NAFOH houses and manages all of the materials acquired by the Maine Folklife Center (MFC) prior the 2017 and continues to accept Maine folklife and oral history material. In 2017, NAFOH separated from the MFC became part of in the Special Collections Department at the University of Maine Raymond H. Fogler Library. Archival items donated to the Maine Folklife Center will continue to be deposited in NAFOH.
The material in NAFOH covers a very broad range of topics. NAFOH has 200 plus collections containing over 4,000 accessions (which includes roughly 12,600 photographs, 2,500 slides, 3,000 audio recordings, and 325,000 pages of printed material) and is growing as more items are donated.
NAFOH 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 NAFOH 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.