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Northwestern University (Evanston, IL 60208-0001)
Carolyn Caizzi (Project Director: July 2016 to February 2021)
The Digital Berkeley Folk Music Festival Collection

The Digital Berkeley Folk Music Festival Collection is a project led by Northwestern University Libraries to digitize, describe, and provide free online access to over 36,000 photographs, documents, posters, audio recordings, film footage, and ephemera from the Berkeley Folk Music Festival, 1958-1970, for public and scholarly exploration, examination, and experimentation. A robust and exhaustive resource curated by the festival's founder and director, Barry Olivier, the Berkeley Folk Music Festival Collection provides insight into the 1960s folk music revival, high arts and vernacular culture, music festival operations and culture, workshop pedagogy, and activism. Beyond that, the digitization, description, and publication of this collection opens up possibilities of exploring a wide range of humanities themes in 1960s America: tradition and disruptive technology; performance and archiving of cultural heritage; modernity, commerce, and community; bohemianism; higher education history; and Cold War history and culture.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

$297,000 (approved)
$296,997 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2020