Extending the Archives: Partnering and Outreach at the Fife Folklore Archive
Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University
They say two heads are better than one, and this has proven true at Utah State University's Fife Folklore Archives. Over the years, the Archives has partnered with organizations, government agencies, communities, academic programs, and students in order to enhance the archives' collections. Often outreach endeavors at university archives are seen as "organized activities ... intended to acquaint potential users with their holdings and their research and reference value."' However, following the impressive lead of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, many university Folklore archives (Utah State University, Brigham Young University, University of California at Berkeley, and Memorial University, to name a few) form partnerships as a means to acquire, promote, and preserve the vernacular traditions of their repositories' collecting areas and to advance the discipline of Folklore.
Williams, Randy. 2004. "Extending the Archives: Partnering and Outreach at the Fife Folklore Archives." Folklore Forum 35(1/2):51-65.