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Rhode Island Folklife Project collection, 1979

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BOX 1-2Administration, 1978-1979
The Administration series contains materials pertaining to the planning and administration of the Rhode Island Folklife Project. It includes Peter Bartis' preliminary survey of folklife resources in the state, draft proposals for the project and for cooperative agreements with state agencies, budgets, financial records, film developing invoices, fieldworker resumes and contracts, local arrangements, correspondence, certificates of appreciation, and press releases and newspaper clippings.
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Arranged into ten subseries.
BOX 3Collected Publications and Ephemera, 1937-1984
The Collected Publications and Ephemera: Before, during, and after the field project, Center staff and fieldworkers collected various brochures, reports, articles, manuscripts, and pamphlets on Rhode Island, state agencies, and organizations. Such materials are listed in this section unless they relate directly to fieldwork, in which case they are listed either in "Supplemental Information" or by fieldworker's name in "Fieldnotes".
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Arranged into three subseries.
BOX 3-7Documentation, 1979-1980
The Documentation series consists of fieldnotes, photographs, and sound recordings created during fieldwork.
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Arranged into five subseries.
BOX 4Fieldnotes
The fieldnotes are the intellectual core of the project and record and interpret the researchers' daily activities, observations, and impressions. these journals, along with some ephemera, are listed in this section under the fieldworkers' name.
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Arrangement of fieldnotes is alphabetically by fieldworker's name.
BOX 4Supplemental Information
This section includes maps, lists of contacts, and interview report forms.
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Arranged into three series.
BOX 4-7, 12-52Photographic : Black & White
Black and white photographic documentation includes negatives, contact sheets, and logs. The negatives are identified by a serial roll number (There are several sets of these: 01001-01268, 93193-93198, 93204-93205.) or by a number assigned by the laboratory when the film was processed. These latter numbers begin with a roll number, followed by a dash and then the batch number. Individual images are identified by the film's edge numbers. The inventory lists the negatives in numerical order and identifies the photographer for each roll and gives a brief description of the contents. Additional information about the photos may be acquired from related fieldnotes or sound recordings. Logs for the photos are listed by photographer and numerically. Contact sheets are arranged numerically and by photographer. In the latter set logs are attached to each contact.
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Arrangement of black & white photographs is by number.
BOX 6-7, 12-52Photographic : Color
Color photographic documentation includes color transparencies, reference fiches, duplicate slides, color negatives and contact sheets, and color prints from the negatives. The transparencies have been filed in plastic storage racks, each of which has been assigned a separate number. Each image has a rack number and serial number within the rack. The holders have been grouped by photographer. In the rack inventory brief descriptions of subject and place have been provided, along with the number of slides in each rack. Reference fiches are color slides of entire racks. The duplicate slides are of selected transparencies only. There are 4 rolls of color negatives represented by contact sheets and selected prints. The logs for the transparencies identify the subjects, photographer, the photographer and fieldworker, and the date and location. Corresponding fieldnotes and sound recordings may provide additional information.
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Arrangement of color photographs is by number and grouped by photographer.
BOX 7Sound Recordings
The Sound Recordings include reel-to-reel and audio cassette field recordings and their logs. The concordance in this inventory provides a brief summary of the tape contents along with the various numbers assigned to each tape. Recordings are listed alphabetically by fieldworker and grouped as reels or cassettes. Each recording listed includes a brief description of its contents. Logs are inventoried by fieldworker and outline the contents of the recordings as well as providing information on the recording situation and equipment.
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Arrangement of sound recordings is alphabetically by fieldworker and grouped as reels or cassettes.
BOX 8Final Products
The Final Products series includes post-fieldwork essays by Michael Bell and Tom Burns, reports by Burns and by Peter Bartis, materials relating to a photo exhibit based on the project documentation, grant applications for a follow-up project, a list of presentation slides, and a list of participants in a post-fieldwork folklife workshop.
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Arranged into three subseries.

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