Norsk Folkeminnesamling (NFS)

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. Throughout its history, NFS has been a unique national archive that has striven to collect, preserve, and present traditional texts and source materials — what is often called our cultural heritage. This corpus has been at the heart of research on Norwegian folklore and cultural history since its founding. In 2012, the core of the cultural heritage archive was selected for inclusion in the Norwegian Memory of the World registry (Norges Dokumentarv) under the auspices of UNESCO.


The material largely concerns written records of orally transmitted forms of popular poetry, such as folktales, legends, and ballads, collected during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A catch-all term for such materials is folklore records.




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