January 7, 2011 American Folklife Center Announces Archie Green Fellowships
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The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress is accepting applications for Archie Green Fellowships. They will offer scholars an opportunity to provide new documentation and research into the culture and traditions of American workers and will create digital archival materials that will be preserved in the center’s archive and made available to researchers and the public. The American Folklife Center will award up to three fellowships for the period of June 1, 2011, to May 30, 2012, that will support original, independent field research into the 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 center’s Archie Green America Works Collection. Successful fellowship projects must also create significant digital archival materials (such as audio recordings, photographs, motion pictures and field notes) that will be preserved in the center's archive and made available to researchers and the public. For further information, visit www.loc.gov/folklife/grants.html#archie . Applicants must submit proposals to be received by the center no later than March 11, 2011. The term of each fellowship will be limited to a period of one year and will be supported with funds of up to $45,000. The Archie Green Fellowship Program was created in 2009 to honor the memory of Archie Green (1917-2009), the pioneering folklorist who championed the establishment of the American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library. Green was a scholar and advocate for the documentation and analysis of the culture and traditions of American workers. The fellowships are intended to support new, original, independent field research into the culture and traditions of American workers and/or occupational groups. The American Folklife Center was created by Congress in 1976 and placed at the Library 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 www.loc.gov/folklife/ . 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, www.loc.gov, and via interactive exhibitions at myLOC.gov .