Archie Green

Folklorist and musicologist Archie Green (b. 1917), who established the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress, has died.

Raised by a socialist father, Green worked in the San Francisco shipyards during WWII and both experiences inspired his lifelong love of labor history.  He influenced countless oral historians and the American Folklife Center houses the Veterans History Project and StoryCorps collections among much much more.  He also wrote Tin Men, a book documenting folk art robot-like figures crafted out of found metal.

Sady Sullivan

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Sady Sullivan is Director of Oral History at the Brooklyn Historical Society.
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2 Responses to Archie Green

  1. Sady Sullivan Sady Sullivan says:

    Thank you, Henry!

  2. My longtime friend, mentor, and inspiration, Archie Green, was particularly interested in the culture of myths and legends, heroes and villains, jokes and invective, art and literature and music created by the Industrial Workers of the World (“Wobblies”). The culmination of his very long career was the recent publication of “The Big Red Songbook” — 250 songs of the IWW. Rest in peace, Archie!

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