Web Archives

What is it?

Open Folklore is building a collection of archived versions of carefully selected websites relevant to the study of folklore.

We use Archive-It, a subscription service from the Internet Archive that allows us to build and preserve collections of born-digital content.

Our collections emphasize the websites of academic folklore departments and programs, and of public-sector and independent folklore organizations.

The Internet Archive was founded in 1996 to build an "Internet library" to offer permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to collections in digital format.
"Websites are here today and gone tomorrow, but we are archiving the best ones in folklore so they will always be there when you need them"

Why it is useful?

Archiving provides a persistent citation to a webpage as it existed at a specific time. They are persistent, permanent, and unchanging.

The Web is completely democratic and regular search engines do not discriminate. Identifying reliable scholarly content in a sea of popular online content poses a greater challenge for folklore than other topics. Not everything that Google finds is as useful as it looks for research.

Archiving can “save” websites before they disappear completely for lack of funding or other reasons, such as the Community Arts Network site.

How?

Tutorial about how to use Web Archives in your research

Tutorial

Browse the Open Folklore Collection in Archive-It, a Web Archiving Service.

Examples of websites archived using the Archive-It service

Visit the archived sites using the links above, or search the full text of all the sites in one of two current Open Folklore collection sites in Archive-It.

American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

American Folklore Society

American Memory Projects, Library of Congress

Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Community Arts Network

Institute for Cultural Partnerships