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Ethnographic Thesaurus

“The Ethnographic Thesaurus is a searchable online vocabulary that can be used to improve access to information about folklore, ethnomusicology, cultural anthropology, and related fields. The Society and [American Folklife] Center developed the Thesaurus with the support of a generous grant from the Scholarly Communications Program of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Thesaurus provides a comprehensive controlled language of terms that folklorists, archivists, and librarians can use to classify the enormous variety of literature about cultural practices and expressions produced by folklorists, ethnomusicologists, anthropologists, and other cultural researchers.”

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“Over a century of collecting and archiving ethnographic recordings and accompanying material has created a demand for the coordinated archival description of this body of work. In the coming century, the Ethnographic Thesaurus will be essential to efforts to describe ethnographic collections and to digitize them for online presentation and retrieval.”

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American Folklore Society
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