The Oregon Folklife Network and the University of Oregon


The OFN bridges Oregon’s communities with higher education resources and combines the resources of the colleges of Arts and Sciences, the School of Allied Arts and Architecture, and the Library System.  Support from OFN is university-wide, with generous contributions from The Office of the Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies,  The Office of the Senior Vice-President and Provost, and The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity. The OFN also enhances the UO’s mission of serving the community, state, and region by strengthening relationships and knowledge-sharing between Oregon’s diverse cultures and tradition bearers and UO folklorists, faculty, and students.

For Students

For Faculty and Staff

UO Partners:

  •  Academic Extension: University of Oregon Academic Extension (AE) serves as the principal information source and coordination point for many outreach efforts related to all areas of the university, including schools, colleges, centers, departments, academic divisions, and individual faculty. AE works closely with academic partners from across campus to deliver both credit and non-credit programs that serve communities and citizens across business, the arts, education, government, and social service sectors, in response to audiences locally, regionally and worldwide.
  •  Arts and Administration Program: The AAD Program informs cultural sector administration, policy, research, and education. The Program prepares and inspires leaders based on the belief that professional arts managers must be familiar with the social, cultural, economic, political, technical and ethical contexts in which the arts flourish.
  •  Folklore Program:  As one of the few major centers of folkloristic research in the U.S., this academic program offers perspectives on ethnic, regional, occupational, gender, and other traditional identities of individuals in specific societies. With more  than forty participating faculty, the program provides courses that examine the historical, cultural, social, and psychological dimensions of such expressive forms as mythology, legend, folktale, music, dance, art, belief, foodways, ritual and ceremony.
  •  Special Collections (Knight Library): Special Collections contains remarkable records of Northwest history and culture. In addition, Special Collections includes rare photos of Northwest people and landscapes, a collection of books by Northwest authors, and illustrated children’s literature.

UO Affiliates:

  • Center for Community Arts and Cultural Policy: The University of Oregon Center for Community Arts and Cultural Policy (CCACP) sustains and strengthens arts, culture, and heritage in the American West through research, policy, education, and community engagement.
  • Center for Intercultural Dialogue: The Center for Intercultural Dialogue supports and promotes interdisciplinary approaches to transcultural studies and interreligious dialogue as a means to promote peace. The Center works to engage students, faculty and community members in efforts to build a global community through education and dialogue that transcends cultural, religious, and geopolitical boundaries.
  • Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies: CLLAS provides an interdisciplinary intellectual space for putting Latino/a and Latin American Studies in conversation with one another. The primary purpose of CLLAS is to facilitate collaborative research, scholarship, intellectual community, and  community outreach focused on Latin America and U.S. Latino/a populations.
  • Museum of Natural and Cultural History: The Museum of Natural and Cultural History is Oregon’s primary repository for anthropological and paleontological collections. It contains nearly 1 million ethnographic and archaeological objects and 100,000 fossils and biological specimens from the Pacific Northwest and around the world.
  • The Randall V. Mills Archives of Northwest Folklore: The archives contains 4,000 separate collections of folklore and ethnographic fieldwork reports, numerous video documentaries, and visual slides of Northwest folklore.  It houses materials that Oregon scholars and students have collected on regional beliefs, customs, jokes, games, legends, songs, dances, graffiti, and material culture.


Oregon Folklife Network (OFN)
242 Knight Library
6204 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-6204