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Collection of human condition legends

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: FA 4

Scope and Contents

Contains legends about various aspects of the human condition. Items were collected by students in folklore classes at Brigham Young University and Utah State University 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.


  • 1962-2004

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 Board of Curators.


12 boxes (6 linear ft.)




Arranged in fifteen series: 1. Collection of legends on wars. 2. Collection of legends on ethnic or religious encounters. 3. Collection of legends on misconceptions of a specific group. 4. Collection of legends on slavery. 5. Collection of legends on migration. 6. Collection of legends on poverty and wealth. 7. Collection of legends on money, treasure, and the law. 8. Collection of legends on occupation or avocation. 9. Collection of legends on courtship or marriage. 10. Collection of legends on family. 11. Collection of legends on polygamy. 12. Collection of legends on animals, nature, and weather. 13. Collection of legends on sickness. 14. Collection of legends on human traits. 15. Collection of legends on local or family characters.

Custodial History

Donated by various folklore students between 1960-2007.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Various folklore students;


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.)


0.08 linear feet per year.

Processing Information

Processed; August 2012.
Register of the Collection of human condition legends
Kristi Young and Claire Sorensen
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