Brockport Historian Shares Insights Learned From the Berkeley Folk Music Festival Digital History Exhibit

Joan Baez performing at the 1964 Berkeley Folk Music Festival.

Dr. Michael J. Kramer, Assistant Professor of history, was interviewed for a Northwestern Now feature about the Berkeley Folk Music Festival digital exhibit he curated from an archive of over 30,000 artifacts housed at Northwestern University Libraries.

The Festival took place on the campus of the University of California between 1958 and 1970. Many of the images and sounds in the Berkeley Archive have never been seen or heard before. During the 2021-2022 academic year, Dr. Kramer continues to work on further digital curations of the exhibit—including multimedia essays, an audio podcast series, and lesson plans for teachers—through a National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Projects for the Public Discovery Grant.

In the future, he plans as well to organize an in-person gallery exhibit about the Berkeley Festival and the California folk revival of the 1960s, which is far less studied than the story back East.

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