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Folklore Bibliography

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Regional Interest

Web Sites of Publishers and Book Sellers:
(New York State has a plethora of small printings related to the area’s history, by town, village, region and state. These addresses and web sites are included to help people interested in specific books or regions, and these publishers maintain an extensive catalog of books of regional interest).
New York Folklore Society
129 Jay Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
Fax 518/346-6617

Bibliomania Rare Books
P.O. Box 2718
Glenville, NY 12325
(518) 495-1067
(for out of print and regional)

North Country Books
220 Lafayette Street
Utica, NY 13502
(315) 735-4877
(800) 342-7409

Purple Mountain Press, Ltd.
1060 Main Street, P.O. Box 309
Fleischmanns, NY 12430-0309
Info line (845) 254-4062
(800) 325-2665
Email: purple@catskill.net

Greenfield Review Press
2 Middle Grove Road
PO Box 308
Greenfield Center NY 12833
Email: nudatlog@earthlink.net

Adler, Jeanne Winston.
Early Days in the Adirondacks: The Photographs of Seneca Ray Stoddard.
New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Historically significant photograph collection of Adirondack landscape and culture.

Baker, Ronald L.
Hoosier Folk Legends.
Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1982.
An excellent regional legend study, with a helpful introduction and effective examples.

Bethke, Robert D. 1999 [1981].
Adirondack Voices: Woodsmen and Woods Lore.
Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.
A scholarly but easy to read look at Adirondack culture by folklorist Robert Bethke. The emphasis is on stories and recollections by people in the communities.

Bregman, Frank ed. 1985.
Upstate Literature: Essays in Memory of Thomas F. O’Donnell.
Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.
Chronicles the literary history of Upstate New York.

Brumley, Charles. 1994.
Guides of the Adirondacks: A History.
Utica: North Country Books.
Part one is a history and overview of guiding in the Adirondacks. Part two has biographies of guides. Part three has nine interviews with guides and a diary. Part four describes two trips to Hamilton County. There is also an appendix with a list of guides.

Carmer, Carl. 1989 [1939].
The Hudson.
New York: Fordham University Press.
Carl Carmer was a well-known author of popular histories of New York State and the United States. Although considered by some to be a historian, he was actually a folk historian who maintained a friendship with Louis Jones, the founder of the New York Folklore Society, and retold many folk narratives of the regions he wrote about.

Cazden, Norman, with Herbert Haufrecht and Norman Studer. 1982.
Folk Songs of the Catskills.
Albany: State University of New York Press.
The fruit of many years of folk song collecting by three New York folklore enthusiasts. They also contributed to the New York Folklore Quarterly.

Ekfelt, Lynn Case. 2000.
Good Food Served Right: Traditional Recipes From New York’s North Country.
Memphis: Wimmer Companies. (Canton, NY: Traditional Arts of Upstate New York).
Separated into three sections, “Nature’s Bounty,” “Who We Are,” and “Building Community,” this cookbook not only supplies a generous amount of tasty recipes collected from the North Country, but also educates about traditional aspects of food traditions such as ethnic foodways and community activities involving food. Church suppers, fireman’s field days and county fairs discussed.

Gates, William Preston. 1999.
Turn of the Century Scrapbook, Jonathan Streeter Gates: People, Towns, and Events Around the Greater Lake George Region and Beyond.
Glens Falls: Gates Publishing Co.
Wealth of newspaper clippings from the 19th Century. Includes topical national news of the day.

Healy, Bill. 1992.
The High Peaks of Essex: The Adirondack Mountains of Orson Scott Phelps.
Fleismanns, NY: Purple Mountain Press.
History of the famous high peak guide Orson Scott Phelps, with reprinting of his own account of the character of the highest points in the Adirondack Mountains.

Jones, Louis C. 1959.
Things That Go Bump in the Night.
New York: Hill and Wang.
Regional stories of the supernatural collected by Louis Jones and his students. This founder of the New York Folklore Society was a leading figure in giving prominence to the study of folk belief, legend, ghostlore and folk medicine. Considered a prominent researcher on folklore of the dead.

Jones, Louis C. 1982.
Three Eyes on the Past: Exploring New York Folklife.
Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.
Look at New York Folklore by the founder of the New York Folklore Society. Includes his perspectives on folklore and is broken up into four sections. “New York State and Its Heritage,” “Folklore in New York State,” “Murders,” and “Folk Art.”

New York Folklore Quarterly.
1944-1975. Schenectady, NY: New York Folklore Society.
First incarnation of the New York Folklore Society’s journal. It maintained a democratic cross section of stories, ballads and observations by folklorists and non-folklorists alike. Delightful articles that are as entertaining and informative as they were when written, on folklore from all regions of the state. Back issues available from NYFS, and partial index on NYFS web site.

New York Folklore.
The second incarnation of the NYFS journal, it reflects the trend towards folkloristics during this era that applied scientific and theoretical concepts to folk studies. Geared for the most part to professionals, its articles are still used in graduate folk studies programs throughout the country to train students in the field. Available from NYFS with partial index on web site.

Rose, Peter G. 1989.
The Sensible Cook: Dutch Foodways in the Old and New World.
Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.
Dutch settlement of the region between New England and the Chesapeake has not received as much attention as it should. This book provides historical background on foodways as well as recipes that can be made in modern kitchens.

Solomon, Nancy. 1992.
On The Bay.
Friends for Long Island Heritage, (516) 572-8415. $10.00 plus shipping.
About the bay houses within the Town of Hempstead, this book documents their architecture and the traditions of those who built them, and includes historic and contemporary photographs by noted photographer Martha Cooper. Originally built by baymen, fishermen and duck hunters in the early 19th century for shelter while clamming, fishing, harvesting salt hay or duck hunting, these bay houses were used by commercial duck hunters until it was outlawed in 1917, and by rum runners during Prohibition.

Taylor, Alan. 1995.
William Cooper’s Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic.
New York: Vintage Books, Div. of Random House.
Pulitzer Prize winning history of Cooperstown and the events surrounding two men, father William Cooper and son James Fenimore Cooper. Includes statistical data and voluminous notes. Impressive research.

Thompson, Harold. 1979 [1939].
Body, Boots and Britches: Folktales, Ballads and Speech from Country New York.
Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press.
Comprehensive collection of folk narratives relating to New York State by Dr. Harold Thompson, leading figure in folk studies in New York and co-founder of the New York Folklore Society with Dr. Louis Jones in 1944. These stories cover a wide range of topics collected through his many years as an educator, researcher and radio call-in host on WGY Schenectady. Written in an accessible style, it makes fun reading that can be used in schools in support of New York State social studies requirements.

Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore.
2000-. Schenectady, NY: New York Folklore Society.
Combines the best concepts of the New York Folklore Quarterly, New York Folklore Journals with the NYFS Newsletter, expanded into a magazine format with accompanying photographs to the articles. Written in an easy to read style, it reflects a shift back to the democratic content of the NYFS Quarterly, with writings by folklorists and non-folklorists alike. Printed twice yearly and sent to members of NYFS. Individual issues available from the New York Folklore Society.

Wilson, Edmund. 1971.
Upstate: Records and Reflections of Northern New York.
Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.
At first glance a personal recollection of Upstate New York from 1950-1970, culled from the diaries of author and scholar Edmund Wilson, but also contains anecdotes about many famous people that relate to the lore of the state.

Wyld, Lionel D. 1986.
Boaters and Broomsticks: Tales and Historical Lore of the Erie Canal.
Utica: North Country Books.
History and tales about the Erie Canal. Started in 1817, and called “Clinton’s Folly” after the governor, it opened in 1825 and ran 363 miles across the State. It was a leading factor in the settlement of the “west.”

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Fieldwork and Documentation

Bartis, Peter. 1990 [1979].
Folklife and Fieldwork: A Layman’s Introduction to Field Techniques.
Washington: Library of Congress American Folklife Center.
Useful tips for beginners.

Emerson, Robert M. et al. 1995.
Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
A “how to” of taking fieldnotes.

Georges, Robert A. and Michael O. Jones. 1980.
People Studying People: The Human Element in Fieldwork.
Berkeley: University of California Press.
Discusses the complications in human interaction during fieldwork process.

Ives, Edward D. 1980.
The Tape-Recorded Interview: A Manual for Field Workers in Folklore and Oral History.
Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press.
Easy to use guide on aspects of documentation.

Jackson, Bruce. 1987.
Urbana: University of Illinois Press.
Comprehensive guide to fieldwork.

Jackson, Bruce and Edward D. Ives. 1996.
The World Observed: Reflections on the Fieldwork Process.
Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press.
Reflexivity in the fieldwork process. A collection of essays relating how researchers came to understanding in the fieldwork process.

Post, Jennifer C. et al. 1994.
A Manual for Documentation Fieldwork and Preservation for Ethnomusicologists.
Bloomington: Society for Ethnomusicology (Indiana University).

Van Maanen, John. 1988.
Tales of the Field: On Writing Ethnography.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Explores methods of presenting research through writing.

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Reference Works

There are numerous articles on specific subjects, but because of impracticality of listing, they are not included in this bibliography. For information regarding resources of special interest, please contact us.


American Anthropologist

American Quarterly

The American Journal of Play

Ethnomusicology: Journal of the Society for Ethnomusicology
1953 to present. Bloomington, IN: Society for Ethnomusicology: Indiana University Press.
Each issue contains a listing of current bibliography, discography, and filmography in the field of ethnomusicology, as well as scholarly articles and reviews of books and recordings. Each winter issue contains a listing of newly completed dissertations and theses.


Folk Life


folklore feminists communication

Folklore Forum

Journal of American Folklore

Fairfax, VA: American Folklore Society.
One of the oldest and most respected scholarly journals dealing with folklore studies.

Journal of Folklore Research

Material Culture

New York Folklore Quarterly

New York Folklore

Pennsylvania Folklife


Southern Folklore

Ulster Folklore

Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore

Schenectady, NY: New York Folklore Society.
Latest incarnation of the journal of the New York Folklore Society since its first issue in 1945. Printed twice yearly, it covers regional and national folklife scholarship by folklorists and enthusiasts, written in an accessible style with photographs. It also has regular columns on issues of interest to cultural workers.

Western Folklore

Winterthur Portfolio

Folklore Electronic Journals

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Aarne, Antti and Stith Thompson. 1971.
The Types of the Folktale.
New York: Lenox Hill Publishing.
Standard reference for folktale types.

Alan, Barbara and Thomas J. Schlereth, eds. 1990.
Sense of Place: American Regional Cultures.
Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.

Ashliman, D. L. 1987.
A Guide to Folktales in the English Language: Based on the Aarne-Thompson Classification System.

New York: Greenwood Press.

Bartis, Peter and Hillary Glatt. 1994.
Folklife Sourcebook: A Directory of Folklife Resources in the United States.
Washington, DC: Library of Congress.
A guide to federal agencies, programming, archives, higher education programs, societies, serial publications, publishers of books on folklore, ethnomusicology and folk music, dealers of folk music recordings. Indexed by state. This is a must-have resource guide for any folklorist or enthusiast.

Basso, Keith H. 1979.
Portraits of “The White Man:” Linguistic Word Play and Cultural Symbols Among the Western Apache.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Includes discussion of “linguistic word play,” “dramatization of expressive forms,” and the etiquette of joking performance among the Apache. Useful in understanding the performance of expressive forms of folklore.

Baughman, Ernest W. 1966.
Type and Motif Index of the Folktales of England and North America.

The Hague: Mouton & Co.

Bauman, Richard. 1993 [1986].
Story, Performance, and Event: Contextual Studies of Oral Narrative.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Folklore research collected by the author discussed in the context of Performance Theory in folklore.

Blom, Eric, ed. 1954.
Groves Dictionary of Music and Musicians.
5th ed., 9 vols. London: Macmillan; New York: St. Martins Press.
Contains substantial articles by mid-century scholars. Essential basic reference guide on music.

Bohlman, Philip V. 1988.
The Study of Folk Music in the Modern World.

Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
Describes folk music scholarship and approaches to its study. Recommends “inductive” approach by describing the specific and comparing with other musical traditions. Refers to “cultural canons” of vernacular music and expanding circles emanating from a “cultural core,” where repertoire and style can move towards the center mainstream or away to outsider boundaries. Emphasizes role of individual performer in the continuity or change of traditional music.

Botkin, B. A. 1945.
Lay My Burden Down: A Folk History of Slavery.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Selections made from Botkin from the collection of slave narratives gathered through the Federal Writer’s Project 1938-1941.

Bronner, Simon. 1986.
American Folklore Studies: An Intellectual History.
Lawrence: University Press of Kansas.
Handy history of the discipline of folklore in the United States, including the ”Ballad Wars” and other debates among scholars over the years. Includes historical trends in approaches to folk studies and a bibliography. Good companion novel to Rosemary Zumwalt’s American Folklore Scholarship: A Dialogue of Dissent.

Brown, Linda Keller and Kay Mussell. 1984.
Ethnic and Regional Foodways in the United States: The Performance of Group Identity.
Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press.
How foodways help define the identity of groups. Articles contain theoretical discussions of folklore that translate easily to other genres of study.

Brunvand, Jan. 1998.
The Study of American Folklore.
4th ed. New York: Norton.
Dry but useful text describing different genres of folklore.

Burcaw, G. Ellis. 1997.
Introduction to Museum Work.

3rd ed. Walnut Creek, CA: Altimira Press.
Basic introduction to working in museums, including theory and practice. A publication of the Association of State and Local History, 530 Church Street, Suite 600, Nashville, TN.

Brunvand, Jan. 2001.
Encyclopedia of Urban Legends.
New York: Norton.
A useful finding tool for legends.

Brunvand, Jan. 1981.
The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings.
New York: W. W. Norton & Co.
First in a series of books by Jan Brunvand, collector of urban legends. Makes for entertaining reading and increases understanding of the oral transmission of legends told as “true,” and “heard it from a friend of a friend.”

Cantwell, Robert. 1993.
Ethnomimesis: Folklife and the Representation of Culture.
Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.
The process of how we take cultural influences, traditions, and practices to ourselves and then manifest them to others. How we create and perpetuate the representation of culture.

Child, Francis J. 1965.
The English and Scottish Popular Ballads.
5 vols. New York: Dover Press.
Written over one hundred years ago, this work is still essential to folk song study.

Coffin, Tristram P. and Roger D. Renwick. 1977.
The British Traditional Ballad in North America.
Austin: University of Texas Press.

Collier, John Jr. and Malcolm Collier. 1986.
Visual Anthropology: Photography as a Research Method.
Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press.
How to use photography, video, and film to document culture. Includes techniques and applications.

Counihan, Carole and Penny Van Esterik. 1997.
Food and Culture: A Reader.
New York: Routledge.
Contains some of the classic analyses of food and culture by leading scholars. Broken down into sections on “Food, Meaning and Voice,” “Commensality and Fasting,” ”Food, Body and Culture,” and “The Political Economy of Food.” The introduction states, “It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others.”

DeCaro, Francis. 1983.
Women and Folklore: A Bibliographic Survey.
Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Dégh, Linda. 2001.
Legend and Belief.
Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
A comprehensive introduction to international legend scholarship.

Dorson, Richard M. ed. 1983.
Handbook of American Folklore.
Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
Although somewhat dated, this is an important milestone in folklore scholarship.

Dorson, Richard M. 1971.
American Folklore and the Historian.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
A good background reading connecting folklore and American history.

Dorst, John D. 1989.
The Written Suburb: An American Site, An Ethnographic Dilemma.
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Taken the example of Chadd’s Ford, in southeastern Pennsylvania, Dorst says, “To put it in a formula, the culture of advanced consumer capitalism or, less acceptable but more fashionable, postmodernity, consists largely in the processes of self inscription, indigenous self-documentation and endlessly reflexive simulation.” How cultures increasingly generate their own ethnographies and the implications for cultural researchers.

Dundes, Alan ed. 1981.
Mother Wit from the Laughing Barrel: Readings in the Interpretation of Afro-American Folklore.
New York: Garland Press.

Feintuch, Burt ed. 1988.
The Conservation of Culture: Folklorists and the Public Sector.
Lexington: The University of Kentucky Press.
Some of the most important articles linking folklore study to cultural preservation and folklorists working in the public sector.

Glassie, Henry. 1979.
Folk Housing in Middle Virginia: A Structural Analysis of Historic Artifacts.
Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press.
Classic study of vernacular structures and uses.

Green, Archie. 2001.
Torching the Fink Books: and Other Essays on Vernacular Culture.
Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. Foreword by Robert Cantwell.
Series of essays by famous public folklorist and activist Archie Green, who with his other accomplishments in labor lore and folk music, is credited with successfully lobbying Congress for the creation of the American Folklife Center.

Hall, Patricia and Charlie Seeman eds. 1987.
Folklife and Museums: Selected Readings.
Nashville: American Association for State and Local History.

Howe, Barbara J. et al. 1997.
Houses and Homes: Exploring Their History.
Walnut Creek: Altamira Press in cooperation with the American Association for State and Local History.
Book explores ways of documenting homes including written and oral records and construction techniques. Arranged in two parts: “Searching for Clues” and “Interpreting the Clues.” Good for aspiring vernacular historians.

Hufford, David. 1982.
The Terror That Comes in the Night: An Experience-Centered Study of Supernatural Assault Traditions.
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Study of the supernatural by one of folklore’s leading researchers on the subject.

Hufford, Mary. 1994.
Conserving Culture.
Urbana: University of Illinois Press.

Hurston, Zora Neale. 1935.
Mules and Men.
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co.
Insider’s collecting of black culture in Florida and witchcraft in New Orleans. Controversial and important work by one of Franz Boa’s students.

Jones, Bessie and Bess Lomax Hawes. 1987.
Step It Down: Games, Plays, Songs and Stories from Afro-American Heritage.
Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.
Authoritative work by well-known scholars.

Jones, Michael Owen ed. 1994.
Putting Folklore to Use.
Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky.
“This is the first book to describe ways of applying concepts and insights from folklore studies to a broad range of situations and social concerns.” Describes how folklorist’s expertise translates into a broad range of uses in bettering the lives of people. Useful volume for people in other disciplines as well.

Kirkland, James et al, eds. 1992.
Herbal and Magical Medicine: Traditional Healing Today.
Durham: Duke University Press.

Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Barbara. 1998.
Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums, and Heritage.
Berkeley: University of California Press.
Series of essays examining agencies of the display of culture. Museums, festivals, world’s fairs, historical recreations, and tourist attractions. Articles represent the viewpoint of the author and bring up important issues whether you agree or not. The essays also include interesting historical information relating to these agencies.

Levine, Lawrence W. 1977.
Black Culture and Black Consciousness: Afro-American Folk Thought From Slavery to Freedom.
New York and London: Oxford University Press.
“...focuses upon the orally transmitted expressive culture of Afro-Americans during the century that stretched from the antebellum era to the end of the 1940’s, and is primarily concerned with two major questions: What were the contours of slave thought on the eve of emancipation and what were the effects of freedom on that thought?”

Lomax, Alan. 1993.
The Land Where the Blues Began.
New York: Pantheon Books.
Personal narratives of fieldwork in the Mississippi Delta by probably the greatest folk song collector of the 20th century. In particular it shows the social difficulties faced by him as a white researcher doing fieldwork among Blacks in the Old South.

Lord, Albert B. 1960.
The Singer of Tales.
Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
Classic study showcasing Lord and Milman Parry’s work with the oral tradition of epic storytelling in Yugoslavia. The conclusions made by Lord and Parry have withstood the test of time.

McCarthy, William Bernard. 1994.
Jack in Two Worlds: Contemporary North American Tales and Their Tellers.
Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

Merriam, Alan P. 1964.
The Anthropology of Music.

Chicago: Northwestern University Press.
Groundbreaking book that looks at the study of music to include human behavior, aesthetics, and function, and not just form and style.

Opie, Peter and Iona Opie. 1976 [1959].
The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren.
London: Oxford University Press.
Impressive study of a wide variety of children’s folklore genres, including games and forms of verbal art.

Oring, Elliot. 1986.
Folk Groups and Folk Genres: An Introduction.
Logan, UT: Utah State University Press.
Much used text highlighting the variety of genres that folklore encompases.

Radnor, Joan ed. 1993.
Feminist Messages: Coding in Women’s Folk Culture.
Urbana: University of Illinois Press.

Santino, Jack. 1994.
All Around the Year: Holidays & Celebrations in American Life.
Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press.
Fascinating and imformative study of yearly holidays, how they are celebrated and their origins over time.

Southern, Eileen. 1997 [1973].
The Music of Black Americans.
New York: W. W. Norton & Co.
One of the best historical looks at Black music in America, including profiles of major practitioners.

Spitzer, Nick and Robert Baron. 1991.
Public Folklore.
Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press.
Required reading for folklorists working in the public sector. Relates to issues that effect workers in the field.

Stern, Stephen and John Allan Cicala eds. 1991.
Creative Ethnicity: Symbols and Strategies of Contemporary Ethnic Life.
Logan: Utah State University Press.
Explores how ethnic group members living in the United States adapt and modify their folklore in response to living in a pluralistic society. Excellent group of essays on various ethnic traditions.

Toelkin, Barre. 1979.
The Dynamics of Folklore.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Probably the best basic text on folklore and folk studies.

Turner, Patricia. 1993.
I Heard It Through the Grapevine.
Berkeley: University of California Press.
Looks at urban legends that circulate in the African-American community.

Upton, Dell ed. 1986.
America’s Architectural Roots: Ethnic Groups That Built America.
New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc. (Preservation Press).
Printed as one of the Building Watchers Series for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Handy guide to the ethnic landscape of America seen through architectural types of structures that came and evolved with immigrants. Anyone interested in vernacular architecture will use this book over and over.

Vlach, John M. and Simon J. Bronner, eds. 1986.
Folk Art and Folk Worlds.
Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Research Press.
Stimulating collection of essays on the controversies surrounding what should be considered “folk art.”

Vlach, John M. 1988.
Plain Painters: Making Sense of American Folk Art.
Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press.

Walker, Barbara ed. 1995.
Out of the Ordinary: Folklore and the Supernatural.
Logan: Utah State University Press.
Selection of topics on the supernatural. The essays are an outgrowth of Utah State University’s 1991 Fife Conference on folklore and the supernatural. David Hufford, Barre Toelkin, Timothy Lloyd, James McClenon and others.

Ward, Daniel Franklin ed. 1984.
Personal Places: Perspectives on Informal Art Environments.
Bowling Green OH: Bowling Green University Popular Press.

Whisnant, David. 1983.
All That is Native and Fine: The Politics of Culture in an American Region.
Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.
Insightful and controversial book on how Appalachian culture has been tampered with and manipulated by insiders and outsiders since the early 1900’s, including perpetuating stereotypes as part of national and regional politics. How certain interests have intervened in shaping the culture of a region.

Wiggins, William H. 1987.
O Freedom: Afro-American Emancipation Celebrations.
Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press.

Wilgus, D. K. 1959.
Anglo-American Folksong Scholarship Since 1898.

New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Williams, Michael Ann. 1991.
Homeplace: The Social Use and Meaning of the Folk Dwelling in Southwestern North Carolina.
Athens: University of Georgia Press.
Anyone interested in vernacular architecture will enjoy this study of the use of space in the mountain culture of North Carolina. Shows the importance of oral narratives in research, as the assumptions made by looking at how structures are organized can differ sharply from actual use.

Wilson, Joseph T. and Lee Udall. 1982.
Folk Festivals: A Handbook for Organization and Management.
Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press.
A festival handbook, done by professionals.

Wojcik, Daniel. 1997.
The End of the World As We Know It: Faith, Fatalism, and Apocalypse in America.

New York: New York University Press.
Well researched look at apocalyptic beliefs in the United States.

Yoder, Don (ed.). 1976.
American Folklife.
“Folklife Studies in American Scholarship.”
Austin: University of Texas Press.

Zeitlin, Steven J., Amy J. Kotkin and Holly Cutting Baker. 1982.
A Celebration of American Family Folklore: Tales and Traditions from the Smithsonian Folklife Collection.
Cambridge, MA: Yellow Moon Press. Includes forms of family folklore, with profiles of families from different backgrounds and how to collect your own family folklore.

Zumwalt, Rosemary L. 1988.
American Folklore Scholarship: A Dialogue of Dissent.
Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
History of folklore studies in the US. Written to contrast the schism between anthropological folklorists and literary folklorists throughout much of the 20th century. Makes a great companion volume to Simon Bronner’s American Folklore Studies: An Intellectual History.

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