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Folklore & Allied Professions

Welcome to a growing reservoir of information and pathways that can lead you to more information, people, and organizations in the field of folklore and allied fields.


FOLK ARTS & CULTURE:   Folklore and Allied Professions

Allied Archives Organizations

Archivists Roundtable of Metropolitan New York
Jane Gorjevsky
Curator, Carnegie Collections
Columbia University
Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Butler Library, 6th Fl. East
535 West 114th St.
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-8937

The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (ART) was founded in 1979 as not-for-profit organization that represents archivists, librarians, and records managers in the New York metropolitan area. Through events such as "Archives Week" and "Family History Fair", ART seeks to educate the public about the legal, historical, and cultural value of public and private archives and manuscript collections. ART promotes professional development through continuing education workshops; provides forums for discussions of issues; and advocates for the preservation and use of historical materials.

Buffalo Folklore Etc.
Buffalo Folklore, Etc. is part of the larger BuffaloNet website and was researched and designed by the late Nancy Piatkowski. It has sections containing information on the Niagara Frontier Folklore Archives and the Archives of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York, as well as instructive sections, "Collecting Family Stories" and "Saving Family Papers." Buffalonet.org is a not for profit internet site dedicated to preserving Buffalo and Western New York‘s Heritage.

Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
Genealogy inquiries: gi@cjh.org
Reference inquiries: inquiries@cjh.org

Center for Jewish History is home to the American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and Vivo Institute for Jewish Research. The Center’s mission is to preserve, research and educate about the history, culture, and art of the Jewish people. Collections include old and rare books, periodical collections, photos, memoirs, official decrees, personal letters, contemporary publications, paintings, sculptures, archeological artifacts, historical textiles, ceremonial objects, and more. From the website, you can view digitized images of collections. The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute resources are accessible to trace your roots and for searching for people and places throughout the Diaspora. Research guides are available to help you get started. The Center and its partners also present exhibitions, concerts, film, and other public programming.

Central New York Library Resources Council
6493 Ridings Road
Syracuse, NY 13206
Fax 315/446-5590
The Central New York Library Resources Council, familiarly known as CLRC, was formed in 1967 as one of nine Reference and Research Library Resources councils ("3Rs") in New York State. CLRC serves libraries and library systems in four Central New York counties: Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, and Onondaga. CLRC assists libraries schools and museums in these counties to provide digital access to unique local resources. Regional Automation and Library Services and Technology grants administered through CLRC provided funding for digitizing and web access to many of the collections and images. Information about the regional Documentary Heritage Program is available at this site, as well as CLRC/DHP publications such as Documenting Family History.

M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives
New Library Building
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
Fax 518/437-3930
E-mail speapap@albany.edu
The M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives is housed in the New Library Building (University at Albany, State University of New York) and serves as a repository for manuscripts, archives, rare books, and special collections of original research materials. You can find information about collections available in the Department at http://library.albany.edu/speccoll/collections.htm. Including in the subject guide for the Department’s folklore collections at http://library.albany.edu/speccoll/folklore.htm is the Norman Studer Papers.

The Alan Lomax Archives
The Association for Cultural Equity
Anna Lomax Wood, Director
450 W. 41st St, Rm 606
New York, NY 10036
Fax 212/279-3710
E-mail staff@culturalequity.org
The Alan Lomax Archives represent an exceptional assemblage of audio and videotape, 16-mm film, photos, published recordings, and assorted papers documenting folk music, dance and ritual from around the world. The Archives were created over the course of 60 years, and symbolize the lifelong determination of Lomax to recognize the artistic achievements of worldwide local cultures. The Association for Cultural Equity (ACE), was founded to support, preserve, study, and disseminate folk performance traditions from around the world— through television and published recordings, as well as in its work with researchers, independent scholars and public folklorists. ACE maintains the Alan Lomax Archive, and through ACE’s preservation initiatives, the Lomax collection will become more accessible to general and specialized audiences. The Lomax Archive has been designated as an Official Project of Save America’s Treasures, a partnership between the White House Millennium Council and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

New York Archives Conference
Kathleen DeLaney (Co-chair)
Librarian, Niagara University Library
Niagara University
Lewiston Road
Buffalo, NY 14109
Email-work: kmd@niagara.edu

New York Archives Conference formerly known as the Lake Ontario Archives Conference supports the education and professional discourse of members of the archival professional and of users or supporters of archives residing in or around Upstate New York (Western, Central and Eastern) by the holding of an annual conference on the preservation, management, and use of archival and historical records.

New York Heritage Digital Archive

New York Heritage is a project of the Empire State Library Network. New York Heritage is a research portal for students, educators, historians, genealogists, and anyone else who is interested in learning more about the people, places and institutions of New York State. The site provides free access to more than 170 distinct digital collections, totalling hundreds of thousands of items. The collections in New York Heritage represent a broad range of historical, scholarly, and cultural materials held in libraries, museums, and archives throughout the state. Collection items include photographs, letters, diaries, directories, maps, newspapers, books, and more. New York Heritage is always looking for new collections and contributors. If interested in becoming a project participant, please contact your local council representative. See article about this archive in VOICES, Spring-Summer 2016.

New York State Archives
Christine Ward
Assistant Commissioner, New York State Archives and Executive Officer, Archives Partnership Trust
9C35 Cultural Education Center
Albany, NY 12230
Fax 518/473-7573
E-mail: ARCHINFO@mail.nysed.gov
The New York State Archives (State Archives) preserves and makes available the permanently valuable records of New York’s colonial and State governments. State Archives also provides advisory services such as training, retention scheduling, publications, and direct technical consulting to state agencies, local governments, and non-governmental historical records repositories. State Archives also administers two competitive grant programs, one for local governments, the other for non-governmental organizations.

New York State Archives
Documentary Heritage Services
The Documentary Heritage Program (DHP), established in 1988, is a statewide program designed to locate, organize and make available the state’s historical records to ensure the preservation of New York’s heritage. It provides regional services and a statewide competitive grants program. The DHP competitive grants program concentrates on identifying, collecting, and making available the historical records of underdocumented groups in 20th-century New York. Regional services are provided by archivists who coordinate historical records training workshops; work with regional organizations, businesses, ethnic and racial groups, libraries, archives and museums to identify and permanently care for historical records; and raise public awareness of the importance of historical records.

New York State Archives Partnership Trust
Cultural Education Center, Suite 9C49
Albany, NY 12230
Fax 518/473-7058

The New York State Archives Partnership Trust was founded in 1992 to build an endowment and provide project support to enhance humanities programs, increase access to these outstanding treasures, and continue the preservation of New York’s historical records. The Partnership Trust, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has supported exceptional projects and programs, including the Research Residency Program, the Student Research Awards Program, history conferences, special exhibitions, public education programs, book signings and lectures, publications, teacher training institutes, preservation projects, an Internet marketing and web-site redesign, a Membership Program and a Corporate Partners Program.

New York State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB)
Kathleen Roe (Staff)
Geoff Williams, Chair
Room 9D46 Cultural Education Center
Albany, NY 12230
E-mail: nyshrab@mail.nysed.gov

The State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) is a 13-member board appointed by the Governor to provide advice on the development of strong programs to identify, preserve, and use New York’s historical materials. In 1998, SHRAB released a long-range strategic plan, "Ensuring A Future for Our Past," which is available on this web site.
New York State Library
Kathi Stanley,
Associate Librarian for
Manuscripts and Special Collections
Cultural Education Center
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12230
Fax 518/474-5786
E-mail: mscolls@mail.nysed.gov

The New York State Library’s Manuscripts and Special Collections, including Humanities-History-Genealogy Collections, are described in this website. The State Library holds significant collections of New York State folklore and folklife. Among items of interest are about 1700 broadside ballads, the papers of Bruce Buckley, and those of George and Vaughn Ward. The Manuscripts collection contains substantial resources for the study of material culture, popular history, popular culture, folklife and customs of New Yorkers in its collections of diaries, personal papers, prints, cartographic materials, rare books and ephemera.

Rensselaer County Historical Society
Stacy Pomeroy Draper, Acting Director
57 Second Street
Troy, NY 12180
E-mail: info@rchsonline.org
The Rensselaer County Historical Society (RCHS) is a non-profit, private educational organization established in 1927 to connect local history and heritage with contemporary life. Located in the downtown Second Street Historic District in Troy, the museum fulfills its mission from two adjacent 19th century townhouses—the Hart-Cluett House, which serves as a house museum, and the Carr Building, which houses programmatic and research functions. RCHS offers visitors and members a wide range of tours, exhibitions, educational programs and an extensive local history research library. In conjunction with the NYFS Folk Archives Project, RCHS became the repository for the folk arts documentation collection of The Rensselaer County Council for the Arts (now known as The Arts Center of the Capital Region).

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Howard Dodson, Director
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037-1801
Fax 212/491-6760
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library is one of the most widely used research facilities in the world devoted to the preservation of materials on black life. As a major hub of black cultural life, the Center sponsors activities and disseminates information that illuminate and enhance its resources. Besides its general reference collection with holdings of more than 150,000 volumes and 85,000 microfilms, the Center maintains collections of primary source materials including rare books, manuscript collections, sheet music, art, photographs, and audiovisual materials. Individuals, organizations, institutions, and corporations are invited to help ensure the preservation of materials documenting black history and culture through membership in the Schomburg Society for the Preservation of Black Culture. Search their catalogs and visit on-line exhibitions at their website.

Society for Folk Arts Preservation, Inc.
Kalika Stern, Executive Director
69 Timberhill Rd.
South Fallsburg, NY 12799
E-mail: info@societyforfolkarts.com
The Society for Folk Arts Preservation was founded in 1977 as a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving on film and video, the living folk arts and craft traditions. The Society has a 15,000 slide library, principally of Asian craft traditions. Other projects include a photo exhibit, "Ritual Wall Paintings of Warli Women in Maharashtra India"; "A Sense of Beauty" - a four projector multi-media, 1-hour presentation on Asian crafts; Catskill Folk Arts Trilogy videos (97); and A Catskill Sukkah 5759 (video, 98).


The Council of State Archivists
Kathleen Roe, President
(term: 2006-2009)
Director, Archival Operations
Director, Bureau of Archives and History
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
350 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0090
Fax: 717-787-4822 E-mail: dhaury@state.pa.us dhaury@state.pa.us
The Council of State Archivists (CoSA) is a national organization comprising the individuals who serve as directors of the principal archival agencies in each state and territorial government. Under regulations of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, these individuals also serve as the State Historical Records Coordinators who chair their respective State Historical Records Advisory Boards (SHRABs). The State Archivists encourage cooperation among the states and SHRABs on matters of mutual interest, define and communicate archival and records concerns at a national level, and work with the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), National Archives (NARA), and other national organizations to ensure that the nation’s documentary heritage is preserved and accessible. (formerly the Council of State Historical Records Coordinators (COSHRC)).

The History of Photography Archive
Luiz Estrella
The History of Photography from mid-19th century to the aftermath of Great War (1914–18). Luiz Estrella created a page on Facebook dedicated to sharing photography from the early stages of this technique to the Great War (1914–18). After concluding a extensive research, he joined a comprehensive collection of more than 7.500 photos with works by such master photographers as William Henry Fox Talbot, Timothy O’Sullivan, Eugene Atget, Alfred Stieglitz and others.

Irish Music Center
Beth Sweeney, Director
John J. Burns Library
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3801
Fax 617-552-3956
E-mail: imc@bc.edu
The Irish Music Center is an archival and listening center, committed to documenting the history of Irish traditional music in America. The center’s archives include commercial and field recordings, videorecordings, sheet music, manuscripts, photographs, memorabilia, and books about music. Many of the center’s archival holdings have been generously donated, including 78-rpm and LP recordings of solo instrumental music, sean nós singing, ensemble performances, céilí bands, and folk songs and ballads. The center also records performances and interviews at Boston College and works with the Irish Studies Program to sponsor Irish music events on campus.

Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20540
Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the largest library in the world. Its collection of more than 130 million items includes books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, films, and recorded sound. The Library’s award-winning web site at www.loc.gov includes the Library’s online catalog, copyright information, preservation information, legislative information, exhibitions, and more than 10 million items from its American Memory historical collections, to name a few of its online resources.

Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference
Administrative Office:
6707 Old Dominion Drive
Suite 315
McLean, VA 22101-4503
Fax 301/314-2709
Lauren Brown, MARAC Archivist
Fax 301/405-9191
E-mail: lb42@umail.umd.edu
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) was founded in 1972 to plan practical conferences, encourage professional competence in preserving local historical resources, and to promote cooperation with allied field professionals. MARAC publishes the quarterly Mid-Atlantic Archivist, technical leaflets, membership directories, and papers. In 1983, MARAC signed an archival deposit agreement with the Archives & Manuscripts Department of the University of Maryland at College Park Libraries.

Midwest Archives Conference
Chuck Elston
Marquette University
Archives/Memorial Library
1415 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53201
E-mail: mv9@gml.lib.uwm.edu
The Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) is the largest regional professional association for archivists in the U.S. The MAC region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Its individual and institutional members, however, come from over 30 other states and five other nations, as well. MAC sponsors semiannual meetings with lectures, panel discussions, tours and workshops. MAC publishes a quarterly newsletter with professional and technical articles, and profiles of archival repositories. Its seminannual journal, Archival Issues includes articles, essays, proceedings of seminars and workshops, review essays, and reports on special projects.

National Archives and Records Administration (NHPRC)
National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)
National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennslyvania Avenue, NW
Room 111
Washington, DC 20408-0001
Fax 202/501-5601
E-mail: nhprc@nara.gov

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) is the grant-making affiliate of the National Archives and Records Administration. Its seeks '...to ensure understanding of the nation's past by promoting, nationwide, the identification, preservation, and dissemination of essential historical documentation.' NHPRC makes grants to help identify, preserve, and provide public access to records, photographs, and other materials that document American history. Recipients of NHPRC grants include state and local archives, colleges and universities, libraries, historical societies, and other nonprofit organizations of the U.S.

National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMS)
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20540-4375
Fax 202/707-7161
E-mail: nucmc@loc.gov
The National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMS) is part of the Special Materials Cataloging Division of the Library of Congress and is a free-of-charge cooperative cataloging program. Check out the website to find out more about the program, about archives and manuscript repositories, and about topics of interest to archivists and their institutions’ patrons. Find straightword directions for searching their manuscript database.

Society of American Archivists (SAA)
527 S. Wells Street, #5
Chicago, IL 60607-3922
Fax 312/347-1452
E-mail: info@archivists.org
Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists (SAA) is North America’s oldest and largest national archival professional association. SAA provides leadership to help ensure the identification, preservation, and use of the nation’s historical record. SAA hosts an annual conference; sponsors a variety of workshops across the country; produces a scholarly journal, newsletter and other publications; serves as the clearinghouse for the sale and distribution of archival books; serves as a resource for information for and about the archival profession in the U.S.; and represents archival interests in Washington, DC, and across the nation.


Other Allied Organizations

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