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Greg C. Adams

Archivist (MLS), Ethnomusicologist, Musician

Germantown, MD


Work Experience

Processing Archivist

Smithsonian Institution, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Washington, DC

August 2011 to Present

o Provide archival services in the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections (RRFA&C) as outlined in the statement of work covering professional archival processing, 
arrangement, preservation, and descriptive services 
o Current workflow includes survey, arrangement, and preservation rehousing of 1) 
Business Records series from the Moses and Frances Asch Collection, 2) UNESCO 
Collection of Traditional Music of the World, 3) paper records of the Ralph Rinzler Papers and Audio Recordings, and 4) J. Scott Odell Folk Music Collection

Teaching Assistant for Dr. Boden Sandstrom

University of Maryland
College Park, MD

August 2009 to May 2011

MUET 200: World Popular Musics and 
o Facilitate discussion of course materials among 75 undergraduate learners (three 
sections of a twelve section, 300 student course) 
o Develop presentations of course content and discussion models 
o Advise students on a personal basis as needed regarding course content 
o Maintain accurate electronic records of student work and progress 
o Use University of Maryland "Blackboard" interface to communicate with professor and students 
o Complete necessary research as related to teaching preparation 
o Apply rubrics to evaluate student work and progress 
o Participate in and generate minutes for weekly administrative meetings with professor and teaching assistant colleagues

Records Officer, Archivist

International Monetary Fund
Washington, DC

January 2005 to April 2009

o Survey, appraise, arrange, and describe the Fund's historical photograph collections 
(approximately 465,000 photographs) as outlined in the IMF Archives Media Archivist 
Work Plan 
o Appraise, arrange, and describe textual records series, including screening for classified, 
closed, or sensitive materials according to declassification procedures 
o Use analytical and problem-solving skills to intellectually and physically organize 
inventory of photographs and process according to professional and international 
archival standards, including those technical guidelines found in the Rules for Archival 
Description (RAD) and the General International Standard for Archival Description 
o Coordinate photographic reference services between Fund photographers and IMF 
Archives reference staff to maintain ongoing access to photographic material during archival processing period 
o Prepare recommendations for the transfer of digital assets (photographs) from 
Multimedia Imaging Group to the IMF Archives and creating a retention rule for this 
specific type of record 
o Work with team members to review and contribute comments on prospective Archives 
Management Systems (AMS) 
o Assess, make recommendations, and implement procedures regarding preservation 
needs for photographic material including reformatting, digitization, and re-housing of materials 
o Author, consult with team members to edit, and publish finding aids for photographic 
o Establish and maintain Multimedia Repository shelf list and general layout

Student Archivist

University of Maryland
College Park, MD

August 2004 to December 2004

o Completed arrangement and description of the papers of Reed Whittemore (26 linear 
o Conducted preliminary inventory/survey of the papers of Dudley Dillard (93 linear feet) 
o Appraised, arranged, and described the papers of Mary Nock (24 items) 
o Answered queries, conducted research, and prepared photocopies according to patron 
August 2004 - December 2004 • Broadcast Archives • University of Maryland • 
College Park, MD 
Student Archivist 
o Appraised and arranged the papers of Philip K. Eberly 
o Assisted with the arrangement of radio show transcripts 
o Converted/digitized audio recordings of radio commercials

Music Reference Librarian

Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Washington, DC

June 2003 to May 2004

• Library of Congress • National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped • Washington, DC 
Music Reference Librarian (contract via Library Associates) 
o Organized and maintained vital records created through daily work flow including (1) 
managing patron records (paper and digital), (2) handling patron requests through telephone, email, and mail correspondence, and (3) conducting research for patrons 
using Voyager online catalog and other online resources 
o Managed the preservation and audio duplication of instructional cassette recording 
o Assisted with digital preservation of the Braille music collection using Optical Braille 
Recognition (OBR) software

Student Archivist

Library of Congress
Washington, DC

January 2003 to May 2003

D.C. • Field Study for LBSC 703 (200+ hours) 
o Digitized and updated finding aid for field recordings containing performances of banjo 
players <> 
o Maintained file plan of corporate, corporate subject, correspondence, collection, and numerical files


Smithsonian Institution ● Center for Folklife and Cultural
Washington, DC

January 2002 to April 2002

o Assisted with digitization of aging audio recordings for the Save Our Sounds project 
o Performed research for patron inquiries 
o Assisted with liner notes for Folkways releases


Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology

University of Maryland -
College Park, MD

March 2012

Masters in Library and Information Sciences

University of Maryland -
College Park, MD

December 2004

Bachelor of Arts in Music History and Literature

Youngstown State University -
Youngstown, OH

December 2001

Additional Information

Professional Training 
August 2005 • Image Permanence Institute (IPI) / George Eastman House (GEH) ● Rochester, NY ● Preserving Photographs in a Digital World  
April 2005 • Society of American Archivists (SAA) ● St. Louis, MO ● Administration of Photograph Collections  
2005 – 2006 • International Monetary Fund ● Washington, DC ● Internal Training 
o Effective Presentation Skills 
o Workshop on Promoting a Respectful Work Environment 
o Short Document Writing  
Professional Organizations 
January – August 2006 • Society of American Archivists (SAA) Host Committee Member ● DC 2006: Joint Annual Meeting of NAGARA, COSA, and SAA ● Served as exhibitor liaison  
Academic Papers 
November 2011: Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) 56th Joint Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology and Congress on Research in Dance, Philadelphia • “Early Minstrel Banjos in the Twenty-First Century: (Re)Negotiating the Face of ‘America’s Instrument’” 
November 2010: Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) 55th Annual Meeting, Los Angeles • “‘What is at Stake, and for Whom?’: Nurturing a Collaborative Environment for Banjo Roots Research” 
Field Research 
January 2011 – Present • United States (Thesis Research, University of Maryland) • Researchers, collectors, musicians, and builders working with nineteenth century and antebellum banjo history and culture 
July 2008 • West Africa (Independent Research) • The Gambia, Senegal (Casamance); worked with Jola ekonting players and a Manjak bunchundo player  
July 2006 • West Africa (Independent Research) The Gambia: The Akonting Center for Senegambian Folk Music; worked with Jola ekonting players  
Grants and Fellowships 
2009 ● National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) ● Level-I Digital Humanities Start-up Grant ● Project Director (  
2009 ● Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) ● FY2009 Maryland Traditions Folk Arts and Culture Apprenticeship Grant ● July 2008 – April 2009 ● Apprentice to Cheick Hamala Diabate (master ngoni player) 
Fall 2002-Spring 2003 ● Ann E. Prentice Fellowship Recipient ● University of Maryland ● Library and Information Sciences  
Professional Appearances  
2011 • Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) • Arts from the Blue Ridge Mountain: Give Me the Banjo ● Aired November 4, 2011 (  
2011 • National Public Radio (NPR) ● All Things Considered: “The Banjo’s Roots, Reconsidered” • Aired August 23, 2011 (  
2010 • WTVI Charlotte Public Television ● “Sojourn of the Strings” (Banjo documentary by Steve Crump) • Aired November 22, 2010 
Adams, Greg C. 2011. “Engaging the Antebellum Banjo at the Third Early American Banjo Conference.” The Bulletin of the Society for American Music XXXVII, no. 2 (Spring): 19.  
Adams, Greg C. and Shlomo Pestcoe. 2007. “The Jola Akonting: Reconnecting the Banjo to its West African Roots.” Sing Out Magazine 1, no. 1 (Spring): 43-51.  
Adams, Greg C. and Paul Sedgwick. 2007. “‘O’Teck!’ An Introduction to the Akonting.” Banjo Newsletter: America’s Premiere 5 String Banjo Magazine XXXIV, no. 401 (March).  
Adams, Greg C. and Paul Sedgwick. 2007. “Encountering the Akonting: A Cultural Exchange.” The Old-Time Herald 10, no. 9 (April).  
Select Guest Lectures: Banjo History and Education 
November 12-13, 2011 ● National Park Service, Harpers Ferry, WV ● Harpers Ferry Violin, Bones, and Banjo Workshop Weekend ● Co-organizer with Rowan Corbett and Charles Krepley covering music workshops, public lectures, and music performances 
March 17-20, 2011 ● Suwannee Banjo Camp, High Springs, FL ● Faculty member leading workshops covering banjo history, antebellum and Civil War era banjo technique, classic fingerstyle and ragtime banjo, and recent studies of West Africa’s Jola ekonting tradition (previous camp visits in 2010, 2009, and 2008) 
March 24, 2011 ● George Washington University, Washington, DC ● MUS 105 Intro to Ethnomusicology (Dr. Christopher Lornell) ● early banjo history (previous visits on 4/16/09 and […] 
February 5, 2011 ● Folklore Society of Greater Washington Midwinter Festival, Takoma Park, MD ● Banjo Roots Presentation (also previously presented on 2/7/09) 
May 22-23, 2010 ● National Park Service, Harpers Ferry, WV ● Harpers Ferry Early Banjo Workshop Weekend ● Co-organizer with Timothy Twiss covering music workshops, public lectures, and music performances 
March 26, 2010 ● Appalachian States University, Boone, NC ● “Black Banjo Gathering” ● Banjo roots research presentation: The Banjo's African American Origins and West African Heritage ● Presentation co-organized with independent scholar Shlomo Pestcoe  
March 11, 2010 ● University of Maryland, College Park, MD ● Banjo Roots: The Banjo's African American Origins and West African Heritage ● Sponsored by Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy Organization (MICA) 
February 1, 2009 ● Mercer Museum, Doylestown, PA ● Multicultural Roots of the Banjo 
December 11, 2008 ● Penn State Greater Allegheny, McKeesport, PA ● Teaching International Lecture Series ● The African and Caribbean Roots of the Banjo 
March 20, 2008 ● University of Florida, Gainesville, FL ● The Akonting/Banjo Symposium ● Digital Worlds Institute 
October 2007 ● National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Pry House Field Museum, Antietam National Battlefield ● Second Early American Banjo Conference ● Lecture/Presentation: “Defining Stroke Style Technique: The Formation of a Study” 
October 2006 ● National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Pry House Field Museum, Antietam National Battlefield ● First Early American Banjo Conference ● Lecture/Presentation: “Vocal Music and the Minstrel Banjo: Expanding the Repertoire” 
June 24, 2006 ● Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV ● George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War ● Civil War Seminar ● “Slaves, Minstrels, and Soldiers: The Antebellum Roots of Civil War Music” ● Co-presented with Charles Krepley)