The Archives Program supports the mission of the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures by identifying, preserving, and responsibly making accessible for public use the region's historic and contemporary folk heritage as documented in audio and video interviews, photography, exhibits, and publications resulting primarily from folklore fieldwork. The Archives aims to serve the teaching, research, and outreach needs of CSUMC staff, affiliated faculty, public folklorists, scholars, documented traditional practitioners and their heirs, and others interested in exploring and promoting the region's folk heritage.
Searchable Online Collection Guides
Looking for slides or interviews from past publicly funded folk arts projects in the Upper Midwest? From German-American music to legends of the supernatural in Southwest Wisconsin, our collection guides describe and locate primary documentation generated from past NEA-funded regional projects.
NEA-Funded Projects in the Upper Midwest Coming soon!
Since 1980, the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded more than 300 grants to fund traditional arts documentation projects in the region. Search our database by state, project details, or grant number.
More than 5,000 electronic images comprise our online photo gallery. What started as
a collection of images from the 1998 Wisconsin Folk Festival has greatly expanded to include a variety of fieldwork from throughout the region.
For an interpretive look at documentary folklore materials ranging from immigrant music in Wisconsin to the state's bread tradition, check out our virtual exhibits.
Wisconsin Ethnic and/or Heritage Organizations
A searchable database of organizations that sustain ethnic
and/or cultural heritage in Wisconsin is available online
and is searchable from the search field at the top of the
Wisconsin Barn and Farmstead Survey
Wisconsin is losing its barns at an alarming rate. CSUMC offers a searchable database of some of the state's disappearing barns and homesteads. The site includes extensive historical information and photographs, and also allows people to self-enter information.
CSUMC has a great many multimedia resources available online.
CSUMC is working to create a stable home for the "orphaned" folklore collections it has inherited as well as help to shepherd disparate fieldwork into appropriate repositories throughout the region. CSUMC also administers many of the UW Madison Ethnographic Program records. To find out more about our holdings or any of the above access and preservation
please contact the CSUMC program.