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Collection of contemporary legends

Collection of contemporary legends

Dates: 1960-2007

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.

  • Extent: 6 boxes (3 linear ft.)
  • Call Number: FA 7
  • 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
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.
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 7; Collection of contemporary legends; Wilson Folklore Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: FA 7, LTPSC.
Acquisition Information
Donated; various folklore students; 1960-2007.
Future Additions
Approximately 0.08 linear feet per year.
Subject Terms
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Legends; Mormons--Folklore
Genre / Form
College students' writings; Folklore
Appraisal Information
Area of specialization is student generated folklore IV, a, i , 4
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Finding Aid Title
Collection of contemporary legends
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Kristi Young
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-08-22T08:44-0600
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Kristi Young
Curator - William A. Wilson Folklore Archives