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AFAM Oral History Project

Identifier: A0065

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of born-digital oral history interviews on various subjects related to the history of folk and self-taught art. Some interviews have been transcribed.


  • 2021-present


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. Access to sensitive materials may be restricted at the discretion of AFAM.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection and its copyrights are owned by the American Folk Art Museum. The collection is subject to all copyright laws, and is dedicated to public use for research, study and scholarship.

Biographical / Historical

The AFAM Oral History Project began in 2021 in conjunction with the Museum's 60th anniversary celebration, from January 2021 to the end of 2026. The purpose of the Oral History Project is to create a robust and inclusive record of the development and vitality of folk art and self-taught art in the United States and around the world. It will feature a diverse group of artists, collectors, scholars and the close community of the American Folk Art Museum. Most interviews are conducted for and included in exhibitions at the Museum. For example, AFAM's 60th Anniversary exhibition Multitudes featured clips of interviews with Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, Dr. Henry Glassie, Randall Morris, Shari Cavin, and Jullie Phillips. The Project is led by Regina Carra, Rapaport Archivist, and Valérie Rousseau, Curatorial Chair for Exhibitions and Senior Curator.


5 file(s)

Language of Materials



This collection contains audio recordings conducted for the AFAM Oral History Project. This project is onoing and new recordings will be available for request and research on an onging basis.


Interviews are arranged alphabetically by the last name of the narrator.


A Guide to the AFAM Oral History Project
In Progress
Regina Carra
August 2023
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • as of August 2023: The AFAM Oral History Project is ongoing. This finding aid will be revised as needed to include new interviews as the the Project progresses.

Repository Details

Part of the American Folk Art Museum Archives Repository

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