Collection of beliefs

Collection of beliefs

Dates: 1960-2007

Collection contains descriptions of individual, family, and group beliefs collected by students in folklore classes at Brigham Young University, Utah State University, and the University of Utah from 1808 to 1998. 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.

  • Extent: 20 boxes (10 linear ft.)
  • Call Number: FA 10
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; William A. Wilson Folklore Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
English
Arrangement
Arranged in thirty-eight series: 1. Collection of beliefs about diseases, ailments, and remedies, 1886-1997. 2. Collection of general cure-alls, 1964-1992. 3. Collection of beliefs about emotional or mental conditions, 1964-1981. 4. Collection of signs and portents of sickness or ailment, 1969-1992. 5. Collection of beliefs in anatomical phenomena as signs and portents, 1968-1993. 6. Collection of beliefs about health, hygiene, and beauty, 1808-1993. 7. Collection of beliefs about love, courtship, marriage, and homosexuality, 1950-1998. 8. Collection of beliefs about pregnancy, birth, infancy, and childhood, 1940-1998. 9. Collection of beliefs about dying, death, and funeral customs, 1945-1989. 10. Collection of beliefs about food preservation and preparation, 1968-1990 11. Collection of beliefs about food and eating, 1954-1993. 12. Collection of beliefs in and about the house, 1964-1992. 13. Collection of beliefs about cloth, clothing, sewing, and adornment, 1955-1998. 14. Collection of beliefs about prosperity and wealth, 1976-1992. 15. Collection of beliefs about work, trades, and professions, 1964-1993. 16. Collection of beliefs about friends and visitors, 1961-1989. 17. Collection of beliefs about enemies, thieves, liars, and murderers, 1970-1987. 18. Collection of religious beliefs, 1965-1992. 19. Collection of beliefs about recreation, sports, and games, 1968-1993. 20. Collection of beliefs about travel, 1962-1993. 21. Collection of beliefs about good luck and good fortune, 1969-1992. 22. Collection of beliefs about bad luck, 1924-1992. 23. Collection of beliefs about communication and language, 1968-1992. 24. Collection of beliefs about wishes, 1962-1989. 25. Collection of beliefs about sleep, dreams, and dreaming, 1968-1989. 26. Collection of beliefs about holidays and celebrations, 1970-1992. 27. Collection of beliefs about times and numbers, 1969-1998. 28. Collection of beliefs about weather and seasons, 1955-1992. 29. Collection of beliefs about major storms, floods, and physical disasters, 1971-1990. 30. Collection of beliefs about cosmic phenomena, 1972-1992. 31. Collection of beliefs about plants and plant husbandry, 1938-1990. 32. Collection of beliefs about animals and animal husbandry, 1938-1992. 33. Collection of beliefs about witchcraft, ghosts, magic, and evil spirits, 1949-1992. 34. Collection of beliefs about fortune telling and divination, 1940-1980. 35. Collection of beliefs about good spirits, 1975-1984. 36. Collection of beliefs about supernatural creatures, fairies, elves, leprechauns, etc., 1970-1993. 37. Collection of beliefs about technology, 1971-1990. 38. Collection of ethnic and racial beliefs, 1960-1992.
Conditions of 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.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: FA 10; Wilson Folklore Archives collection of beliefs; Wilson Folklore Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: FA 10, LTPSC.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Various folklore students; 1960-2007
Future Additions
Collection adds approximately 0.08 linear feet per year.
Subject Terms
Folklore
Genre / Form
Reports
Appraisal Information
Student generated folklore (William A. Wilson Folklore Archives Collection Development Policy, 2009; IV, a, i , 4).
Finding Aid ID Number
UPB_FA10
Finding Aid Title
Collection of beliefs
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Kristi Young
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-03-23T04:04-0600
Finding Aid Language
English


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Kristi Young
Curator - William A. Wilson Folklore Archives
kristi_young@byu.edu