Begun in 1977 when Professor Margaret Yocom started teaching at George Mason University, the Archive houses over 1,200 papers about folklore and folklife in Northern Virginia, the Mid-Atlantic region, and beyond. Here, you'll find stories about ghosts, local characters, workers in regional industries, and family members, as well as collections on ethnic and regional foodways, traditional art, folk medicine, and much more, all gathered by students in the folklore classes at GMU.
To use materials in the Archive, come and read them where they are housed in Prof. Yocom's office at GMU. We don't loan these materials out, but sometimes we allow photocopying.
To visit the Archive contact Prof. Yocom. Northern Virginia Folklife Archive, Robinson A, Room 439, George Mason University, MSN 3E4, Fairfax, VA 22030, (703) 993-1172, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to learn about archive work and folklore? Volunteer!
For a bibliography on archiving practice, click here.
Contribute your collection to the Archive. Sometimes we house collections from outside the University.