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Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History - Using MFC Archives (by appointment only)

How to use the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History


Materials in the Northeast Archives exist in a wide range of media formats, including sound recordings, photographs and paper-based materials, and moving image materials. There is also a reference library of books and periodicals (in-house use only) and a small research collection of material culture artifacts.

Organizations and Finding Aids

The materials in the Northeast Archives have been organized into approximately 140 collections based on projects or donors. These collections consist of one or more accessions, with each accession usually representing a distinct interview, deposit, or paper.

In-house databases provide key word, subject, interviewee and interviewer access. In addition, the first 1,800 accessions are available through the University of Maine’s on-line catalog, URSUS

In addition to keyword searchable on-line accession and collection descriptions, in-house databases include song titles, library holdings, and our photograph collection. Researchers at the Maine Folklife Center also may take advantage of several large card indexes providing access via place names, personal names, folklore motifs, song titles, interviewers, and interviewees.

Photographs have been xeroxed and the photocopies have been placed in a series of binders to reduce wear and tear on original images and also to facilitate on-site browsing of the photo collection.

Research Access

The Northeast Archives welcomes inquiries from persons wishing to use the collections. Inquiries may be made in person, by phone, fax, mail, or email.

Brief searches of available finding aids will be done for off-site patrons at no charge. However, extensive research will incur an hourly fee. Archives staff copy materials for researchers and turn around time ranges from immediate to several days. A fee schedule for xeroxing and tape duplicating is available.

Restrictions: Researchers should be aware that some materials deposited at the Northeast Archives may carry restrictions imposed by donors and interviewees and may not be available for copying. The nature of any restriction must be researched by a Northeast Archives staff person before access can be granted or copies made.

Media Use: A separate fee schedule applies to the use of NAFOH materials for broadcast or commercial use. Please contact the Maine Folklife Center for further information at (207) 581-1891.

U. S. copyright laws apply to the use of all materials held by the Northeast Archives.

All Northeast Archives material is copyrighted and written permission must be obtained for any form of publication, broadcast, or reproduction.

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Contact Information

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
A Member of the University of Maine System