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Campus Folksong Club Oral History

During its height in the 1960s, the Campus Folksong Club (CFC) had over 500 members – making it an astonishingly large student organization and an important force in bringing culture from Illinois and beyond to the UIUC campus. The CFC was also unique in its commitment to a variety of traditional music ranging from gospel and blues to old-time Appalachian and Ozark music, as well as ethnic music from outside the United States. Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, the Stanley Brothers, Doc Watson, and the New Lost City Ramblers were among the best known musicians that the CFC brought to the UI campus. Read the entire article at Introduction to the University of Illinois Campus Folksong Club. If you are interested in learning more about folklore, see the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library’s (SSHEL) A Guide to Folklore Resources.