This research guide provides an overview of state-sponsored Maryland traditional arts and folklife activity and materials, 1968-2000, drawn from the records of the Maryland Folklife Program from its initial legislative birth in 1968 until 2000. After 2000, state folklorists rebranded the program's name to "Maryland Traditions." Housed in the Maryland Traditions Archives in Special Collections at UMBC, Collection 116: "Maryland Folklife Program Records" contains administrative and ethnographic fieldwork files.
Folklore is commonly defined as the body of material, in a variety of forms, that expresses the traditions of a particular culture. As part of each group's identity, members of that group share traditions. Those traditional expressions can include tales, music, dance, legends, oral history, proverbs, superstitions, jokes, proverbs, material culture, foodways, and more. The people who study folklore and folklife are folklorists. For more information, visit the American Folklore Society's Folklife Wiki.