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National Folklore Archives Initiative Now Surveying Archives of Folk and Traditional Material

Thursday, August 09, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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The American Folklore Society invites your participation in the National Folklore Archives Initiative (NFAI), a project currently underway with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

One of the NFAI's activities is a survey of folklore and folklife archival collections in the United States. By identifying these collections, and the repositories that hold and manage them, we will collectively be creating a valuable resource for researchers and the public. We will incorporate information that we gather in our survey into an open-access, fully searchable online database that we will make available beginning in 2013. This database will enable users to search for, and gather information about, archival collections documenting particular traditions (such as traditional boatbuilding), particular groups (such as Slovenian Americans), particular places (such as US states), particular media (such as 35mm film), and so on.

If your repository, or academic or public program, holds archival materials documenting or pertaining to folk culture and traditional arts, we want to hear from you. We hope you will devote a few minutes to completing the survey, now available at

DEADLINE: The survey will be available online until 9:00 pm PDT on Friday, September 7, 2012.

FINE PRINT: By completing the survey, you grant permission to the American Folklore Society to incorporate the information you provide in its online database for this project.

If you have questions about the survey, please contact Steve Green, Archivist at the Western Folklife Center (, or Nicole Saylor, Head of Digital Research and Publishing at the University of Iowa Libraries ( If you have questions about the National Folklore Archives Initiative, please contact AFS Executive Director Timothy Lloyd at

Thank you for your assistance in helping to create this resource. Your work will have an impact both within and beyond our field.

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