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Maine Folklife Center, University of Maine

Maine Folklife Center Facts

Edward D. "Sandy" Ives founded the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History in 1958.

When Ives (1925-2009) began collecting tape recordings in a shoebox under his desk in 1957, he had no idea he was beginning an archive that would attain international significance. Ives was a folklorist, oral historian and University of Maine professor for more than 40 years.

The Maine Folklife Center is committed to document, interpret, preserve and present the traditional culture and living lore of Maine and the Maritime Provinces.

Materials in the archives include over 3,000 one-of-a-kind audio recordings of interviews with ordinary people about their lives, along with 325,000 pages of interview transcripts and other manuscripts, 10,000 documentary photographs, and other materials.