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Folklife Center News







B OA R D O F T R U S T E E S Librarian Appointees:

Tom Rankin, Chai , North Carolina Jane Beck, Vice-chai , ermont Donald Scott, Nevada Kojo Nnamdi, District of Columbia

Congressional Appointees:

3 AFC’s new collection contains 32 Irish folk tunes, recorded by the early twentieth centurys greatest collector, Francis O’Neill. Lost for nearly a century, they were recently rediscovered in Milwaukee.

13 AFC staff join radio host Bob Edwards once a month, playing and discussing Treasures from the American Folklife Center Archive.

15 Doris Craig served as the administrative assistant at AFC for over thirty years, from its inception until early 2008. Join us as we say farewell.

Daniel Botkin, California C. Kurt Dewhurst, Michigan Mickey Hart, California Dennis Holub, South Dakota William L. Kinney, Jr., South Carolina Marlene Meyerson, New Mexico Charlie Seemann, Nevada Kay Kaufman Shelemay, Massachusetts

Presidential Appointees:

Carl Artman, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior Mary Bomar, Directo , National Park Service Lisette M. Mondello, Assistant Secretary for Public and Governmental Affairs, Department of eterans Affairs

Ex Officio Members




  • e American Folklife Center was created in 1976 by the U.S. Congress to “preserve and present

American folklife” through programs of research, documentation, archival preservation, reference service, live performance, exhibition, publication, and training. e Center incorporates the Archive of Folk Culture, which was established in the Music Division of the Library of Congress in 1928 and is now one of the largest collections of ethnographic material from the United States and around the world.

Folklife Center News publishes articles on the programs and activities of the American Folklife Center, as well as other articles on traditional expressive culture. It is available free of charge from the Library of Congress, American Folklife Center, 101 Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540–4610.

Folklife Center News does not publish announcements from other institutions or reviews of books from publishers other than the Library of Congress . Readers who would like to comment on Center activities or newsletter articles may address their remarks to the editor.

OnLinE inFORMATiOn RESOURCES: e American Folklife Center’s Website provides full texts of many AFC publications, information about AFC projects, multimedia presentations of selected collections, links to Web resources on ethnography, and announcements of upcoming events. e address for the home page is http://www.loc.gov/folklife/. An index of the site’s contents is available at http://www.loc.gov/folklife/az-index.html.

  • e Website for e Veterans History Project provides an overview of the project, an online “kit” for

participants recording oral histories of veterans, and a brief presentation of some examples of video- and audio-recordings of veterans’ stories. e address is http://www.loc.gov/vets.

  • e Folkline Information Service is a cooperative announcement program of the American Folklore

Society and the American Folklife Center. It is available only on the American Folklore Society’s server: www.afsnet.org. e service provides timely information on the field of folklore and folklife, including training and professional opportunities, and news items of national interest.

James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress Cristián Samper, Acting Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Dana Gioia, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts Bruce Cole, Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities Elaine Lawless, President, American Folklore Society Deborah Wong, President, Society for Ethnomusicology Peggy A. Bulger, Directo , American Folklife

Center Judith McCulloh (Emerita), Illinois

Folklife Center News

Volume 29, No. 4, Fall 2007

Stephen D. Winick, Editor David A. Taylor, Editorial Advisor Michaela McNichol, Art Director

Cover: We have inserted Francis O’Neill’s picture in place of omas Edison’s on this photo of a cylinder box from the Ward Irish Music Archives in Milwaukee. e box contained one of the cylinders discussed in the article on page 3. e picture of O’Neill is a standard publicity shot; the cylinder photograph and Photoshop editing are by editor Stephen Winick.


L i F E C E n T E R S TA F F

Administration: Peggy A. Bulger, Director Mary Bucknum, Acting Assistant to the Director Doris Craig, Administrative Assistant Michael Taft, Head, Archive David A. Taylor, Head, Research and Programs

Research and Programs:

  • eadocia Austen, Public Events

Coordinator Nancy Groce, Folklife Specialist Debra Murphy, Special Assistant

Guha Shankar, Folklife Specialist Stephen D. Winick, Writer-Editor

Processing and Cataloging: Catherine Hiebert Kerst, Archivist Maggie Kruesi, Cataloger Valda Morris, Processing echnician Marcia Segal, Processing Archivist Nora Yeh, Archivist, Coordinator

Reference: Jennifer A. Cutting, Folklife Specialist Judith A. Gray, Folklife


Stephanie A. Hall, Automation Specialist Todd Harvey, Folklife Specialist Ann Hoog, Folklife Specialist

Audio Engineering: Jonathan Gold, Audio echnician

Digital Conversion: John Barton, Specialist

Veterans History Project: Bob Patrick, Director Peter T. Bartis, Senior Program Officer Jeffrey Lofton, Public Affairs Specialist Rachel Mears, Archivist

Monica Mohindra, Program Officer Sarah Rouse, Senior Program Officer Timothy Schurtter, Program Officer Tom Wiener, Historian

American Folklife Center: Tel: 202 707–5510 Fax: 202 707–2076 E-mail: folklife@loc.gov www.loc.gov/folklife

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