The Maine Folklife Center's archive of oral history recordings, often referred to as the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History or NAFOH, had been a large part of the Maine Folklife Center’s identity starting since well before its official founding in 1992. Collecting began in the 1950s with boxes of tapes, photos and type-written transcripts kept by their founder, Sandy Ives.
Most of the materials were sent to the Library of Congress several years ago with the goal of digitizing them for public access. Management of NAFOH materials was transferred to UMaine’s Raymond H. Fogler Library's Special Collections Department in 2017. Special Collections holds digitized duplicates of NAFOH materials, as well as some additional items donated to the Folklife Center since the LOC transfer.