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About the American Folklore Society

The American Folklore Society is an association of folklorists: people who study and communicate knowledge about folklore throughout the world.

Our 2,000 members and subscribers are scholars, teachers, and libraries at colleges and universities; professionals in arts and cultural organizations; and community members involved in folklore work. Many of our members live and work in the US, but their interests in folklore stretch around the world, and today about one in every eight AFS members is from outside the US.

A collective of university-based humanities scholars, museum anthropologists, and private citizens--including author Mark Twain and US President Rutherford B. Hayes--founded the Society in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1888.

Today, the Society:

Headquartered on the campus of Indiana University-Bloomington, AFS benefits greatly from the generous support of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.

This part of our site will introduce you to the Society and its work. If what you see here raises questions you’d like to discuss, or doesn’t answer your questions, please contact us.

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