Photos: Students and Faculty of the Folklore Institute
The Center for Folklore Archives
Research (CFAR), a joint enterprise of the Indiana University Department of
Folklore and Ethnomusicology and the Indiana University Archives, serves several
important functions within our Folklore Archives. As a growing center for
research and outreach activities, CFAR strives to go beyond preserving archival
documents and to actively build on current holdings by creating dynamic
presentations and exhibits deriving from the materials housed in the Folklore
Our aim is to make CFAR an indispensable resource on
traditional and popular forms of thought and expression. With a core focus on
student life at IU, and a wider emphasis on expressive traditions in the state
of Indiana and more broadly, in the Midwest, CFAR offers a unique combination of
resources associated with the art of everyday life as revealed in the expressive
forms of folklore and ethnomusicology. Featured components of the Folklore
Archives include the Ethnography Collection, with its extensive inventory of
student fieldwork papers documenting campus life since the late 1940s; the
Professional Papers Collection, consisting of the professional papers of
prominent folklorists who either studied or taught at IU; the Departmental
Papers Collection, featuring documents tied to the Folklore Institute and the
Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at IU; and Special Collections,
featuring a variety of significant holdings of expressive and traditional
materials contributed to the Folklore Archives.
Through activities sponsored by CFAR, we seek to breathe life
into these archival materials and celebrate the pivotal role played by faculty,
students, and staff at Indiana University in the origin and development of both
folkloristics and ethnomusicology in the United States.
NEWS AND EVENTS:
See a gripping tale of encountering the ghost of Richard M. Dorson!
Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology
Dr. John McDowell, Chair
504 N. Fess
Bloomington, IN 47408
We invite you to meet with us during AFS 2011 in Bloomington!