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Women Documenting the World

Women as Folklorists, Ethnomusicologists & Fieldworkers

Thursday, September 26, 2019
9:30 am -5:00 pm

Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Library of Congress

A woman sits in front of a reel-to-reel tape recorder and writes on a tape box as a man holding a uillean pipe looks on in the background.
Jean Ritchie records uillean piper Michael Reagh in Ireland, 1953. Jean Ritchie and George Pickow Collection, 1923-2015, American Folklife Center.

The American Folklife Center launches its multi-year initiative to highlight, explore, and celebrate the contributions of women as ethnographic fieldworkers and scholars with Documenting the World, a day-long program of talks, interviews, and discussions on Thursday, September 26. 

The free event, which is open to the public, calls attention to the role of women in establishing many of the foundational collections that enrich the American Folklife Center archive as well as other ethnographic archives throughout the world. It features presentations by contemporary researchers who are currently engaged in both national and international fieldwork, and includes brief presentations by American Folklife Center staff about important fieldwork collections in the American Folklife Center archive that were created by women, and that are too often overlooked.

Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at 202-707-6362 or [email protected]


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