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Pauleena MacDougall, Ph.D.

Faculty Associate in Anthropology and Cooperating Research Associate in Lobster Institute

Pauleena MacDougall, director of The Maine Folklife Center since 2008, received her Ph.D. in American history from the University of Maine in 1995. She has worked for MFC since 1989, most recently as associate director. She is also faculty associate in Anthropology, where she teaches courses in linguistics and folklore. Since 1979, MacDougall has published numerous papers on Penobscot Indian language, culture and history. She is editor of Northeast Folklore and author of The Penobscot Dance of Resistance: Tradition in the History of a People, University of New England Press, 2004, and Fannie Hardy Eckstorm and Her Quest for Local Knowledge 1865-1946, Lexington Press, 2013.

Contact Pauleena MacDougall at:
South Stevens Hall #110

Curriculum Vitae  (PDF)


Archives Manager

Katrina Wynn

Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
Masters of Arts, Folk Studies

Katie is a folklorist and Native New Englander (Vermont) with experience at Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY), the Vermont Folklife Center, and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.  She  oversees the curation of the Center’s digital collection and aids patron requests as well as bringing her public folklore expertise to help the Center fulfill its mission.

Contact Ms. Wynn at:
South Stevens Hall #114


Our Founder

Edward D. “Sandy” Ives, Ph.D.
September 4, 1925–August 1, 2009

Founder and Former Director Maine Folklife Center

Edward D. “Sandy” Ives taught in the English and Anthropology Departments of the University of Maine for over forty years.  In 1957 he co-founded the Northeast Folklore Society with his colleague Bacil Kirtley.   His research on early English ballads led to an interest in the song makers of the Maine lumberwoods and to courses in folklore that included sending students out to do fieldwork.  As the students collected examples of various genres of folklore, Ives saved the papers thus founding Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History.  In 1995, recognizing the important trend in folklore to engage scholarship with communities, he organized the archives and society into the Maine Folklife Center.

Ives conducted pioneering work in oral history methodology, guiding students in community-engaged scholarship and in bringing a self-reflexive voice into his scholarly writing.  His nearly 100 publications are among the finest studies of folklore in the last half of the 20th century. Joe Scott: The Woodsman-Songmaker is particularly significant in making the case for popular poetry in a community context.

Ives was a Fellow of the American Folklore Society including an honorary LL.D. from the University of Prince Edward Island in 1986, an honorary PhD from Memorial University,  the Annual Harvey A. Kantor Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Oral History in 1979, and the Marius Barbeau Medal from the Canadian Folklore Studies Association for outstanding lifetime contributions to the field of folklore in 1991.

Ives organized the Folklife Center in 1992, combining the Northeast Folklore Society and the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History, which he founded in 1957. He has edited the monograph series Northeast Folklore since 1958. His other publications include,

Hear Sandy sing or order his CD “Folk Songs of Maine” on the Smithsonian Folkways website.

Photo by Kathy Snow, Bangor Daily News


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Maine Folklife Center
5773 South Stevens, Room 112B
Orono, Maine 04469-5773
Phone: (207) 581-1891 | Fax: (207) 581-1823E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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