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Work and Transformation: Documenting Working Americans

Symposium Co-Sponsored by the American Folklife Center and the
Institute for Museum and Library Services

December 6-7, 2010
Thomas Jefferson Building, Room 119
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20540

Selected Folklife Resources on Work in America


Readings | Film | Audio | AFC Collections | Archives and Museums | Societies | Funding

Readings

American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. 1978. "Labor and Industrial Folksongs: A Select Bibliography."

American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. 1979. "Logging and Lumbermens' Songs of the United States and Canada: A Selected Bibliography."

American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. 1977. "A Select Bibliography on American Maritime Folksong."

Baron, Robert and Nick Spitzer, eds. Public Folklore. University Press of Mississippi, 2007.

Byington, Robert H., ed. 1978. Working Americans: Contemporary Approaches to Occupational Folklife. Western Folklore, special issue, Vol. 37, no. 3.

Dyer, Barbara and Judith K. Chynoweth. 1991. Strengthening Families: A Guide for State Policymaking. Council of Governors' Policy Advisors.

Green, Archie. 1987. "At the Hall, in the Stope, Who Treasures Tales of Work?" Western Folklore, Vol. XLVI, no. 3, pp. 153-170.

Green, Archie. 1994. Wobblies, Pile Butts And other Labor Heroes: Laborlore Explorations. University of Illinois Press.

Greenhouse, Steven. 2008. The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Random House.

Groce, Nancy. 2010. Lox, Stocks, and Backstage Broadway: Iconic Trades of New York City. Smithsonian Institution Press.

Groen, Jeffrey, Ronald Ehrenberg, Harriet Zuckerman, and Sharon Brucker. 2009. Educating Scholars: Doctoral Education in the Humanities. Princeton University Press.

Groen, Jeffrey A. and Anne E. Polivka. 2009. "Going Home after Hurricane Katrina: Determinants of Return Migration and Changes in Affected Areas." Bureau of Labor Statistics Working Paper 426, September 2009. Forthcoming in Demography. Abstract and PDF available via the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Gutsche, Betha. 2010. A Year with Project Compass: Libraries Provide Directions in Tough Times.OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. [PDF, 24 pp., 1.21MG. Requires free Adobe Reader External Link software.]

Ives, Edward D. 1988. George Magoon and the Down East Game War. University of Illinois Press.

Johnson, Paula, ed. 1988. Working the Water: The Commercial Fisheries of Maryland's Patuxent River. University Press of Virginia.

Jones, William P. 2005. The Tribe of Black Ulysses: African-American Lumber Workers In the Jim Crow South. University of Illinois Press.

Lloyd, Timothy. 1990. Lake Erie Fishermen: Work, Identity, and Tradition. University of Illinois Press.

McCarl, Robert S. 1985. The District of Columbia Fire Fighters' Project: A Case Study in Occupational Folklife. Smithsonian Institution Press.

McCarl, Robert S., ed. 2006. Lessons of Work: Contemporary Explorations of Work Culture. Western Folklore, special issue, Vol. 65, nos. 1-2.

McCarl, Robert S. 1983. While I Breathe, I Hope: Personal Accounts of Cotton Mill Workers with Brown Lung Disease. Brown Lung Association.

National Endowment for the Arts. 2008. Artists in the Workforce: 1990-2005 (order hard copies or download a PDF via the link).

Oxfam America. 2004. Like Machines in the Field: Workers Without Rights in American Agriculture. Research Report. Oxfam America.

Peterson, Elizabeth. 1996. The Changing Faces of Tradition: A Report on the Folk and Traditional Arts in the United States. Research Division Report 38. National Endowment for the Arts.

Schrager, Sam. 1999. The Trial Lawyer's Art. Temple University Press.

Taylor, David. 1992. Documenting Maritime Folklife. American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Film

Brooks, Maria and Archie Green. 2003. Pilebutts: Working Under the Hammer.External Link 28 minutes, color.

Doob, Nick and Steven Zeitlin. 1998. The Urban Gospel Ministry of Robert and Lily Butler.External Link 40 minutes, color.

Hunt, Marjorie, Paul Wagner, and Steven Zeitlin. 1993. The Grand Generation.External Link 27 minutes, color.

Santino, Jack, Paul Wagner, and Steven Zeitlin. 1978. Mermaids, Frog Legs, and Fillets.External Link 18 minutes, color.

Tarbell, Reaghan. 2009. To Brooklyn and Back: A Mohawk Journey. 57 minutes, color. Mushkeg Productions.

See also : Folkstreams.net list of films related to work.External Link

Audio Recordings

Spitzer, Nick. 2008. American Routes: Songs and Stories From the Road. Highbridge Company.

Negro Blues and Hollers. 1996. Rounder Records, ROUN1501. From the collections of the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Songs and Ballads of the Anthracite Miners. 1996. Rounder Records, ROUN1502. From the collections of the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Railroad Songs and Ballads. 1997. Rounder Records, ROUN1508. From the collections of the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Afro-American Spirituals, Work Songs, and Ballads. 1998. Rounder Records, ROUN1510. From the collections of the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cowboy Songs, Ballads, and Cattle Calls from Texas. 1999. Rounder Records, ROUN1512. From the collections of the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Negro Work Songs and Calls. 1999. Rounder Records, ROUN1517. From the collections of the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Songs and Ballads of the Bituminous Miners. 2002. Rounder Records, ROUN1522. From the collections of the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

AFC Online Presentations Related to Labor

Buckaroos in Paradise: Ranching Culture in Northern Nevada, 1945-1982 (American Memory online collection).

Captain Pearl R. Nye: Life on the Ohio and Erie Canal (American Memory online collection).

Laborlore Conversations IV: Documenting Occupational Folklore Then and Now (2007 Symposium website with webcasts and photographs of the events).

Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia (American Memory online collection).

Voices from the Dust Bowl: The Charles L. Todd & Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection (American Memory online collection).

Working in Paterson: Occupational Heritage in an Urban Setting (American Memory online collection).

Selected Archives and Museums with Holdings in the Folklife and Oral History of Labor

Acadian Archives/Archives Acadiennes,External Link University of Maine, Fort Kent.

American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Autry National Center of the American West,External Link Los Angeles, California.

The Catskill Regional Folklife and History Archives, Catskill Center for Conservation and Development,External Link Arkville, New York.

Center for Pennsylvania Culture Studies,External Link Middletown, Pennsylvania.

City Lore,External Link New York, New York.

Fife Folklore Archive,External Link Logan, Utah.  

Immigratrion History Research Center,External Link University of Minnesota.

Maine Folklife Center and Archives,External Link University of Maine, Orono.

Mystic Seaport Museum,External Link Mystic, Connecticut.

Northeast Historic Film Archive,External Link Bucksport, Maine.

Old World Wisconsin,External Link Eagle, Wisconsin.

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area,External Link Homestead, Pennsylvania.

Randall V. Mills Memorial Archive of Northwest Folklore,External Link University of Oregon, Eugene.

Southern Labor Archive,External Link Atlanta, Georgia.

Walter P. Reuther Library,External Link Detroit, Michigan.

Vermont Folklife Center Archive,External Link Middlebury, Vermont.

Selected Scholarly Societies

American Folklore Society.External Link

Labor Archives Roundtable,External Link Society of American Archivists.This site includes a directory, Labor Archives in the United States and Canada.External Link

Society for the Anthropology of Work,External Link American Anthropological Association.

Funding: Awards and Fellowships

Archie Green Fellowships, Library of Congress. Supports ethnographic documentation of American workers.

Center for Comparative Immigration Studies Fellowships.External Link

Fund for Labor Culture and History.External Link For graduate students in California universities.

 

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