Norsk etnologisk gransking (NEG)

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. Documenting the intangible culture of everyday life is still the main purpose of the archive and collecting answers to qualitative questionnaires is still the main method. Since the late 1970s the topics have been both contemporary and historical. Since 2011 the questionnaires have been issued both on paper and through web-based electronic forms. The archive is inscribed in the UNESCO program Memory of the world.


On average, NEG has carried out four questionnaire-based documentation projects each year. The number of answers to each project varies from 50 to 700. In addition, the archive has initiated and participated in projects collecting sound-recorded interviews. We cooperated in a national diary project and collected and archived approximately 16,000 accounts of a single day, April 26th, 2005. In addition to this core of documentation initiated by the archive, we have received a great variety of donations of autobiographical materials and documentations of the skills and practices of the everyday life.



Norwegian Ethnological Research
Norsk Folkemuseum (The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History)
Museumsv.10, Oslo, +47 22 12 37 00
PO Box 720 Skøyen, 0214 Oslo, Norway