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Berkeley Folk Music Festival Archive

Identifier: MS63

Scope and Contents

The Berkeley Folk Music Festival Archive consists of some 30,000 items, including photographs of over two hundred folk artists and groups, general photographs of Berkeley Folk Music Festivals from 1957-1970, tapes, press clippings, correspondence, publicity information on various performers, and posters and flyers from most of the festivals held during this period. Included are some photographs and posters from other area music festivals.


  • 1957 - 1970

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on use of the materials in the department for research; all patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.


61 Boxes : 61 boxes; posters housed separately

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

All materials in the Berkeley Folk Music Festival Archive were collected by Barry Olivier, a folk artist who organized and promoted the festival for fifteen years. Mr. Olivier's essay on the history of folk music at Berkeley from 1956-1970 has been added to the collection. The archive was acquired in 1974 from John Swingle of the Alta California Bookstore.

Processing Information

Steve Gish organized the Berkeley Folk Music Festival Archive and prepared a finding aid in 1984; it was revised between 2008 and 2013. Major revisions to the finding aid are anticipated in late 2020.
Guide to the Berkeley Folk Music Festival Archive
Sigrid Pohl Perry
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US