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On Ola Belle Reed

On September 9 and 10, the American Folklife Center will feature a concert and symposium celebrating the accomplishments of Ola Belle Reed. The following is a guest post by Douglas Dowling Peach, which will fill you in on who Reed was and why we’re featuring these events. Peach is a graduate student in the Department […]

Don Yoder (1921-2015): The Man Who Put the “Life” in “Folklife”

Did you ever wonder why U.S. government institutions like the Library of Congress use the word “folklife” rather than the more common “folklore?” Largely, we can thank the influence of Don Yoder, the eminent Pennsylvania folklorist, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 93. Long before the founding of the Library of Congress’s American […]

Treasures of the AFC Archive Banner #1

Two short weeks ago, I mentioned the new traveling exhibit Treasures of the American Folklife Center Archive. The exhibit takes the form of lightweight, colorful vinyl banners containing information about the American Folklife Center, the Library of Congress, and (as the title suggests) some of the treasures found in our archive. I promised at that […]

American Folklife Center Fellowships and Awards 2015

The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress is pleased to announce the recipients of its fellowships and awards for 2015.  This year, AFC awarded support to eight researchers or teams in six states and the District of Columbia.  To find out how to apply for next year’s awards, please visit our research awards […]

Treasures from the AFC Archive Traveling Exhibit

The American Folklife Center is pleased to announce the arrival of our new traveling exhibit, Treasures from the American Folklife Center Archive. The exhibit is a series of lightweight, colorful vinyl banners containing information about the American Folklife Center, the Library of Congress, and (as the title suggests) some of the treasures found in our […]

Alan Lomax in Italy: a letter to Goffredo Plastino

At the American Folklife Center, researchers come from around the world to study our unparalleled documentation of traditional culture. But sometimes, they don’t even have to come here. Occasionally, new discoveries by our staff are so exciting or so curious that we feel prominent researchers need to know. For this reason, our reference librarians keep […]

The Sherman Holmes Project

The following is a guest post by folklorist and blues scholar Barry Lee Pearson.  It introduces the Sherman Holmes Project, which will play in the Library’s Homegrown Concert Series on Wednesday, April 15.  More concert information is at this link! During the 1940s, job opportunities in Northern industrial centers attracted rural African Americans from throughout […]

Carlos Núñez Concert Honors Alan Lomax’s Spanish Fieldwork

As I have mentioned several times on this blog, the 100th birthday of Alan Lomax is fast approaching.  We’ll be celebrating the birthday itself with an exhibit, and then extending our celebrations throughout the year.  However, today I thought it might be fun to show you that we’ve already gotten a jump on our celebrations […]