Ralph Rinzler was an important twentieth century folklorist and the co-founder of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Rinzler was a musician, festival administrator, scholar, and champion of grass roots folk expression in the United States. His prominent role in the Festival and at the Center for Folklife Programs prompted the Smithsonian Institution to name the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections in his honor in 1998.
Edward D. "Sandy" Ives
Edward D. “Sandy” Ives (September 24, 1925–August 1, 2009) was the Founder and Former Director of the Maine Folklife Center. Sandy received his Ph.D. in Folklore from Indiana University in 1962. He taught at the University of Maine since 1955, first as Instructor in English and beginning in 1964 as Professor of Folklore in the Department of Anthropology. During his career, he received numerous honors and awards including an honorary LL.D. from the University of Prince Edward Island in 1986, the Annual Harvey A. Kantor Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Oral History in 1979, and the Marius Barbeau Medal from the Canadian Folklore Studies Association for outstanding lifetime contributions to the field of folklore in 1991. Ives organized the Folklife Center in 1992, combining the Northeast Folklore Society and the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History, which he founded in 1957. He edited the monograph series Northeast Folklore since 1958 and wrote several books.