November 12, 2009 American Folklife Center Announces Fellowship to Honor Archie Green

Press Contact: Erin Allen, (202) 707-7302; Jo Rasi, (202) 707-1733
Contact: Program contact: Mary Bucknum, (202) 707-5354

A fellowship has been created at the American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress to honor the memory of Archie Green (1917-2009), the pioneering folklorist who championed the establishment of the center. The Archie Green Fellowship will support new documentation and research into the culture and traditions of American workers and will create digital archival materials that will be preserved in the AFC’s archive and made available to researchers and the public.

The AFC will award up to three fellowships for the period February 2010 – February 2011 that will support original field research into culture and traditions of American workers and/or occupational groups found within the United States. The materials generated during the course of the fellowship will become part of the AFC’s Archie Green America Works Collection.

Applicants must submit proposals to be received by the AFC no later than November 30, 2009. The term of each fellowship will be limited to a period of one year and will be supported with funds up to $45,000.

U.S. citizens are eligible to submit applications for a fellowship to support their original research and documentation on occupational culture. Applicants may include individuals, organizations or groups. Occupational groups, labor unions or organizations may wish to involve folklife researchers for the purpose of undertaking fieldwork projects on their behalf.

For further information, please visit or call (202) 707-5510.

The Library of Congress, the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, is the world's preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled collections and integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Many of the Library’s rich resources and treasures may also be accessed through the Library’s website,, and via interactive exhibitions on a personalized website at

The American Folklife Center was created by Congress in 1976 and placed at the Library of Congress to “preserve and present American Folklife” through programs of research, documentation, archival preservation, reference service, live performance, exhibition, public programs and training. The center includes the American Folklife Center Archive of folk culture, which was established in 1928 and is now one of the largest collections of ethnographic material from the United States and around the world. For more information, visit


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ISSN 0731-3527