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Abstract

Catalogs, indexes, inventories, retrieval systems, and finding aids are a major part of any archives and, as any archivist knows, they can also be a major problem--both to devise and to maintain. Handling oral materials can present some special problems, and there seems to be no one best system for repositories of folklore and oral history collections. Each institution has had to devise its own methods in response to the different types of material it contains and the different ways this material may be used. A recent project at the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History (NAFOH), at the University of Maine at Orono (UMO), was to devise such a system, specifically a subject index.

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