Thank you to everyone who endorsed “Community Conversations on the Occupational Folk Life of  Sex Workers”.

I am sad to share our effort to secure to the Archie Green Fellowship at the American Folk Center at Library of Congress failed – not out of a lack of interest – but rather concern over the merit of utilizing tax payer dollars to document the work experiences of  prostitutes. I apologize for the shared disappointment.  

If anyone would like to suggest a proposal with no fiscal obligation it may be considered independent of my effort. Please note: There is no ability to fund the process of recording, nor the archival and repository processing and storage of oral narratives or data. – M  Dante Pennsylvania 



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       May 2017 Dear Ms. Dante: On behalf of the members of the 2017 Archie Green Fellowship committee at the Library of Congress, I am writing to thank you for submitting a proposal for consideration. Unfortunately, your project was not among the small number of those selected for funding.

 The American Folklife Center and members of the 2017 Fellowship Committee were very pleased by the high quality, quantity, and diversity of this year’s applications. We received proposals for excellent and innovative projects on the culture and traditions of American workers from researchers throughout the United States. This made our selection process most difficult, and we regret that we did not have enough funding to support additional projects.

 We wish you well with your project. If there are any non-monetary ways the American Folklife Center can provide assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us by regular mail, email ( or by phone (202-707-5510).

Thank you again for your interest in the Archie Green Fellowships.  Sincerely, Dr. Elizabeth Peterson Director