Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2012
TAUNY is honored to be the recipient of a 2012 Archie Green Fellowship, awarded by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress (AFC).
The fellowship, which honors pioneering folklorist Archie Green (1917-2009), who championed the establishment of the American Folklife Center, was established to support new, original, independent field research into the culture and traditions of American workers and/or occupational groups in contemporary America. TAUNY’s research, led by Program Director Hannah Harvester, will document the lives and changing relationships of dairy farmers and farm workers in New York’s North Country.
Harvester will lead a team that includes several other distinguished regional folklorists, including Jill Breit and Varick Chittenden, and renowned ethnographic photographer Martha Cooper. Interviews will be conducted with both longtime residents and more recently arrived workers, who are primarily Hispanic, and explore changing work culture and relationships.
The original documentary materials generated during the course of the fellowship will become part of the American Folklife Center’s Archie Green Community Documentation Collection. The American Folklife Center was established by Congress to support research and scholarship in American folklife and to preserve, support, revitalize, and disseminate American folk traditions. Materials in the Center’s archive are available to researchers and the general public. TAUNY also plans to share the research findings with the public through educational websites.
The American Folklife Center was created by Congress in 1976 and placed at the Library of Congress to “preserve and present American Folklife” through programs of research, documentation, archival preservation, reference service, live performance, exhibition, public programs and training. For more information, visit www.loc.gov/folklife/.
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