The Folklore Society of Greater Washington

Furthering the understanding, investigation, appreciation, and performance of the traditional folk music and folklore of the American people.

Publications Archives From Volume 1, No. 1
of the Newsletter – September, 1964

As announced at FiftyFest, the golden anniversary celebration of The Folklore Society of Greater Washington
Image created from three photos provided by Dave Rabinowitz. Thanks, Dave.

The first meeting of our folklore society was in the Perdues' basement in 1964, so the story goes. "Not so," attributed to one Joe H., who was there. "The Perdues didn't have a basement in their house."

Wonderous events and publications have issued from those beginnings over the last 50 years. The early publications, typed or printed on paper, were hidden in boxes and lovingly preserved but unavailable for your online perusal—until now, that is!

Enjoy for the first time, as part of our 50 Anniversary celebration, online access to almost 500 Newsletters, Journals, and Washington Folk Festival programs. Explore the fruits of labor of authors, publishers, custodians, retrievers, organizers, scanners, and a web page designed to help you find your treasures.

FSGW Newsletters

Most of the PDF files linked here are more than 20 MB big. To see how big, hover your pointer for a moment over a link before you click. A small pop-up will reveal the size, like "29.4_MB".

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More recent Newsletters are located in Current Articles on the FSGW Home Page below Coming Events.

FSGW Newsletter Supplements and
The Journal of the Folklore Society of Greater Washington

The Journal was a publication of unusually fine quality. Imbued by its authors with the spirit of those who both love and respect folklore, it's articles are fun, fascinating, and, on occasion, academically rigorous. The Journals comprise stories, jump-rope rhymes, research, and reviews of books and recordings. They seem to have exceded the charter (and budget) of the Newsletter supplements from which they evolved. These supplements are also found in the panel above with their Newsletter editions.

These PDF's, like the Newsletters, range from 15 to 36 MegaBytes (large) because they were assembled from print-quality image scans. Enjoy.

Washington Folk Festival Programs
"Bringing Washington its own Music"

The Washington Folk Festival has been presented by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington in cooperation with the National Park Service for more than three decades. No events better serve the purpose of our society, "To further the understanding, investigation, appreciation, and performance of the traditional folk music and folklore of the American people."

Issues to address

Our thanks go to Pat McGee for collecting, scanning, and organizing nearly 500 printed documents. These tasks required great amounts of time and effort and are inevitably imperfect. His requests for your help to make it more perfect follow. He can be reached at archive-at-fsgw-dot-org.

This web page is unusual in that it contains links to that same large number of files. If it doesn't act nicely, let us know the details at web-admin-at-fsgw-dot-org and we'll do our best to make it right.

Newsletter v28n08:
I could find no record about this issue, either that it existed or that it didn't. If you know anything and especially if you have a copy, please let me know.
Newsletter v32n10:
issue with page num: there are 22 files, but page numbered 22 is not the last page. If you have a paper copy, please let me know.
Newsletter v39n10:
PDF file has no text layer. Re-OCR the TIFF file.
Newsletter v39n11:
I could find no record about this issue, either that it existed or that it didn't. If you know anything and especially if you have a copy, please let me know.