Archives have long been the primary data set for folklorists. Folklore, as it exists in performance, is always changing, always adapting, and never the same twice. Therefore, scholars need to study many versions of the same piece, from many different performers, in order to understand the wider tradition as a whole.
The USC Digitial Folklore Archive allows an unprecedent level of searchability in its collections. This in in hopes that researchers utilizing this resource will be able to find their data quickly and efficiently, and to see the connections between different versions, items, areas, and genres. Suggestions for improving this resource are always accepted.
The material in this archives is comprised largely of data on folklore performances collected by students at the University of Southern California. These performances represent USC and the surrounding Los Angeles area in all its great diversity: the archives, although local, is also truly a global one. All performers of folklore represnted in this archives have signed consent forms acknowedging their participation in this project, and allowing their performances of traditional material to be made available to the USC community, and the global scholarly community. We deeply appreciate the contributions of our informants.
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