BEGINNING AND DEVELOPMENT
The Institute of Slovenian Ethnology (ISE) of the SRC SASA is one of the central ethnological research institutions in Slovenia. Its beginnings reach back to 1947 when the Commission for Slovenian Ethnography at the ASA was established on the suggestion of Niko Kuret. The academician Ivan Grafenauer was appointed its president and academicians Milko Kos, Anton Melik and Fran Ramovš were appointed members of the first scientific council. During the annual meeting of the SASA on October 3, 1951 a decision was made that the Commission for Slovenian Ethnography be renamed into the Institute of Slovenian Ethnology (Inštitut za slovensko narodopisje). The academician Ivan Grafenauer became its first manager, Jakob Kelemina and France Kotnik honorary associates and Alojzij Bolhar, Niko Kuret, Milko Matičetov, Vilko Novak and Sergij Vilfan professional scientific associates. In 1972 The Ethnomusicological Institute (Glasbenonarodopisni inštitut) joined the ISE as its section (Section for Ethnomusicology SRC SASA), but regained its independence in 1994 (Institute for Ethnomusicology SRC SASA). In 1999 the Audiovisual Laboratory of the SRC SASA became a unit of the institute.
ISE’s research activity is thoroughly documented in the Yearbooks of the SASA (Letopis SAZU) and in the SRC’s Annual Reports. The development of the Institute until the year 1971 was outlined at its 25th anniversary by Niko Kuret in three articles: Commission (1947-1951) and the Institute of Slovenian Ethnology SASA (since 1951), Traditiones 1, 1972, Traditiones 2, 1973 and Traditiones 3, 1974. Further development till 2001 was presented in Traditiones 30, 2001.