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SUNY Research Foundation, College at Brockport (Brockport, NY 14420-2997)
Michael Jacob Kramer (Project Director: June 2020 to April 2023)

Digital Projects for the Public: Discovery Grants
Public Programs

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$30,000 (approved)
$29,963 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2021 – 8/31/2022

The Berkeley Folk Music Festival, 1958-1970

Development of a website with interactive essays, podcasts, and a curated archive on the Berkeley Folk Music Festival.

By digitally investigating a crucial, but little-studied folk music festival that took place annually on the flagship University of California campus between 1958 and 1970, the Berkeley Folk Music Festival Project helps diverse audiences explore the history of the folk music revival within the broader context of the post-World War II American past. An NEH DPP Discovery Grant will allow us to set the stage for dynamic multimedia curation. The curation includes: a top-level of "bespoke" interactive storytelling introductory narratives; a customized WordPress platform for deeper inquiry; an audio documentary podcast series with contributions from younger musicians; and thematic tagging of an open-source, digitized, 36,000-object archive. Taken together, these will help the public encounter and grapple with the hopeful, yet fraught legacies of race, ethnicity, gender, class, region, heritage, and cultural representation within the folk revival milieu.