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Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History: NAFOH

A guide to the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History collection.


Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History (NAFOH)

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.

Accessing NAFOH

MFC URSUS iconFogler Library staff members are working to upload digitized items (pdfs, mp3s, jpgs) that are free from access restrictions, but it is an ongoing project.

Links to these items will be added to the library's URSUS Catalog.  To retrieve these records, one option is to enter into the keyword field "Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History".  When using an Advanced Search, it's also possible to limit the location to UM Special Collections.  This makes relatively browseable more than 3,500 records that represent the audio recordings in the collection.  Adding additional keywords will narrow the set.

Links to these files are also being added to the Special Collections's ArchivesSpace online database

MF 192, the Climate Change Institute 40th Anniversary Oral History Project is available on the University of Maine Raymond H. Fogler Library’s Digital Commons site.

Please let us know which items you'd like to see most and we'll prioritize adding those!

For more information, contact the Special Collections Department (

A Few Sample Photographs from the NAFOH Collection

A photograph from the Argyle Boom collection

a man with his horse

a man with a guitar and two other people

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