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Occupational Folklife Project

The Occupational Folklife Project is a multi-year documentation project that seeks to capture a portrait of America's workforce during a time of transition.  It gathers community-based interviews with workers across the United States, discussing their workplace experiences, training, and occupational communities. The American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress serves as the primary repository for the resulting oral history collections. Copies of local projects also may be retained by the local library, museum, or organization that collects and submits the material.

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West Virginia miners at Upper Big Branch Mine, Montcoal. Photo by Lyntha Scott Eiler, 1996. Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia, CRF-LE-C128-08.

The Occupational Folklife Project, which is part of the Archie Green Community Documentation Collection, concentrates on audio interviews and interview-related digital images. Participants in the Occupational Folklife Project are asked to follow specific guidelines, which include:

  1. Supplying all data requested on the Interview Data Form.
  2. Creating an audio interview in WAV file format.
  3. Obtaining required permission/release form from interviewee.
  4. Electronically completing and submitting the Interview Data Form, recorded interview, and release forms, following guidelines provided.

This site contains detailed information on all the steps outlined above.  You will also find tips on interviewing and sample interview questions, which we recommend you use as guides. If you are interested in participating in the please contact AFC Folklife Specialist Nancy Groce at [email protected] or 202-707-1744.


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