Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History
All materials acquired by the Maine Folklife Center are housed in and managed by the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History. Within the 160 plus collections containing over 3,700 individual accessions (which includes roughly 12,600 photographs, 2,500 slides, 3,000 audio recordings, and 325,000 pages of printed materials) in the Archives, the range of topics covered is very broad.
You can browse through our collection using the search feature at the bottom of the right hand menu or you can browse through our collections database.
To learn more about the archives and using the archive (appointment only), please click here: Using the Archives.
Our holdings are especially strong in documentation of occupations, foodways, community histories, lore and legends, traditional music, social activities, ritual and worship, material culture, and expressive arts. Other topics include logging and the lumbering industry; fishing and lobstering; women in Maine; country and western music; northeastern multi-ethnic culture; labor history; Native Americans; and tourism and hunting.
Collections in the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History at the Maine Folklife Center include those that have been generated through various class activities and grant based initiatives, as well as materials that have been deposited by donors from outside the University community. Much of the material is in the form of oral history interviews, but there are also class papers, topical surveys, field journals, photographs, commercial publications and recordings, exhibit materials, printed ephemera, and other kinds of documentation.
Interested in conducting your own interviews or depositing materials to the archive? Check out what we recommend for best practices, tips for interviewing, and the forms you will need.