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Call for Applicants: 2018 AFC Awards and Fellowships

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AFC is calling for applicants for its 2018 fellowships and awards.  Pending approval of the 2018 Federal Budget, March 12, 2018 will be the joint deadline for all three 2018 awards. The opportunities for funding are:

The Archie Green Fellowships are named after folklorist Archie Green, shown here wearing his Library of Congress Living Legend Award. Photo by Derek Green, August, 2007.
  • Archie Green Fellowships of up to $35,000 each to support new, original, independent field research into the culture and traditions of contemporary American workers and/or occupational groups within the United States. The Archie Green Fellowships are intended to support new research and generate significant digital archival collections which will be preserved in the American Folklife Center archive and made available to researchers and the public. For more information and application instructions see:
Folklorist Gerald E. Parsons, Jr. (1940-1995) established the Gerald E. and Corinne L. Parsons Fund for Ethnography at the Library of Congress, named in honor of his parents. He coordinated reference in the Library’s Folklife Reading Room, and was a fieldworker with many interests. In this photo he poles a New Jersey skiff on the Patuxent River near Upper Marlboro, Maryland, while former Folklife Center staffer Carl Fleischhauer attempts to record the conversations of two hunters, who are railbirding nearby. Photo by Paula Johnson, September 1984. (PFP84-BPJ-233888-2-25)
  •  The Gerald E. and Corinne L. Parsons Fund Award to increase awareness of the ethnographic collections at the Library of Congress and to make the collections of primary ethnographic materials housed anywhere at the LOC available for the needs and uses of those in the private sector. Available Parsons Funds range between $3000 and $4000 and this amount may be divided among more than one recipient. For more information and application instructions see:
Alan and Karen Jabbour established the Henry Reed Award Fund in 2001, and named it after musician Henry Reed. Although best known as a fiddler, in this picture he plays banjo with his brother.
  • Henry Reed Fund Awards to support activities directly involving folk artists, especially activities that reflect, draw upon, or strengthen the collections of the American Folklife Center. Available Reed Funds are usually about $2,000 and may be divided among more than one recipient. Established in honor of old-time fiddler Henry Reed in 2004, with an initial gift from founding AFC director and fiddler Alan Jabbour, funded projects and activities might include: payments to folk artists, their families, their descendants, or their cultural communities in connection with publication or dissemination of documents (audio recordings, manuscripts, photographs, etc.) in the AFC’s collections; honoraria or imbursement to folk artists for concerts, workshops, or exhibitions; programs honoring and celebrating folk artists for their cultural contributions; and support for documenting distinguished folk artists and the acquisition of resulting documentation by the LOC. For more information and application instructions see:

For an overview of all 2018 AFC Fellowships and Awards as well as lists of past recipients see:

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