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Adventures In Archiving: 2017 Archives Conference
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Adventures in Folklore Archiving
October 16-17, 2017
Minneapolis Central Library

300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Conference held in conjunction with the
2017 American Folklore Society Annual Meeting
October 18-22, 2017

What: 2-day archives-centered conference organized/sponsored by the AFS Archives and Libraries Section

Cost: $50 for one day/$75 for both days

Keynote speakers
Nicole Saylor
Head, American Folklife Center Archive, Library of Congress

Dr. James Leary

Professor Emeritus of Folklore and Scandinavian Studies

Co-founder Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Also at the Conference

  • Presentations on folklore and archives by professionals in the field
  • Sharing of ideas, resources, and projects in progress
  • Discussions and demonstrations of archiving technologies and initiatives
  • Conversations on topics such as outreach, partnerships, and archival rights
  • Professional networking opportunities

A preliminary schedule can be found below; click here to download the schedule as a pdf. For any questions, please contact Terri Jordan.

Registration: The cost to register is $50 per person for a single day, $75 per person for both days. Register here!

All registration fees for the Adventures in Archiving Conference will go to the Archives and Libraries Section go to fund this event and future section activities.

Registration closes on August 31, 2017.


A limited number of guest rooms for the two days of the Adventures in Archiving Conference will be available at the Marriott City Center at the AFS conference rate. Information about making reservations will be available on the AFS Annual Meeting page by mid-June.


Monday, October 16


9:00-10:00           Opening Keynote

                             Nicole Saylor (American Folklife Center)


10:00-10:30         Morning Break


10:30-12:30         Panel: Connecting Archives and Communities


10:30-11:00:        “Digital Divides: Re-Creating Vintage Public Folklore Productions”

               Janet Gilmore (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

11:00-11:30:        “In Search of My Tribe: Folklore Archives and Folklore Archivists Networks”

               Maryna Chernyavska (Kule Folklore Center, University of Alberta, Canada)

11:30-12:00         “Building a Responsible Showcase for Sharing Public Sector Folklore in New York State”

               Christopher Mulé (Brooklyn Arts Council, New York City)

12:00-12:30         “Outreach Practices of the Archives of Latvian Folklore in (Re-)Establishing Links with Society”

                Sanita Reinsone (Archives of Latvian Folklore, University of Latvia)


12:30-2:00           Lunch Break


2:00-3:30             Panel: Exploring Archival Technologies


2:00-2:30:            “Struggling with Digital Access”

               Katrina Wynn (University of Maine)

2:30-3:00:            “ARK d’Triumph: Linking Finding Aids and Digital Libraries with Low-Tech Processes”

               Liz Woolcott, Andrea Payant, and Sara Skindelein (Fife Folklore Archive, Utah State University)

3:00-3:30:            “U.S. Presidential Election Reflections: A Social Media Collecting Project”

                             Randy Williams (Fife Folklore Archive, Utah State University)


3:30-4:00             Afternoon Break


4:00-5:00             Folklore Archives Technology: The Folklore Collections Database

                              Timothy Lloyd (American Folklore Society)

                 Steve Green (Western Folklife Center)

                 Andy Kolovos (Vermont Folklife Center)


Tuesday, October 17


9:00-10:00           Folklore Archives Technology: Oral History Metadata Synchronizer

                             Doug Boyd (Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky)


10:00-10:30         Morning Break


10:30-12:30         Panel: Archives, Education, and Scholarship


10:30-11:00:        “New Voices in the Archive: Collaborating with Youth to Collect New Folklore Material”

                Line Esborg and Emily Oswald (Norwegian Folklore Archives, University of Oslo)

11:00-11:30:        “Reconstructing Art Historical Webs of Knowledge through Intersectional Digital Archiving”

                Jacqueline Lombard and Maureen Porter (University of Pittsburgh)

11:30-12:00:        “Adventures in Co-Teaching and Archiving the Ohio Field Schools Collection”

               Cassie Patterson (Center for Folklore Archives, Ohio State University)

12:00-12:30:        “The Archives and the Institute: An Emergent Collaboration at Indiana University”

                Carrie Schwier and Robert Dobler (Indiana University)


12:30-2:00           Lunch Break


2:00-3:30             Panel: Audiovisual Archives


2:00-2:30:            “Greater than the Sum of Its Parts? The J.M. Carpenter Collection Meets the Vaughan Williams                                     Memorial Library’s Digital Archive”

 Julia Bishop (University of Aberdeen-Sheffield) with Laura Smyth (Vaughan Williams Memorial  Library)

2:30-3:00:            “DIY Lo-Fi: Arnold Munkel’s Collecton of Norwegian-American Folk Music”

               Anna Rue (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

3:00-3:30:            “Extending the Reach of Southern Audiovisual Resources”

               Steven Weiss (Southern Folklife Collection, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)


3:30-4:00             Afternoon Break


4:00-5:00             Closing Keynote

                              Dr. James Leary (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


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