Northwest Folklife Digital Collection

Welcome to the Northwest Folklife Digital Collection

This collection includes primary source materials documenting folklife and traditional arts and artists in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. The collections were created by professional folklorists and folklore students for The Archives of Northwest Folklore, 1966–present, and Oregon’s statewide folklife programs, the Oregon Folklife Program, 1979–2009, and the Oregon Folklife Network, 2012–present.

Collections document the traditional arts, customary beliefs, social practices, and material traits of cultural, religious, occupational, and ethnic groups in the region. All collection materials are indexed using the American Folklore Society’s Ethnographic Thesaurus.

Collections are available for non-profit, educational use.

To learn more, visit the Archives of Northwest Folklore or the Oregon Folklife Network.


This project is a collaboration between the UO Folklore Program’s Randall V. Mills Archives of Northwest Folklore and the University of Oregon Libraries.

This project is supported in whole or part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.

Thank you to the Oregon Arts Commission for permission to display Webfoots and Bunchgrassers: Folk Art of the Oregon Country online.

Thank you to the students and volunteers who contributed to this project, particularly Kristen Gallerneaux Brooks, Kathryn Darnall, Caroline Louise McNabb, Laurel Narizny, Ahavah Oblak, and Zachary Schwartz.