ÁRNI MAGNÚSON INSTITUTE FOR ICELANDIC STUDIES – FOLKLORIC COLLECTION
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum – þjóðfræðisafn
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. This material includes rímur (ballads) and other types of folk songs, along with oral compositions in both prose and verse: various poetic genres, all sorts of folktales, and descriptions of folk customs. The Institute also houses a number of smaller folklore collections. The oldest material consists of recordings of folk songs made onto wax cylinders during the years 1903–1912, but most of the recordings were made in the latter half of the 20th century.
CollectionsThe Institute now owns or has collected over 2,000 hours of recorded folklore. Most of it has been digitised and made available for open access on the website www.ismus.is
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