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Collection of contemporary legends

 Series
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.

Dates

  • 1960-2017

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.

Extent

3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

Language

English

Arrangement

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.

Custodial History

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.

Appraisal

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.)

Processing Information

Updated; Jayna Gottenbos for Ryan Lee, curator; 2018.
Title
Register of the Collection of contemporary legends
Status
In Progress
Author
Jayna Gottenbos
Date
2018 August 9
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

Contact:
1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States