Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive

Identity area

Identifier

NL0002

Authorized form of name

Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • MUNFLA

Type

  • University

Contact area

 

Pauline Cox Primary contact

Type

Address

Street address

G.A. Hickman Building (ED-4038)
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Locality

St. John's

Region

NF

Country name

Canada

Postal code

A1B 3X8

Telephone

(709) 864-8401

Fax

(709) 864-4718

Note

Description area

History

MUNFLA was established by the Senate of Memorial University in 1968 to house materials that had been accumulating since 1962 when American folklorist Herbert Halpert joined the University faculty. Today about two-thirds of new collections are by students in the undergraduate and graduate Folklore programs at Memorial, the other third from professional researchers in Folklore and other fields, local broadcasters and other interested depositors.

Geographical and cultural context

Primarily Newfoundland and Labrador.

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

The Folklore Archives reports to the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Records management and collecting policies

MUNFLA is the major repository for collected and recorded material in the fields of folklore, folklife, oral history and related aspects of culture from Newfoundland and Labrador. It accepts collections in all media, including manuscripts, microforms, records, tapes, photographs, films, videos and electronic media. MUNFLA is recognized as the leading sound archive in the province.

Notable collections include the field notebooks of Maud Karpeles (1929); the taped song collections of Kenneth S. Goldstein (1970s and 1980s) and MacEdward Leach (1950s); CBC Radio's Fisheries Broadcast; the Herbert Halpert and John Widdowson collections of folklore (1960s and 1970s) and the Lorne Russwurm international collection of recorded country music.

Buildings

Holdings

Finding aids, guides and publications

Access area

Opening times

10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Monday-Tuesday & Thursday-Friday; MUNFLA is closed on Wednesdays for catalogueing.

Access conditions and requirements

Accessibility

Open to the public.

Services area

Research services

For those who plan extensive research, appointments are encouraged.

Reproduction services

While there is no self-service at the Archive, we do have facilities for staff to provide copies. There are fees for such services.

Public areas

Wi-Fi connectivity is available.

Control area

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Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used

Status

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Language(s)

Script(s)

Sources

Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Clipboard

Primary contact

G.A. Hickman Building (ED-4038) Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NF
CA A1B 3X8