Southern Folklife Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Southern Folklife Collection (SFC) is an archival resource dedicated to collecting, preserving and disseminating traditional and vernacular music, art, and culture related to the American South. The SFC does this to advance the study and public recognition of these art forms, and support the educational, research, and service missions of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The SFC is one of the nation’s foremost archival resources for the study of American folk music and popular culture. SFC holdings extensively document all forms of southern musical and oral traditions across the entire spectrum of individual and community expressive arts, as well as mainstream media production.

Centered around the John Edwards Memorial Collection, the SFC is especially rich in materials documenting the emergence of old-time, country-western, hillbilly, bluegrass, blues, folk, gospel, rock and roll, Cajun, and zydeco musics.

The SFC contains over 250,000 sound recordings, 3,000 video recordings, and 8 million feet of motion picture film as well as tens of thousands of photographs, song folios, posters, manuscripts, books, serials, research files, and ephemera.