ISRAEL FOLKTALE ARCHIVES (IFA)
UNIVERSITY OF HAIFA
As from 1983 the Archive is situated in the Faculty of Humanities, University of Haifa and Prof. Aliza Shenhar was its academic head. Since the beginning of 1995 Dr. Haya Bar-Itzhak is IFA's acting academic head.
IFA, which is the only archlve of its kind in Israel, serves as a center for knowledge and information and is open to researchers, students and the general public, concerned with the cultural heritage of the ethnic communities in Israel.
By the beginning of 1998, 21,000 folktales are preserved therein, which were narrated by story-tellers from various cummunities living in Israel - both Jewish (stemming from North Africa, Asia, Europe and America) and non-Jewish (Arabs: Moslems, Christians, Beduins, Druzes etc.).
Ethnic divisionThe followlng list includes only the 13 communities represented in IFA at the beginning of 1998, by more than 2% of the total material (21,000 folktales):
With the grough of the number of stories in the archive the concern for the preservation and protection of the material stored therein has increased. The computerization of the folktales, which is now under process, answers the need for their physical preservation as most of them are written in manuscript-form. It fulfills also the scientific research requirements; Speedy access and retrieval of the material.
For further informatlon you can look at http://research.haifa.ac.il/~folklore/ifa.htm
or call IFA's coordinator, Edna Hechal firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Haifa, Mount Carmel, Haifa 319O5, ISRAEL.