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Adventures In Archiving: 2017 Archives Conference

Adventures in Folklore Archiving
October 16-17, 2017
Minneapolis Central Library

300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Conference held in conjunction with the
2017 American Folklore Society Annual Meeting
October 18-22, 2017

What: 2-day archives-centered conference organized/sponsored by the AFS Archives and Libraries Section

Cost: $50 for one day/$75 for both days

Keynote speakers:

Nicole Saylor
Head, American Folklife Center Archive, Library of Congress

Dr. James Leary

Professor Emeritus of Folklore and Scandinavian Studies

Co-founder Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Also at the Conference

  • Presentations on folklore and archives by professionals in the field
  • Sharing of ideas, resources, and projects in progress
  • Discussions and demonstrations of archiving technologies and initiatives
  • Conversations on topics such as outreach, partnerships, and archival rights
  • Professional networking opportunities

The conference schedule can be found below. For any questions, please contact Terri Jordan.


Registration: All registration fees for the Adventures in Archiving Conference went to the Archives and Libraries Section to fund this event and future section activities.


Location: The conference was held at the Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55401. (map) The venue is less than half a mile from the official AFS conference hotel, the Marriott City Center


A limited number of guest rooms for the two days of the Adventures in Archiving Conference were available at the Marriott City Center at the AFS conference rate.

Information about the hotel is available on the AFS Annual Meeting page.



Note: The schedule has been revised as of 9/18/2017.

Click here to download a pdf of the final schedule

Monday, October 16

 Mary and David Doty Board Room, Minneapolis Central Library


9:00-10:00           Opening Keynote

                             "The Archivesque: Reframing Folklore Collecting in a Popular Culture World"

                             Nicole Saylor (American Folklife Center)

                             Introduction by Terri Jordan (Independent)


10:00-10:30         Morning Break


10:30-12:30         Panel: Connecting Archives and Communities

                            Chair: Jesse Johnston (National Endowment for the Humanities)


10:30-11:00:        "Archiving a Common Heritage: Reflecting on Two Years of NEH's Support for Community                                                  Archives"

                            Jesse Johnston (National Endowment for the Humanities)

 11:00-11:30:        “U.S. Presidential Election Reflections: A Social Media Collecting Project”

               Randy Williams (Fife Folklore Archives, Utah State University)

11:30-12:00:        "Adventures in Personal Archiving: Telling the Stories of Oklahoma Art and Artists Through the                                             O. Gail Poole Collection"

               Terri Jordan (Independent)

12:00-12:30         Forum: Connecting with Community Archives and Archival Communities


12:30-2:00           Lunch Break


2:00-3:30             Panel: Exploring Archival Technologies

                             Chair: Nicole Saylor (American Folklife Center)


2:00-2:30:            “Struggling with Digital Access”

               Katrina Wynn (University of Maine)

2:30-3:00:            “ARK d’Triumph: Linking Finding Aids and Digital Libraries with Low-Tech Processes”

               Liz Woolcott, Andrea Payant, and Sara Skindelien (Utah State University Library)

3:00-3:30:            “Digital Divides: Re-Creating Vintage Public Folklore Productions”

                             Janet Gilmore (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


3:30-4:00             Afternoon Break


4:00-5:00             Folklore Archives Technology Showcase: The Folklore Collections Database

                              Timothy Lloyd (American Folklore Society)

                 Steve Green (Western Folklife Center)

                 Introduction by Randy Williams (Fife Folklore Archives, Utah State University)


Tuesday, October 17

Mary and David Doty Board Room, Minneapolis Central Library


9:00-10:00           Folklore Archives Technology Showcase: Oral History Metadata Synchronizer

                             Doug Boyd (Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky)

                             Introduction by Nicole Saylor (American Folklife Center)


10:00-10:30         Morning Break


10:30-12:30         Panel: Archives, Education, and Scholarship

                             Chair: Moira Marsh (Indiana University)


10:30-11:00:        “New Voices in the Archive: Collaborating with Youth to Collect New Folklore Material”

                Line Esborg and Emily Oswald (Norwegian Folklore Archives, University of Oslo)

11:00-11:30:        “Reconstructing Art Historical Webs of Knowledge through Intersectional Digital Archiving”

                Jacqueline Lombard and Maureen Porter (University of Pittsburgh)

11:30-12:00:        “Adventures in Co-Teaching and Archiving the Ohio Field Schools Collection”

               Cassie Patterson (Center for Folklore Archives, Ohio State University)

12:00-12:30:        “The Archives and the Institute: An Emergent Collaboration at Indiana University”

                Carrie Schwier and Robert Dobler (Indiana University)


12:30-2:00           Lunch Break


2:00-3:45             Panel: Audiovisual Archives

                             Chair: Randy Williams (Fife Folklore Archives, Utah State University)


2:00-2:45:           “Greater than the Sum of Its Parts? The J.M. Carpenter Collection Meets the Vaughan Williams                                              Memorial Library’s Digital Archive”

 Julia Bishop (University of Aberdeen), Laura Smyth (Vaughan Williams Memorial Library), and      Steve Roud (Independent)

2:45-3:15:            “DIY Lo-Fi: Arnold Munkel’s Collecton of Norwegian-American Folk Music”

               Anna Rue (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

3:15-3:45:            “Extending the Reach of Southern Audiovisual Resources”

               Steven Weiss and Anne Wells (Southern Folklife Collection, University of North Carolina-                      Chapel Hill)


3:45-4:00             Afternoon Break


4:00-5:00             Closing Keynote

                             "A Folklorist's Appreciation of Archives in 12 Steps"

                               Dr. James Leary (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

                              Introduction by Moira Marsh (Indiana University)


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