Tradition archives, folklore archives, ethnographic archives, cultural archives... We are the cradles of Ethnology and Folklore studies and we are known by many names. Some of us are more than a hundred years old while others were founded last year. Every institution seems to be organised somewhat differently; still, we have a defining principle in common: the will and the means to document experience, knowledge and cultural expressions from living people. Read more...


Folklore Archives Webinars - December 2022

Our next live Folklore Archives Webinars session on 7 of December 2022 at 18:00-19:30:

Dr. Ioannis Karachristos, Senior researcher, Hellenic Folklore Research Centre, Academy of Athens

Dr. Paraskevas Potiropoulos, Senior researcher, Hellenic Folklore Research Centre, Academy of Athens

"Traditional Folklore archives in the Digital era. Curation and documentation, challenges and prospects in the Hellenic Folklore Research Centre Archive"

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Meeting ID: 921 5977 6378

Passcode: 752662

Folklore Archives Webinars - November 2022

Our next live Folklore Archives Webinars session on 23 November 2022 at 18:00-19:30:

Mari Sarv, Senior researcher, Estonian Literary Museum, Tartu

Kati Kallio, Senior researcher, Finnish Literature Society and University of Helsinki

"Towards a lab of folklore texts: explorations on Finnic oral poetry"

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Meeting ID: 951 7372 6242

Passcode: 397225

Folklore Archives Webinars - May 2022

Our next live Folklore Archives Webinars session on 9th of May 2022 at 18:00-19:30:

Tim Tangherlini

Professor, Dept of Scandinavian and the Program in Folklore

University of California, Berkeley

"Multilingual Search and Challenges for the Archive in the 21st Century: Lessons from ISEBEL"

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Meeting ID: 883 0875 1741

Passcode: 453956

Folklore Archives Webinars - April 2022

Our next live Folklore Archives Webinars session on 4th of April 2022 at 18:00-19:30:

Eija Stark

Docent, Development manager

Finnish Literature Society

"From genre analysis to examination of everyday narratives. A short history of the vocabulary" uses in the Folklore archives of the Finnish Literature Society

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Meeting ID: 815 7760 1220

Passcode: 875087

Folklore Archives Webinars - March 2022

Our next live Folklore Archives Webinars on 9th of March 2022 at 18:00-19:30:

Dr. Dani Schrire

The Program for Folklore and Folk-Culture Studies and the Program in Cultural Studies. Director of the Folklore Research Center. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Dr. Tom Fogel

The Ephraim E. Urbach Post-Doctoral Fellowship, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. The Folklore Research Center, Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

"Negotiating archival media and folklore documentation in a community setting"

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Online Webinar Series in Partnership With SAMLA

The SIEF Working Group on Archives has partnered with SAMLA to organize a series of online webinars during the academic year of 2021-2022. The first main theme of this year's webinars will be various ethnographic thesauri used to describe materials in tradition archives. The second theme will focus on folklore archives education, which will present the opportunity to discuss the content and format of courses on folklore archives taught around the world, share experiences, and discuss innovative approaches to teaching such courses.

We are pleased to announce our first speaker, Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh och Jonny Dillon (National Folklore Collection, Dublin), who will present with a seminar titled "Folklore vocabularies, classification systems and digital publishing".

It will take place on November 15th, 6 PM (CET) on Zoom: click here for the link.

SAMLA is an infrastructure project aiming to digitalize all the main ethnological and folkloristic archives in Norway, and provide a one-door solution to accessing the material. SAMLA unites three tradition archives: the Folklore Archives at the University of Oslo, the Norwegian Ethnological Research at the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, and the Ethno-Folkloristic Archives at the University of Bergen.

Folklore Archiving during Pandemic

Folklore and tradition archives have been busy documenting everyday life and cultural expressions related to the pandemic, as well as continued working on other archival projects. Projects presented in the poster provide a sample of our work. We encourage you to be curious, learn about these projects, and explore them following this link:


SIEF2021 in Helsinki: 19-24 June 2021

SIEF2021 15th Congress


Helsinki, Finland, 19-24 June 2021

SIEF2021 time table for the WG on Archives

Time zone: UTC+3

Friday, 18 June


WG on Archives Meeting


Archives, access, ethics and fraud [SIEF Working Group on Archives]


Theo Meder (Meertens Institute)

Ave Goršič (Estonian Literary Museum)

Format: Panel

Sessions: Thursday 24 June, 10:00-11:45, 14:00-15:45

Being bold in the archives: innovative folklore archival practices [SIEF Working Group On Archives]


Maryna Chernyavska (University of Alberta)

Cliona O'Carroll (University College Cork)

Kelly Fitzgerald (University College Dublin)

Format: Panel Roundtable

Sessions: Monday 21 June, 16:15-18:00 (UTC+3)

Working Group Archives: Now what? Documenting transnational crises


Fredrik Nilsson (Åbo Akademi University)

Niklas Huldén (Åbo Akademi University)

Karin Gustavsson (Lund University)

Format: Panel

Sessions: Wednesday 23 June, 10:00-11:45, 14:00-15.45

Ask the Archivist!

SIEF2019 14th Congress "Track Changes: Reflecting on a Transforming World" will take place in Santiago de Compostela, Spain from 14 to 17 April.

SIEF Working Group on Archives will be presented at the poster session on Wednesday at 16.30–18.15, University of Santiago, Faculty of Economics and Business administration, Foyer.

Instead of a usual poster, this year the WG will present ‘Ask the Archivist’ poster. For this, in addition to board members present, we welcome volunteers to stand at the poster and answer archiving related questions. Please apply by e-mail or to WG's co-chairs Maryna Chernyauska or Ave Goršič during the Congress.


AFS Awards "Visions and Traditions"

The American Folklore Society has announced the award of 2018 Brenda McCallum Prize which seeks to promote works of excellence and innovation that further the cause of preservation, organization, curation, or enhanced public access and use related to folklife archival collections.

The winner of the Brenda McCallum Prize in 2018 is the collective work "Visions and Traditions. Knowledge Production and Tradition Archives" edited by the Network's members Lauri Harvilahti, Audun Kjus, Clíona O'Carrol, Suzanne Österlund-Pötzsch, Fredrik Skott, and Rita Treija.

We congratulate the authors and editors on a work the Committee agreed was forward-looking, cutting edge, and tightly focused on central matters of folklore and folklife archiving, history, theory, and practice. Committee members also saw the work as propelling folklore archives into the modern era of disciplinary shifts by claiming a firm foothold in academic conversations accessible to archivists, folklorists, and folklore-archivists. It also offered numerous interesting case study examples for contemplation. – American Folklore Society / Archives & Libraries Section Prize Committee