Just back from a weekend trip to Mississippi.  This is excellent
news!  Michael will make a valuable addition to the staff.  Great
work and all the best,


>Peggy, What terrific news! I can't think of anybody better for that
>position. Congratulations. Jane
>On Thu, 9 Nov 2000, Peggy Bulger wrote:
>>  Dear Board of Trustees:
>>  I am very happy to report that Dr. Michael Taft will be joining the
>>  American Folklife Center staff on February 5, 2001, as a senior
>>  Folklife Specialist.  The staff and I are extremely excited with his
>>  appointment, and we are looking forward to working with him on many of
>>  the projects that we have up and running, especially the Save Our
>>  Sounds preservation effort.
>>  Dr. Taft received his PhD in Folklore from Memorial University of
>>  Newfoundland in 1977.  He completed post-doctoral work in Folklore at
>>  Universite Laval in Quebec, and he received his Master of Library and
>>  Information Sciences from the University of Alberta, Canada in 1996.
>>  Taft has over 25 years of experience in folklife programming and
>>  archival management.  He was named the Laura Boulton Senior Research
>>  Fellow for the Archives of Traditional Music at Indiana University
>>  (1993).  Among his positions, Dr. Taft served as  the Archivist of the
>>  Southern Folklife collection at the University of North Carolina at
>>  Chapel Hill and as the founding Archivist for the Vermont Folklife
>>  Center.  Most recently he comes to us from the University of Northern
>>  British Columbia, where he has been the University Archivist and Head
>>  of Special Collections.
>>  Taft's resume includes over 50 publications in folklore and folklife,
>>  spanning the period from 1974 to the present, and he has been a
>>  professor and public lecturer over this same time period.
>>  I know that you join me in welcoming Michael Taft to the AFC staff.
>>  Best,
>>  Peggy
>>  Peggy A. Bulger, Director
>>  American Folklife Center
>>  Library of Congress
>>  101 Independence Ave, SE
>>  Washington, DC 20540-4610
>>  (202) 707-1745
>>  FAX (202) 707-2076
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Tom Rankin, Director
Associate Professor of the Practice of Art
Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
1317 W. Pettigrew Street
Durham, NC 27708