BELARUS

The Collection of Folklore Records in Belarus

The Collection of Folklore Records, which is the largest folklore archive in Belarus, was founded in 1957 when the Institute of Art, Ethnography, and Folklore — named after K. Krapiva — was established at the Belarusian Academy of Sciences. The Collection belongs to the Department of Folklore and Culture of the Slavic peoples. Read more...


CANADA

Bohdan Medwidsky Ukrainian Folklore Archives

The Bohdan Medwidsky Ukrainian Folklore Archives studies, documents, acquires, and preserves Ukrainian folklore in Ukraine, Canada, and around the world as it changes over time, and makes it available to researchers and the public. Read more...


DENMARK

Danish Folklore Archives

The Danish Folklore Archives is the Danish archive of folkways and popular traditions. The archive preserves ordinary people's perception of life, memories, traditions, singing, music and everyday stories for posterity. Everyday is here immortalised to the benefit of future generations. Read more...


ESTONIA

Estonian Folklore Archives

The Estonian Folklore Archives include collections of manuscripts, photographs, multimedia, and sound and video recordings, covering all aspects of folklore, including the folklore of other nationalities in Estonia, as well as rare Finno-Ugric folklore. Read more...


FINLAND

Finnish Literature Society (SKS)

The SKS Archives consist of two collections: the Traditional and Contemporary Culture Collection and the Literature and Cultural History Collection. Collecting and documenting traditional culture has been part of the activities of SKS ever since its establishment in 1831. Read more...

   

The Society of Swedish Literature in Finland (SLS)

The Society of Swedish Literature in Finland (SLS) was founded in 1885, with one of its central missions being to collect evidence of Swedish-speaking culture and history in Finland. Read more...


FRANCE

Departmental Archive of Saône-et-Loire

Like all French departmental archives, the Departmental Archive of Saône-et-Loire, located in South Burgundy, was established following the Revolution in 1796. Its aim was initially to gather paper documents from local administrations and churches for the use of citizens. Read more...

 


GREECE

Hellenic Folklore Research Centre, Academy of Athens

Known as The Folklore Archive until 1966, it was established in 1918 by N.G. Politis. Its aim was “to collect, preserve and publish the memorials and records of the life and language of the Greek people”. G.A. Megas (dir. 1936–1955) systematized research through the introduction of systematic guidelines of field research and a taxonomy of folklorist material. Read more...


ICELAND

Árni Magnúson Institute for Icelandic Studies – Folkloric Collection

Under the auspices of the Institute, and to a certain extent in cooperation with others, a large portion of the Folkloric Collection has been recorded on tape. Folklore has been collected in all corners of Iceland, as well as in the Icelandic settlements in North America. Read more...


IRELAND

The Irish National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin

The creation of the Irish Free State in 1922 was partly driven by a popular desire to delineate a distinct national Irish identity. The formation of the Irish Folklore Commission in 1935 can be traced to this movement. Read more...


ISRAEL

Israel Folktale Archives

The Israel Folktale Archives (IFA), named in honor of its founder Prof. Dov Noy, were established in 1955. Two principle motives led to their establishment. Firstly, to collect, save, and document oral folk narratives passed down over the generations by newly arriving immigrants, and veteran Israelis alike, from numerous ethnic and cultural backgrounds; and, secondly, to systematically research these folk narratives using modern scientific methods. Read more...


ITALY

Archivio Sonoro "Franco Coggiola" - Circolo Gianni Bosio

Founded in 1969, the Archive is a leading institution in oral history and an international folk music archive. It was established as an independent, movement-oriented institution, to research, collect, and share the culture of the working classes, and was thus an integral part of the radical approach to folk music revival in Italy. Read more...


LATVIA


 Archives of Latvian Folklore

The Archives of Latvian Folklore were established in 1924 in Riga, following the initiative of Anna Bērzkalne (1891–1956), a folklorist and school teacher. Based on international standards, the Archives were developed as the central institution for the collection and study of folklore in Latvia. Read more...


LITHUANIA

Lithuanian Folklore Archives

The beginning of our Archives is linked with the activities of the Lithuanian Science Society working in Vilnius from 1907–1940. Its chairman, Dr. Jonas Basanavičius, and other members actively promoted the collection of folklore. Read more...

 

The Ethnographic Manuscript Collection at the Library of the Lithuanian Institute of History

The roots of the manuscript collection tends the 1935 and beyond. There are more than 2,360 items of ethnographic material and more than 90,000 ethnographic photo negatives in the collection. Read more...

THE NETHERLANDS


Meertens Institute

Since the 1930s the Meertens Institute has been acquiring archives and collecting the documents of scholars and institutions working in the fields of folklore, ethnology, dialectology, and onomastics in the Netherlands. Read more...


NORWAY

Norwegian Collection of Folk Music

The Norwegian Collection of Folk Music was founded in 1951 as an independent music research institute by Norway’s first professor of musicology, Olav Gurvin. From 1971–2013 it was part of the University of Oslo and since 2014 it has been part of the music section of the Norwegian National Library. Read more...


Norwegian Ethnological Research

Started in 1946 and located at the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (Norsk Folkemuseum), the initial charter of NEG was to document skills, practices and knowledge from pre-industrial agrarian communities. A national network of respondents for answering topical qualitative questionnaires was established. Read more...

Norwegian Folklore Archives

Founded in 1914, the Norwegian Folklore Archives serves as a national archive of cultural-historical texts and source materials. The archives are located at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS) at the University of Oslo. Read more...

SWEDEN

Folklife Archives in Lund

The Folklife Archives were founded in 1913 by Carl W. von Sydow who the same year was appointed examiner for the subject of folklore. The collected records formed a folklore collection associated with Lund University and from the beginning the Folklife Archives were integrated with the education and research of the academic discipline today known as ethnology. Read more...


THE UNITED KINGDOM

Elphinstone Institute Archives

The Elphinstone Institute was founded in celebration of the University of Aberdeen's quincentenary in 1995. The Elphinstone Institute Archives were created soon after to house the fieldwork and materials of staff, students, and the general public. Read more...


The Folklore Society Archives

The Folklore Society (FLS) is a learned society, based in London, devoted to the study of all aspects of folklore and tradition, including: ballads, folktales, fairy tales, myths, legends, traditional song and dance, folk plays, games, seasonal events, calendar customs, childlore and children's folklore, folk arts and crafts, popular belief, folk religion, material culture, vernacular language, sayings, proverbs and nursery rhymes, folk medicine, plantlore and weather lore. Read more...

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Massachusetts Archives

To ensure the preservation and accessibility of the records of government. To provide assistance to government agencies. To provide leadership to ensure the preservation and accessibility of Massachusetts's historical heritage. To develop appreciation of the value of historical records. Read more...


 

Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History at the Maine Folklife Center

In 1958, Edward “Sandy” Ives founded the Northeast Folklore Society and began publishing Northeast Folklore. He soon found he needed a repository for the material from both student fieldwork and from his own. Thus, he founded the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History (NAFOH). In the late 1970s, Ives began to get involved with the field of public folklore. Read more...

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