Celebrating Archives: North Carolina Arts, Crafts and Music Traditions

The Four Royales, circa 1950. Folklife Program, North Carolina Arts Council

The Four Royales, circa 1950. Folklife Program, North Carolina Council of the Arts


The Four Royales, 1992. The Folklife Program, North Carolina Arts Council

The Four Royales, 1992. The Folklife Program, North Carolina Arts Council

October is Archives Month. To go along with the theme Celebrating Archives: North Carolina Arts, Crafts and Music Traditions, the State Archives is displaying a selection of records from the Folklife Program run by the North Carolina Arts Council. Through the Folklife Program, the North Carolina Arts Council promotes public knowledge and appreciation of North Carolina’s folklife and traditional arts through planning and producing special projects, publications, recordings and films; documenting living traditions; maintaining an archive of documentary materials and other resources; and assisting individuals and organizations through a grants program and technical assistance. On display are brochures, programs and flyers promoting main some of the main endeavors of the Folklife Program including the The North Carolina Folk Heritage Award, The North American Native American Artist Directory and The Blue Ridge Heritage Initiative. Also on display are photos of North Carolina artists, musicians and craftspeople as well as a booklet about old time traditional medicine shows that combined medical lectures and sales with entertainment acts in a traveling venue. The small exhibit includes a photo of Tommy Scott who ran Carolina Cotton, a rambling road show. He was hailed as the last Medicine Show man. These Records are in the custody of the North Carolina Arts Council’s Folklife Program. Related online exhibits are available through the North Carolina Folklife Institute

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