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Collection Number: 04388

Collection Title: North Carolina Folklore Society Records, 1912-1999

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Size About 1500 items (2.5 linear feet)
Abstract The North Carolina Folklore Society was organized in 1912 at the instigation of the American Folklore Society and Frank C. Brown (1870-1943) "for such literary and educational purposes as the study of folklore, and especially the collection, preservation, and publication of the folklore of North Carolina." Brown was secretary-treasurer, 1913-1943. He was succeeded by Arthur Palmer Hudson (1892-1978), who served until 1964. Hudson established the Society's journal, North Carolina Folklore, in 1954 and edited it until 1963. The collection includes reports of council meetings and annual meetings, treasurers' records, correspondence, and other records of the North Carolina Folklore Society. For 1912-1938, records of council meetings and annual meetings are almost complete. There is, however, little financial information and no correspondence from before 1926. Treasurer's records and reports of annual meetings are complete for the years of Arthur Palmer Hudson's secretary-treasurership, 1943-1964, but reports of council meetings are sporadic, and there is little correspondence for this period. Documentation, 1964-1976, is primarily limited to correspondence concerning publication of North Carolina Folklore and to amendments to the Society's constitution in 1970. Additional material received in October 2001 primarily contains programs and minutes of annual meetings, 1964-1996; financial records, 1976-1997; and applications and reports, 1968-1994, for grants received by the Society from the North Carolina Arts Council. Also included are some files about the history of the Society, the North Carolina Folklore Journal, awards given by the Society, and other activities of the Society.
Creator North Carolina Folklore Society.
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the North Carolina Folklore Society Records #4388, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Received from Arthur Palmer Hudson of Chapel Hill, N.C., in 1965; separated from Arthur Palmer Hudson Folklore Collection in 1982. Addition received from Lucy H. Allen, secretary-treasurer of North Carolina Folklore Society, in October 2001 (Acc. 99108).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The North Carolina Folklore Society was organized in the fall of 1912 at the instigation of the American Folklore Society and Frank C. Brown (1870-1943). The first annual meeting was held on 24 March 1913. According to the Constitution (amended 1970), "the Society shall be organized and operated ... for such literary and educational purposes as the study of Folklore, and especially the collection, preservation, and publication of the folklore of North Carolina."

The Society's first two secretary-treasurers strongly influenced its development. Frank C. Brown held the position from 1913 to 1943. He was succeeded by Arthur Palmer Hudson (1892-1978), who served until 1964. Hudson guided the Society in its first major publication, The Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore. He also established the Society's journal, North Carolina Folklore, in 1948. Hudson edited this journal until 1963.

Daniel W. Patterson succeeded Hudson as secretary-treasurer, serving from 1965 to 1966. Later secretary-treasurers have been Richard Walser, Leonidas Betts, Harry C. West, and Thomas McGowan. Editors of North Carolina Folklore (the title changed to North Carolina Folklore Journal with volume 21, 1973) have included Guy Owen, Richard Walser, Leonidas Betts, Rogers Whitener, and Thomas McGowan.

Further information on the early organization of the North Carolina Folklore Society is available in Theodore Barry Buermann's "A History of the North Carolina Folklore Society," M.A. thesis, English, University of North Carolina, 1963.

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The content of the original deposit of records of the North Carolina Folklore Society, organized for the study of folklore in North Carolina, was largely detemined by their collector and donor, Arthur Palmer Hudson. When Hudson undertook the position of secretary-treasurer in 1943, certain records once held by Frank C. Brown were turned over to him. Consequently, there is an almost complete record of council and annual meetings from 1912 to 1938. There is very little financial information from before 1926. There is also no correspondence for this early period.

Treasurers' records and reports of annual meetings are complete for the years of Hudson's secretary-treasurership, 1943-1964. Reports of council meetings are sporadic, however, and there is little correspondence from this period, except for 1964.

Documentation of the Society, 1964-1976, is primarily limited to correspondence concerning publication of North Carolina Folklore and to amendments made to the Society's constitution in 1970.

Additional material received in October 2001 primarily contains programs and minutes of annual meetings, 1964-1996; financial records, 1976-1997; and applications and reports, 1968-1994, for grants received by the Society from the North Carolina Arts Council. Also included are some files about the history of the Society, the North Carolina Folklore Journal, awards given by the Society, and other activities of the Society.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Organizational Material, 1912-1974.

About 200 items.

Primarily minutes of meetings, membership lists, and the constitution of the North Carolina Folklore Society.

Material from 1912 to 1938 was received by Arthur Palmer Hudson when he assumed the position of secretary-treasurer in 1943. It is arranged chronologically. Included is a copy of the earliest constitution, minutes of annual and council meetings, treasurer's reports, and occasional programs for annual meetings.

The remainder of the material was accumulated by A. P. Hudson from 1943 to 1974. The bulk of the material is from the period 1943 to 1964, when Hudson served as secretary-treasurer of the Society.

Folder 1

1912-1920 #04388, Series: "1. Organizational Material, 1912-1974." Folder 1

Folder 2

1921-1938 #04388, Series: "1. Organizational Material, 1912-1974." Folder 2

Folder 3

Amendments to the constitution, 1970-1972 #04388, Series: "1. Organizational Material, 1912-1974." Folder 3

Folder 4

Council meeting material, 1964, 1966, 1973-1974 #04388, Series: "1. Organizational Material, 1912-1974." Folder 4

Folder 5

Minutes of annual meetings, 1943-1965 #04388, Series: "1. Organizational Material, 1912-1974." Folder 5

Folder 6

Membership lists, 1957-1970 #04388, Series: "1. Organizational Material, 1912-1974." Folder 6

Folder 7

Miscellaneous notes relating to North Carolina folklore items #04388, Series: "1. Organizational Material, 1912-1974." Folder 7

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About 150 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Primarily letters to or from the secretary-treasurer of the North Carolina Folklore Society and the editor of North Carolina Folklore. Arthur Palmer Hudson and Daniel W. Patterson were secretary-treasurers until 1966; most of the early correspondence is to or from one of them and concerns subscriptions, dues, and annual meetings (especially the 1964 meeting). Most of the later correspondence is directed to Richard Walser as editor of North Carolina Folklore. Included as an attachment is a story dictated by North Carolina Governor Robert W. Scott in 1970, "The Governor Fowles Ghost Story."

Folder 8

1962-October 1964 #04388, Series: "2. Correspondence, 1962-1975." Folder 8

Folder 9

November 1964-1966 #04388, Series: "2. Correspondence, 1962-1975." Folder 9

Folder 10

1967-1975 #04388, Series: "2. Correspondence, 1962-1975." Folder 10

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3 items.

Treasurer's ledgers contain accounts of expenditures and income. Included are lists of subscribers to North Carolina Folklore and of members paying dues. Treasurer's Ledger No. 1, 1912-1925, was reported as missing by A. P. Hudson in 1965.

Folder 11

No. 2, 1926-1944 #04388, Series: "3. Financial Records, 1926-1971." Folder 11

Folder 12

No. 3, 1945-1961 #04388, Series: "3. Financial Records, 1926-1971." Folder 12

Folder 13

No. 4, 1962-1971 #04388, Series: "3. Financial Records, 1926-1971." Folder 13

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About 40 items.

Primarily newsletters, programs, and miscellaneous publicity items. Included are newsletters issued between 1966 and 1974; programs of annual meetings from 1964 and 1971-1976; and miscellaneous newspaper clippings concerning folklore or the North Carolina Folklore Society. Programs for annual meetings from 1971 to 1976 include treasurer's reports.

Folder 14

Newsletters #04388, Series: "4. Printed Material, 1964-1976." Folder 14

Folder 15

Programs of annual meetings #04388, Series: "4. Printed Material, 1964-1976." Folder 15

Folder 16

Miscellaneous items #04388, Series: "4. Printed Material, 1964-1976." Folder 16

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About 1000 items.

Materials in this addition have not been fully processed. They have been re-foldered, retaining file titles assigned by the North Carolina Folklore Society, and they have been put in order paralleling the organization of the original collection.

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Items separated include four audiotapes (FS-1191, FS-1192, FS-1193, FS-1194).

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