Resources for Community Scholars, Students, and Teachers
Documenting and Presenting Folklore
Resources available online:
Research at the University of Arkansas
Several research guides are available through the University of Arkansas Libraries, including:
Conducting Primary Research
Folklore is primarily documented through fieldwork and oral history interviewing techniques. Below are several online resources for conducting original fieldwork:
Where to Study Folklore
While the University of Arkansas does not offer a stand-alone folklore program, there are still many opportunities to research and learn about folklore at the of U of A through courses offered in the Departments of English and Anthropology. AFTA would be glad to assist you in finding faculty experts.
Interested in pursuing a degree in folklore? The American Folklore Society offers a list of Folklore Programs in the U.S. and Canada.
Folklore and Education Online Resources
The Journal of Folklore and Education
The Journal of Folklore and Education (JEF) is a peer-reviewed, multimedia, open-access journal that publishes work representing ethnographic approaches that tap the knowledge and life experience of students, their families, community members, and educators in K-16, higher education, museum, and community education. As a digital publication, JFE provides a forum for interdisciplinary, multimedia approaches to community-based teaching, learning, and cultural stewardship.
Arkansas Arts in Education
The Arkansas Arts Council offers several resources:
The Arts Council also hosts a Facebook group on Arkansas Arts in Education. Go to the Arkansas Arts Council’s Facebook page to learn more and select the groups tab on the far left side of their Facebook profile.
- The Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts Research Guide on the University of Arkansas Libraries site.
- The Folklore Advocacy Toolkit: A Mini Guide to Promoting and Sustaining Folklore Work in the United States – Developed by members of the Public Programs Section of the American Folklore Society with Susan Eleuterio and Meghan McGrath
- The Inclusive Historian’s Handbook – The Inclusive Historian’s Handbook is co-sponsored by the American Association for State and Local History and the National Council on Public History.
- COVID-19 Updates from Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts – A guide to AFTA’s programming and activities during the global pandemic.
- Documenting COVID-19 – Information about AFTA’s oral history project and how you can contribute.
- Sample Questions for COVID-19 Oral History Interviews
- Remote Oral History Interview Techniques and Advice
- CDC Guidelines for Protecting Yourself and Others
The American Folklore Society
The American Folklore Society has compiled useful resources for folklorists, researchers, teachers, students, and others interested in the field of folklore. Visit the American Folklore Society website to learn more and consider joining the society!
Public Folklore/Folk Art Related Programs in the Region
For a complete list of public folklore programs in the United States, visit the American Folklore Society’s directory (external link opens in new window).