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 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