The American Folklore Society, founded in 1888 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and incorporated in Washington, DC, in 1978, is a non-profit organization with offices at Indiana University in Bloomington. AFS is registered as a 501(c)(3) organization with the Internal Revenue Service and the office of the Indiana Secretary of State.
The Executive Board, headed by a President and (depending upon the year) either a President-Elect or a Past President, provides leadership for the organization and governs the Society on behalf of its community of members.
The Current Election
AFS invites members to suggest candidates for consideration for the next election cycle. Contact Executive Director Jessica A. Turner to share your recommendations.
Annual elections fill the various offices that will be vacant at the end of the year.
The Society’s Bylaws set forth the purpose of the American Folklore Society and contain foundational guidelines for its organization and operations.
The Executive Board meets twice a year. Official minutes summarize the Board’s actions and are formally approved by the Board at its next meeting.
AFS Long-Range Plan
From time to time, the Executive Board and staff, in consultation with AFS leaders and members, study and evaluate future goals and priorities for the organization and articulate those goals in a written long-range plan.