What can the Open Folklore project help me do now? 
This is a second in a series of postings describing things that can already be done with folklore studies scholarship that has been made available through the efforts of the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries. These various projects are being brought together in the Open Folklore project. While it will soon provide a portal to this diverse range of this content at http://www.openfolklore.org/, a great deal of content has already been made available. The first post described accessing folklore books via the Hathi Trust Digital Library. This post explains accessing several bundles of materials via the IUScholarWorks Repository.
IUScholarWorks Repository is a DSpace-based institutional repository for Indiana University Bloomington. Folklore studies materials that have been incorporated within it include the following items and groups of items. While I could describe how to access these materials, it will be easiest for new users to just click the links given and explore the repository.
The journal Folklore and Folk Music Archivist (1958-1968) can be accessed here:
[As discussed here previously] a range of reports, monographs and working papers published by The Fund for Folk Culture can be accessed here:
The back files of the journal New Directions in Folklore (1997-2003) can be found here:
Newly added, and of special interest, are several special publications issued by the American Folklore Society, including the book 100 Years of American Folklore Studies: A Conceptual History edited by WIlliam M. Clements and published by the Society during its centennial year, 1988. These materials can be found here:
The motherlode of folklore scholarship in IUScholarWorks Repository are the back files of the journal Folklore Forum. Published since 1968, forty years of journal content (1968-2008), constituting 1314 items, is available here:
Folklore Forum is a publication of Trickster Press, the student-run publishing house in Indiana’s Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. Trickster continues to publish Folklore Forum as a gold open access journal (see here). In addition to making its back files available in IUScholarWorks Repository, the Trickster Press team, working with the IUB Libraries has also made available content from the Folklore Forum Bibliographic and Special Series (87 items), which can be found here:
Books from the Folklore Forum Monograph Series, can be found here:
In addition to these Folklore Forum-related materials, Trickster Press has also opened four of its out of print book titles. These are:
Log Buildings in Southern Indiana by Warren Roberts (1996) available here:
Folklore on Two Continents: Essays in Honor of Linda Degh edited by Carl Lindahl and Nikolai Burlakoff (1980) available here:
Fields of Folklore: Essays in Honor of Kenneth S. Goldstein edited by Roger D. Abrahams (1995) available here:
and The Old Traditional Way of Life: Essays in Honor of Warren E. Roberts edited by Robert E. Walls, George H. Schoemaker, Jennifer Livesay, and Laura Dassow Walls (1989) available here:
In classic institutional repository mode, various materials produced in IUB’s Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology are also available in IUScholarWorks Repository. These materials, which include conference proceedings, post prints, MA theses, sound recordings, and syllabi can be found here:
This heterogeneous corpus of folklore scholarship is continuing to grow and it is anticipated that the Open Folklore portal will make consulting it easier in the years ahead. In the meantime, there is plenty for the early adopters to read, study and enjoy.
Thanks to all who have worked to make these resources openly available. Thanks as well to the many people who have expressed support for the Open Folklore project.
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