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Guide to the D.K. Wilgus Folklore Collection, Series I-VIII
 

Accession Number: 67
D.K. Wilgus Folklore Collection, 1918-1989
5 Linear Feet
Online Catalog Record (BANC)


Overview & Series Description
Biography
Series I - Biographical
Series II - Teaching Materials
Series III - Writings
Series IV - Reference Material
Series V - Subject Files
Series VI - General Folklore Collections
Series VII - Field Recordings Indexes and Transcriptions
Series VIII - Student Folklore Collections

Series IX - Josiah Combs Folklore Collection
Series X - Herbert Halpert Folklore Collection
Series XI - Lynwood Montell Folklore Collection
Series XII - E.C. Perrow Folklore Collection
Series XIII - Leonard Roberts Folklore Collection
Series XIV - D.L. Thomas Folklore Collection
Series XV - Newspapers - Folklore and Local History
Series XVI - Ohio Valley Folk Research Project Publications
Series XVII - Kentucky Superstitions Card Archive

Related Berea College Archives

Josiah Combs Collection, SAA 71, Berea College Southern Appalachian Archives
Bradley Kincaid Collection, SAA 13, Berea College Southern Appalachian Archives
Leonard Roberts Collection, SAA 57, Berea College Southern Appalachian Archives 

Related Archives at Other Institutions

D.K. Wilgus Collection, Folklife Archives, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY.
D.K. Wilgus Papers, Southern Folklife Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
D.K. Wilgus Folksong Collection, Ethnomusicology Archive, University of California Los Angeles.

Series I Biographical Box 1

This series consists mostly of tributes and commentaries on Wilgus's scholarly achievements published on the occasion of his death.

Box 1

  1. Biography
Series II Teaching Materials Box 1

This series consists of lecture notes, bibliographies and tests used by Wilgus while teaching at Western Kentucky State College (now University).

Box 1 (cont.)
  1. Lecture Notes (Western Kentucky State College)
Series III Writings Box 1

This series consists of rough draft typescript material relating to the folklore bibliographies and folksong syllabus that Wilgus published in Kentucky Folklore Record 1955-1962.

Box 1 (cont.)

  1. Kentucky Folklore Bibliography
  2. Kentucky Folklore Record Bibliography Issues, 1957-1962
  3. Syllabus of Kentucky Folksong
Series IV ReferenceMaterial Box 1

This series consists of bibliographical and discographical listings of published and archival sources that document various aspects of Kentucky folklore and music.

Box 1 (cont.)
  1. Kentucky Folklore Published Sources - Typescript
  2. Kentucky Ballads and Folksongs Collected by Cecil Sharp
  3. Theses Referencing Kentucky Folklore
  4. D. Williams Tapes (copies of commercial recordings)
  5. Kentucky Related Library of Congress Recordings
Series V Subject Files Box 2

This series consists of correspondence, printed material, and clippings relating to a wide variety of subjects and individuals. There is also an index card file of sayings and other spoken lore.

Box 2
  1. Anti-Mormon Publications
  2. Annabel Buchanan Song Texts and Tune Transcriptions
  3. Collecting Leads
  4. Dulcimer
  5. Folklorists - Duncan Emrich
  6. Floyd County School Bus Tragedy (clippings and notes)
  7. Folklorists - Lucy Furman
  8. Folklorists - Dorothy Howard
  9. Kentucky Local History - 1776 Map of Kentucky (facsimile)
  10. Kentucky Folklore Society
  11. Bradley Kincaid Correspondence (Bibliography - Discography)
  12. Bradley Kincaid Correspondence (Bibliography - Discography)
  13. Bradley Kincaid Correspondence (Bibliography - Discography)
  14. Bradley Kincaid Correspondence (Bibliography - Discography)
  15. Folklorists - Bill Malone
  16. Josephine McGill
  17. Folklorists - Lawrence Thompson
  18. Western Kentucky State Teachers College 1906-1931
    (Twenty-fifth Anniversary Publication)
  19. Vaughn Williams Memorial Library - Cecil Sharp Photo Collection
    Post Cards (One each, Virginia and Kentucky Subjects)
  20. Folklorists - Gordon Wilson
  21. Charles Wolfe Interview (clipping)
  22. Index Card File of Sayings and Other Spoken Lore
Series VI General Folklore Collections Boxes 3-5

This series consists of folklore narrative and song texts collected either directly by Wilgus or via his students and other associates. Narrative subject areas include customs, ghost stories, jokes, riddles, sayings, similes, and superstitions.

Box 3
  1. Beliefs and Superstitions
  2. Beliefs and Superstitions
  3. Beliefs and Superstitions
  4. Beliefs and Superstitions
  5. Beliefs and Superstitions
  6. Beliefs and Superstitions
  7. Beliefs and Superstitions

Box 4

  1. Beliefs and Superstitions
  2. Beliefs and Superstitions
  3. Beliefs and Superstitions
  4. Beliefs and Superstitions
  5. Custom and Belief
  6. Customs - Old Christmas Party
  7. Customs - Miscellaneous
  8. Ghost Stories (Entertainment Tales)
  9. Ghost Stories and Superstitions - Bogey Men
  10. Ghost Stories and Superstitions - Campus Legends
  11. Ghost Stories and Superstitions - Dreams
  12. Ghost Stories and Superstitions - Haint (Rational)
  13. Ghost Stories and Superstitions - Haunted Areas and Places
  14. Ghost Stories and Superstitions - Haunted Hanging Sites
  15. Ghost Stories and Superstitions - Haunted Houses
  16. Ghost Stories and Superstitions - Haunted Treasure
  17. Ghost Stories and Superstitions - Headless Ghosts
  18. Ghost Stories and Superstitions - Incubus on Horseback
  19. Ghost Stories and Superstitions - Ineradicable Bloodstains, etc.
  20. Ghost Stories and Superstitions - Non-Visual Manifestations
  21. Ghost Stories and Superstitions - Pranks
  22. Ghost Stories and Superstitions - Supernatural Animals

Box 5

  1. Ghost Stories and Superstitions - Revenants
  2. Ghost Stories and Superstitions - "Scarbrow" / "Ole Saint"
  3. Ghost Stories and Superstitions - "Something"
  4. Ghost Stories and Superstitions - Supernatural Lights
  5. Ghost Stories and Superstitions - Supernatural Music
  6. Ghost Stories and Superstitions - Vanishing Hitchhiker
  7. Ghost Stories and Superstitions - The White Lady
  8. Ghost Stories and Superstitions - Witch Tales
  9. Jokes
  10. Language (Mountain Phrases)
  11. Lower Mythology
  12. Riddles
  13. Riddles
  14. Sayings and Riddles
  15. Sayings and Superstitions
  16. Similes and Sayings
  17. Song Texts
  18. Song Texts
Series VII Field Recordings Indexes and Transcriptions Box 6

This series consists of content records for approximately 148 audio field recordings of folk music and narrative recorded by Wilgus and others, 1955-1965. For several there are also typed transcriptions of song texts heard on the recordings. The recordings are housed at the Western Kentucky University Folklife Archives. There are also copies at the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive.

Box 6

  1. Tapes in Western Kentucky Folklore Archive (List and Correspondence)
  2. Index Wilgus Tapes 1-25
  3. Index Wilgus Tapes 26-50
  4. Index Wilgus Tapes 52-75
  5. Index Wilgus Tapes 76-125
  6. Index Wilgus Tapes 126-148
  7. O'Connor Tape Index T-7- 60-8 (Horse Cave, KY - July 1960)
  8. Laws Tape Index T-7-67-18 (Cardiff, CA July 1967)
  9. Phil Aaron - Song Texts [Transcribed From Tapes?]
  10. Student Recording Project - Brenda Powman Hall (Green County, KY)
    Song Texts-Tune Transcriptions
  11. Song Texts-Tune Transcriptions - Yvonne Gregory
    Tapes T-7-65-151, 152, 155-158
  12. Student Recording Project - Barry Hanson
    Tapes T-7-26, 27, 32, 33 Song Texts (Mrs. Vera Martin)
  13. [Student Recording Project?] - Shirley Hay / Terry Black
    Song Texts -Tune Transcriptions
  14. Student Recording Project - Elvis Humble
    Song Texts (Margaret Tucker)
  15. Student Recording Project - Wendell Mann
    Song Texts (Pauline Mann)Tape T-7-60
  16. [Student Recording Project?] Jerry Powell
    Song Texts
  17. Student Recording Project - Nancy Priddy
    Song Texts
  18. Student Recording Project - Jane C. Rose
    Song Texts
  19. [Student Recording Project?] - Jerry Wilcher
    Song Texts
Series VIII Student Folklore Collections Box 7

This series consists of student folklore collections that include such subject areas as ballads, games, legends, local history, recipes, remedies, and superstitions.

Box 7

  1. Games - Jo Anne O’Connor
  2. Games - Miscellaneous Games
  3. Legends - Wash Nelson- Greenup County
  4. Legends - Jo Anne O’Connor
  5. Legends - Miscellaneous Legends
  6. Local History - Allen County
  7. Local History - Allen County
  8. Local History - Allen County
  9. Local History - Eighty-Eight - Barren County
  10. Local History - Etoile - Barren County
  11. Local History - Temple Hill - Barren County
  12. Local History - Burkesville - Cumberland County
  13. Local History - Preachersville - Mause (Garrard - Lincoln Counties)
  14. Local History - Meade County
  15. Local History - Eastern Kentucky
  16. Local History - Ohio River
  17. Local History - Paint Valley, Ohio
  18. Local History - Perry County
  19. Folk Poetry - Jo Ann O’Connor
  20. Miscellaneous Folk Poetry
  21. Folklore - Recipes - Macie Franklin
  22. Folklore - Recipes - Nellie Wallace
  23. Folklore - Recipes - Ronelle Wells
  24. Folklore - Recipes
  25. Folklore - Home Remedies - Barren County
  26. Superstitions - Monroe County - Eva Bybee
  27. Song Texts - Marina Bolkeman Collector
  28. Song Texts - Cordy [Blanche?]Goode
  29. Song Texts - John Grumlie (Unnamed Student Paper)(Sorey)
  30. Song Texts - Jo Ann O’Connor
  31. Song Texts - B. Olivier
  32. Song Texts - Tom Owens
  33. Miscellaneous Folklore - Barren County
  34. Miscellaneous Folklore - Breckinridge County
  35. Miscellaneous Folklore - Montgomery County
  36. Trigg County Folklore & Lifeways - James Crisp
  37. Miscellaneous Folklore - Eliza Calvert Hall - Warren County
  38. Miscellaneous Folklore - Joseph F. Profio

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