The Smithsonian Office of Folklife Programs has provided curatorial support and advice to the project. The Office is dedicated to cultural conservation through scholarly research, professional advocacy and public programs that promote continuity, integrity and equity for traditional cultures. Among its activities are the annual Festival of American Folklife on the Mall in Washington, DC; the recording and publishing efforts of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings; and broadcasts on Radio Smithsonian.
Additional general advisors:
- Senior Project Advisor Anthony Seeger, Ph.D., is the director of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and curator of the Folkways Collection.
- Project Advisor Thomas Vennum, Ph.D., is senior ethnomusicologist at the Smithsonian, and a specialist in the music and culture of the Ojibwe.
- Project Advisor Diana Parker, is the director of the Festival of American Folklife.
- John Charles Camp, Ph.D., Maryland State Folklorist, Maryland State Arts Council, Baltimore, MD
- Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Music, Tufts University, Medford, MA
- Nicholas Spitzer, Ph.D., Director, American Routes Radio Series, New Orleans, LA
- Philip Nusbaum, Ph.D., Folk Arts Program Associate, Minnesota State Arts Board, Saint Paul, MN
- C. Ray Brassieur, Ph.D., Director, Oral History Program, State Historical Society of Missouri/Western Manuscripts Collection, Columbia, MO
- David H. Evans, Ph.D., Professor of Music, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
- Judy Peiser, Executive Director, Center for Southern Folklore, Memphis, TN
- William R. Ferris, Ph.D., Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, DC
- Worth Long, ethnomusicologist, Atlanta, Georgia
- Barry Ancelet, Ph.D., Department of Modern Languages, Univ. of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, LA
- Ben Sandmel, Writer/Musician/Record Producer, New Orleans, LA
- Bruce Boyd Raeburn, Ph.D., Curator, Hogan Jazz Archive, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA