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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 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 in 2012 with the goal of digitizing them for public access.  Special Collections holds digitized duplicates of NAFOH materials, as well as some additional items donated to the Folklife Center since the LOC transfer.  Management of NAFOH materials was transferred to UMaine’s Raymond H. Fogler Library's Special Collections Department in 2017.  For more information, contact the Special Collections Department (

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

Links to these items will also 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 results.

Those interested in this collection may want to consult the Library of Congress guide to materials on Maine and the catalog record for the Maine Folklife Center Collection (AFC 2012/047).


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