Sarah Bryan

Folklife documentation

Sarah Bryan, a writer and UNC-trained folklorist (MA, 2003), has worked in the field of folklife documentation for two decades. She serves as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Folklife Institute, and Editor of the Old-Time Herald. 

Specializing in the cultural heritage of the American South, Sarah has conducted documentary work for a variety of organizations including the North Carolina Folklife Institute, the North Carolina Arts Council, South Carolina Arts Commission, and Levine Museum of the New South.

Sarah is the coauthor of the books Lead Kindly Light (with Peter Honig, Dust-to-Digital, 2014) and African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina (with Beverly Patterson and Michelle Lanier, UNC Press, 2014). She is currently collaborating with potter and historian Hal Pugh on a history of Southern folk pottery, slated for publication by UNC Press in the fall of 2024.

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

(Top photo: Quilts by Stella Mae Morgan of Ether, North Carolina.)




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