National Folklore Archives Initiative Now Surveying Archives of Folk and Traditional Material
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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.
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.
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
The survey will be available online until 9:00 pm PDT on Friday, September 7,
PRINT: By completing the survey, you grant permission to the American Folklore
Society to incorporate the information you provide in its online database for
you have questions about the survey, please contact Steve Green, Archivist at
the Western Folklife Center (firstname.lastname@example.org),
or Nicole Saylor, Head of Digital Research and Publishing at the University of
Iowa Libraries (email@example.com).
If you have questions about the National Folklore Archives Initiative, please
contact AFS Executive Director Timothy Lloyd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
you for your assistance in helping to create this resource.
Your work will have an impact both within and beyond our field.