One was Sigurd Erixon (1888-1968), professor of ethnology in Stockholm and research director of the Nordiska Museet.
Some of these archives are now being brought together at the Meertens Instituut in Amsterdam, which is presently in charge of SIEF's secretariat (including the MNATP archives from Georges Henri Riviere, the Rotterdam archives from Karel Constant Peeters, copies of parts of the epistolary collections from Sigurd Erixon and Jorge Dias).
The driving force in the scholarly activities of CIAP in the 1950s was Sigurd Erixon.
Two persons who managed to keep above the quarrels in the secretariat were Sigurd Erixon and Georges Henri Riviere, the leader of le Musee National des Arts et Traditions Populaires in Paris.
As he wrote to Sigurd Erixon in 1959, when the problems piled up: "I regret sincerely that I did not resign, I too, when the secretary left.
With the exception of Sigurd Erixon, and to some extent the Belgian Vice President Albert Marinus, CIAP Board members were passive.
In this situation, Sigurd Erixon, an ordinary Board member for all practical purposes, with the consent of Christiansen, took over the leadership in CIAP, while Christiansen nominally remained president.
31) In 1958 Sigurd Erixon persuaded the Swedish doctor Anna-Maja Nylen to function as secretary for CIAP, but she too resigned after a short time.
Sigurd Erixon, Georges Henri Riviere and the International Debate on European Ethnology in the 1930s.
However, while kulturhistoria continued to be an important word, neither Sigurd Erixon nor any of the other eminent scholars of his cohort or slightly younger than him--such as Sigfrid Svensson--used kulturarv.
Nilsson (2004) observes in an important essay, the period from 1930-1970 constituted the Swedish "folk era," not only in terms of governmental politics as a whole, but also insofar as Sigurd Erixon and his successor, Mats Rehnberg, placed the discipline of folklife research in the service of state social planning.
In order to further increase the supply of knowledge, Sigurd Erixon (together with Gosta Berg and Sigfrid Svensson) began, in 1928, to send out open-ended questionnaires to a network of respondents all over Sweden, an activity for which he had obtained substantial state funding.