WKU’s Manuscripts & Folklife Archives is a repository for papers and projects created by undergraduates, graduate students and faculty members in the WKU Folk Studies program. Established in the early 1970s, the archives provide an extensive and ever-growing source of knowledge about folk ways, art, beliefs and customs, and regional dialect and speech patterns.
Also included in the Folklife Archives are thousands of sound recordings–interviews, oral histories and musical performances–on reel-to-reel and cassette tapes. Advances in technology, however, are quickly rendering these formats obsolete. With the aid of recently acquired equipment, we are now working hard to digitize these recordings and store them electronically, in order to preserve their unique content and make them more accessible to researchers.