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Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, 1103 S. Sixth Street, Champaign
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
Archie Green was one of America’s leading twentieth-century folklorists who specialized in labor lore history and folk music traditions. He was a strong supporter of Theodore Roosevelt’s New Deal policies and often described himself as a “left-libertarian.” He earned his Master of Library Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1960 and a Ph.D. in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. He joined the Illinois faculty in 1960 with a joint appointment in the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations and the English Department. In the spring of 1961 the Campus Folksong Club (CFC) was organized by Dick Kanar and Vic Lukas with Green serving as the organization’s faculty advisor. Green wrote in the CFC’s first newsletter, Autoharp, which was issued on April 7, 1961, “If traditional folksong is to be heard on campus, other than via record and tape, it must be heard by importing true folksingers or by imparting to collegiate singers of folksong some respect for traditional material and styles.” This exhibit explores through photographs, music and oral history the remarkable story of the CFC and folklore studies on the Illinois campus between 1961 and 1970.