Professor David Dunaway has been named as the 2010 "Voice of the People" award recipient, presented for outstanding achievement in the collecting and use of oral histories. This award is given to individuals and organizations whose life work has contributed to change for a better world.
The review committee expressed that they were impressed by Dr. Dunaway's comprehensive and broad research, in particular his sustained history of contributions to the field. First, the ability to document the life and work of Pete Seeger (oral history as biography) in How Can I Keep From Singing? Second, connecting the oral histories in Singing Out: An Oral History of America's Folk Music Revivals to a wider historical inquiry about the importance of protest/political songs of America's folk music revivals. Last, but not least, his ability as curator to preserve and place oral histories at the Library of Congress Folklife Center, which will prove useful and valuable to oral historians and scholars more generally.
Dr. Dunaway will be presented with the award by Stetson Kennedy (the only living subject of a Woody Guthrie song) in Atlanta on October 30, 2010.