American Folklore Society


The American Folklore Society is an association of people who study and communicate knowledge about folklore throughout the world. Our more than 2,200 members and subscribers are scholars, teachers, and libraries at colleges and universities; professionals in arts and cultural organizations; and community members involved in folklore work. Many of our members live and work in the US, but their interests in folklore stretch around the world, and today about one in every eight AFS members is from outside the US. We have published the quarterly Journal of American Folklore since 1888, and have held an annual meeting since 1889. We also are the home for more than 30 interest-group sections, manage a variety of national and international special projects to benefit the field, and participate actively in the work of the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Alliance, UNESCO, and the World Intellectual Property Organization.

For more information about the Society, the work of folklorists, and the field of folklore studies, see

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