The AFS has received final approval from the National Endowment for
the Humanities of its proposal to undertake the first, 2011-2013 phase
of the National Folklore Archives Initiative (NFAI).
archival collections—unpublished multi-format collections of materials
created in the field that document traditional cultural expressions and
knowledge—comprise one of our nation’s most valuable cultural resources,
but scholars, public humanists, teachers, students, and community
members can access information about those collections only with
difficulty. The purpose of the NFAI is to make the intellectual content
of these collections more widely accessible.
The NFAI, supported
by funding from the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
program of the NEH's Division of Preservation and Access, will plan and
test a process for providing access to information about archival
collections held by folklore programs at academic institutions,
community-based cultural and ethnic organizations, non-profit
organizations, and state government-based arts and cultural agencies in
the United States.
For a more complete description of the project, please visit the NFAI page of the AFS web site.