The Librarian Seeks Diverse Archivists & Storytellers: PBS Newshour

Recently, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden spoke with Ivette Feliciano on the PBS Newshour about the “Of the People, Widening the Path” initiative, supported by a $15 million investment from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Image of Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, interviewed in the PBS Newshour, April 10, 2021

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, interviewed on the PBS Newshour, April 10, 2021.

The Librarian noted, “This grant will allow us to work with communities to think about what will a historian one hundred years from now, what do we need to start collecting now to make sure that they get the full story? We hope that more people will get excited about the fact that they can make history and look at history that we already collected in a different way — to delve into collections, learn archival methods and be the future researchers and documentarians.”

You can watch the full interview, featuring comments from other archivists and specialists, and read the transcript on the PBS Newshour site.

Further Context for the Community Collections Fellowship Program

A few weeks ago, this blog published a post reflecting on previous cultural documentation work the American Folklife Center (AFC) conducted through our ‘field survey’ projects. I offered that post as a way to provide historical context for the Community Collections Fellowship program that AFC is launching within the Of the People initiative at the […]

Some Context for the Community Collections Fellowship Program

As noted in a recent post on this blog, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress will be launching a Community Collections Fellowship program under the Library’s “Of the People” initiative funded with support from the Mellon Foundation. This program will enable people to conduct fieldwork documenting the cultural activities and experiences that […]

Community Collections Fellowships Offer Support for Homegrown Documentation of Culture

The American Folklife Center is excited to be involved with “Of the People: Widening the Path,” an initiative at the Library of Congress funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. A general overview announcing the initiative is here, and in this post we’ll provide background and details about the Community Collections Fellowship program that the […]

Library Enriches America’s Story by Connecting with Minority Communities, Funded by $15M Mellon Grant

The Library today announced a new, multiyear initiative to connect more deeply with Black, Hispanic, Indigenous and other minority communities by expanding its collections, using technology to enable storytelling and offering more internship and fellowship opportunities, supported by a $15 million investment from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.