Announcement on The Launch of ISSOT OT Archives


Dear Colleagues,

The International Society for Studies in Oral Tradition is pleased to announce the launching of the database Oral Tradition Archives, a compendium of archives worldwide that contain holdings related to the verbal arts, at .

The database allows for browsing, a simple word search, and an advanced search, where various combinations of the fields can be searched.

We know the list is far from comprehensive and so ask for your help in continuing to flesh out this resource. First, we look forward to additions! The site includes a “Submit New Archive” button that will lead you through making a recommendation. If you wish, you may also send an email to  and your information will be forwarded appropriately.

Also, we welcome further information about the archives now listed where it might be missing, such as specific genres represented in a particular archive or contact information.

Finally, many thanks to those who have already contributed! Collaborative ventures such as this one allow us to broaden the field of oral tradition scholarship, and we look forward to serving our common endeavor.


With warm wishes,

John Zemke, Director

Center for Studies in Oral Tradition


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