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Index to Genre Collections


The Utah State Univesity Student Folklore Genre Collection consists of folklore items collected by undergraduate students in USU folklore courses from the early 1960s to the present and by undergraduate students in Brigham Young University folklore and anthropology courses during 1960-1978. The genre items were collected as part of course requirements and deposited in the Fife Folklore Archives by the instructors. The BYU student items are duplicates of items housed at BYU's William A. Wilson Folklore Archives. Most items include informant data, context, text (the folklore item), texture (stylistic notation) and collector data. The items of folklore are in text form in 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of line-free paper. Since 1999, genre items also include release forms. The materials reflect both insider (esoteric) and outsider (exoteric) views of a folk group and may be prejudiced or stereotyped. View content disclaimer. The collection is separated into nine distinctive categories. The materials do not circulate.

Group 1: Customs (includes foodways)
Group 2: Belief
Group 3: Speech
Group 4: Tales and Jokes
Group 5: Songs
Group 6: Games and Pranks
Group 7: Legends: Character (boxes 15-16), Contemporary (boxes 20-27), Etiological (boxes 17-19), Human Condition (13-14.2, includes personal narratives), Supernatural Non-religious (boxes 7-12, includes St. Anne's Retreat), Supernatural Religious (boxes 1-6)
Group 8: Material Culture
Group 9: E-lore: Electronically Transmitted Folklore (Xerox, facsimile and email)
Group 10: Riddles