Folklife documentation

Sarah Bryan, a UNC-trained folklorist (MA, 2003), has worked in the field of folklife documentation for more than a decade. Specializing in the cultural heritage of the American South, she has conducted documentary work for a variety of organizations including the North Carolina Folklife Institute, North Carolina Arts Council, South Carolina Arts Commission, and Levine Museum of the New South.

Please click here for resume and project history, and here for photo portfolio.

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Writing

Please click here for writing portfolio, and here for a complete list of publications.
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Recent publications:

Lead Kindly Light: Pre-War Music and Photographs from the American South, by Sarah Bryan and Peter Honig. 2014, Dust-to-Digital

African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina, by Sarah Bryan and Beverly Patterson with Michelle Lanier. 2013, University of North Carolina Press

Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard: Hard Time, Good Time, and End-Time Music, 1923 – 1936, a three-CD set with introductory essays by Nathan Salsburg, Amanda Petrusich, Sarah Bryan, and John Jeremiah Sullivan. Tompkins Square, 2012.

Moon North Carolina, by Sarah Bryan. 2008 and 2010, Avalon Travel Publishing

Old-Time Herald

Sarah Bryan is the Editor of the Old-Time Herald and Executive Director of the Old-Time Music Group.

The Old-Time Herald is a quarterly magazine about old-time string band music, from or in the traditions of the American South. Published by the nonprofit Old-Time Music Group, the OTH was founded in 1987 in Galax, Virginia, by Alice Gerrard. Now based in Durham, North Carolina, we are celebrating our 28th year of publication.

Antique photos

Collector of vintage snapshots and vernacular portraits, blogging at Everyday Ago.

Pictures from Sarah’s collection appear in :

Lead Kindly Light: Pre-War Music and Photographs from the American South, by Sarah Bryan and Peter Honig. 2014, Dust-to-Digital

Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard: Hard Time, Good Time, and End-Time Music, 1923 – 1936, a three-disc seproduced by Nathan Salsburg and released on the Tompkins Square label. Fall, 2012.

Talking Pictures: Images and Messages Rescued from the Past, by Ransom Riggs. 2012, It Books.

Never a Pal Like Mother: Songs and Photographs of the One Who’s Always TrueEssays by Sarah Bryan and Rosanne Cash. 2011, Dust-to-Digital