Hector Lee folklore collection


Descriptive Summary

Title: Hector Lee folklore collection
Dates: 1850-1983
Collection Number: Consult repository
Creator/Collector: Lee, Hector, 1908-1992
Extent: Three linear feet
Repository: Sonoma State University Library
Abstract: Dr. Hector Lee (1908-1992) came from Chico State University to Sonoma State University at its inception. He was a nationally known authority on western folklore and a true teller of tall tales. The Lee collection documents Dr. Lee’s involvement with the folklore community at large and his activities in recording the folklore of Sonoma, Marin, Mendocino, and Lake counties. Researchers especially interested in Dr. Lee’s work in recording folktales might also want to consult the California Folklore Miscellany, a bound collection of folktales organized by Dr. Lee’s students which is housed in the Library's Special Collections enclosure.
Language of Material: English


Collection is open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.

Preferred Citation

Hector Lee folklore collection. Sonoma State University Library

Scope and Content of Collection

The Hector Lee collection includes background material and recordings of the folklore of Sonoma, Marin, Mendocino, and Lake counties. Actual folktales are contained in the transcripts from Lee’s radio show, Tales of the Redwood Empire, and in the essays of W.C. Shipley. The collection also includes offprints and reprints of scholarly articles on subjects related to folklore and cultural studies.

Indexing Terms

Lee, Hector, 1908-1992
Sonoma County (Calif.)
Marin County (Calif.)
Mendocino County (Calif.)
Lake County (Calif.)

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