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

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).

Recent projects:

Sarah’s research project Folklife of the Funeral Services Profession in the Carolinas received a 2016 Archie Green Fellowship from the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress, which made possible interviews with more than a dozen morticians and funeral directors in North Carolina.

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





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