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Everybody Works: Documenting Circus Life in Hugo, Oklahoma

Note: The following is a guest post by Tanya Finchum and Juliana Nykolaiszyn, creators of the Occupational Folklife Project collection The “Big Top” Show Goes On: An Oral History of Occupations Inside and Outside the Canvas Circus Tent.  All photos in this post are part of collection, and can be found, often at higher resoultions, by visiting […]

Spanish Folklife and Fieldwork Online

A few weeks ago we announced in Folklife Today that our fieldwork guide, Folklife and Fieldwork, was available in a new Spanish-language edition. At that time, I mentioned that the next step would be to place a pdf online, and we’re glad to say it’s available!  You can download both English and Spanish versions here. Once […]

Ironworkers Are Newest Addition to Occupational Folklife Project

The American Folklife Center is delighted to announce that an important oral history collection documenting the lives and working careers of Ironworkers in the Upper Midwest is the latest addition to the Occupational Folklife Project collections online at the Library of Congress’s website. In 2011, Professor James P. Leary, from the Center for the Study […]

Circus Workers Now Online in the Occupational Folklife Project

The American Folklife Center is delighted to announce the online presentation of an important new oral history collection documenting the lives and careers of multi-generational circus workers in Hugo, Oklahoma. The ‘Big Top’ Show Goes On: An Oral History of Occupations Inside and Outside the Canvas Tent, created by librarians Tanya D. Finchum and Juliana […]

Homegrown Plus: Gabriel Muñoz and Melodias Borinqueñas

In the Homegrown Plus series, we present Homegrown concerts that also had accompanying oral history interviews, placing both together in an easy-to-find blog post. (Find the whole series here!) We’re continuing the series with Gabriel Muñoz and Melodias Borinqueñas, an ensemble from New Jersey performing Puerto Rican folk music. The group is led by Gabriel Muñoz, a […]

Folklife at the International Level: the Roots of Intangible Cultural Heritage Part III

This series of blog posts has turned to looking more closely at the roots of the ‘intangible cultural heritage’ (ICH) concept, laying a foundation for examining the global policy – and thereby framework – from which it draws its strength: the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the United Nations […]

‘If I Could Only Get My Mind Back To Normal’: PTSD in the Aftermath of WWI

The following is a guest post by Matt McCrady, Digital Conversion Specialist. United States participation in World War I lasted a little over a year, from April 1917 to November 1918, but the cost would be deeply imprinted on the entire history of the 20th century and the lives of the individuals who fought in […]