Smithsonian Global Sound® for Libraries is a joint venture with Smithsonian Global Sound®, an international network of music audio archives and an educational resource that delivers the world’s diverse cultural expressions in an informative way via digital media.
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution, the national museum of the United States. Their mission is the legacy of Moses Asch, who founded Folkways Records in 1948 to document "people's music," spoken word, instruction, and sounds from around the world. Under Asch's enthusiastic and dedicated direction, Folkways sought to record and document the entire world of sound.
Between 1948 and Asch's death, Folkways' tiny staff released 2,168 albums. Topics included traditional, ethnic, and contemporary music from around the world; poetry, spoken word, and instructional recordings in numerous languages; and documentary recordings of individuals, communities, current events, and natural sounds.
The Smithsonian acquired Folkways from the Asch estate in 1987. As a condition of the acquisition, the Smithsonian agreed that virtually all of the firm's 2,168 titles would remain "in print" forever.
*[bolded]* = significant holdings @ Smith in Five College Library Catalog
*Smithsonian Folkways Recordings*
A.R.C.E. Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology
Fast Folk Records
I.L.A.M. International Library of African Music
M.O.R.E. Minority Owned Record Enterprises