Support the American Folklife Center
Build and Preserve Collections | Share Collections | Support the Veterans History Project | Support Fellowships
"Echoes From the Prairie," by Constance Finlayson, Carrollton, Missouri, June 1991. The 1992 Missouri State Winner, Lands' End All-American Quilt Contest. AFC1997/011: Folder 8960 P1.
The collections of the American Folklife Center are among the great treasures of the Library of Congress. At the AFC, we preserve and present the nation’s (and the world’s) rich folklife with the support of the U.S. Congress and the American public. However, to expand and enrich our programs, we rely on contributions from foundations and visionary individuals who value cultural stewardship. We invite you to join others who support the American Folklife Center. Your tax-deductible contributions help us strengthen our mission and expand our outreach. With your support, the American Folklife Center will…
- Develop and increase our collections, setting standards in archival preservation methods while also providing fellowships and support for current and future generations of dedicated workers who are documenting and sharing our diverse and dynamic cultural heritage.
- Create access to these collections through education programs; research, publication and preservation projects; concerts, lectures and symposia; and our website and Facebook page.
- Encourage the safeguarding of traditional arts and culture through partnerships with other federal agencies and cultural organizations such as StoryCorps, the American Folklore Society and the World Intellectual Property Organization.
- Nurture the capacity of cultural communities and organizations to preserve their legacies and connect with our archival resources through training, consultation and collaborative projects.
Options for Support:
Build and Preserve Our Collections
Your contribution supports the acquisitions and preservation of collections for the archive.
Friends of the Folk Archive Fund Donate Now
(Gift Fund G28200)
Established in 1978 by folksinger Michael Cooney and various other donors, to support the Center's archive and collection-based activities.
Share Our Collections and Knowledge
Your contribution supports the development of public and online programs and archival training for cultural heritage archives
Support the Veterans History Project
Veterans History Project Fund Donate Now
(Gift Fund G50050)Established in 2001 by various donors to support the programs and activities
of the Veterans History Project. For more information, visit the Veterans History Project website.
Support Our Fellowship Programs
Contributions support research projects by scholars, artists and other cultural specialists. Choose a Fellowship:
Owen Fund for Fieldwork at the Library of Congress Donate Now
720810) Established in 1999 in memory of folklorist Blanton
Owen by his family and friends, to support ethnographic field research and documentation in the United
States, especially by young scholars and documentarians. Select on the title
of this fund to go to application information. Select here for more information about the Blanton Owen Fund.
The Gerald E. and Corinne L. Parsons Fund for Ethnography at the Library of Congress Donate now
(Trust Fund 720660) Established in 1994 by former Center reference Librarian Gerald E. Parsons
Jr. in honor of his parents, to support the use of the Archive of Folk Culture
and ethnographic collections housed elsewhere in the Library of Congress, by
persons or organizations in the private sector. Select on the title of this
fund to go to application information. Select here to learn more about the Gerald E. and Corinne L. Parsons Fund For Ethnography.
The Henry Reed Fund for Folk Artists at the Library of Congress Donate Now
(Trust Fund 720850) Launched in 1999 by Alan and Karen Jabbour and other donors, in honor of oldtime
fiddler Henry Reed, this fund was established to provide support to activities
directly involving folk artists, especially when the activities reflect, draw
upon, or strengthen the collections of the American Folklife Center. Select here to learn more about the Henry Reed Fund for Folk Artists.