180 black and white 35 mm. negatives and contact prints.
9 October 1994.
These photographs were taken by Paul Wells, director of the Center for Popular Music.
Founded in 1934 and sponsored by the National Folk Festival Association, the National Folk Festival is the country's oldest multi-cultural, multi-ethnic folk event. In the 1970's the Association became the National Council for Traditional Arts and began a long association with the National Park Service. For many years thereafter the festival was held at Wolf Trap Farm Park near Washington DC. Today the festival moves every three years and has been presented in 21 cities.
The 1935 festival was held in Chattanooga Tennessee and in 1993 and 1994 the festival returned to that city where it was cosponsored by Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga.
Scope and content:
These photographs were taken by Center director Paul Wells of performers
on the Aquarium Stage October 9 1994 including the Georgia Sea Island Singers;
Greenfields of America (Irish music), and Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys,
a Cajun group. Also included are back stage photographs of Greenfields
These photographs are filed in the subject photograph file under National
Folk Festival along with the photo log sheets prepared by Paul Wells.
A program, poster and section of the Chattanooga Free Press 2
October 1994 devoted to the festival are filed in the subject vertical
file under National Folk Festival.
January 8, 2001