A collective of humanities scholars, museum anthropologists, and private citizens—including author Mark Twain and US President Rutherford B. Hayes—founded the Society in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1888. Today the American Folklore Society is an association of people who study and communicate knowledge about folklore throughout the world. The more than 2,200 members and subscribers are scholars, teachers, and libraries at colleges and universities; professionals in arts and cultural organizations; and community members involved in folklore work. Many members live and work in the US, but their interests in folklore stretch around the world, and today about one in every eight AFS members is from outside the US.
A Mellon Foundation Scholarly Monograph InitiativeFolklore Studies in a Multicultural World is a book series that publishes top-notch first books in folklore studies. Funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the series is a collaborative venture of the University of Illinois Press, the University Press of Mississippi, and the University of Wisconsin Press, in conjunction with the American Folklore Society.
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