American Folklife Center Annual Report for 2004
Peggy A. Bulger, Director
Arrearage Reduction and Processing
Significant progress was made in the area of arrearage reduction during
the past year, as is illustrated below. The pace of this work at AFC has
been accelerated as a result of the hiring of two new staff members: cataloger
Margaret Kruesi, and processing technician Sarah Bradley Leighton. Gains
in arrearage reduction with regard to Veterans History Project collections
have also been realized. (See separate report from VHP.)
1. Completed Processing FY04:
American Dialect Society Collection
AFC 1984/011: The collection's sound recordings (about 870 two
sided audiodiscs, plus one reel to reel tape) are being digitized. Over
800 recordings have passed the quality-review process; this represents
about half of all digitized sound files to be made.
James Madison Carpenter Collection
AFC 1972/001: A team of scholars, based at the University
of Sheffield and working in coordination with AFC staff,
has produced an online, searchable catalog for the Carpenter
Collection. At LC, work on digitizing selected manuscript
materials, photographic materials and sound recordings is
now completed. METSMaker, a LC inter-divisional database,
houses the metadata regarding the collection's digitized
Coal River Folklife Project AFC
1999/008: Previously unidentified material has been
identified and added to the collection. Slides from the New
River Gorge Collection were put back into the original collection.
A total of 7,457 color slides have been reviewed and entered
into a container-level inventory as part of the collection
guide, and inventories of slides, sound recordings, and videocassettes
have been completed.
Sidney Robertson Cowell WPA California
Folk Music Project Collection AFC 1940/001: The first
draft of the collection guide has been written.
Eleanor Dickinson Collection AFC
1970/001: Processing of the manuscript and photographic
materials has been finished, and the moving images (181 items)
have been digitized.
David Dunaway/Pete Seeger Interviews
Collection AFC 2001/019: Processing of the collection
has been completed and the collection guide is being reviewed.
Sam Eskin Collection 1999/004: Processing
of the collection has been completed and the collection guide
is being reviewed.
Robin Hiteshew/Irish-American Print
Materials Collection AFC 1998/013: All sound recordings
in this collection have been duplicated and the originals
have been housed.
International Storytelling Foundation
Collection AFC 2001/008: The entire collection of
has been processed. Surveying, rehousing, database construction,
and assignment of digital ID numbers for "Save Our
Sounds" are under way. Moving-image data entry has
been completed and a 36 page processing plan has been drafted.
International Storytelling Collection
AFC 2001/008: The survey and rehousing phases of the
project are complete. Arrangement and description of graphic
images, moving images, and artifacts are complete. Currently,
staff are arranging and describing manuscripts and sound
recordings. Digitization of sound recordings, as part of
the "Save Our Sounds" program, is underway.
The Irish Folklore Commission Wax-Cylinder
Collection AFC 2004/002: The IFC loaned four wax cylinders,
recorded in the early 20th century, to the AFC as a test
to discover the quality of the sound recordings. The transfer
work has been accomplished.
Nora Yeh Kemeny Collection AFC 2000/018: All
the materials have been organized and 300 books are ready for
transfer to the Asian Division.
George Korson Collection AFC 2003/011: Books,
serials, and published audio recordings have been surveyed
and selectively deaccessioned, with more published materials
yet to be surveyed. Items to be treated or rehoused by Conservation
have been identified.
Lands' End All American Quilt Collection
AFC 1997/011: The collection guide is being reviewed.
Leadbelly/Lomax Collection (tentative
title): Scanning for preservation has been done and
the prrocessing of other relevant Leadbelly materials is
being worked out. A collection guide is being drafted.
Eloise Hubbard Linscott Collection
AFC 1942/002: Digitization of selected manuscript,
photographic, and audio materials has been completed. The
collection guide is being finalized.
Literatura de Cordel Brazilian Chapbook
Collection AFC 1970/002: The collection has been surveyed
and a processing plan has been developed and approved. Housing
has been arranged for 10 original woodblock print posters,
and the collection database has been redesigned.
Local Legacies AFC 2000/001: The
original 138 linear feet of materials, not including oversize
materials or artifacts, has been consolidated into 43 linear
feet. Such reduction of space is made possible by grouping
like formats together (manuscripts, sound recordings, visual
images) after each item is assigned a number. Selected items
are being digitized so they can be added to the "Community" portion
of the "Courage, Patriotism, Community" online resource.
Alan Lomax Collection AFC 2004/004: The
entire collection has been unpacked and stored. Two-thirds
of the collection has been rehoused.
Julie McCullough/Folklore Society
of Greater Washington Collection AFC 2002/003: Processing
of the collection has been completed and the collection guide
is being reviewed.
Pete and Toshi Seeger Film Collection
AFC 2003/027: Forty-nine composite prints in the collection
have been rehoused.
September 11, 2001, Documentary
Project AFC 2001/015: Databases have been created
to capture information about the manuscript materials, sound
recordings, graphic materials, and moving images. An arrangement
and numbering system has been developed. All manuscript materials
have been rehoused. Almost all reference copies of sound
recordings have been made.
The collection guide is undergoing final editing.
Jean Thomas Scrapbooks AFC 1954/001: The
Conservation staff has resumed treatment of these scrapbooks.
Working in Paterson Project Collection
AFC 1995/028: Audio tapes in the collection have been
grouped into originals, preservation, duplicate copies, and
an inventory has been compiled for each group. The collection
guide has been updated to reflect the added materials, and
it is currently under review.
Aaron Ziegelman Foundation (Luboml)
Collection AFC 2003/002: All materials have been removed
from transfer boxes, arranged, and surveyed for preservation
needs. Video logs have been made for three documentary videos
in the collection.
Doris Duke / Zuni Storytelling Collection
AFC 1996/073: Data for 222 tapes have been entered
into METSMaker to prepare for "Save Our Sounds" processing.
Digitization has been completed.
The Alan Lomax Collection was acquired as a result of a cooperative agreement
between the AFC and the Association for Cultural Equity, with the generosity
of an anonymous donor. The collection comprises the unparalleled ethnographic
documentation collected by the legendary folklorist over a period of sixty
years, including more than 5,000 hours of sound recordings, 400,000 feet
of motion picture film, 2,450 videotapes, 2,000 scholarly books and journals,
hundreds of photographic prints and negatives, and over 120 linear feet
of manuscript material, comprising correspondence, fieldnotes, research
files, programs scripts, indexes, and book and article manuscripts. This
enormous collection documents music, dance, narrative, games and other
forms of traditional expression from throughout the United States and from
many other countries.
Violette Maloney Halpert, of St. John's, Newfoundland, has donated a collection
of field audio recordings, photographs, fieldnotes and other documentary
materials created by her late husband, folklorist Herbert Halpert. The collection
comprises materials representing Halpert's research work from the 1940s and
1950s, which documented folk music and other aspects of traditional culture
in Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky, New Jersey, and New York. Other Halpert collections
in the Archive of Folk Culture include over 400 discs from his Southern States
fieldwork and nearly 50 discs he collected in New York City. These collections
from 1939 were among Halpert's earliest work during a distinguished career
in folklore that spanned the next six decades.
Ethnomusicologist Martha Forsyth, of West Newton, Massachusetts, has donated
a collection of over 275 original field recordings of traditional songs
and instrumental music of Bulgaria, which she recorded between 1978 and
2004, along with associated indexes and lists.
Folklorist Don Yoder, professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania,
has donated a collection of his field recordings that document aspects
of Pennsylvania Dutch culture, particularly folk belief, sermons and religious
music, folksong, and harvest festivals. The collection comprises 79 reel-to-reel
tape recordings, and was created by Yoder over the course of more than
Pete and Toshi Seeger, of Beacon, New York, have donated their film collection
to the American Folklife Center. Officially donated in June 2003, the collection
is now at the Library of Congress. Beginning in the mid-1950s, the Seegers
began to document on film the music, dance, games, and occupational lore
of many places they visited around the world. The Pete and Toshi Seeger
Film Collection includes film shot from 1957 to 1964, including footage
such important musicians as Big Bill Broonzy (1957), Odetta (1957), and
Bob Gibson (1957), and Elizabeth Cotten (1960). There is footage from the
National Folk Festival (1957) and a Texas prison (1965). The majority of
the footage, however, derives from the Seeger family's ten-month performing
tour, 1963 and 1964, which included stops in Japan, Indonesia, India, East
and West Africa, Israel, the USSR, and Ireland.
Reference, Research, and Outreach, Including Publications
Field School for Cultural Documentation. On
March 19, David Taylor and Kristi Bell, a folklorist at Brigham Young University,
briefed staff of Utah senators Orrin Hatch and Robert Bennett and representative
Chris Cannon on the AFC's upcoming summer field documentation training
school, held in Provo. From July 11 through July 31, the AFC conducted
the field school there, in conjunction with Brigham Young University. Course
participants documented family-run orchards of Utah Valley. This was the
seventh field school that AFC has sponsored since 1994. AFC staff members
David Taylor, Michael Taft and Ilana Harlow were among the course's faculty
Montana Heritage Project. In October,
Guha Shankar traveled to Montana to meet with staff of the Montana Heritage
Project (MHP) and to visit area schools to learn how teachers incorporate
the principles of place-based education into their classroom teaching.
The project has now entered its tenth year. March 28-31, Peggy Bulger traveled
to Helena, Montana, for the Montana Heritage Project Student Conference.
The Librarian of Congress, Dr. James H. Billington, also attended the conference
and delivered an address. On September 7-8, Bulger traveled to Billings,
Montana, for a meeting of the executive board of the Montana Heritage Project.
Arizona Heritage Project. In October, Guha Shankar met with Arizona
Heritage Project (AHP) staff, based at the offices of the funding agency, the
Salt River Project (SRP), and also met the five teachers and their students
who have undertaken heritage projects this year. The partnership between AFC
and SRP has been extended for a second year. February 27-28, Shankar traveled
to Phoenix, where he attended the mid-year review of the research programs
produced by the partner schools associated with the Arizona Heritage Project.
He discussed plans with Salt River Project staff regarding their summer teacher-training
workshops for heritage program participants. He also met with Lisa Falk, education
specialist at the Arizona State Museum, Tucson, to discuss the museum's proposed
teacher-training workshops to be produced in collaboration with the AFC in
summer 2004. On June 4, Peggy Bulger gave the keynote address at the Arizona
Heritage Project Student Conference and Graduation, in Phoenix, and Guha Shankar
also participated in the events. From June 1-14, Guha Shankar along with Paddy
Bowman (CARTS), Michael Umphrey (Montana Heritage Project), and Jim Griffith
(Arizona) joined Lisa Falk at the Arizona State Museum, Tucson, to conduct
teacher training workshops for a group of fourteen local high school educators
as part of the first annual Sense of Place Summer Teaching Institute. Shankar
conducted workshops on AFC's involvement in Heritage Education initiatives,
demonstrated aspects of the Library's web-based educational resources, participated
in discussions on fieldwork ethics and research design, provided hands-on training
in field recording and interviewing methods as well as in fashioning multi-media
presentations. From June 27-July 1, Maggie Kruesi and Guha Shankar gave presentations
at the Arizona Heritage Project Summer Institute held at the Arizona Historical
Society in Tempe, Arizona. They met with teachers and students who are the
2004-2005 recipients of Arizona Heritage Project grants, to discuss their individual
Discussions with National Library of Egypt. January
22 to February 1, Peggy Bulger was a member of a delegation of Library
of Congress officials that traveled to Cairo, Egypt, in order to meet with
their counterparts at the National Library of Egypt and discuss programs,
activities and possible collaborations with the National Library of Egypt.
She conferred with the library's director about the creation of a folklife
center at the National Library.
Utah Heritage Project. February 23-26,
Guha Shankar traveled to Utah to meet with faculty and staff at Brigham
Young University, AFC's latest partner in heritage place-based education
projects. The Utah Heritage Project is scheduled to begin in the fall of
2004, following the AFC's field school for cultural documentation, which
is also being co-sponored by BYU. While at BYU, Shankar delivered lectures
on the AFC's mission and its programs in heritage education.
Ethnographic Thesaurus Project. Working
in partnership with AFC, the American Folklore Society has received a grant
of $484,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to complete the development
of an ethnographic thesaurus. In recognition of the fact that there is
no standard for describing traditional culture in an agreed-upon vocabulary,
the project will create an online, searchable ethnographic thesaurus that
will act as an authoritative list of terms for those working in folklore
and ethnomusicology, as well as in the related fields of anthropology,
literature, and music, and also for the general community of researchers.
A four-person project staff was hired and work is now in progress.
Family Genetic History Project. AFC,
along with three partner organizations, has received a $400,000 grant
from the Health and Human Services Administration of the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services. The project aims to increase awareness
and understanding of ways family history may influence personal health,
and will use an oral history approach to gather health-related narratives.
It is expected that the narratives will shed light on potential risk
factors that may generally be overlooked in standard medical histories.
AFC's partners are the American Society of Human Genetics, the Genetic
Alliance, and the Institute for Cultural Partnerships.
StoryCorps Project. On October 23, Peggy
Bulger and James Hardin traveled to New York City for the opening of the
first StoryCorps oral history project interview booth, in Grand Central
Terminal. Bulger was among the people who spoke at the ceremony, which
included StoryCorps founder David Isay, Studs Terkel, and several representatives
from the government of the City of New York.
WIPO/UNESCO. AFC continues to be involved
with international discussions concerning intellectual property, folklore,
traditional knowledge and genetic resources. Peggy Bulger serves on the
U.S. delegation to the World Intellectual Property Organization, and, along
with Michael Taft and David Taylor, participates in meetings of U.S. government
officials concerning cultural policy matters relative to UNESCO and other
international bodies. On March 13-18, Bulger was a member of the U.S. delegation
at a meeting of the WIPO Committee on Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge,
and Folklore, in Geneva. On March 25, AFC co-sponsored, with the National
Endowment for the Arts, a conference on issues pertaining to folklife as
they have arisen at UNESCO, the World Intellectual Property Organization
(WIPO), and the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).
Jane O'Brien Fund Established. On July
15, Dr. Daniel Botkin's gift of $10,000, to establish the Jane O'Brien
Fund, was formally accepted by the Librarian of Congress. The fund, named
for Botkin's late wife, will support AFC's mission to "preserve and
present American Folklife" in its myriad forms.
Library of Congress Comes to Your Home Town
Project. From November 13 to 17, David Taylor took part in the "Library
of Congress Comes to Your Home Town" project by presenting workshops
on oral history interviewing techniques in Columbus, Cleveland, and Cambridge,
Ohio. He was part of a small group of Library staff, including the Librarian,
Dr. James H. Billington, who discussed various Library of Congress projects
and programs during visits to these three Ohio cities. AFC staff member
Andrew Wallace produced a special "Homegrown" concert, featuring
Tony Ellis and the Musicians of Braeburn, at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic
Center in Cambridge, Ohio.
Potential Project at Zuni Pueblo. Peggy
Bulger, Guha Shankar and Zuni Pueblo (New Mexico) council member Arden
Kucate have discussed possible educational programs built around the
digital files of AFC's Doris Duke Zuni Storytelling Collection. The digitization
initiative, which benefitted from a grant from the Rex Foundation in
2003, was recently completed and has yielded over 400 hours of materials
featuring respected Zuni elders (all now deceased) who recorded various
accounts of culture and history on Zuni Pueblo in the late 1960s. Shankar
also completed the initial inventory of the first batch of collection
materials that ethnolinguist Curtis Cook is donating to the AFC. Cook's
tape recordings and transcriptions, in Zuni, of oral narratives he documented
in Zuni Pueblo in the mid-1960s, and English translations of the same
materials will complement the Doris Duke Zuni Storytelling Collection.
Mr. Cook is preparing additional collection materials, particularly photographs
and other manuscripts, for future submission.
Video Conferences. On July 6, Cathy Kerst,
along with Judy Graves of the LC Digital Reference Team, participated in
a video conference, entitled AGathering Community Stories," for graduate
students in education at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale as
part of the "Adventure of the American Mind" program. On August
3, Kerst and Graves held a video conference on "Gathering Community
Stories" for teachers in the public schools in Alamogordo, New Mexico,
as part of an education conference organized by the local school district.
Planning for Museum of the City of Boston. David
Taylor participated in a planning meeting in Boston to discuss the development
of a new "Museum of the City of Boston" and associated research
and programming, including the documentation of the "Big Dig" construction
project from a cultural perspective. The meeting was convened by the Boston
Museum Project and attended by a small group of invited planners, oral
historians, folklorists, and representatives of the National Park Service.
Assistance to Educators in New Mexico. From
January 25-30, David Taylor was in New Mexico, with a group of other subject
specialists from the Library, in order to share information on Library
of Congress resources with public school teachers and other educators.
He met with teachers at numerous schools in the vicinity of Albuquerque
and Sante Fe, the senior staff of the institute of American Indian Art
(Sante Fe), and the principal and librarian at the Santa Clara Pueblo primary
school. The trip was sponsored by the Institute for Education and the Arts,
a Washington-based non-profit that has launched a special initiative in
Assistance to the National Folk Festival. Peggy
Bulger served as presenter at the National Folk Festival in Bangor, Maine,
from August 27-29.
American Folklife Center: An Illustrated
Guide. The Library has published a handsome 84-page publication
about the American Folklife Center and its collections titled American
Folklife Center: An Illustrated Guide. The principal author is James
MARC Records. Maggie Kruesi created and
updated MARC records in the Library of Congress online catalog, for all
AFC finding aids currently available on the Center's website (49 finding
On October 24, Peggy Bulger, Michael Taft, and David Taylor attended a
conference "Material Ireland/Virtual Ireland: The American Conference
for Irish Studies," Mid Atlantic Region, at the University of Maryland,
in College Park. Taft and Séamus Ó'Catháin, University
College, Dublin, provided the keynote "From Wax to Bytes: Imprinting,
Recovering, and Preserving Early Field Recordings from the Irish Folklore
Commission." Peggy Bulger participated in the closing plenary panel, "Virtual
Ireland: Next Steps."
On November 25, Peggy Bulger represented the American Folklife Center
at an intergovernmental meeting to discuss folklife programs at federal
agencies and possible collaborations.
On December 5-7, Peggy Bulger attended a meeting of the National Assembly
of State Arts Agencies in Charleston, South Carolina, where she spoke about
the work of the AFC.
The winter, spring and summer (Vol. 26, 2004) issues of Folklife Center
News were published. They include articles about such things as
the acquisition of the Lomax, Korson, Halpert, Seeger, and Yoder collections;
AFC's involvement with the StoryCorps oral history project; the Ethnographic
Thesaurus project; the Family Genetic History Project; the release of
new online presentations; and the activities of the Veterans History
Michael Taft's article "The Save Our Sounds Project" is included
in the publication Sound Savings: Preserving Audio Collections. Proceedings
from the Symposium, July 24-26, 2003. Washington: D.C.: Association
of Research Libraries, 2004.
La Tradición Popular y la Investigación de Campo: Una
introducción a las técnicas de investigación was
published. It is a Spanish version of Folklife and Fieldwork,
translated by Pampa Rótolo.
David Taylor's essay, "Documenting Local Culture: An Introductory
Field School," co-written with Inta Carpenter and Philip Stafford,
was published in volume 22 (2004) of NAPA Bulletin, a publication of the
National Association for the Practice of Anthropology.
On June 24, Judith Gray gave a presentation on AFC reference resources
to participants in the Library's current Reference Collections course.
On July 21, Ilana Harlow delivered a lecture as part of the Omnibus series
in the Special Collections Division of Brigham Young University's library.
Todd Harvey, serving as the program assistant to Catholic University Library
and Information Science courses held at the Library of Congress, coordinated
an informational open house at the Library, on July 22, that introduced
students and other Library staff to the program.
On July 13, Michael Taft delivered the William A. Wilson Folklore Archives
Founder's Lecture at the Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. The
title of his lecture was "Household Folklife: Documenting and Preserving
On July 18-19, Michael Taft gave lecture, describing the history and activities
of the American Folklife Center and the Archive of Folk Culture, to the
Alabama Folklife Association, Alabama Community Scholars Institute, Livingston,
On September 10, Peggy Bulger was a guest speaker at a celebration of the 20th
anniversary of the Vermont Folklife Center.
On September 15, Cathy Kerst made a presentation to graduate students
and their professors who are participants in the Bucerius Seminar in American
Archives and American History sponsored through a partnership of The German
Historical Institute in Washington, the Department of History of the University
of Chicago, and the John F. Kennedy Institute for North
American Studies of the Free University of Berlin.
On September 20, Guha Shankar delivered a presentation to approximately
thirty international museum, library, and education professionals taking
part in the Multi-Regional International Project in Cultural Heritage Preservation,
sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.
On September 20, Nora Yeh gave a presentation at the Morikami Museum,
in Delray Beach, Florida, about the Archive of Folk Culture and the American
Folklife Center. She also discussed the acquisition of Japanese and Japanese
American materials, collecting methodologies, and fundraising issues with
the museum's director.
Development/Updates of Web Pages, Symposia, Talks, Workshops, Exhibits
New Online Materials. Online presentations made available include: "Folk-Songs
of America: the Robert Winslow Gordon Collection, 1922-1932"; "Voices
from the Days of Slavery: Former Slaves Tell Their Stories"; "A
Teacher's Guide to Folklife Resources"; "Annual Reports of the
American Folklife Center"; the finding aid "A Preliminary Listing
of Banjo Performers on Field Recordings in the Archive of Folk Song";
the finding aid "The Anne and Frank Warner Collection"; the finding
aid "Hawaii Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture"; and
the finding aid "New York Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture."
Website Improvement. AFC staff met weekly with Library of Congress staff
involved in website management and design in order to advance the redesign
of AFC's homepage. The revised version of the Reading Room page with improved
navigation features and new search capabilities was uploaded in April,
and a complete redesign is well underway and should be completed early
Exhibition on Irish Music. On October 22, Peggy Bulger, Ilana Harlow, Michael
Taft, and David Taylor visited the Irish Embassy to meet with Séamus Ó'Catháin
and Owen Feeney and discuss a collaboration between University College, Dublin,
and the AFC to preserve the Irish Folklore Commission cylinders. On March
4-5, Peggy Bulger, Ilana Harlow, and David Taylor participated in an advisory
board meeting for the AFC's planned exhibit on Irish music and other traditions.
Seven advisors attended the meeting, including representatives from the Republic
of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the United States. Also participating were
staff from the Library's Interpretive Programs Office. The meeting was cosponsored
by the Irish Embassy, the Northern Ireland Bureau, and the Irish American
Cultural Institute. On March 4, Bulger, Harlow, and Taylor attended a reception
celebrating Irish art and culture at the Embassy of Ireland. From August
19-23, Ilana Harlow, along with Kim Curry of the Library's Interpretative
Programs Office, attended the Milwaukee Irish Fest as guests of founder Ed
Ward who is one of the advisors for AFC exhibition. They also visited the
Ward archives of Irish music.
Contributions to "With an Even Hand" Exhibition. Todd Harvey,
AFC reference specialist, provided curatorial assistance to the Library's
exhibition "With an Even Hand: Brown v. Board at Fifty." Peggy
Bulger introduced Juan Williams, who delivered a lecture and signed copies
of his book as part of the opening celebration for the exhibit, which opened
May 13, 2004, and continues through November 13, 2004. The exhibition features
several items from AFC collections.
International and Domestic Professional Visitors. Many individuals and
groups visit the American Folklife Center to hear presentations and consult
with staff about such things as the funding and management of cultural
agencies, cultural documentation and preservation, archives management,
digital technology, and related topics. Visitors from libraries and cultural
organizations outside the United States included: on October 10, a curator
of the Oral History Centre, National Library of New Zealand; on October
14, a representative of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO);
on October 20, a delegation of Dutch businessmen and businesswomen, sponsored
by the Atlantic & Pacific Exchange Program; on October 27, representatives
of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland; on November 7, a cultural
attaché at the Embassy of France; on November 6, a group of twenty-five
Russian museum directors and cultural administrators; on November 18, a
group of ten participants in a multi-regional International Writing Program,
sponsored by the U.S. Department of State; on November 19, a group of ten
archivists, librarians, and museum curators from Ecuador; on November 20,
a dean of international studies and two directors of international study
centers from Vietnam; on February 17, a Dutch film crew making a documentary
on Alan Lomax; on February 23, the director of the National Library of
Brazil; on February 27, six librarians and cultural specialists from Belarus;
on February 24, a Japanese film crew making a documentary of StoryCorps
and the WPA; on March 8, a representative of the State Media Archive of
Denmark; on March 23, four cultural specialists from Kazakhstan; on April
1, a delegation from Ukraine as part of an international-visitor project
called "The Impact of Cultural and Historic Preservation on Tourism";
on April 16, a World Cultural Leaders group from Russia; on May 24, a musicologist
from the Vicente Emilio Sojo Music Studies Institute, Caracas, Venezuela;
on June 30, representatives of the British Broadcasting Corporation's Radio
4 series, "Losing the Past"; on July 6, a representative from
UNESCO; on July 8, the chairman of the Committee on Culture and Development
of Kyrgyz Language, Kyrgyzstan; on July 30, visitors from the World Bank,
and the Commonwealth Historic Resource Management Ltd., and the Shanghai
Municipal Finance Bureau; on August 25, two cultural specialists from Palestine;
On September 22, a folklorist from India; and On September 29, the head
of the Archaeology Department, Art Research Institute, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Visitors from libraries and other cultural institutions and organizations within
the United States included: on October 17, representatives of the Mandan-Hidatsa
tribes from North Dakota; on December 11, a professor of library and information
science from Catholic University; on January 7, a representative of the Normandy
American Battle Monument; on February 5, seven participants in the National
Archives Institute; on February 18, the head of the California Community
Foundation; on February 20, a librarian from the Philips Collection, in Washington,
D.C.; on March 9, a researcher from the Maryland National Parks Commission;
on March 15, a cultural specialist from Puerto Rico; on April 30, a professor
of nursing from Johns Hopkins University, and five of her students; on May
6, teachers and students from AFC's partner program, the Montana Heritage
Project; on May 19, a group of educators from Iowa; on June 7, fourteen Morris
K. Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Interns; on June 2, the
director of WordSoundAction, a community-building arts forum and arts policy
organization in Maryland; On July 7, Cathy Kerst gave a tour of the AFC and
a presentation on AFC folklife and education projects for public school teachers
from Clovis, New Mexico; and on September 24, members of the Oneida Hymn
Singers group from Wisconsin.
Significant Challenges Faced By the Division
Planning Move to Permanent Quarters. AFC staff worked throughout the year
with other Library staff and contractors to plan the move of AFC offices
to permanent space in early FY05. Included in the new office space will
be high-end and specialized work stations which will allow staff to more
efficiently manage in-house audiovisual and digital projects. This move
to permanent space with well-designed public and staff areas will allow
AFC staff to work more efficiently and, thus, carry out its mission more
effectively and better serve its various constituencies.
Henry Reed Fund. The first grant from
the Henry Reed Fund, in the amount of $500, was awarded to Elizabeth LaPrelle
of Rural Retreat, Virginia. LaPrelle, who is a singer of Appalachian ballads,
will use the grant to enhance her understanding of ballads and other traditional
music from the Applachian region. The Henry Reed Fund was established to
benefit the activities of folk artists, especially activities that drawn
on or strengthen the collections of the Archive of Folk Culture.
Gerald E. and Corrine Parsons Fund for Ethnography. Andrea
Frierson-Toney, of Washington, D.C., was awarded a $600 grant from the
Parsons Fund to allow her to do research on Gee's Bend, Alabama, material
in the Center's Robert Sonkin Collection. The Parsons Fund supports research
on ethnographic materials in the Archive of Folk Culture and other research
collections within the Library of Congress.
Internships. AFC had five summer interns
during 2004, and they accomplished a variety of work concerning the collections
in the Archive of Folk Culture. The interns were: Elisa Babel, a senior
at Merrimack College; Tori Kellough, an MA candidate at Texas Woman's University;
Caitlin Miller, a junior at Colby College; Anthony Potoczniak, a Ph.D.
candidate at Rice University; and Sarah Reeder, a senior at The College
of William & Mary.
Junior Fellows. Two Library of Congress
Junior Fellows worked at the Archive of Folk Culture during 2004: Rita
Colavincenzo, a recent graduate of University College Dublin; and Stephanie
Schmitz, a recent graduate of the University of Maryland. Colavincenzo
helped process the International Storytelling Collection, and Schmitz worked
on the Aaron Ziegelman Collection and others.
October 4: The third annual National Book Festival was held on the National
Mall, and, once again, the AFC produced a program of storytelling and music.
This year's program featured Bobby McMillon, Gayle Ross, Frankie Manning,
Ed Gero, Emery Battis, Tinh Mahoney, Carmen Deedy, Paul Zarzyski, Norman
Kennedy, and Djimo Kouyate and family.
October 8: Wylie and the Wild West, featuring Wylie "Gus" Gustafson,
from Dusty, Washington, and his four-piece band, presented a concert of "fine
western music." The group was introduced and interviewed by Washington
State folklorist Jens Lund.
October 14: Nancy G. Heller delivered a lecture on flamenco dance, which
was enhanced by demonstrations by Nancy K. Sedgwick, Lourdes P. Elias,
Jaime Coronado, Marija Temo, and Manolo Leiva.
October 21: journalist and author Scott Alarik presented a lecture on
the topic "Folk Music in the 21st Century: the Road from Here," based
on his new book Deep Community: Adventures in the Modern Folk Underground.
October 23: Balkan singer Tatiana Sarbinska performed traditional songs
November 12: Chuna McIntyre and the Nunamta Yup'ik Eskimo Dancers presented
songs, stories and dances from southwestern Alaska.
November 13: Folksinger Odetta performed in the Coolidge Auditorium, accompanied
by pianist, Seth Farber. The concert celebrated the seventy-fifth anniversary
of AFC's Archive of Folk Culture.
November 20: the Indian musical ensemble Ganga, featuring Hitabrata Roy
and his family, performed in the Madison Hall, singing and playing music
from the East Indian state of Bengal.
November 21: Michael Chyet, folklorist and cataloger in Middle Eastern
Languages at the Library of Congress, gave a lecture entitled "Telling
the Tale of the Innocent Slandered Maiden."
December 3: AFC held an open-house celebration of the seventy-fifth anniversary
of the creation Archive of Folk Culture. Formal remarks were presented
by AFC director Peggy Bulger and staff members Michael Taft, Judith Gray,
Todd Harvey, Ann Hoog, and Jennifer Cutting.
December 11: the Colombian musical ensemble Sensación Vallenata
con Gustavo Nieto, from Wheaton, Maryland, presented a concert, which was
part of the Library's "Capital Roots" series.
January 22: Yang Xianrang, artist and professor emeritus of the Beijing Central
Academy of Fine Arts, gave a lecture titled "Chinese Folk Art Today." Presented
in Chinese, the lecture was in celebration of the Chinese New Year, and was
part of AFC's Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture Series.
February 25: AFC staff members John Barton and Myron Briggs gave a talk
on the Center's new online presentation "Voices from the Days of Slavery." Barton
described technical aspects of the site and Briggs read excerpts from the
audio recordings of interviews with former slaves.
March 10: Marcel Bénéteau, University of Windsor, presented
a lecture on French folksongs.
March 23: AFC folklife specialist Ilana Harlow presented a slide-illustrated
lecture on the topic "Giving a Voice to Sorrow: Creative Responses
March 25: A reception was held to celebrate the acquisition of the Alan
Lomax Collection. Formal remarks were offered by Peggy Bulger, James H.
Billington, Mickey Hart, Anna Lomax Wood, and Bess Lomax Hawes. In addition,
a song was sung by Jean Ritchie, who had been recorded by Alan Lomax in
the 1930s. Following the reception, Dr. Billington hosted a dinner for
members of the AFC board, members of the Lomax family, and other invited
April 1: An evening concert, titled "Masters of Mexican Music" was
held in Coolidge Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. This performance by a national touring
show, produced by the National Council for the Traditional Arts, drew a
standing-room-only crowd that included many members of the Congressional
Hispanic Caucus and a large contingent from the Embassy of Mexico.
April 15: A performance by guitarists Norman and Nancy Blake opened the
Center's "Homegrown" concert series. Folklorist Teresa Hollingsworth,
of the Southern Arts Federation, introduced the Blakes.
April 27: Bart Plantagena presented a lecture titled "Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo:
The Secret History of Yodeling around the World," which was based
on his recent book on the subject, and yodelers Randy Erwin and Cathy Fink
demonstrated yodeling techniques. The program was part of the Benjamin
Botkin Folklife Lecture Series.
May 18: Don Roy Trio and Florence Martin presented a concert of Franco-American
fiddle music and songs from Maine, as part of the "Homegrown" concert
May 25: Nora Yeh, AFC folklife specialist, presented a lecture titled "Eight
Sounds of Chinese Musical Instruments," which was part of the Benjamin
Botkin Folklife Lecture Series.
June 15: The Paschall Brothers, an a cappella singing group that performs
gospel music in the Tidewater Virginia tradition, presented a concert which
was part of the "Homegrown" concert series. Jon Lohman, Director
of the Folklife Program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities,
introduced the program. After the concert, the Foundation sponsored a luncheon
for the performers and guests from the National Endowment for the Arts,
Folk and Traditional Arts Program.
June 16: Dr. Natalie Kononenko, Professor of Slavic Languages, Literatures,
and Folklore at the University of Virginia, presented an illustrated lecture, "Ivan
Kupalo: Ritual in Post-Soviet Ukraine," as part of the Benjamin Botkin
Folklife Lecture Series; it was co-sponsored by the Library's John W. Kluge
July 14: The Oinkari Basque Dancers, from Boise, Idaho, gave a performance
which was part of the "Homegrown" series. United States Senators
Larry Craig and Michael Crapo, from Idaho, were introduced by Associate
Librarian Deanna Marcum and offered remarks before the performance. Idaho
state folklorist Maria-Carmen Gambliel introduced the group.
July 16: Maria-Carmen Gambliel, Director of the Folk and Traditional Arts
Program, Idaho Commission on the Arts, delivered an illustrated lecture, "Basque
Culture in the Western United States," as part of the Benjamin Botkin
Folklife Lecture Series.
August 18: The Phong Nguyen Ensemble, from Ohio, presented a concert of
Vietnamese music, as part of the "Homegrown" series.
August 31: AFC staff member Maggie Kruesi presented an illustrated lecture,
"From Patent Medicines to Patents for Indigenous KnowledgeBMaterial
and Spiritual Economies," as part of the Center's Benjamin Botkin
September 20: Folklorist Angus Kress Gillespie, of Rutgers University,
presented a lecture titled "The Lore of America's Coal Miners: A Fresh
Look at the George Korson Collection, as part of the Benjamin Botkin Folklife
September 28: Anjani Ambegaokarn gave a performance of North Indian Kathak
music and dance as part of the Center's "Homegrown" concert series.
September 29: The National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows
Dinner, in the Library's Great Hall, was co-sponsored by AFC, NEA, and
National Council for the Traditional Arts.
Key Personnel Changes
Margaret Kruesi was appointed Cataloger on February 2.
Gene Berry was appointed Assistant to the Director, effective April 4,
James B. Hardin, the Center's long-time writer/editor, retired on April
Sarah Bradley Leighton began a permanent appointment as Processing Technician
on June 7, 2004.
Diane Kresh was appointed director of the Veterans History Project, in
July 2004. She succeeds interim director, Bev Lindsey.
Anneliesa Clump Behrend was hired as Public Affairs Specialist for the
Veterans History Project in August 2004.
Monica Mohindra became the Veterans History Projects new coordinator for
oral history workshops in August 2004.
For the dates:
October 1, 2004 through September 30, 2005
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|Items (containers) served to readers
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American Folklife Center
Audio Materials: 5,470
Moving Images: 5,268
Other Print Materials (ephemera): 1,853
Machine Readable Materials: 7
Veterans History Project
These collections are technically part of the American Folklife Center,
but generally counted separately.
Audio Materials: 4,427
Moving Images: 3,132
Machine Readable Materials (discs and CDs containing documents): 257
Veterans History Project Reference
Since reference service for this collection is handled by two separate
staffs (folklife reading room and VHP) some of these numbers are reflected
in the general reference statistics above. The numbers below reflect questions
handled exclusively by the VHP staff, not the AFC reference staff.
Total Reference: 50
Total Directionals: 15