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Chair, 2011 Parsons Fund Award
American Folklife Center
Library of Congress
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ANNOUNCEMENT: The Gerald E. and Corinne L. Parsons Fund Award from
the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress
The committee for the Gerald E. and Corinne L. Parsons Fund for
Ethnography at the Library of Congress invites applications for
awards in spring 2011. The committee is composed of the professional
staff of the American Folklife Center. The deadline for 2011 award
submissions is March 4. The amount available for awards in 2011 is
$3000. Historically, the available amount has often been divided
among more than one recipient.
Purpose of Award and Eligibility
The purpose of the Parsons Fund is to make the collections of primary
ethnographic materials housed anywhere at the Library of Congress
available to the needs and uses of those in the private sector.
Awards may be made either to individuals or to organizations in
support of specific projects.
Scope of Projects
Projects may lead to publication in media of all types, both
commercial and non-commercial; underwrite new works of art, music, or
fiction; involve academic research; contribute to the theoretical
development of archival science; explore practical possibilities for
processing ethnographic collections in the Archive of Folk Culture or
elsewhere in the Library of Congress; develop new means of providing
reference service; support student work; experiment with conservation
techniques; and support ethnographic field research leading to new
Application Deadlines and Procedures
Please review all application materials prior to submitting them to
the Center to ensure that all the following elements are included.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. In the past,
successful applicants have consulted with AFC staff members prior to
submitting their application.
The application consists of:
* A narrative, 750-1500 words long, describing the proposed project
and its potential products and audiences
* A budget and proposed time-frame in which to undertake research
(typically for periods of one to three weeks)
* A resume or statement of previous experience
* Names, addresses, and phone numbers of three referees who can
attest to the applicant's professional work and qualifications to
undertake the project
* Please do not submit photographs, videotapes, CDs, or any physical material
Because of security measures at the Library, US Mail and Federal
Express may be delayed for over one month and sensitive media such as
photographs may be damaged or destroyed. Therefore, we strongly
recommend that applications be submitted as Word- or
WordPerfect-formatted documents, attached to an email with the
subject line "[your last name] Parsons 07 application." Address the
email to the Parsons Fund Committee at: [log in to unmask] You may
also fax all materials to: (202) 707-2076. For questions, address
your query to the Chair of the Parsons Fund Committee at the email or
fax listed above, or call (202) 707-5510.
For more information, including a list of past recipients and their
project titles, please visit http://www.loc.gov/folklife/grants.html