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American Folklife Center Annual Report for 1996

Alan Jabbour, Director

Organization and Reauthorization

The process of congressional authorization for the American Folklife Center began on July 19, 1995, when Sen. Mark Hatfield (R-Oregon) introduced a bill (S. 1051) providing for a four-year term. The bill was cosponsored by Senators Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi), Claiborne Pell (D-Rhode Island), Daniel Moynihan (D-New York), and Harry Reid (D-Nevada).

On November 13, 1995, in a Library-wide reorganization, the Center became part of Library Services/Public Service Collections, and staff members at the Center and Public Service Collections worked closely to define the new administrative relationship. At the same time, the Center worked with the Library's Congressional Relations Office on gaining the approval of appropriate House committees for authorization, so as to reach common agreement with the Senate. Nevertheless, the House declined to introduce a bill during 1995 and the early months of 1996.

Fearful that reauthorization for the Center would not be forthcoming, and that the Center's entire appropriation would be lost, the Library developed an alternative plan for making the Center a division of the Library and negotiated with the House Oversight committee for putting it into effect. On June 26, in reaction to that idea, Rep. David Obey offered an amendment to the committee report to accompany the FY 1997 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill, directing the Library to create a plan to transfer the American Folklife Center to the Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies at the Smithsonian Institution. During June and July, Center staff worked with accountants from Abacus Technology and Soza and Company to supply them with information needed for such a plan, but eventually the request for the plan was withdrawn.

On July 10, during the Senate Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee hearings on the Library of Congress, Sen. Mark Hatfield, chairman of both the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Joint Committee on the Library, expressed strong support for the work of the American Folklife Center and endorsed maintaining its legislative authority. During the Senate Appropriations Committee markup of the FY 1997 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill (H.R. 3754) on July 19, he introduced provisions for permanent authorization of the Center and for funding the Center fully at the level requested for FY 1997. His accompanying comments strongly supported the work of the Center, and the Senate committee indicated that it did not agree with the House proposal to relocate the Center to the Smithsonian Institution.

On July 25 and 26, the Center's board of trustees held a special meeting at the Library to discuss the Library's response to the request for a plan to transfer the Center. Present at the meeting were James H. Billington, Winston Tabb, Geraldine Otremba, Steve Kelley, and Jill Brett, as well as Jane Beck, president of the American Folklore Society, and Stephen Wade, secretary of the National Council for the Traditional Arts.

On July 29, when H.R. 3754 reached the floor of the Senate, Senator Hatfield amended the provision on permanent authorization, substituting a provision authorizing the Center for FY 1997 and FY 1998. He once again stated his support for the Center and expressed the hope that the Library (the best home for the Center), the Center's Board of Trustees, and the folklife community would work to increase fund-raising for the Center and to enact permanent authorization in the next Congress. The bill passed the Senate on July 30. The House agreed with the Senate, and President Clinton signed the Legislative Branch Appropriations bill on September 16.

On the evening of September 18, in the Northwest Curtain of the Library's Jefferson Building, the Center celebrated its twentieth anniversary with a reception for about two hundred invited guests, including Senator Hatfield. Collection materials and equipment were on display, and staff were on hand to explain programs and activities.

New Board and Staff Members

On May 15, the president pro tempore of the Senate appointed James F. Hoy of Kansas and Charles E. Trimble of Nebraska to the Board of Trustees of the American Folklife Center. On February 20, Nora Yeh joined the staff as a processing archivist.

Ongoing Projects

Appalachian Forest Folklife Project

With partial funding from the Fund For Folk Culture, Center folklorist Mary Hufford and contract photographer Lyntha Eiler worked with residents of southern West Virginia's Coal River Valley to document the seasonal round of activities connected with the forest. The Center has developed a proposal and will pursue funding for a CD ROM based on the Appalachian Forest Project entitled "Keeping the Seasons: Voices from the Mother Forest."

Dance Heritage Coalition Access Project

During the year, the Center's participation in the Dance Heritage Coalition Access Project ended. Dance archivist Michelle Forner completed her work processing Center collections that contained significant amounts of dance material, including the Popescu-Judetz Collection, Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project, James Madison Carpenter Collection, and the Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection. The work helped the Center to develop processing methods, made these materials more accessible to the public, and led to further acquisitions in the area of dance.

Montana Heritage Project

On March 29, the Center received $119,000 from the Liz Claiborne/Art Ortenberg Foundation for the second year of the Montana Heritage Project. The award supports a director, Michael Umphrey, a summer teacher institute, and student projects. On May 2-3, four students and two teachers from St. Ignatius and Chester, Montana, along with project director Michael Umphrey, visited the Library of Congress as representatives of the first year's round of participants in the project. They toured the Library, then met with the Librarian and Mrs. Billington, as well as Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg.

National Digital Library Program and Other Automation Projects

Folklife Center staff reviewed and evaluated twelve Center collections for size, format, condition, quality, ethnic representation, and suitability for the target audience, in order to create a proposal to the National Digital Library Program for digital conversion over the next four years.

The Center now has an Internet mailing address for reference queries: [email protected]. Free Center publications, including Folklife Center News and Finding Aids for the Archive of Folk Culture, have been encoded and added to the Center's World Wide Web site:

Stephanie Hall served on the Library's Internet Operations Team and the Integrated Library Systems Project team, representing Library Services and Public Service Collections.

Parsons Fund for Ethnography in the Library of Congress

On April 22, the Parsons Fund Committee (consisting of the professional staff of the Center) selected Julia Bishop, of Sheffield, England, for the first award from the fund. Dr. Bishop requested money to travel to the United States, so as to create an index for the Center's James Madison Carpenter ballad collection. At the Library, August 11-27, she assisted in processing the collection by editing the collection guide, housing materials, taking the cylinders to the Recording Laboratory for examination and playing, and identifying some of the materials.


Anne L. Grimes, of Granville, Ohio, an authority on Midwestern American folk music and expert on the lore and technique of the plucked dulcimer, has donated a substantial portion of her collection of primarily Ohio folk music to the Folklife Center. In 1958, Ms. Grimes lent 73 of her tape recordings for duplication, and she has now sent a group of original materials, expanding the collection to some 144 tape recordings and 879 manuscript pages. Ms. Grimes has been involved in performing and collecting folk music since the early 1940s, when she began touring extensively throughout Ohio and other states giving folklore lecture-recitals. Ms. Grimes's collection includes 853 pages of notes and selected song transcriptions, as well as sound recordings on 103 seven-inch, 22 five-inch, 2 four-inch, and 13 three-inch tape reels, and 4 audiocassettes. John M. Bodiker, Bob Gibson, 4-H Club founder Albert B. Graham, Bascom Lamar Lunsford, May Kennedy McCord, Branch Rickey, Carl Sandburg, Pete Seeger, and Anne Grimes herself are among the performers represented in the collection.

Mrs. Louis Herron, through Dan McCurry, has donated an unpublished thirty-seven page manuscript by her father, Bascom Lamar Lunsford, a prominent folksong collector, folksinger, and festival organizer from western North Carolina who is already well represented in the Archive. The manuscript, dated January 19, 1934, describes his song collecting activities and the specific circumstances in which he collected various songs.

L. Parker Temple III of Burke, Virginia, has donated sixteen spools containing wire recordings of some of the radio programs broadcast by his late father, L. Parker "Pick" Temple II, a popular folksinger in the Washington, D.C., area in the late 1940s and 1950s.

The Center has purchased from Bill Ochs of the Pennywhistler's Press in New York City, audiotapes of Micho Russell (1915-1994) recorded in New York between 1990 and 1993. Russell is a tin whistle player from Doolin, County Clare, Ireland.

The Center has purchased from the Pueblo of Zuni audiotapes containing over four hundred hours of Zuni Indian storytelling. The purchase of the collection has enabled the Zuni to duplicate these tapes so as to have copies archived in national and southwestern repositories and to use the material for curriculum development and cultural radio programming.

Carl Fleischhauer of Port Republic, Maryland, has donated a collection of 29 audiotapes, 7 audiocassettes, 2 contact sheets, 1 periodical, 2 photographs, and 244 manuscript pages mainly concerning West Virginia fiddling.

Coming Home, a division of Lands' End, has donated the materials from a national quilt contest sponsored in cooperation with Good Housekeeping, held periodically over the past several years. The collection contains approximately 22,300 images, 14,000 manuscript pages, administrative files, and public relations materials from three contests.

Public Events

October 10: seminar featuring presentations by leading folklorists from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland entitled "Current Themes in Nordic Folklore Research." The visiting folklorists were Anne Leonora Blaakilde, University of Copenhagen; Barbro Klein, Stockholm University; Birgitte Rorbye, University of Copenhagen; Torunn Selberg, University of Bergen; Gry Heggli, University of Bergen; Ulf Palmenfelt, Nordic Institute of Folklore; Knut Djupedal, Norwegian Emigrant Museum; and Stein Mathisen, Finnmark College.

November 9: showing of a documentary video on George "Speedy" Krise, country music song writer and dobroist (produced by Library staffers Charles Bean and Ray Schmitt, and cosponsored by the LC Employee Film Society). Newspaper reports on the event appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer (November 10) and the Akron Beacon Journal (November 13).

May 31: lecture by Mary Hufford entitled "Stalking the Mother Forest: Culture, History, and the Central Appalachian Cove," on her fieldwork in the Coal River Valley of West Virginia.

June 28: multi-media presentation by dance archivist Michelle Forner entitled "Promenade Through the Stacks: Dance Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture," on her work for the Dance Heritage Coalition Access Project processing collections for the Center.

July 9: talk with taped examples by Joseph C. Hickerson on "Women Collectors in the Archive of Folk Culture."

August 7: illustrated lecture by Darka Lassowsky Nebesh entitled "Ukrainian Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture."

August 28: illustrated lecture by David A. Taylor entitled "Working in Paterson: Documenting Occupational Heritage in Paterson, New Jersey." Taylor is the director of the Center's Working in Paterson Project.

September 5: four-minute program on "Bonaparte's Retreat," on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." The first program in a new series on folk music treasures from the Archive of Folk Culture by folklorist and musician Stephen Wade.

September 27: an illustrated talk by Alan Govenar entitled "Portraits of Community: the Texas African American Photography Collection."


RECORDINGS: I Can Eagle Rock: Jook Joint Blues from Alabama and Louisiana: Library of Congress Recordings 1940-1941 has been released on compact disc by Travelin' Man (TM CD 09), a product of Interstate Music Ltd. of Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, England.

SERIALS: Folklife Center News (fall 1995), with articles by Michelle Forner, on Romanian folk dance documentation (and the Dance Heritage Coalition Access Project); by Joseph Hickerson, on significant acquisitions during fiscal 1995; by Stephanie Hall, on the World Wide Web; and by Joseph Hickerson, et al., on the publication of a new finding aid on tales of the supernatural in the Folk Archive. Folklife Center News (winter-spring 1996), with part 1 of an article by Alan Jabbour entitled "The American Folklife Center: A Twenty-Year Retrospective."

FINDING AIDS: World War II Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture (LCFAFA no. 15), compiled by Jennifer L. Davis; Boatbuilding Documentation in the Archive of Folk Culture (LCFAFA no. 16), compiled by Seth Bruggeman; Iowa Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture (LCFAFA no. 17), compiled by Heather L. Eastman; Oregon Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture (LCFAFA no. 18), compiled by Megan M. Dreger; Minnesota Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture (LCFAFA no. 19), compiled by Ross S. Gersten; West Virginia Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture Acquired through 1990 (LCFAFA no. 20), compiled by Gregory K. Jenkins, with Rachel I. Howard, Scott R. Prouty, and Kathy J. Shambaugh; Colorado Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture (LCFAFA no. 21), compiled by Ashley S. Hutto; and Wyoming Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture (LCFAFA no. 22), compiled by Amanda J. Higgins.

Professional Activities

PETER BARTIS contributed an entry on the holler to a new volume, American Folklore: An Encyclopedia, edited by Jan Harold Brunvand and published by Garland. On May 6, he served on the selection panel to make recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior for 1996 Historic Preservation Fund grants to Indian tribes, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. On June 27, he presented a program on fieldwork at the Northern Virginia Folkore Institute for teachers. He continues to serve as an English and History Framework Advisory Board member for the District of Columbia Public Schools and as an alumni career advisor for the University of Pennsylvania. During the summer, he appeared in the Global Library Project's television series Communication: The Human Imperative, in the program titled "Icons and Symbols: Communication Shorthand."

CAMILA BRYCE-LAPORTE has been reappointed to the folk arts panel of the Maryland Arts Council.

JENNIFER CUTTING was the featured guest on "Traditions," a monthly folk music production hosted by David Eisner for Montgomery Cable Access Television, January 1996. On February 15, Cutting chaired the panel "Rocking the Folks: Anglo-Celtic Folk-Rock in North America" at the Eighth Annual North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance Conference in Washington, D.C. She also helped with local arrangements for international conference participants. On April 26, Cutting received the Chris Austin Songwriting Prize at the Ninth Annual Merle Watson Memorial Festival in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. On May 24 and 25, she attended the National Association of Independent Record Distributors & Manufacturers (NAIRD) Convention in Baltimore, where she participated in the Folk Special Interest Group.

JUDITH GRAY attended the annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology in Los Angeles, California, October 18-22. She participated in a preconference on "Music and Technoculture," as well as in meetings of the Editorial Board and the Archiving Committee. She has been elected Secretary of the society, in which capacity she attended the fall (November 3-5) and spring (April 25-27) meetings of the Conference of Administrative Officers of the American Council of Learned Societies, as well as the fall (October 18-22) and spring (March 8-10) board meetings of the Society for Ethnomusicology. She continues to serve as book review editor for the society's journal, Ethnomusicology. On July 7, she was a presenter in the foodways section of the Iowa component of the Festival of American Folklife at the Smithsonian Institution on the Mall. Gray also served this year as chair of the Parsons Fund Committee.

STEPHANIE HALL presented a paper at the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society in Lafayette, Louisiana, October 11-15, 1995. She published an article in the American Folklore Society Newsletter (October 1995) titled "American Folklife Center World Wide Web Page."

JOSEPH HICKERSON presented a lecture entitled "Singing the Sea: Maritime Song and Maritime Culture" with recorded examples as part of "Working the Port: A Conference and Festival of Maritime Work and Culture" held October 1, 1995, at the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City. On October 11-15, at the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society in Lafayette, Louisiana, Hickerson staffed an information table. On October 18-22, at the annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology in Los Angeles, California, Hickerson staffed an information table and chaired a meeting of the SEM Archives Committee. On November 15-17, he attended the annual conference of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, D.C. On February 14-18, 1996, Hickerson staffed an exhibit booth at the eighth annual conference of the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance in Washington, D.C. He also acquired approximately 900 items for the collections, including 650 ephemera, 40 compact discs, and 20 audiocassettes. On February 15, he moderated a panel on folk archives in the Washington, D.C., area, and on the 17th he participated in a panel on Leadbelly. On February 15, he was interviewed by Jim Lloyd, producer of the "Folk on 2" radio program of the British Broadcasting Corporation. On March 20-24, Hickerson staffed a display table at the annual meeting of the Sonneck Society for American Music in Falls Church, Virginia. On March 27, he gave a talk in the Library's Mary Pickford Theater entitled "Folk Music of the Washington, D.C., Area" using recorded examples from the Archive's collections. The talk was cosponsored by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter and the Folklore, Genealogy, and Local History Special Interest Group of the District of Columbia Library Association. On September 1-2, Hickerson presented a concert and participated in four workshops at the Nineteenth Annual Fox Valley Folk Festival in Geneva, Illinois. On September 27-29, he participated in "Hard Travelin': The Life and Legacy of Woody Guthrie," a series of events in Cleveland presented by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Woody Guthrie Archives.

MARY HUFFORD presented a paper at the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society in Lafayette, Louisiana, October 11-15, 1995. She has been invited to remain on the editorial board of the Journal of American Folklore. Hufford contributed to a special issue of the Journal of American Folklore (fall 1995) on "keywords for the study of expressive culture," with an article entitled "Context." On February 24 and 25, in Washington, D.C., Hufford attended a meeting of a coalition of environmental and scientific organizations to plan for a book-length publication on air pollution's effects in the Appalachian Mountains. She published an article in Appalachian Voice (winter 1996), a publication of the Sierra Club's Southern Appalachia Ecoregion Task Force, entitled, "Clean Air Regulation: The View from Kayford Mountain." On March 15 and 16, Hufford participated in the Lucy Braun Association's fourth annual meeting, held in Charleston, West Virginia. In addition to delivering a slide-illustrated talk entitled "Dueling Realities: Culture and Forest Transformation in West Virginia's Coal River Valley," she was master of ceremonies for an evening of tribute for John Flynn and the Mixed Mesophytic Forest. On March 30, she was a panelist at a session on cultural conservation for the Society for Applied Anthropology annual meeting in Baltimore. On April 2-3, Hufford participated in a panel to evaluate apprenticeship applications for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. During the week of April 15-20, she participated in "Watershed," a conference held at the Library of Congress, co-sponsored by the Orion Society and the Library's Poetry and Literature Center. She moderated a dialogue entitled "Imagining and Sustaining Forests," and was panelist for a session entitled "Using Information in an Ecological Age." On April 18, she was guest lecturer in the American civilization department at George Washington University. On April 26, she sat in on a dissertation committee meeting at the University of Pennsylvania's history department, then proceeded to New Jersey, where, on April 27, she was awarded a plaque for distinguished contributions to the study of New Jersey folklife, at the New Jersey Folk Festival. On August 3, she participated in a focus-group meeting at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, Virginia, to plan the "Encyclopedia of Appalachia," forthcoming from East Tennessee State University. On September 27, Hufford delivered a keynote address entitled "Keeping the Seasons: Narrative, Land-Use, and the Mother Forest," for the New York Folklore Society's annual meeting. Hufford published an article in the inaugural issue of New Jersey Wetlands, on the subject of cranberries. The issue was illustrated with photos from the Folklife Center's Pinelands Folklife Project. And she contributed entries on aging, cultural conservation, and hunting to a new volume, American Folklore: An Encyclopedia, edited by Jan Harold Brunvand and published by Garland.

ALAN JABBOUR chaired a telephone conference of the trustees of the Fund for Folk Culture, October 18, 1995, in which they approved thirty-two grants for $370,000 from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Community Folklife Program, which is administered by the Fund for Folk Culture. On November 3, Jabbour traveled to Concord, New Hampshire, to give an address at the annual meeting of the statewide preservation organization Inherit New Hampshire. On November 5-8, he traveled to London to participate in a joint meeting between the British Library and the Library of Congress to plan a joint exhibition featuring British-American relations. On November 10, he traveled to Cooperstown, New York, to address the 30th annual meeting of the Cooperstown Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Cooperstown Graduate Programs. On January 29-31, 1996, he traveled to Macy, Nebraska, with Lynn Kessler, a producer for the Library's Global Library Project. They visited and videotaped singers and cultural spokesmen for the Omaha Tribe for inclusion in a cable television program on cross-cultural communication produced by the Global Library Project. On January 22, he attended the opening of an exhibition of Howard Finster's art, entitled "Visions of Paradise," at the High Museum of Fine Arts in Atlanta. On February 15-19, he attended a meeting of the board of trustees of the Fund for Folk Culture in Santa Fe, New Mexico. On February 20, Jabbour spoke on "Folk Memory as a Resource: Revisiting the Hammons Family Project" as part of the staff colloquium series of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. On March 23, he chaired a panel session at the Sonneck Society for American Music in Falls Church, Virginia. On April 22-28, Jabbour traveled to Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India, as a consultant for the Ford Foundation during a Ford-sponsored conference of folklore centers in India. On May 25, he joined other board members of the Fund for Folk Culture in a meeting to evaluate applications to the Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Community Folklife Program, which is administered by the Fund. On June 5-6, he traveled to Mt. Airy, North Carolina, to serve as keynote speaker for a conference on "Old Time Music on Radio." In addition to his keynote speech on the role of new technologies on folk tradition in twentieth-century America, he spoke on a panel discussing archival issues, and he also held an impromptu session, at the request of conference attendees, on the current legislative status of the American Folklife Center. On June 23-30, Jabbour attended the Twentieth Anniversary Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Washington. He conducted three workshops on the musical art of Henry Reed, the West Virginia fiddler whom he recorded and with whom he apprenticed in the 1960s. In addition, he helped conduct two recorded interview-conversations with several oldtime fiddlers who had been invited to the festival, and he appeared on the Seattle-based NPR-syndicated radio program "Sandy Bradley's Potluck." On September 5-7, Jabbour traveled to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to attend the annual meeting of the board of trustees for the Fund for Folk Culture. He was elected secretary of the board for the coming year. On September 26-30, Jabbour returned to Santa Fe to chair a panel reviewing and recommending grant awards in the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Community Folklife Program, administered by the Fund for Folk Culture. Jabbour contributed entries on the American Folklife Center, the Archive of Folk Culture, and fiddle music to a new volume, American Folklore: An Encyclopedia, edited by Jan Harold Brunvand and published by Garland.

CATHERINE HIEBERT KERST was on assignment at the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies, October 1, 1995, to September 31, 1996, on an interagency exchange. She was curator for the Iowa Program for the 1996 Festival of American Folklife.

DAVID TAYLOR presented a paper at the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society in Lafayette, Louisiana, October 11-15, 1995, and chaired the meeting of the AFS Occupational Folklife Section. Taylor served as a consultant to two museums: the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (St. Michaels, Maryland), in connection with its exhibition "Deadrise: The Relationship of Watermen to Their Boats"; and the Penobscot Marine Museum (Searsport, Maine), in connection with its exhibition "An Ocean-Going Community: Searsport at Sea and Ashore." On April 2, 1996, Taylor presented a lecture on occupational culture to Tim Evans's "Introduction to Folklore" class at George Washington University. On April 19-21, he provided advice to staff at Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo) and the Michigan Maritime Museum (South Haven) concerning their plan to conduct extensive field documentation of the culture and traditions of Michigan's commercial fisheries, and to mount a major exhibition based on the research. On July 3, Taylor delivered a lecture on "Approaches to the Documentation of the Maritime Culture of the United States," at a symposium on maritime culture during the Glandore Summer School, County Cork, Republic of Ireland. During the following week, while in Belfast, he conferred with the head of the British Council (Northern Ireland), and staff at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, about bringing a version of the museum's photographic exhibition "Homelands: Historic Photographs from the North of Ireland" to small cities and towns across the United States, and developing a broad range of public programming that could be used at the local level to complement the exhibition. On September 9-12, Taylor served on the first "combined arts panel" of the National Endowment for the Arts, reviewing 1996 grant applications. He contributed an entry on boatbuilding to a new volume, American Folklore: An Encyclopedia, edited by Jan Harold Brunvand and published by Garland. And he has been named to the board of the Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association.

NORA YEH, on May 2, was elected program chair (and president designate for next year) for the Greater Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Chinese American Librarians Association. On May 5, Yeh conducted a site visit to review a Peking Opera performance by the Han Sheng Opera Institute in Rockville, Maryland, for the National Endowment for the Arts's Heritage and Preservation Division Program. On July 5, she traveled to New York City to attend the board meeting of the Chinese American Librarians Association, sessions organized by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, and the annual conference of the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association. On July 10, she gave a talk at the Library for the LCPA Chinese table on the Chinese musical instrument called the qin. On September 28-29, Yeh made a site visit in New York City for the National Endowment for the Arts, to review a performance of a regional Chinese opera, Shaoxing Xi.

American Folklife Center Board of Trustees

(serving during FY 1996)

Congressional Appointees

Nina Archabal, Director
Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota

Lindy Boggs, Former Member of Congress
New Orleans, Louisiana, and Washington, D.C.

Carolyn Hecker, Arts Supporter
Deer Isle, Maine

James F. Hoy, Professor of English
Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas

William L. Kinney Jr., Publisher
Marlboro Herald-Advocate, Bennettsville, South Carolina

Judith McCulloh, Executive Editor
University of Illinois Press, Champaign, Illinois

Charles E. Trimble, President, Charles Trimble Company,
President, Red Willow Institute, Omaha, Nebraska

Juris Ubans, Professor of Art
University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine

Presidential Appointees

Ada E. Deer, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, Department of Interior

Joseph D. Duffey, Director of the United States Information Agency

Madeleine M. Kunin, Deputy Secretary of Education

Shirley S. Sagawa, Managing Director of the Corporation for National and Community Service

Ex Officio Members

The Librarian of Congress
James H. Billington

The Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
I. Michael Heyman

The Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
Jane Alexander

The Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities
Sheldon Hackney

The Director, American Folklife Center
Alan Jabbour

American Folklife Center Status of Funds (fund balance as of September 30, 1996)

Fund Title Balance
American Folklife Center Gift Fund $7,983
Friends of the Folk Archive $16,478
Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Fund $18,088
Raye Virginia Allen $58,000
Gerald and Corinne Parsons Fund for Ethnography $21,502


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