Alan Lomax’s American Patchwork Project

Alan Lomax and crew filming Dink and Julia Roberts, Haw River, N.C., 1983.
Photo by CeCe Conway. From the Alan Lomax Collection at the American Folklife Center,
Library of Congress. Used courtesy of the Association for Cultural Equity.


Introducing Alan Lomax’s American Patchwork Project

Today, in partnership with the Association for Cultural Equity, we are proud to announce Alan Lomax’s American Patchwork project and the launch of its digital map on the Atlas of Rural Arts and Culture. Contained therein are nearly one hundred performances, interviews, and folkloric scenes culled from over 400 hours of footage Lomax recorded in the American South and Southwest between 1978 and 1985 in preparation for his American Patchwork series on PBS. As this project develops, we will share further selections from American Patchwork and the outstanding Alan Lomax Archive channel on YouTube while also making connections to the contemporary artistic and cultural life within these communities.

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