Skip to main content

Larry Crook Collection on Brazilian Folklore

Identifier: MSS 0588

Scope and Content

The collection contains topics related to Brazilian folklore, music, carnivals, and the Yoruba religion. The majority of the materials consist of newsletters and newspapers.

The carnivals documented in the collection are the Recife and Olinda Carnival, where African traditions are celebrated, and the Bahian Carnival, also known as the Carnival of Salvador, which is one of the most important festivities in Brazil. It is held six days before Ash Wednesday and is the most influenced by the Yoruba tradition, and it symbolizes the revival of the Yoruba culture.

The collection also includes materials related to "Grupo Cultural Olodum", Olodum cultural group is based in the Afro Brazilian community of Salvador in the state of Bahia, Brazil. It was founded in 1979 by percussionist, Neguinho do Samba. They focus on combating racism, encouraging self-esteem and pride among Afro Brazilians, and fighting for civil rights for all marginalized groups.

In addition, there are two publications with illustrations related to Yoruba deities from the “Instituto de Estudos da Religião (ISER)” in collaboration with “Apoio Religioso Contra Aids (ARCA)” to raise awareness and prevent the Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in Brazil.


  • Creation: 1985-2001


Language of Materials

Includes materials written in English and Portuguese.


The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Larry Norman Crook was born in 1953 in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. He received his doctorate from the University of Texas. His research focused on Brazilian music, the African diaspora, music and identity, and popular music. At the University of Florida School of Music, he specialized in ethnomusicology and music history and taught several courses on Latin American, Caribbean and African music, as well as ethnomusicology seminars. He served as the area chair of the Musicology and Ethnomusicology Program in the School of Music and as an affiliate member of the Anthropology and Latin American and African Studies Centers.

He also served as director of the University of Florida's World Music Ensembles (Jacaré Brasil and Agbedidi Africa) and has performed regularly on stage. Dr. Crook is the author of Brazilian Music: Northeastern Traditions and the Heartbeat of a Modern Nation (2005; 2nd edition, 2009) and co-editor of Black Brazil: Culture, Identity, and Social Mobilization (1999).


.42 Linear Feet (1 Box)


Magazines, pamphlets, newspapers, and newsletters related to Brazilian folklore, music, carnivals, and Yoruba religion.


The collection is organized in alphabetical order.


University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Larry Crook in 2020.

A Guide to the Larry Crook Collection on Brazilian Folklore
Finding aid created by Nelissa E. Caraballo-Ramos
November 2021
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America