The Archie Green

Occupational Folklife Graduate Fellowship

at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Archie Green Occupational Folklife Graduate Fellowship was established in 1994 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by University of Texas at Austin professor emeritus and dean of laborlore studies Archie Green to encourage the humane study of current workforce problems, questions of workers' identity and philosophy, and the expressive culture of American workers. Administered by the UNC Curriculum in Folklore, the Fellowship is dedicated to supporting graduate student research in the best tradition of Archie Green and to nurturing a new generarion of scholars working in the field of occupational folklife. The Fellowship is open to all UNC graduate students interested in occupational folklife, laborlore, workers' culture, and related fields, and recipients are expected to conduct fieldwork to complement their archival and library research as part of their masters' theses or doctoral dissertations. The first Fellowship was awarded for the 1995-1996 academic year and provided a stipend of $5,000. Since 1998-1999, the Curriculum has awarded two fellowships per year thanks to the generous donations of contributors who augmented Green's intiial endowment.

The numbers tell an impressive story. Over the past twelve years the Archie Green Occupational Folklife Graduate Fellowship Fund has:

Awarded more than $100,000 in graduate student fellowships

Awarded fellowships to 25 UNC graduate students, including those in the disciplines of folklore, history, anthropology, and journalism.

Funded 8 dissertations and 17 master's theses in occupational culture.

Recipients have worked in occupational communities as diverse as Piedmont textile workers, African American southern lumber workers, North Carolina commercial fishermen, UNC housekeepers, volunteer firefighters, and traditional midwives.

and resulted in:

8 doctoral disserations and 13 master's theses

4 books (either published or forthcoming in 2008), including William P. Jones's The Tribe of Black Ulysses: African American Lumber Workers in the Jim Crow South (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2005), winner of the Wentworth Illinois History Book Award (2005) and the H.L. Mitchell Award, Southern Historical Association (2006)

More than 12 published journal articles and essays in edited collections, including in Atlanta History, the North Carolina Historical Review, and Southern Cultures

Recipients, 1995-2007

  1. Patrick Huber
  2. David M. Anderson
  3. William Powell Jones
  4. Thomas Aldridge Newsome
  5. Margie Crawford-Ryan
  6. Alene Marie Whitley
  7. Katherine Ann Otis
  8. Bryson Strauss
  9. Kirsten Mullen
  10. Joshua Peter Levinson
  11. David Peter Potorti
  12. Tiffani E. Thraves
  13. Christina R. Nelson
  14. Angelia R. Nelson
  15. Angelia H. Newsome
  16. Sidney R. King
  17. Erik P. Reavely
  18. Sarah Marion Starnes
  19. Bryan Thomas McNeil
  20. Kristen Neshitt
  21. Jaman N. Matthews
  22. Kieran W. Taylor
  23. Timothy Prizer
  24. John Michael Hubbell
  25. Brendan Greaves
  26. Jeff Currie

The above description of the Archie Green Graduate Fellowship was obtained from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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