The Philadelphia Folklore Project has a long and storied history of working in community archives. Since our inception, we have been carefully curating a 75,000+ item Folklife Archive that documents the cultural and folk history of the city, serving as a platform for the transmission of cultural knowledge to future generations in the communities that we have partnered with. Often these archive collections function as the sole source of documentation for remembering and memorializing key community figures. In fact, the pandemic helped illustrate just how integral PFP’s documentation is to community healing and cultural continuity in Philadelphia as so many individuals, organizations, and filmmakers sought access to these materials.

To make our collections more accessible, in the coming years, this webpage will become a rapid digital access point to certain community-driven collections. Using a cloud-based platform, community groups will be able to access, help shape, and (potentially) add to our collections on their own terms.

As we continue upgrading and expanding our website, please return to this page to see the new functionalities we will offer.