Curriculum Vitae


Harvard College, 1932–33
University of Texas, B.A. in Philosophy; Phi Beta Kappa, 1936
Columbia University, graduate work in Anthropology, 1939

Assistant Director of the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress and Visiting Scholar (1979); Director-Producer for CBS (radio); Director-Producer for BBC (radio) London; compiler of folksong archives for the United States, Great Britain, and Italy; twenty years of recording and studying the performance of song; thirty years of comparative research on the prominent, redundant features of song and dance performance.

Director, Cantometrics and Choreometrics Research Project as Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology and Center for the Social Sciences at Columbia University.
Director of the Association for Cultural Equity and Research Associate in Anthropology at Hunter College.


  • ACLS Grant, 1939
  • Guggenheim Fellowship, 1946
  • ACLS Fellowship, located in the Department of Anthropology, Columbia University, 1960–61
  • Rockefeller Research Grant, located at the University College of the West Indies. Survey of folklife in the West Indies, 1962, 1975, 1977–78
  • National Institute of Mental Health Grant, 1963–76. For the Columbia Cross-Cultural Survey of Performance Behavior, located in the Bureau of Applied Social Research and Department of Anthropology, Columbia University
  • Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Columbia University, 1968
  • Ford Foundation, Columbia University, 1968
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, (film) 1971, (tape) 1972, 1974
  • National Science Foundation, Columbia University, 1972
  • De Menil foundation, 1974, 1975–77 (for filmmaking)
  • Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Division Grant, Columbia University, 1975, 1977–79
  • National Endowment of the Arts Grant for a recorded treasury of Black Music, Columbia University, 1979
  • Blue Ribbon in the American Film Festival for Land Where the Blues Began, with John Bishop and Worth Long, 1985.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for gazetteers of world song and dance style, Columbia University, 1980
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for “The Urban Strain, A study of the development of American popular music,” 1982
  • National Endowment for the Arts Grant for a six-part television series on regional American music and dance, entitled American Patchwork, Columbia University, 1984
  • MacArthur Foundation Grant for the development of The Global Jukebox "intelligent museum" software project, a multimedia exploratorium and research tool looking at music and dance around the world, 1989
  • National Medal of Arts from President Ronald Reagan at the White House, July 4, 1986
  • National Book Critics’ Circle Award for Nonfiction for The Land Where the Blues Began, 1993
  • Folk Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award, 1995
  • Living Legend of the Library of Congress, 2000
  • Honorary Doctor of Philosophy, Tulane University, 2001
  • Grammy Trustees’ Award, 2003



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