Articles and Essays

  • Hairdresser and Beauty Shop Culture in America In 2012, documentarian Candacy Taylor received an Archie Green Fellowship to document hairdresser and beauty shop culture across America. The resulting 16 in-depth interviews were conducted at various types of hair-related establishments, from upscale New York City salons to home beauty parlors in Philadelphia and West Virginia, and suburban and small town shops in Washington, D.C., Boston, and California. The collector focused on shops...
  • Western Folklife Center: Gold Mining in Nevada In 2011, Western Folklife Center folklorists Charles Seemann and Margaret "Meg" Glaser from Elko, Nevada, in collaboration with the Nevada Gold Mining Association, conducted 5 interviews focusing on oral histories and occupational folklife of contemporary gold mining in northern Nevada. The interviews include "Terms & Lingo" lists, miscellaneous materials, and one (afc2011064_00189), includes original gold mining safety songs composed and performed by mine "Safety...
  • Stable Views: Stories and Voices from the Thoroughbred Racetrack In 2012, folklorist Dr. Ellen McHale received an Archie Green Fellowship to document "backstretch" track workers— trainers, grooms, exercise riders, hot-walkers, jockeys, blacksmiths, and others--directly involved with the care and maintenance of thoroughbred racehorses at race tracks along the U.S. East Coast. The fieldworker conducted 17 audio interviews and took documentary photographs at various locations, including racetracks in Belmont and Saratoga Springs, New York;...
  • Working the Port of Houston In 2011, folklorists Pat Jasper, Director of the Houston Folklife and Traditional Arts Program at the Houston Arts Alliance, and Carl Lindahl, Martha Gano Houston Research Professor, Department of English, University of Houston received an Archie Green Fellowship to document the diverse culture of work and workers associated with the port of Houston and the Houston ship channel. Over the course of the next...
  • Cultural Traditions of Ironworkers in America’s Upper Midwest In 2011, Professor James P. Leary, from the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Dr. Clark D. "Bucky" Halker of Chicago, Illinois, received an Archie Green Fellowship though the non-profit organization Company of Folk to document the "Cultural Traditions of Ironworkers in America's Upper Midwest." Leary and Halker independently interviewed a total of 26 ironworkers...
  • The "Big Top" Show Goes On: An Oral History of Occupations Inside and Outside the Canvas Tent In 2011, librarians Tanya D. Finchum and Juliana Nykolaiszyn of the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at Oklahoma State University’s Edmon Low Library in Stillwater, Oklahoma, received an Archie Green Fellowship to research multi-generational circuses, circus workers, and circus families in the small town of Hugo, Oklahoma. For several generations, Hugo has been a "wintering over" town for small, family-owned circuses. Many of its...
  • Taking Care: Documenting the Occupational Culture of Home Health Care Workers In 2014, Professor Bob Bussel and his colleagues at the University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center in Eugene, Oregon, received an Archie Green Fellowship to conduct oral history interviews with workers who provide home-based care for the elderly and the disabled in the state of Oregon. Bussel and his team worked closely with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 503, to...