New on the AFS Website: More AFS History
Friday, February 21, 2014
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
We have recently brought to the surface more of the history of the Society and the field, including the complete list of AFS Presidents, and a list of thirty years of Executive Board members.
AFS Publications also now includes a link to "Publications about the Society and the Field":
- 100 Years of American Folklore Studies: A Conceptual History (AFS Centennial Publication, 1988) edited by William Clements, provides a clear and concise history of the field of folklore in this country from the mid-1800s to the late 20th century. The 82-page pdf contains 19 brief essays, most focusing on changing concepts of "folklore," the "folk," and "folklorists," as well as lists of 100 years of AFS officers, Fellows, publications, meeting sites, and JAF editors.
- Time and Temperature (AFS Centennial Publication, 1989), edited by Charles Camp. Accessible in IUScholarworks, this 80-page pdf contains essays looking forward at the roles and pursuits of folklorists in the present and future, including pieces by 16 AFS members describing their experiences in such roles as academic administrator, community organizer, cultural critic, filmmaker, public servant, publicist, and teacher.
- Folklore/Folklife (AFS Centennial Publication, 1984), edited by Bruce Jackson, Judith McCulloh and Marta Weigle, characterizes the field with attention to areas including education, organizational life, fieldwork, archives, museums, and state and local folk cultural programs.
The page also includes a link to our more recent flyer on "The Field of Folklore Studies and the American Folklore Society," an informational piece for students about the field of folklore studies, the Society, and the opportunities the Society provides to students.