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This thesis examines ideas of authentic folk music in America and the role it plays in the Tallahassee folk music community. In looking at how the identification of folk music has changed throughout the history of its research and collection, we can now see how this shift of focus from the performance to the performer. We can also use these observations to view the role that authenticity has in the establishment of folk communities. To approach this subject, I conducted four oral history interviews with individuals that have been involved in the establishment of this community. By conducting these interviews, we can acquire a firsthand take as to how and why this community was originally established, the importance of this community to its members, and the ways that new ideas of authenticity affect the identity of the Tallahassee folk music community.