Folklore (Web Resources)

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Folklore Web Resources

  • These are suggestions only and do not reflect the full range of materials that may be useful to you.
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The Web has a variety of sites useful to the Folklore student. Here are just a few recommended ones:

  • Folk Streams Net
    "A National Preserve of Documentary Films about American Roots Culture streamed with essays about traditions and filmmaking. The site includes transcriptions, study and teaching guides, suggested readings, and links to related websites."
  • American Folklife Center, Hosted by Library of Congress
    "The collections in the Center's Archive of Folk Culture include folk cultural material from all fifty states, as well as United States trusts, territories, and the District of Columbia. Most of these areas have been served by the American Folklife Center's cultural surveys, equipment loan program, publications, and other projects." Includes images, film, and documents.
  • American Folklore Society
    About the careers available in the field and resources for people studying folklore, including a variety of wikis created and edited by professionals in the field. Contains a searchable job posting page.
  • Open Folklore
    "Now being created by the American Folklore Society and the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries–is a new scholarly resource that will make a greater number and variety of useful resources, both published and unpublished, available for the field of folklore studies and the communities with which folklore scholars partner."
  • Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
    "The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage is dedicated to the collaborative research, presentation, conservation, and continuity of traditional knowledge and artistry with diverse contemporary cultural communities in the United States and around the world." Some, but not all, of the Center's archives are available online.



The Folklore Research Guide is maintained by Robert Zai III. Suggestions and comments are welcome.

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