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American Folklife Center Annual Report for 2002

Peggy A. Bulger, Director

American Folklife Center Reorganization and Staff Development

Congressional approval of the American Folklife Center's budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2002, including the "Folklife Heritage Preservation and Access Initiative," has enabled the Center to recruit and develop a strong team of professionals to staff the "Save Our Sounds" audio preservation project and the Veterans History Project. In particular, the Center has fully staffed a collections processing unit for the first time in its history, which has allowed the Center to address its address its large processing arrearage.

The addition of nine new positions to the staff in the FY 2002 budget and the expansion of programs in areas of acquisition, collection, management, presentation, and educational outreach necessitated a review of the administrative structure of the Center and the subsequent creation of an independent archival section (to be headed by an administrative librarian) and a stronger administrative support team. Acquisition, processing, and reference staff will report to the newly created position head of the Folk Archive, when that position is filled in Fiscal Year 2003.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of the American Folklife Center held three meetings at the Library of Congress, November 8-9, 2001; February 28 to March 1, 2002; and June 27-28, 2002; and one meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, September 26-27, 2002. At the March meeting Kay Kaufman Shelemay, professor of Music at Harvard University, was elected chair; and Jane Beck, director of the Vermont Folklife Center, was elected vice-chair. The board also created the Archie Green Union, an association of American Folklife Center board members and former members, as well as other supporters, who will advise the director and help with fund-raising projects. During the June meeting the board held an all-day, facilitated retreat at the home of Andrew Wallace, in Prince George's County, Maryland, to discuss and begin work on a new strategic plan for the Center, a goals statement, and a "position description" for board members.

In September the board met in Omaha, hosted by the Nebraska Arts Council, the Nebraska Humanities Council, the Nebraska State Historical Society, the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs, the Red Willow Institute, and the John G. Neihardt Foundation. Former board trustee Charles Trimble coordinated the local arrangements for the meeting. Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, director of the Veterans History Project, met with the representatives of nine Native American tribes to discuss their participation in the project.

International Visitors and Meetings

Librarians and cultural specialists from many countries visited the American Folklife Center this year, including thirteen professors, librarians, and cultural specialists from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikstan, and Georgia; four visitors from Jordan; the cultural attaché from the Embassy of France, twelve librarians and American specialists from Russia, a librarian from Sweden; a cultural specialist from Cyprus; four librarians from Siberia; and an archivist from South Africa. All have been interested in issues of cultural heritage, preservation, and archival management. This interest has been further reflected in international conferences attended by a number of Center staff: In December 2001, Peggy Bulger traveled to Beijing, China, to represent the United States at the "International Symposium on the Protection and Legislation for Traditional/Folk Culture." In June 2002, Peggy Bulger and Michael Taft attended the Third Session of the Intergovernmental Committee on "Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge, and Folklore" of the World International Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland. In July, Nora Yeh attended a conference on preservation in Thailand, and Peggy Bulger attended the "First Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Culture and Highest Appropriate Authorities," sponsored by the Organization of American States, in Cartagena, Columbia. The participants discussed and agreed on a declaration called "Cultural Diversity, Development, and Globalization: A Perspective of the Organization of American States." In September, Judith Gray attended the annual meeting of the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives in Aarhus, Denmark.

Veterans History Project

On October 27, 2000, the U.S. Congress mandated a new national collection of oral history accounts of the experiences of America's war veterans and civilians who supported them. Congress directed the American Folklife Center to collect interviews on audio and video tape, as well as other documents, such as letters, photographs, diaries, and maps (Public Law 106-389). The start-up phase of this immense undertaking has now been completed, and project staff number eighteen, including program officers, processing technicians, and administrative support personnel. Congress provided $250,000 in the fiscal year 2002 budget for the project, and AARP, as the founding corporate sponsor, is donating $1 million a year for three years (2002-2004). The project has also received a donation of $80,000 from the Disabled American Veterans Association.

During the first two years of the project, the principal task was to build support and gain visibility. On November 8, 2001, the project held the first meeting of its Five-Star Council, an advisory body comprising twenty-six notable military and legislative leaders, including Sen. John Warner, Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony Principi, Sen. Ted Stevens, Maj. Gen. Jeanne Holm (USAF-Ret.), Lt. Col. Lee Archer (Ret.), Stephen Ambrose (now deceased), Tom Brokaw, and others. Later that day the project held a press briefing, with reception following, which enabled many on the Five-Star Council to speak publicly on their enthusiastic support of the project. The Washington Post, Washington Times, and many other newspapers elsewhere in the country carried Associated Press and other coverage of this event, linking it in to Veterans Day activities of November 11.

With nearly 19 million living American war veterans, the work of collecting their stories could not be accomplished without the help of many individuals and organizations. Every state is represented among the 450 official partner organizations recruited by the Veterans History Project (up from 115 in 2001), and the project enjoys a close working relationship with the Office of Veterans Affairs and most of the veterans service organizations such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Project staff are exploring ways of working with the National Park Service, for example, in creating a presence at World War II sites around the country. The project is also working closely with the American Folklore Society and the Oral History Association on training volunteers to conduct interviews with veterans. To date, there have been twenty-five workshops in fourteen states.

The Veterans History Project has created, printed, and distributed approximately one hundred thousand project kits containing guidelines, sample questions, and release forms for conducting oral history interviews and contributing material to the project collection. A toll-free phone number has been established, and project staff talk to veterans, partner organizations, and interested individuals every day.

The Veterans History Project's Web site includes the complete and regularly updated partner list of organizations, an extensive instruction kit, and information about additional reading. The site also includes, under "Sights and Sounds," sample clips from ten interviews, for those with Internet access. To reinforce the kit, an online course, "Remembrance: Recording Veterans' Oral Histories" was completed and will be available to the public through "Fathom," beginning on Veterans Day 2002. Development of the course was supported by AARP.

The January 2002 AARP Bulletin (one of three AARP member publications, along with Modern Maturity and My Generation) published an article on the Veterans History Project, "Preserving Wartime Memories," by Roberta Yared. There were also short articles in the Reader's Digest and the Ladies' Home Journal. On June 6, 2002, there was a program on the deck of the USS Intrepid, in New York City, attended by about five hundred people, including many veterans. At the event, there were many pledges to participate in the project, which received wonderful coverage in the local and national press. With the help of AARP, the Veterans History Project has helped to produce a five-minute promotional video that was duplicated and sent to all partner organizations and members of Congress. In August, National Public Radio produced a live-call-in, one-hour program featuring the project, and in September another station in Denver, Colorado, produced a live morning program featuring the project's director. Newspaper articles featuring the Veterans History Project have been published on nearly a weekly basis, and magazines such as Reunions, VFW magazine, and others produced by veterans service organizations partnering with the project promote it with each issue.

Other outreach activities included attendance and presentations at the July meeting of the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, Wisconsin; the September 12-14 annual meeting of AARP in San Diego; and the August meeting of the Society of American Archivists in Birmingham, Alabama.

There were 3,200 project submissions during fiscal year 2002, a five-fold increase from this time in 2001. Many members of Congress are involved, and some have organized statewide projects. Sen. Richard G. Lugar has submitted 500 interviews from Indiana. Many other members are quietly collecting material on their own. Promotional mailings to all members of Congress were done before Memorial Day and Veterans Day. In June, the project began an initiative to interview all members of Congress who are war veterans. Thus far, Senators Cleland, Hagel, and Carper, and Representatives Baca, Buyer, Gilman, Johnson, Kolbe, Pitts, and Schrock have been interviewed.

On May 14, the Veterans History Project unveiled its new searchable-collections database, which will enable comprehensive tracking of all the documentary materials received, as well as subject searching. In September, the project developed the National Registry of Service, recognizing and honoring participants by listing the names of those who have oral histories or other documentary materials in the developing collection. The Registry displays information from the database that currently has 2,354 entries. Announcement of the Registry will be a highlight for Veterans Day, November 11, 2002.

September 11, 2001, Documentary Project

Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the American Folklife Center called upon folklorists and other cultural specialists across the nation to document on audio tape the thoughts and feelings expressed by average citizens in reaction to the tragic events of that day. The September 11, 2001, Documentary Project is modeled on a similar initiative from sixty years earlier, when Alan Lomax was serving as the head of the Archive of American Folk Song. On December 8, 1941, Lomax sent an urgent message to folklorists around the United States to collect "man on the street" reactions to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the declaration of war by the United States.

The Center has received audio-taped interviews and supporting materials that present the personal experience stories of average Americans in the wake of the terrorist attack. In addition, the collection also includes photographic documentation of the memorial tributes that have sprung up near the Pentagon and at the site of the World Trade Center disaster. These temporary memorials include posters, photographs, flowers, flags, and other memorabilia through which those connected to the disaster victims and others express their grief and sympathy. These recordings and supporting documentary materials have become part of the Center's Archive of Folk Culture, and were used in the Library of Congress exhibit "Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress," which opened in the Great Hall on September 7, 2002.

The project was featured in USA Today and the Washington Post, on NPR's "All Things Considered," on ABC News, and on numerous local media outlets. In cooperation with the Center for Documentary Studies in Durham, North Carolina, an hour-long radio documentary was prepared for broadcast nationwide on NPR stations, and used for the audio portion of the Library's exhibit.

Save Our Sounds Audio Preservation Project

Great progress has been made in digitizing the eight collections that have been selected for the Save Our Sounds audio preservation project, which was launched in 2000 in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution and has been funded by a federal grant from the National Park Service and matching funds from private individuals and organizations.

The Folklife Center has been engaged in work on all of its earmarked collections:

Eloise Hubbard Linscott Collection: All intellectual and administrative data has been entered in the metadata database, over 6,000 manuscript pages have been scanned, and discs and tapes from the collection are presently undergoing digital transfer at Cutting Corporation.

American Dialect Society Collection: Virtually all intellectual and administrative data has been entered in the metadata database, and all sound recordings and manuscripts have been prepared for digitization.

Don Yoder Collection: All spools of wire containing sound have been transferred to analog preservation tape, and two spools, along with their archival notes and an image of the spool box, have undergone digitization and now form part of a presentation model. Information on the collection has now been entered in the metadata database.

International Storytelling Center Collection: Virtually all of the several thousand sound recordings and manuscript items have been arranged and described in a database, rehoused, and prepared for digitization.

James Madison Carpenter Collection: Over 13,000 pages of manuscript have been numbered, scanned, and data on them recorded in the metadata database. Work continues on the analog and digital transfer of the cylinders.

Eleanor Dickinson Collection: Videotapes have been sorted and descriptive data has been entered into a database. The collection guide for this collection is undergoing its third revision. Specifications for analog and digital preservation, and streaming digitization of the tapes have been set, and the tapes are ready for analog and digital transfer.

Pearl Harbor Collection: Information on all of the recordings has been entered in the metadata database. Transcriptions of the recordings are about half completed. The recordings are presently being digitized. The entire collection is undergoing the planning process to become a part of the online American Memory program.

Zuni Storytelling Collection: Preliminary collection description has been completed and a template for data entry of the recordings has been constructed.

The project has used or obligated non-federal matching funds as follows to perform grant-assisted work during the interim reporting period:

Category Library of Congress
Cash $156,492.00
Labor and Services $0.00
Materials $0.00
Total $156,492.00
Cumulative Total to Date $229,554.00

Substantial contributions to the project were made this year by the Rockefeller Foundation ($250,000), The Arts and Entertainment Network–History Channel ($25,000), the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences ($40,000), the Higgins Foundation ($7,000), and the New Deal Network ($4,465). In addition, private individuals who contributed a thousand dollars or more include: Peggy Bulger, Michael Cooney, James Hardin, Peggy Parsons, and Michael Taft.

The Montana Heritage Project and the Salt River Project

The Center continues its sponsorship of the Montana Heritage Project, the Center's director serves on the project's governing committee, and the Center was represented at the annual meeting in Helena, on September 19. In May, students from the project visited the Library of Congress and met with the Librarian. Notable among the community heritage projects conducted this year were several in which students interviewed World War II veterans, as part of the Veterans History Project.

In cooperation with the Center, the Salt River Project will conduct a heritage and education project in Arizona based on the Montana Heritage Project. The Salt River Project comprises a public utility that provides electrical power and a private corporation that delivers water to 700,000 customers in central Arizona. The Salt River Project has a long history of supporting educational projects, exhibitions, and other community-based programs. The Salt River project has donated $50,000 to the American Folklife Center to support its heritage education outreach programs.

The Ethnographic Thesaurus

A joint project of the American Folklife Center and the American Folklore Society, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ethnographic Thesaurus Project seeks to create a major new reference tool to address the reference needs of archivists in making multi-format ethnographic materials accessible to researchers. This year, the project hired a researcher, based at George Mason University; established a Web site; surveyed potential users; selected and tested software; and reviewed and enhanced the existing proto-thesaurus.


The American Folklife Center acquired a number of significant collections concerning the expressive cultural traditions of the United States and other countries during FY2002. These collections include:

The Aaron Ziegelman Foundation Collection, consisting of photographs, photographic negatives, letters, manuscripts, maps, videotapes, and ephemera that document a variety of cultural traditions and aspects of everyday life in the Jewish shtetl of Luboml, Poland, prior to that community's obliteration during World War II;

The Neil V. Rosenberg Bluegrass Music Collection, consisting of field sound recordings, fieldnotes, publications, audiotape indexes, and ephemera that document the unique genre of American traditional music known as bluegrass;

The September 11, 2001, Documentary Project Collection, consisting of sound recordings, videotapes, manuscripts, photographs, photographic negatives, color slides, and ephemera documenting the reactions of people from around the United States to the events of September 11, 2001.

The Fletcher Collins Manuscript Collection, consisting of correspondence, musical transcriptions of recordings that he donated to the Folk Archive in the late 1930s and early 1940s, and other manuscript materials;

A supplement to the Vida Chenoweth Collection, consisting of field sound recordings of the traditional music of Papua New Guinea, along with related fieldnotes, photographs, and musical transcriptions;

The Julie McCullough Collection, consisting of sound recordings, interview transcripts, and other materials related to the history of the Folklore Society of Greater Washington;

And a supplement to the Joel M. Halpern Collection, consisting of field sound recordings, disc recordings, paper-based records, digitized images and ephemera concerning the traditional cultures of Alaska, India, Laos, northern Sweden, and the former Yugoslavia.

In addition to these, the Center has acquired 3,200 individual Veterans History Project collections in connection with that initiative. These multi-format collections, which represent the first submissions to the ongoing project, document the experiences of American war veterans through audiotaped and videotaped oral histories, photographs, letters, publications, military documents, maps, diaries, journals, and ephemera collected by a large number of individuals and groups from around the nation.

Items represented by the above collections:

Sound recordings, non-commercial: 1,866
Photographs: 7,633
Photographic negatives, black and white: 2,185
CDs with images: 109
Motion pictures: 11
Videotapes: 779
Manuscripts: 58,912
Diaries and journals: 73
Maps: 46
Scrapbooks: 18
Ephemera: 142

Processing and Arrearage Reduction

After many years, the Center has created a fully staffed processing section, and four permanent, full-time processing technicians have been hired. In the past, the Center has depended upon temporary and summer help, and the new staff significantly enhances the Center's arrearage reduction effort. Currently, twenty-four major collections in the Folk Archive are in various stages of processing, and one has been completed: the Harold Conklin Collection (manuscripts and sound recordings from the Philippines). At the Veterans History Project, 3,210 collections were received and 1,934 were processed and entered into a multiple access-point database.


Reference service in the Folklife Reading Room includes responses to inquiries that come from readers who visit in person, call on the phone, or send mail, fax, or email requests for information. In-person and phone requests vary to some extent with the season, but in the past few years mail-delivered inquiries have declined while email requests have increased tremendously.

The Folklife Center's participation in the Library's Ask-a-Librarian program alone accounted for a major increase in email reference activity. While the emails directed to particular reference librarians and to the Center's generic account tend to be questions specifically for the Center, the Web-based emails are more often general and thus typically require more time to research than questions based on Center holdings or personal expertise.

The increasing availability of Center collections online led to an unprecedented number of requests for permissions to use images or sound files. In cases where such permissions were appropriate, requesters were able to download the images or sound files directly, thus eliminating the need for some of the paperwork normally involved with photo- and phonoduplication procedures. The arrival of the high-end digital workstation in the Folklife Reading Room made possible direct access to digitized images for in-process collections, and pointed the way to the changes that will occur in the coming years as more and more processed collections will be served to the public as digitized images or sound files.

Related to the increased visibility of Center collections online, and to their topical nature, there was an explosion of print and broadcast media interest in materials from the Pearl Harbor and the September 11 documentary projects. Consequently, affected reference staff experienced a major priority shift, reallocating their time to working with the media in a deadline-oriented, pre-production capacity. Between the efforts of reference staff and interested media, Center collections were brought to the attention of millions.

During the year, the two full-time reference staff were trained and authorized to check-in periodicals sent directly to the Center on the Integrated Library System; this is a pilot project for localized serials check-in. In addition, eight American Folklife Center interns and two volunteers contributed approximately sixteen-hundred hours of reference and processing work. This year they mainly assisted with the creation and completion of several finding aids and collection guides, entered data into specialized collections databases, and updated several of the Folklife Reading Room's high-demand reference tools. One major accomplishments was in putting the existing print-only finding aids in an electronic format and thus making them available for the Center's Web site.

  Reference Directional
In-Person 1,733 1,453
Telephone Service 1,512 978
Email Service 1,308 374
Letters, Fax 191 65

Web Site Development

The American Folklife Center has created a new Index to Site Contents, as an aid to navigation, several new sites have been added, including the "September 11, 2001, Documentary Project," with instructions and information for project participants and photographs from the spontaneous memorial near the Pentagon; the "Explore Your Community" poster, with a list of resources for community heritage studies and suggested community projects for middle and high school students; "The Day After the Day Which Will Live in Infamy: 'Man on the Street' Interviews Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941"; and an introduction to the Center, along with the text of the American Folklife Preservation Act, Public Law 94-201. In addition, several sites were updated: the Veterans History Project; the "Legacy of Benjamin A. Botkin" program; and the Services to the States pages, which now include information on American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia. The following finding aids were added to Center's Web pages: Arkansas Folklore, Idaho Field Recordings, Kansas Collections, Mississippi Folk Music and Folklore, Missouri Field Recordings, and Wisconsin Field Recordings. The "Services to the States, Trusts, and Territories" pages have been updated to include links to these finding aids.

Print Publications

A new volume in the Library of Congress series of collection guides, American Women: A Library of Congress Guide for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States, was published in February by the Library of Congress and the University Press of New England. James Hardin contributed a chapter on the American Folklife Center.

Four issues of Folklife Center News were published this year: The fall 2001 issue, with articles on the Center's September 11 Project and an article on the Save Our Sounds project; the winter 2002 issue, with articles on the National Folk Festival, the Veterans History Project Five-Star Council, the Benjamin A. Botkin program, and the new Library of Congress guide to the study of American women; the spring issue, with articles on the National Folk Festival and the National Council for the Traditional Arts (part 2), the new "Homegrown 2002" concert series, donation of the Neil Rosenberg collection of bluegrass music, and the launching of the Archie Green Union; and the summer 2002 issue, with articles on the "Working in Paterson" online presentation, the "Save Our Sounds" project, folksong collector Fletcher Collins, the passing of Alan Lomax, anthropologist Harold Conklin, and board chair Kay Kaufman Shelemay.

The Center has reprinted its popular heritage education poster "Explore Your Community," which is once again available free of charge. Ten thousand copies from the first printing have been distributed. This poster was produced with support from the U.S. Department of Education and the Rural School and Community Trust.

Public Programs

November 15-16, 2001: "Living Lore: The Legacy of Benjamin A. Botkin," two days of concerts, performances, interviews, and panel discussions. The event was sponsored by the American Folklife Center, the Center for the Book, the Library's Music Division, the National Council for the Traditional Arts, and the New York Folklore Society, with support from the Shakespeare Theatre, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with transportation provided by U.S. Airways. Speakers included Roger Welsch, Henry Sapoznik, Alan Jabbour, John Cole, Peggy Bulger, Ann Banks, Jerrold Hirsch, Joseph Hickerson, and Steve Zeitlin. There were interviews with decorative painters and a master mason, conducted by David Taylor and Marjorie Hunt; and with members of the Shakespeare Theatre, conducted by Nancy Groce. The United House of Prayer Band, Cherish the Ladies, and a special ensemble composed of Oscar Brand, Pete Seeger, Peggy Seeger, and Mike Seeger gave concerts. At the final session on Friday, participants in the Camp Woodland experience of the 1940s and 1950s shared reminiscences and held a sing-along. In addition, Botkin was remembered in stories told by his children, Dan Botkin and Dorothy Rosenthal, and other members of the audience. Michael Taft and Tom Bramel produced a short video for the event entitled "Benjamin A. Botkin: In His Own Words."

December 4, 2001: a reception celebrating "American Roots Music," a four-part Public Broadcasting Service series exploring the creative development of America's roots musical traditions in the twentieth century.

December 5, 2001: an introduction to fieldwork documentation methods for Library of Congress staff who were interested in interviewing friends and relatives for the Veterans History Project.

December 10, 2001: an illustrated talk by Todd Harvey on the development of Bob Dylan's music, based on Harvey's new book The Formative Dylan: Transmission and Stylistic Influences, 1961-1963.

February 27, 2002: a lecture and slide presentation by Carl Fleischhauer and Neil Rosenberg on the creation of their new book Bluegrass Odyssey: A Documentary in Pictures and Words, 1966-86, University of Illinois Press (2001).

April 24: a concert by Eddie Pennington and his son, Alonzo, along with Linda and David Lay (of the Appalachian Trail Band) and David McLaughlin. The concert was introduced by Kentucky state folklorist Bob Gates.

May 15: Chinese rod puppet theater by the Dragon Arts Studio of Portland, Oregon. Oregon state folklorist Nancy Nusz introduced the group.

June 5: the Blind Boys of Alabama featuring Clarence Fountain, cosponsored by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division, as part of the Library's "I Hear America Singing" program and the AFC's Homegrown 2002 concert series. The program was simultaneously cybercast on the Library's Web site.

June 6: a celebration of the 58th anniversary of D-Day sponsored by the Veterans History Project on the deck of the USS Intrepid, now a floating sea-air-space museum docked in the New York City harbor, to publicize and promote the collecting of veterans' oral histories for the nationwide project.

June 19: a concert by Karl and the Country Dutchman, a German Polka band from Wisconsin. Richard March, traditional and ethnic arts coordinator at the Wisconsin Arts Board, introduced the group.

July 24: a concert by Chuck Brown, the father of DC "go-go" music, and his band.

August 28: a concert of sacred steel gospel music by the Campbell Brothers, from Rochester, New York, along with Katie Jackson, from Baltimore, Maryland. Robert Stone, from the Florida Folklife Program, introduced the group.

September 10: a concert by singer-songwriter Tom Paxton, one in the Library's series "Summon the Heroes," commemorations of September 11, 2001.

September 10: an exhibition entitled "Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress" included photographs, drawings, and sound recordings from the Center's September 11, 2001, Project Collection. The Center for Documentary Studies in Durham, North Carolina, created an audio presentation for the exhibition, using the Center's recorded-sound materials. During the week of September 11, NPR stations around the country broadcast "Days of Infamy: December 7 and 9/11," a one-hour radio documentary based on Center's collections of interviews documenting people's reactions to the events on those two days. The documentary was produced by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and American RadioWorks.

September 19: a concert by National Heritage Fellow Mingo Saldivar, with his conjunto band from Texas, introduced by Rose Reyes of Texas Folklife Resources.

Appropriated, Gift, and Trust Funds

American Folklife Center appropriated Fiscal Year 2002 operating funds provided by the U.S. Congress were $1,819,457, with a current staff forty-two, twenty-five of whom are full-time employees.

On February 5, 2002, the Parson's Fund Committee held its annual meeting and elected Ann Hoog to be the chair for 2002. The committee voted to offer an award for the maximum amount available in the fund, however, the Library's Budget Office notified the staff that no money would be available for an award this year, since the amount of money in the fund (principal) had dropped below the total amount of donations to the fund.

Through an agreement with 360 Degrees Productions, the Library has arranged to make payments in the amount of one-half of the royalties from the sale of CDs in the Endangered Music series to the performers and communities of origin represented on the CDs. The money will be paid from the Friends of the Folk Archive Fund.

Gift and Trust Fund Balances

American Folklife Center Fund $49,310
Friends of the Folk Archive Fund $47,810
Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Fund $21,700
Raye Virginia Allen Fund $44,855
Blanton Owen Fund for Fieldwork $14,961
Gerald and Corinne Parsons Fund for Ethnography $25,986
Henry Reed Fund for Folk Artists $28,307

Key Personnel Changes

On January 27, John Lewis began work as assistant to the director.

On March 10, Sandra Savage began work as a staff assistant for the Veterans History Project.

On April 7, Marcia Segal began work as a processing technician.

On April 21, Todd Harvey and Judy Ng began work as processing technicians.

On May 5, Rosemary Graham began work as a processing technician.

On August 11, Shiela Dyer began work as a processing technician for the Veterans History Project.

On September 22, Peter Bartis and Sarah Rouse began work as senior program officers for the Veterans History Project.

On September 22, Timothy Shurtter and Taru Spiegel began work as program officers for the Veterans History Project.


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