Hello, all— I ran across this blog posting the other day, and am thinking it has relevance to public sector folklore in several ways:

http://posterityproject.blogspot.com/2008/09/civil-rights-history-project-act-passes.html

Beyond the immediate importance of our fearless leaders in Congress acknowledging that not everyone’s history/heritage/traditions are equitably represented in the mainstream public record, this posting (and the blog it’s on) intersects with attention being paid to archives in general, and folklore archives in particular. The Ethnographic Archives Initiative—a project proposed through AFS, and currently seeking NEH funding—promises to be an exciting effort to coordinate archival preservation and access within and beyond the folklore domain. In brief, the EAI is “a long-term effort 1) to create field-wide best practices and infrastructure for access to the multi-format ethnographic collections maintained by academic programs, nonprofit educational organizations, and state arts and humanities council programs in the field of folklore across the US; and, based on those best practices and infrastructure, 2) to preserve, catalog, and provide integrated digital access to the ethnographic collections of these programs and institutions” (cribbed from the proposal via an email Tim Lloyd recently sent out to folks involved in archives).

A final thought on archives/heritage collections that I had while riding to work this morning: maybe we could have something related to this on the program for the April meeting?

John

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