SIEF WORKING GROUP ON ARCHIVES
Archives of ethnology, folklore and in related fields (e.g. folklore archives, ethnological archives, oral history archives, sound archives, archives of cultural and literary history, cultural heritage archives) serve as a crucial part of the world’s social memory and cultural heritage. The SIEF Working Group of Archives builds a much-needed network between these archives, between scholars working in these archives and scholars working on them. These archives encompass historical and cultural heritage dimensions and function therefore also as repositories of knowledge in and of our field(s). The concept of the ‘archive’ is taken broadly as it includes also collections of materials which are gathered randomly, formal organizational archives of research institutions, and ‘research data’—the collections and personal archives of individual researchers.