Guide to the San José State University English Department Folklore Collection

Silke Higgins
SJSU Library Special Collections & Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0028
Phone: (408) 808-2062
Fax: (408) 808-2063
Email: special.collections@sjsu.edu
URL: http://library.sjsu.edu/sjsu-special-collections/sjsu-special-collections-and-archives
© 2009
Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Guide to the San José State University English Department Folklore Collection

Collection number: MSS-2009-08-06



SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

San José State University

One Washington Square

San José, CA 95192-0028

Phone: (408) 808-2062

Fax: (408) 808-2063

Email: special.collections@sjsu.edu

URL: http://library.sjsu.edu/sjsu-special-collections/sjsu-special-collections-and-archives


Finding aid funded by the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Processed by:
Silke Higgins
Date Completed:
2009
Encoded by:
Mary Ellen Petrich
© 2009 Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: San José State University English Department Folklore Collection
Dates: 1978
Collection number: MSS-2009-08-06
Creator: San José State University. English Dept.
Collection Size: 2 boxes (2.5 linear feet)
Repository: San José State University. Library.
San José, California 95192-0028
Abstract: The San José State University English Department Folklore Collection (1978) is comprised of written accounts of folklore from 83 countries, produced by San José State University students as a fieldwork project for the 3 unit course English 82, Introduction to Folklore. The focus of the course centered on a survey of the major genres of folklore (folktale, folksong, proverb, and riddle) with additional attention given to custom, superstition, magic, folk medicine, folk art, and folk architecture. Special emphasis was placed upon relationships among folklore, culture, and living conditions of the past and present. The instructor, Dr. Arthur Regan, envisioned the class project to be turned into a resource for researchers interested in folklore and mythology. The collection is arranged into one series: Series I. Folklore (1978).
Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright is assigned to the San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections & Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

San José State University English Department Folklore Collection, MSS-2009-08-06, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Silke Higgins. Finding aid EAD encoded by Mary Ellen Petrich. Reviewed by Danelle Moon and Erin Louthen.

Project Information

This finding aid was created as part of the Survey and Cataloging Project, a two-year San José State University Library grant project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The project began in 2008. The Project Director is Danelle Moon. The Project Archivist is Erin Louthen.

Organizational History

In 1857 the San Francisco Board of Education established Minns' Evening Normal School for current and prospective teachers in the city. Named after its principal, George W. Minns, the institution was formally established as the first California State Normal School by the State Legislature in 1862. A decade later, the Legislature voted to move the Normal School to San José, and the school relocated to its new home on Washington Square prior to the fall term of 1872. After a fire destroyed the Normal School building in 1880, the Legislature authorized $200,000 to construct a new building on the same site. Completed in 1881, the building was commonly referred to as the Second State Normal School. After several names and curriculum changes, Minns' Normal School is now San José State University, offering more than 134 bachelor's and master's degrees with 110 concentrations, and is recognized as one of the top public universities granting such degrees in the West.

Bibliography

Gilbert, Benjamin F., and Burdick, Charles. Washington Square, 1857-1979: The History of San José State University. San José, California: San José State University, 1980.
San José State University. About SJSU. http://www.sjsu.edu/about_sjsu/ 
Walsh, James P. San José State University: An Interpretive History, 1950-2000. San José, California: San José State University, 2003.

Scope and Content of Collection

The San José State University English Department Folklore Collection (1978) is comprised of written accounts of folklore from 83 countries, produced by San José State University students as a fieldwork project for the 3 unit course English 82, Introduction to Folklore. The focus of the course centered on a survey of the major genres of folklore (folktale, folksong, proverb, and riddle) with additional attention given to custom, superstition, magic, folk medicine, folk art, and folk architecture. Special emphasis was placed upon relationships among folklore, culture, and living conditions of the past and present. The instructor, Dr. Arthur Regan, envisioned the class project to be turned into a resource for researchers interested in folklore and mythology.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into one series: Series I. Folklore (1978).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
San José State University. English Dept. -- History.
San José State University -- History.
Education, Higher -- California -- San José.
Folklore.
Manners and customs.
Mythology.


Collection Contents

 

Series I:  Folklore (1978)

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

Researchers interested in international folklore, mythology, and superstition will find this collection very useful, as it consists of the accounts of persons who remember, were taught, and/or learned folktales and customs spanning many countries and centuries. The individual accounts include descriptions about the collector as well as notes on the informant, making each reading a personal experience.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically by country, and then alphabetically by genre within each country. Genres include anecdote; custom; family narrative; folk belief; folktale; food; holidays; immigration; joke; legend; memorate; myth; proverb; poetry; superstition; and tradition.
Box 1

Folklore: Africa - Thailand (1978)

Folder 1

Introduction to Folklore Collection

Folder 2

Miscellaneous

Folder 3-5

Africa

Folder 6

Albania

Folder 7

Algeria

Folder 8

Argentina

Folder 9-15

Australia

Folder 16

Brazil

Folder 17-18

British Honduras

Folder 19-23

Cameroon

Folder 24-26

Canada

Folder 27-28

Chile

Folder 29-41

China

Folder 42

Columbia

Folder 43-44

Costa Rica

Folder 45-46

Cuba

Folder 47-48

Czechoslovakia

Folder 49-51

Egypt

Folder 52

El Salvador

Folder 53-64

England

Folder 65-66

Ethiopia

Folder 67

Finland

Folder 68-77

France

Folder 78-91

Germany

Folder 92-95

Ghana

Folder 96-106

Greece

Folder 107-109

Guam

Folder 110

Guatemala

Folder 111-114

Holland (Netherlands)

Folder 115-116

Hungary

Folder 117-118

Iceland

Folder 119

Inca (South America)

Folder 120-128

India

Folder 129-131

Indonesia

Folder 132-138

Iran

Folder 139

Iraq

Folder 140-151

Ireland

Folder 152-154

Israel

Folder 155-164

Italy

Folder 165

Jamaica

Folder 166-183

Japan

Folder 184-187

Jerusalem (Israel)

Folder 188-191

Kenya

Folder 192-196

Korea

Folder 197

Kuwait

Folder 198

Latvia

Folder 199-201

Lebanon

Folder 202

Maya (Central America)

Folder 203-214

Mexico

Folder 215

Micronesia

Folder 216

Netherlands (Holland)

Folder 217

New Zealand

Folder 218

Nicaragua

Folder 219-225

Nigeria

Folder 226-230

Norway

Folder 231-232

Palestine

Folder 233-236

Panama

Folder 237-239

Peru

Folder 240-249

Philippines

Folder 250-255

Poland

Folder 256-263

Portugal

Folder 264-267

Portugal/Azores

Folder 268-270

Puerto Rico

Folder 271-277

Russia

Folder 278-279

Samoa

Folder 280-284

Saudi Arabia

Folder 285

Scandinavia

Folder 286-291

Scotland

Folder 292

Somalia

Folder 293-296

South Africa

Folder 297-304

Spain

Folder 305-308

Sweden

Folder 309-314

Switzerland

Folder 315

Syria

Folder 316-319

Taiwan

Folder 320-324

Thailand

Box 2

Folklore: Thailand - Yugoslavia (1978)

Folder 325-330

Thailand (con't)

Folder 331-334

Tonga

Folder 335-337

Tunisia

Folder 338-339

Turkey

Folder 340-448

United States

Folder 449

Venezuela

Folder 450-460

Vietnam

Folder 461-465

West Indies (Caribbean)

Folder 466-468

Yugoslavia