Collection Facts

179 items
Dates of Original: 
c. 1830 - 2020
Collection Owner:
NYH Topic Area(s):

Historical Context

Folk arts are traditional cultural expressions through which a group maintains and passes on its shared way of life. They express a group's sense of beauty, identity and values. A living cultural heritage, folk arts link the past and the present. Never static, folk arts change as they are adapted to new circumstances while they maintain their traditional qualities.

Scope of Collection

This collection contains folk art and related items from Upstate New York and other regions which were collected by folklorist Todd DeGarmo. Each item has supporting materials on artist, tradition, etc. in Folklife Collections files.