Archiving Projects, 2002-2010


  • "Access to Prior Folk Arts Projects in the Upper Midwest"
  • NEA funding (National Endowment for the Arts)
  • "Ethnic Life in the South Shore Region" slide-tape program made virtual


  • Online Collection Guide form and guidelines adapted


  • Folk arts project collections identified and described; Collection Guides marked up in EAD (Encoded Archival Description)
  • CD reproductions released for Swissconsin, Midwest Ramblin’, Downhome Dairyland, and Ach Ya! Traditional German-American Music from Wisconsin



  • "Survey of Folklore Collections in the Upper Midwest" NHPRC funding (National Historical Publications and Records Commission)
  • Collections stewardship and archiving questionnaire developed:
  • NEA-funded folk arts projects in region, 1975-2005, identified and database created to develop survey
  • "Survey of Public Folklore Collections in the Upper Midwest" conducted and report prepared (click to download)
  • Prototype online guides prepared for collections at Amana Arts Guild (IA), Cedarburg Cultural Center (WI), Illinois Arts Council at American Folklife Center, River Museum (IA), Southern Illinois University Archives and Special Collections, Tarble Arts Center (IL), Western Illinois University Archives and Special Collections, and Wisconsin Arts Board


  • "Public Folklore Archivist for the Upper Midwest" NEA Infrastructure funding
  • Second batch of on-line Collection Guides published, guidelines for creating guides updated and completed
  • Phil Nusbaum Minnesota Arts Board Folk Arts collection and New Glarus Swiss Festivals collection processed and Collection Guides created
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives deposit agreement reached
  • 2007 Brenda McCallum Prize awarded for archiving projects, American Folklore Society


  • Participation in national assessment and survey of non-profit archiving needs, "An Archival Initiative for Non Profit Folklife Centers across the U.S.," Preserving America’s Cultural Traditions Grammy Foundation grant


  • "Norwegian American Folk Music: Preservation & Access" NEA funding



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