Project Personnel


Doug Boyd is the Director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries.  Previously, he managed the Digital Program for the University of Alabama Libraries, served as the Director of the Kentucky Oral History Commission and prior to that as the Senior Archivist for the oral history collection at the Kentucky Historical Society.  Additionally, Doug Boyd currently serves as the co-general editor for the Kentucky Remembered oral history series for the University Press of Kentucky, as the media review editor for the Oral History Review and serves on the Oral History Steering Committee for the Society of American Archivists.  He is currently serving on the Oral History Association’s executive council.


Peggy A. Bulger is director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, the second person to hold that position since the U.S. Congress created the Center in 1976. A native of New York State, she holds a B.A. in fine arts from the State University of New York at Albany, an M.A. in folk studies from Western Kentucky University, and a Ph.D. in folklore and folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. A folklorist, consultant, and producer, Bulger has been documenting folklife and developing and managing folklife programs for more than twenty-five years. She has been Florida State Folk Arts Coordinator (1976-79), Florida Folklife Programs Administrator (1979-89), and Program Coordinator, Director, and Senior Officer for the Southern Arts Federation (1989-99).

Sarah Cunningham is currently the Audio Preservation Specialist for the National Archives branch at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum. She also works with the Historical Music Recordings Collection in the Fine Arts Library of the University of Texas at Austin. Ms Cunningham has an MSIS from the School of Information (formerly the Graduate School of Library and Information Science), The University of Texas at Austin, with an Endorsement of Specialization in Preservation Administration.

Michael Frisch is Professor of History & American Studies/ Senior Research Scholar at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. Frisch is the author of A Shared Authority: Essays on the Craft and Meaning of Oral and Public History (1990) and Portraits in Steel (1993), a book and associated GANYS exhibit in collaboration with the noted documentary photographer Milton Rogovin, which received the OHA’s Best Book prize for 1993-1995. He has served as editor of the Oral History Review (1986-1996). His currently works in oral history applications of new media technology.

Sheldon Halpern is the Harold R. Tyler Chair in Law and Technology at Albany Law School and the Emeritus C. William O’Neill Professor of Law and Judicial Administration at Ohio State. He is the author of several books, including  The Law of Defamation, Privacy, Publicity and Moral Right: Cases and Materials on the Protection of Personality Interests; Copyright Law: Protection of Original Expression; and Fundamentals of United States Intellectual Property Law. He has served as the director of a series of interdisciplinary conferences on intellectual property and technology.

Charles Hardy is Professor of History.  He joined the West Chester faculty in 1990, after a decade working as a documentary producer and historical consultant. He remains active in public history and oral history, consulting with documentary producers, government agencies, museums, and other cultural organizations on a broad range of projects.  Supervising Historian for since 2003, he is also president of the Oral History Association (2008-2009), and has served on the Advisory Board of the Pennsylvania Bureau for Historic Preservation since 2004.

Peter Kaufman is president and CEO of Intelligent Television. He executive produces all Intelligent Television media and directs the company’s research and consulting work. He is also an expert consultant on access issues for the Library of Congress Division of Motion Pictures, Broadcast, and Recorded Sound and in 2008 was appointed co-chair of the new Film and Sound Think Tank of the U.K.’s Joint Information Systems Committee.

Timothy Lloyd has served as the executive director of the American Folklore Society since 2001. His office is located at The Ohio State University in Columbus, where he serves as Adjunct Associate Professor of English. Before coming to the Society, Lloyd served as executive director of Cityfolk, a nationally recognized folk arts organization located in Dayton, Ohio. Earlier still, he was assistant director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, before which he served for 14 years as director of folk arts programs for the Ohio Arts Council. He began his career as a staff folklorist for the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.  Lloyd received his PhD in American studies from The George Washington University. He has taught folklore at Colorado College, The George Washington University, The Ohio State University, and Utah State University. His research interests include American foodways, occupational culture, and the history of public practice in the field of folklore. He has published articles and reviews in the major American folklore journals, and co-authored Lake Erie Fishermen: Work, Identity and Tradition (University of Illinois Press), named the best maritime history book of 1990 by the North American Society for Oceanic History.

Doug Oard is Associate Dean for Research in the College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, College Park and has a joint appointment in the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. His recent work has focused on interactive techniques for cross-language information retrieval, searching conversational media, and leveraging observable behavior to improve user modeling. As co-PI on the NSF-funded MALACH project, Oard directed the development and evaluation of new techniques for automated indexing and interactive search in large collections of oral history interviews.

Daniel Sheehy served as Director of Folk & Traditional Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts 1992-2000 and staff ethnomusicologist and Assistant Director, 1978-1992. Dr. Sheehy directed the National Heritage Fellowship awards and grants programs of $4 million annually for projects in the folk and traditional arts across the United States and its territories. A Fulbright-Hays scholar in Veracruz, Mexico, he earned his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from UCLA. He served as co-editor of the South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean volume of the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. His book Mariachi Music in America: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture was published by Oxford University Press in 2006. The American Folklore Society honored him with the Benjamin A. Botkin prize in 1997, recognizing major impact on the field of public folklore.

Linda Shopes, recently retired, managed academic programs as a historian at the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Shopes’ recent publications include “Legal and Ethical Issues in Oral History” in Research Handbook of Oral History (2006) and “Oral History and the Study of Communities: Problems, Paradoxes, and Possibilities” in the Journal of American History (2002). She also is principal author of the “Oral History Background Paper” for the Andrew W . Mellon Foundation Project on Folklore, Ethnomusicology, and Oral History in the Academy (2006).