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Phil Ochs Fellowship 2019

 

The Woody Guthrie Archives is pleased to present Dr. Christa Anne Bentley and Dr. Norwood Andrews with the 2019 Phil Ochs Fellowship!

This annual research opportunity, provided by a partnership between the Woody Guthrie Archives and A Still Small Voice, Inc., supports research related to the history of American folk music, specifically Phil Ochs and folk musicians from the 1940s – 1970s, whose message was positive social change within American and global politics. 

Dr. Christa Anne Bentley is an Assistant Professor of Musicology at Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Her research will support her project, “Feeling Free: The Politics of the Singer-Songwriter Movement in the United States.”

Dr. Norwood Andrews is an independent scholar based in Dallas, Texas. His research will support his project, “Migration, Documentation, and Transnational Folk Revival.”

Past recipients of the Phil Ochs Fellowship include, Dr. James R. Bowers, Professor of Political Science & Legal Studies, St. John Fisher College, New York and Ms. Nancy Greco, Instruction & Archives Librarian, St. John Fisher College, New York.

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The Phil Ochs Fellowship awards up to $5,000 for scholarly research at the extensive Woody Guthrie Center Archives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This fellowship is an annual research opportunity provided by a partnership between the Woody Guthrie Center, Inc. and A Still Small Voice, Inc. This opportunity is open to scholars pursuing topics or themes related to American folk music, specifically Phil Ochs and folk musicians from the 1940s – 1970s whose message was social justice within American and global politics. 

In September 2014, the only daughter of Phil Ochs, Meegan Lee Ochs, donated an extensive collection of Phil Ochs materials to the Woody Guthrie Center Archives. The papers contain original lyrics, handwritten travel journals, scrapbooks, notebooks, correspondence, personal belongings of Phil Ochs, realia, business records of Michael Ochs, record label correspondence and business materials, flyers, manuscripts and published articles by Phil Ochs, clippings, photographs, audio recordings, film recording, LPs, and biographical information gathered by Phil Ochs’ biographers for both a documentary and a book. In addition, the Woody Guthrie Center was gifted the collection of Phil’s brother, Michael Ochs, in 2015 and his sister, Sonny, in 2018. Together these collections comprise of more than 80 linear feet of archival materials related to the life of the folk singer and topical songwriter. 

(see http://woodyguthriecenter.org/archives/)

The Woody Guthrie Center Archives also holds the special collections of Ronald Cohen, Patricia Dempsey, and Harold Leventhal among others. These materials include correspondences, manuscripts, articles, clippings, and additional information on the life of folk singers, including Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, and more. All materials are available for research for this fellowship. 

Qualifications*

  • Researcher must demonstrate a thorough understanding of background materials by having consulted secondary source materials.
  • Project must lead to the creation of an original scholarly publication or product (i.e. book, article, public work).
  • Project must be sufficiently extensive as to require a suggested minimum of two weeks of research in the archives.
  • Researcher must contact the archivist prior to sending in proposal to ensure project is feasible. Please contact Kate L. Blalack @ kate@woodyguthriecenter.org

*This fellowship is for research expenses only. No applications will be accepted which self-promote artists or musical compositions using original lyrics found in the archival collections.

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The 2019 Phil Ochs Fellowship application is now closed, 2020 applications will be announced late spring 2020.