z. Interview summaries for all
interviews, alphabetical within each fieldworker’s files. Interview
topics A-B: Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, 4-H; Boatbuilding (including
canoes), Dogsled building; Building (including Historic Renovation,
Timber framing, Sign painting).
|Interview Topics F-R
Farm Crafts; Fiber Arts (knitting, weaving, etc.); Foodways (including
maple sugaring); Genealogy; Geography/Meteorology; New Hampshire
Industry (including Forestry, Granite Quarrying, Naval Shipyard, Skiing,
Firefighting Gear); Metal Smithing (Copper, Tin, Pewter, etc.); Music
and Dance: Armenian, Franco-New Hampshire, Greek, Hispanic, Irish,
Klezmer, Lebanese, Polish, Scottish/Cape Breton, Shaker, Square
Dance/Contra dance, town bands; Painting; Pottery; and Recreation
Surnames A-K (including fishing, snowmobiling, and hiking).
|Interview Topics R-W
Recreation Surnames L-Z (including Gunsmithing, Skiing, Archery);
Storytelling (both Anglo and Franco); Summer camps; Theater; Toys; Town
Meeting; Woodcraft: Basket making, Box Making, Cooperage, Decoy Carving,
Furniture Making, Shaker Poplarware, Spoon Making, Wood Carving,
Series 2: Photos, Contact Sheets, Slides, 1998
(1 cu. ft.)
Photos and slides of interviewees taken by the fieldworkers during their
interviews. Alphabetical by first name of fieldworker, then roughly
alphabetical by topic within that. A topic may appear both with a
fieldworker’s photos and with his or her slides. See negatives in Series 7,
|Photos by Fieldworker Andy Stewart
Topics: Archery, Contra Dance, Decoy Carving, Fly Reel Making, Fly Tying,
Franco-American Music, Gun Smithing, Hispanic Music, Scottish Fiddling,
Shaker Music, Theater.
|Photos by Fieldworkers Debra Cottrell, Eleanor Wachs, and Fran
Topics: Blacksmithing, Farm Crafts/Toys, 4-H, Historic Restoration, Oxen,
Summer Camps, Woodsman Competitions, Computers, Basket Making, Doll
Making, Fiber Artistry, Metal Smith, Pewter Smith, Tin Smith,
|Photos by Fieldworkers Gary Samson, Jack Beard, Julien Oliver,
and Jessica Payne
Topics: Ice Fishing, Chinese New Year, Contra Dance, Greek Dance, Irish
Music and Step Dance, Polish Music, Scottish Fiddling, Scottish Piping
and Music and Fiddling, Town Meetings, Shaker Poplarware, Foodways,
Franco-American Singing and Music, Snow Shoeing, Genealogy,
Storytelling, Textiles, Woodcarving, Foodways, Manchester NH
Franco-American Culture, and Skiing.
|Photos by Fieldworkers Kate Dodge, and Kathy Neusdadt
Topics: Canoe Making, Boat Building, Dogsled Making, Model Boat Building,
Sheep Herding, Spinning, Basket Making, Decorative Painting, Gill Net
Making, Hand Weaving, Lobster Fishing, Quilting, Rug Hooking, Rug
Braiding, Snow Mobiling, Snowshoe Making, Spinning, Textile Traditions,
Beekeeping, Maple Sugaring, Dairy Farming, Orchards, and Yankee
|Photos by Fieldworkers Linda Bornstein, Louis Mazzari, Martin
Delgadillo, Marjorie Goodson, and Simon Philips.
Topics: Lumber Industry, Norwegian Knitting, Sign Artistry, Wood Carving,
Architectural Restoration, Firefighter Suits, Fireworks, Old Man on the
Mountain, Stone Carving, Draft Horses, Harness Making, Furniture
Masters, Ice Fishing, Timber Frame Construction, Wood Turning, Copper
Smithing, and Forestry.
|Photos by Fieldworkers Rachel Mears and Susan Hawkins
Topics: Canoe Building, Cooperage (Barrel Making); Dixville Notch,
Fireman’s Muster, Logging Games, Musical Instruments, Motorcycle
Culture, Knitting, Quilting, Scenic New Hampshire, Tractors, Spinning,
Weaving, Appalachian Mountain Club, Doll Making, Fishing Guides, Maple
Sugaring, Prayer Shawls, Quilting, Rock and Ice Climbing, Rug Hooking,
and Yankee Foodways.
Series 3: Supplementary Printed Materials, 1997-1998
(1 cu. ft.)
This series contains supplementary printed materials given to the
fieldworkers by their interviewees. These include pamphlets, business cards,
some photographs, correspondence, booklets, articles, etc. Materials are
organized by fieldworker.
|Supplementary Materials No. 1
From fieldworkers Andrew Stewart and Debra Cottrell. Topics include
Fishing, Music, Historical Preservation, and others.
|Supplementary Materials No. 2
From fieldworkers Eleanor Wachs, Fran Kessler-Richardson, Jack Beard,
Jill Linzee, Julien Oliver, Kate Dodge, Louis Mazzari, and Simon
Philips. Topics include: skiing, basket making, music and dance, snow
shoe making, rug hooking, and many others.
|Supplementary Materials No. 3
From fieldworkers Simon Philips and Susan Hawkins. Materials include the
Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), moose hunting permit lotteries, ice
fishing, town meetings, and others.
Series 4: New Hampshire Summer Camps, 1997-1998
(0.3 cu. ft.)
This series consists of observational and promotional material from various
summer camps for children and adults across the state. Organization is
roughly alphabetical by name of camp.
Camps: Bear Hill Pond 4-H Camp, Camp Belknap, Camp Allen, Inc., Calumet
Lutheran Camp, Camp Young Judaea, Kabeyun Boy’s Camp, Merrowvista Youth
Camp, Camp Pasquaney, Camp Pemigewassett, and Camp Tecumseh.
Series 5: Town Meetings in New Hampshire, 1998
(0.33 cu. ft.)
Political processes, culture, and traditions of New Hampshire town meetings
during the year of 1998, documented through photographs and some printed
material. Town reports have been removed and filed with the archive’s main
collection of Town Reports.
Towns represented are: Hancock, Meredith, Bedford, Warner, Chichester,
Washington, Antrim, Center Sandwich, Temple, Bradford, and Northwood.
Some towns appear in more than one folder.
Series 6: Celebrate New Hampshire and Smithsonian Folklife
(0.66 cu. ft.)
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival took place in Washington D.C. in 1999. The
Celebrate New Hampshire Festival was held at the Hopkinton Fairgrounds, June
7-11 2000. Both festivals celebrated the culture and traditional skills of
New Hampshire residents. Included are consent forms for the Celebrate NH
festival, copies of educational signs, publicity materials, and
|Consent forms, Educational Signs, Publicity, Etc.
This box contains consent forms for all hired participants at the
Celebrate NH festival, alphabetical by surname. Designs and text for
educational signs are organized by topic, including the rejects not
chosen for display. There are also schedules, promo materials,
publicity, and participant biographies for both festivals.
|1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Promotional booklet, music CD, and photos/slides of the actual festival
in Washington D.C. Topics are not limited to New Hampshire, and also
include the Romanian and South African delegations to that year’s
Series 7: Raw Interview Materials (Audio/Visual), 1998
(4.33 cu. ft.)
This series includes negatives, digital photographs, full cassette tapes of
most of the interviews, and a variety of other digital and magnetic media
documenting the rest of the interviews.
|Film Negatives: AS, DC, and EW
Negatives for photographs from Andrew Stewart, Debra Cottrell, and
Eleanor Wachs. Topics: Contra dance, Fly Reel Makers, Fly Rod Makers,
Hispanic Music, Theater, Blacksmiths, Farm Crafts, 4-H, Historic
Renovation, Oxen, Summer Camps, Woodsmen, and Computers.
|Film Negatives: JB, JO, JP, and KD
Negatives for photographs from Jack Beard, Julien Oliver, Jessica Payne,
and Kate Dodge. Topics: Contra dance, Greek dance, Irish dance, Town
Meetings, Wood Carving, Skiing, Boat building, Sheep herding, and
|Film Negatives: KN, LB, LM, SP, and RM
Negatives for photographs from Kathy Neusdadt, Linda Bornstein, Louis
Mazzari, Simon Phillips, and Rachel Mears. Topics: Beekeeping, Dairy
Farming, Maple Sugaring, Yankee foodways, Sign artistry, Lumber
industry, Architectural Restoration, Firefighting suits, Granite
quarrying, Stone Carving, Furniture masters, Ice Fishing, Timber
Framing, Cooperage, Fireman’s muster, Logging games, Quilting, and
Signs, Maps, Photographs from the 1999 Smithsonian and 2000 Celebrate NH
festivals. These files are stored on CD-ROM and Zip discs and are in
.TIFF image format.
|VHS Interview Materials: AS, FR, JB, LM, and MD
Filmed interviews from fieldworkers Andrew Stewart, Fran
Kessler-Richardson, Jack Beard, Louis Mazzari, and Martin Delgadillo.
Topics include fly fishing, gun smithing, Franco-American music, spoon
carving, town meetings, Irish music, and Uruguayan folk dance, among
|VHS Interview Materials: JL, KD, LB, and LM
Filmed interviews from fieldworkers Jill Linzee, Kate Dodge, Linda
Bornstein, and Louis Mazzari. Also two copies of producer Chip Neal’s
documentary “Hello New Hampshire” (1999, NH Public Television, 27
|Oversize Box 1|
|Raw Interview Tapes: AS, DC, EW, and FR
This box contains raw interview tapes from fieldworkers Andrew Stewart
(33 tapes), Debra Cottrell (29 tapes), Eleanor Wachs (2 tapes), and Fran
Kessler-Richardson (18 tapes). Topics: Archery, Contra dance, Decoy
carving, Fly rod makers, Fly tying, Franco-American Music, Gun smithing,
Hispanic music, Irish step dance, New England music, Scottish fiddling,
Shaker music, Theater, 4-H, Black smiths, Farm Crafts, Farm Toys,
Historic Renovation, Oxen, Summer Camps, Woodsmen competition,
Computers, Ski industry, Basket making, Box making/Poplarware, Doll
making, Fiber Artistry, Furniture Master, Hand Spoon maker, Metal
smithing, Pewter smithing, Pottery, Tin Smith, and Wood carving.
|Oversize Box 2|
|Raw Interview Tapes: JB
This box contains raw interview tapes from fieldworker Jack Beard (64
tapes). Topics: Contra / New England dance, Franco-American Music,
Gospel Music, Greek Dance, Irish music, Irish Traditional Music, Jewish
Music (Klezmer), Lebanese Music, Polish Music, Scottish music, Shaker
Poplarware, Square dance, Town Bands, and Town Meetings.
|Oversize Box 3|
|Raw Interview Tapes: JL, JO, and JP
Raw interview tapes from fieldworkers Jill Linzee (43), Julien Oliver
(23), and Jessica Payne (20). Topics: Basket making, Boat building,
Contra dance, Decoy carving, Finnish dance music, Fly tying,
Franco-American dance/music, Gun smithing, Irish Music, Latvian weaving,
Scottish piping, Snowshoe making, Storytelling, Foodways, Genealogy,
Snowshoeing, Storytelling, Textiles, Wood carving, and Skiing.
|Oversize Box 4|
|Raw Interview Tapes: JP, JV, KD, and KN
Raw interview tapes from fieldworkers Jessica Payne (26), JV (4), Kate
Dodge (40), and Kathy Neusdadt (17). Topics: Skiing, Storytelling,
Franco-American Music, Boat building, Decorative Painting, Dog sled
making, Gill netting, Lobster fishing, Quilting, Rug Braiding, Rug
hooking, Sheep herding, Snowmobiling, Snowshoe making, Spinning, Textile
traditions, Weaving, Beekeeping, Dairy farming, Maple sugaring.
|Oversize Box 5|
|Raw Interview Tapes: KN, LB, LM, MD, MG, MP, RM, and
Raw interview tapes from fieldworkers Kathy Neusdadt (11), Linda
Bornstein (4), Louis Mazzari (10), Martin Delgadillo (9), Marjorie
Goodson (6), Simon Philips (25), Rachel Mears (2), Susan Hawkins (15),
TC (5). Topics: Maple sugaring, Orchards, Beekeeping, Yankee foodways,
Lumber industry, Norwegian foodways, Norwegian knitting, Sign Artistry,
Architectural restoration, Firefighter suits, Fireworks, Granite
quarrying, Old Man of the Mountain, Stone carving, Columbian
woodcarving, Haitian music, Hispanic foodways, Mask making, Mexican
folklore music, Uruguayan folk dance, Woodcarving, Draft horses, Harness
making, Oxen, Coppersmithing, Forestry, Furniture Masters, Ice fishing,
Timber frame construction, Weather, Wood turning, Cooperage, Appalachian
Mountain Club (AMC), Canoe building, Doll Making, Fishing Guide, Hunting
Guide, Prayer Shawls, Quilting, Rock and Ice Climbing, Spinning,
Weaving, Tool Making, Wreath Making, Yankee foodways, Farm stand,
Knitting, Sewing, Metal craft, Painting, and Woodcraft.
|Oversize Box 6|
|NH Public Television Materials
1 cubic foot of raw video footage from episodes of New Hampshire
Crossroads and the New Hampshire Chronicle which covered both festivals
and their participants.