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  • Location: Herman B Wells Library E760
  • Phone: (812) 855-1550
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last updated: 2/15/2011


Folklorists study how people use tradition in daily life as well as during times of crisis, celebration, and change. Combining the perspectives of the humanities and social sciences, folklore study examines processes of individual creativity and of communication in diverse social and cultural settings using ethnographic, literary, historical, and cultural studies methods. Related subjects include anthropology, humanities, social sciences, ethnomusicology and others.

The IU Libraries' Folklore Collection is the largest single library collection of its type in North America. The collection supports upper division undergraduate and graduate teaching, as well as PhD and faculty-level research in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. We collect works on every topic of interest to folklorists and ethnomusicologists all shelved in a single convenient location.

Indiana University's Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology is the oldest and largest PhD-granting institution in the field in North America, and is also associated with the Archives of Traditional Music, the IU Folklore Archives, and  the Open Folklore Project (see below).

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    The Open Folklore project, a collaborative effort between the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries and the American Folklore Society, is the recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Collaboration Citation. The honor comes from the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services within the American Library Association.

    Created by the American Folklore Society and the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries, Open Folklore is a new scholarly resource that will make a greater number and variety of useful resources, both published and unpublished, available for folklore scholars and the communities with which they partner.




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