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University of Arizona Folklore Committee Records, 1943-1979

MS 608

Collection Summary

Creator: University of Arizona. Folklore Committee.
Collection Name:University of Arizona Folklore Committee records,
Inclusive Dates: 1943-1979
Physical Description:13 linear feet
AbstractThis collections was previously titled SWF 002.
Collection Number: MS 608
Repository University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Historical Note

The University of Arizona Folklore Committee, founded in 1943 by Professor Frances Gillmor, created the Folklore Archive in 1945 to conserve folkloric materials being collected statewide by the interdepartmental Committtee. The committee collected songs, tales, remedies, and interviews from all over Arizona, with some extensions into Sonora, Mexico. Dr. Gillmor chaired the committee until her retirement, when Dr. Byrd H. Granger asumed the chair. Upon Granger's retirement in 1978, the Folklore Committee was dissolved. In 1979 the University of Arizona Southwest Folklore Center was created to continue its functions, and it assumed the Folklore Archive into its materials.

The focus of the material collected by the Folklore Committee was narrative and folk music traditions of English and Spanish-speaking peoples of the Southwest. The committee collected only a small amount of material concerning Native American folklore.

Scope and Content Note

Mexican-U.S. border folklore is strongly represented in the collection, which includes corridos and other songs, and tales and interviews concerning old customs. Mormon folklore also forms a significant portion of the collection, particularily songs. Much of the material is the product of collections by schools, clubs, and University folklore classes.

The manuscript material dates from 1945 through 1979. There are four user copies cross-filed under subject, county, collector, and informant, with a master file arranged by county of origin. The subject headings include such large divisions as Tales, Songs, Riddles, Rhymes, Proverbs, Recipes, History, Medicine, Games, Festivals, Drama, Dance, and Customs, further subdivided by the culture of origin. The most heavily collected categories are "Songs," "Narrative - Personal Experience (Historical)," and "Narrative - Local Legends (Arizona)."

Also represented are administrative files, including Committee correspondence and annual reports which detail the Committee's accomplishments over the previous year.

Taped and recorded materials which correspond to some of the materials in this collection are located in the following Southwest Folklore Center manuscript collections: L. Marguerite Collier Collection, (MS 611); Southwest Folklore Center Pre-1980 Phonodisc Collection, (MS 613); and Southwest Folklore Center Field Recording Collection, (MS 617).





It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents for the University of Arizona, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Granger, Byrd H
Gillmor, Frances, 1903-

Folk literature, Spanish -- Arizona
Folk music -- Arizona
Folk songs, Spanish -- Arizona
Folk songs, Spanish -- Mexico -- Sonora (State)
Folklore -- Arizona
Folklore -- Mexico -- Sonora (State)
Folklore -- Southwest, New
Mexican Americans -- Arizona -- Music
Mexicans -- Music
Mormons -- Arizona -- Music

Genre Form(s)

Administrative Information

Credit Line

University of Arizona Folklore Committee Records (MS 608). University of Arizona Library Special Collections.

Container List

Series I: General Administrative Records, 1943-1977
Summary reports, annual reports, general correspondence,
11 Folklore Committee annual reports. , 1943-1976
12 General correspondence. , 1967-1977
13 Graduate folklore program correspondence. , 1968-1977
14 NEH Grant Applications. , 1971-1976
Series II: Subject Files, 1945-1979
Folklore materials arranged according to subject. Subjects include folk beliefs, children's lore, customs, festivals, games, Native American lore, medicine and folk narratives.
2 Subject files: Beliefs, Children's Lore, Customs, Festivals (Celebrations), Festivals (Dance), Festivals (Drama), Games, Indian Lore, Medicine, Narrative; mythical tale I (Creation, Animal Tales), Narrative; mythical tale II (Supernatural, Magic), Narrative; mythical tale III (Jokes, Anecdotes), Narrative; local legends (Europe, U.S.). , 1945-1979
3 Subject files: Narrative; local legends (Arizona), Narrative; personal experience (Historical), Narrative; personal experience (Supernatural), Narrative; pychological interpretation, Proverbial sayings. , 1945-1979
4 Subject files: Recipes, Songs, Speech. , 1945-1979
Series III: Collector Files, 1945-1979
Identical subject matter as the Subject Files series, arranged by collector rather than by subject.
4 Collector files: A - C , 1945-1979
5 Collector files, D - L , 1945-1979
6 Collector file, M - Z , 1945-1979
Series IV: County Files, 1945-1979
Identical subject matter as the Subject Files series, arranged by Arizona county rather than by subject.
7 County files, A - Pima , 1945-1979
8 County files, Pima (continued) - Yuma , 1945-1979
Series V: Informant Files, 1945-1979
Identical subject matter as the Subject Files series, arranged by informant rather than by subject.
8 Informant files, A - C , 1945-1979
9 Informant files, D - O , 1945-1979
10 Informant files, P - Sh , 1945-1979
11 Informant files, Si - Z , 1945-1979
Series VI: Master Files, 1945-1979
This series contains original documents, copies of which are filed in the previous series. Use of material in this series is by permission only. Researchers must obtain permission from the coordinator of the University of Arizona Southwest Folklore Center or the University of Arizona Manuscripts Librarian in order to use materials from this series.
12 Master files, Apache - Pima (Sells) , 1945-1979
13 Master files, Pima (Tucson) - Santa Cruz , 1945-1979
14 Santa Cruz (continued) - Yuma. , 1945-1979