Western Kentucky University is located in an ideal region for field research. Bowling Green is a regional city of approximately 45,000 located between the metropolitan areas of Louisville, Kentucky, and Nashville, Tennessee. It has long been a center for the study of regional Kentucky folklife and offers access to a wide array of potential study areas. These areas range from agrarian culture to urban settings. They relate quite equally to both the fields of folklore and historic preservation.
The Western Kentucky University Folklife Archives--one of the foremost repositories in North America--boasts a significant collection of material on southern traditional life and culture. In October 2012 the Kentucky Folklife Program Archive, consisting of over 150 collections spanning across the Commonwealth of Kentucky and covering over 20 years of research by Kentucky Folklife Program, was merged with the existing WKU Folklife Archives. This new combined Folklife Archives is one of the most extensive and dynamic archives of culture and folklife in Kentucky. The Kentucky Museum and Kentucky Library also contain primary and rare artifacts for study. In addition, multimedia equipment is available for student use.
Funding for graduate student research (up to $750) is available through Graduate Studies. For more information, click here.
If you have a research project or internship that involves the Kentucky Museum or Library, you may also qualify for a Yeager Scholarship (typically $500 to $1000). See Michael Ann for current guidelines.
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