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National Folk Organization records

Identifier: MSS 7833

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of records created or collected by the National Folk Organization. A series of several installments have kept the collection up to date. Materials include correspondence from NFO members, newsletters, minutes, member directories, receipts and disbursements pertaining to the Utah branch. Dates range approximately 1950s-2014, with the bulk of the material between 1974-2014.


  • approximately 1950-2014


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the National Folk Organization records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

The National Folk Organization (1986- ) is committed to the preservation and promotion of the folk art traditions.

Vytautas F. Beliajus, Mary Bee Jensen, George Frandsen, and L. DeWayne Young founded the National Folk Organization (NFO) in 1986 to provide information and opportunities in the folk arts around the United States.

Many of its members include persons involved in dance ensembles, institutions, music groups, choreographers, teachers, and foundations, as well as community ethnic festivals, and international festivals that host folk ensembles from around the world.

The NFO holds annual conferences to promote activities of those involved, and continues to unite individuals and organizations that support folk arts.


16 boxes (8 linear ft.)


Arranged in twelve series: 1. National Folk Organization records on Pourparler, 1997-2013. 2. National Folk Organization records of dance descriptions and workshops, approximately 1950-2009. 3. National Folk Organization financial records, approximately 1987-2013. 4. National folk organization newsletters, 1986-2014. 5. National Folk Organization membership records, approximately 1986-2012. 6. National Folk Organization brochures, logo templates, and other printed materials, approximately 1986-2011. 7. National Folk Organization records on associated folk organizations, approximately 1988-2008. 8. National Folk Organization conference correspondence, minutes, and other materials, approximately 1986-2013. 9. National Folk Organization correspondence, 1985-2006. 10. National Folk Organization and member history, approximately 1986-2012. 11. National Folk Organization publications, approximately 1989-2007. 12. National Folk Organization legal documents, approximately 1986-2012.

Custodial History

Donated by the National Folk Organization of the United States of America in 2009.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; National Folk Organization; 2009.


Archives of local organizations with working relations with Brigham Young University, (Section IV.a.i.5 Music Special Collections Development Policy September 2010).

Processing Information

Processed; Melissa James; May 2011.

Processed; Jenna Faulkner; February-March 2014.

Register of National Folk Organization records
Under Revision
Melissa James
2011 May 16
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States