Collection of contemporary legends
Identifier: FA 07
Scope and Contents
Contains accounts of modern or urban legends. Items were collected by students in folklore classes at Brigham Young University, Utah State University, and the University of Utah from 1960 to 2017. Most of the items are typewritten, but a few of the older items are handwritten. Many of the items contain a description of how, when, and where they were collected as well as explanations of social and cultural contexts.
Conditions Governing Access
Open for public research.
Conditions Governing Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Wilson Folklore Archives must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Arranged in fourteen series: 1. Collection of automobile legends, 1966-2005. 2. Collection of animal legends, 1970-2005. 3. Collection of horror legends, 1965-2017. 4. Collection of accident legends, 1981-2007. 5. Collection of sex and scandal legends, 1982-2005. 6. Collection of crime legends, 1960-2007. 7. Collection of business and professional legends, 1978-2016. 8. Collection of government legends, 2004. 9. Collection of celebrity rumors and legends, 1965-2005. 10. Collection of academic legends, 1971-2005. 11. Collection of household legends, 1979-2005. 12. Collection of missionary legends, 1965-2017. 13. Collection of sacrament meeting legends, 1994-2005. 14. Collection of legends about missing swimmers, 1999-2005. 15. Collection of miscellaneous contemporary legends, 1983-2016.
Personal narratives in the collection were generally collected from informants by students in Brigham Young University folklore classes. These narratives were submitted for class, then submitted to the William A. Wilson Folklore Archives at Brigham Young University.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated; various folklore students; 1960-2017.
The folklore of university students, families, religious life, Polynesia and the Intermountain West (William A. Wilson Folklore Archives collection development policy IV.a.i.4, October 2009.)
Updated; Jayna Gottenbos for Ryan Lee, curator; 2018.
- Register of the Collection of contemporary legends
- In Progress
- Jayna Gottenbos
- 2018 August 9
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English in Latin script.