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Collection of contemporary legends

 Collection — Box: 7
Identifier: FA 7

Scope and Contents note

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 2007. 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.


  • 1960-2007

Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

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 Board of Curators.


6 boxes (3 linear ft.)



Arrangement note

Arranged in fourteen series: 1. Collection of automobile legends, 1964-2005. 2. Collection of animal legends, 1970-2005. 3. Collection of horror legends, 1965-2005. 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, 1978-2004. 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, 1965-2005. 13. Collection of sacrament meeting legends, 1994-2007. 14. Collection of legends about missing swimmers, 1999-2005.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; various folklore students; 1960-2007.

Appraisal note

Area of specialization is student generated folklore IV, a, i , 4

Accruals note

Approximately 0.08 linear feet per year.
Register of the Collection of contemporary legends
Kristi Bell
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.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States