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Chicago Ethnic Arts Project Collection

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The Chicago Ethnic Arts Project Collection consists of audio recordings, photographs, manuscript materials, publications, ephemera, and accompanying documentation related to the 1977 Chicago Ethnic Arts Project field survey. At the request of the Illinois Arts Council, the American Folklife Center assessed and documented the status of ethnic art traditions in more than twenty ethnic communities in Chicago. Fourteen professional folklorists conducted the fieldwork, interviewing artists, talking with community leaders, and documenting the arts through still photographs and audiotape recordings. The final project report presented to the Illinois Arts Council summarized the current conditions and folk arts needs in these communities. Materials from post-project activities such as workshops in the ethnic communities and a traveling photographic exhibit are included in the collection.


Listening and viewing access to the collection is unrestricted.


Duplication of the recorded materials may be governed by copyright and other restrictions.

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