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2018 July 08
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CFCH.SFF.2017
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Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections

Rodney Huey (presenter); Adam Woolley; Rodney Huey; Zsuzsanna Mata; Matthew Wittmann; Deborah Walk Among circus troupes, it is not uncommon for circus traditions to be passed down from generation to generation. Circus artists who have grown up in the circus will share how it has defined their identity, often from the moment of their conception.

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2017 July 06
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CFCH.SFF.2017
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Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections

Samir Meghelli (presenter); Dominic Moulden; Andy Shallal; Quique Avilés ;After a half-century of population decline and disinvestment, Washington, D.C., along with other U.S. urban centers, has been witnessing a "return to the city"—with rapidly rising populations, rents, and home prices, but also deepening inequality. This discussion with local c...

Barbara Coffee was interviewed by Eduardo Contreras on July 4, 1996. Coffee was born in Wisconsin in 1940 and completed a double major in fine arts and archaeology. She began her career at the Smithsonian in July 1963 as a member of the exhibition production tea mat the National Museum of American History (NMAH). She worked with the team for three years and then moved to the Division of Political History, where she worked for 18 years. She then was the collections manager in the Department of Social and Cultural History, where she worked until she retired in October 1994. During her 31 year career at the Smithsonian, Coffee served as the first president of the Museum Specialist, Technicians, and Aides Association. This interview discusses the course of Coffee's career; stories about her early years of working at the Smithsonian; her work with the First Ladies collection; Margaret B. Klapthor, the curator of the First Ladies collection; her work at the 1969 Inaugural Ball; her impressions of the Smithsonian before she began working here; a typical work day and how it changed; changes in the funding of exhibits; her experience as a woman laborer and as a woman working at the Smithsonian; her major accomplishments, notably the organization and care of the collections and her teaching and training of interns; working at the Smithsonian as compared to another museum; memories of the Folklife Festival; and comments on early Festivals and recent ones. The interview continues with a discussion of Coffee's work with The Treasures of the Smithsonian exhibit, which was presented at the Edinburgh Festival; her meetings with First Ladies; the Hall of Historic Americans; stories of working in unfavorable conditions; thefts at the NMAH; accidents with artifacts; and many reminiscences about working at the NMAH and with the collections. Coffee's friend Sue Ann Sadler, who aided in the interview by prompting several of Coffee's stories, reflects on Coffee, her career, and the importance of oral history. Coffee then finishes the interview with comments on the Skull Crew, what working at the Smithsonian meant to her, her participation in a committee to appoint a new director of the NMAH; meeting Neil Harris, a University of Chicago professor; and anecdotes about her career.
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Record Unit 9594
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Smithsonian Institution. Festival of American Folklife. Wisconsin Program 1998: Washington, D.C.
Miller, Mark K., 1953- (recorder)
Shapiro, Corey (recorder)
Dazewieckl, Eric
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1998 June 28
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CFCH.SFF.1998
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Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections

101 Sheepshead and Euchre / Eric Dazewieckl, Gary Dazewieckl. 102 Changing Shifts / Bill Casper, Joe Bunij, Ron Poast.

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Smithsonian Institution. Festival of American Folklife. American Indian Program 1992 Washington, D.C.
Spitz-Edson, Leslie (recorder)
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1992 June 25
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CFCH.SFF.1992
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Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
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Smithsonian Institution. Festival of American Folklife. American Indian Program 1992 Washington, D.C.
Garcia, Sarah (recorder)
Bergeson, Kevin (recorder)
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1992 July 5
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CFCH.SFF.1992
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Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
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Smithsonian Institution. Festival of American Folklife. American Indian Program 1992 Washington, D.C.
Garcia, Sarah (recorder)
Bergeson, Kevin (recorder)
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1992 July 5
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CFCH.SFF.1992
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Accession 97-051
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Smithsonian Institution Archives

University of Arizona: Europe 1992: The Changing Market, 1992

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Accession 19-201
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Smithsonian Institution Archives

A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond