Office of the Registrar
General Information (2009/2010)
11.8 Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA)
  • Chair, Advisory Committee
  • Dean of Arts
  • Chair, Management Committee
  • Smith, Dr. P.
  • Archivist
  • Fulton, P.
  • Archival Assistant
  • Cox, P.
  • Folklore Transcriber
  • Reddy, B.
  • Honorary Research Associate (Folklore)
  • Halpert, V. M.
  • Honorary Research Associate (Language and Folklore)
  • Widdowson, Dr. L.

Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA) is Canada's foremost repository for recorded and collected items of Newfoundland and Labrador folklore, folklife, language, oral history and popular culture. Established in 1968, it is one of the oldest archives at Memorial University of Newfoundland. The Archive is an integral part of the teaching and research activities of the Department of Folklore at the graduate and undergraduate levels. It is a member of the Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives and the Canadian Council of Archives.

The Archive contains diverse materials, donated by more than 11,000 contributors, covering topics such as custom and belief, childlore, material culture and work techniques, song, music, dance, tale, legend, personal experience narrative, poetry, riddles and conundrums, proverbs and foodways. Special holdings include the field notebooks of Maud Karpeles who compiled Folk Songs from Newfoundland (1971); E. R. Seary's collection of research materials on family names; the folklore collections of Herbert Halpert and John Widdowson; the extensive Newfoundland and Labrador song collections of Kenneth S. Goldstein and MacEdward Leach; Lawrence R. Smith's linguistic materials on Labrador Inuktitut and Southern Avalon dialect; 12,000 Canadian Broadcast Corporation recordings; the Lorne Russwurm international collection of country music; and Franco-NL materials from the Centre d'Études Franco-Terreneuviennes. Overall, the collection contains 40,000 audio tape recordings, 4,000 commercial recordings, 20,000 photographs, 2,000 printed documents, 16,000 manuscripts, and 800 video tape recordings.

Further information can be obtained by writing Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive, Department of Folklore, ED-4038, G. A. Hickman Building, St. John's, NL Canada A1B 3X8, or by e-mail to, or by telephone to (709) 737-8401, or by fax to (709) 737-4718, or through the website at