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, a white academic who collected folk songs and folklore of North Carolina, was secretary-treasurer, 1913-1943. He was succeeded by Arthur Palmer Hudson (1892-1978), who served until 1964. Hudson, a white professor of English, 1930-1953, and executive secretary of the Curriculum in Folklore, 1950-1963, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 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, minutes, and select audio recordings 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, as well as audio recordings of the 83rd Annual North Carolina Folklore Society Meeting.
Creator North Carolina Folklore Society.
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
This collection contains additional materials that are not available for immediate or same day access. This collection contains an unprocessed Compact Disc (CD) of correspondence and letters that is currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu. 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 was the inaugural president, and later secretary-treasurer, 1913-1943. 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 determined by their collector and donor, Arthur Palmer Hudson, a white professor of English, 1930-1953, and executive secretary of the Curriculum in Folklore, 1950-1963, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 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, minutes, and select audio recordings 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, as well as audio recordings of the 83rd Annual North Carolina Folklore Society Meeting.

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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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About 200 items.

Arrangement: Files arranged by subject. Audio recordings listed last.

Mostly organizational materials related to the Society's annual meetings, including the secretary-treasurers' reports on the Society's finances and audio recordings of the 83rd Annual North Carolina Folklore Society Meeting. Also contains files for Culture Week.

Folder 17

Constitution, 1973 #04388, Subseries: "1. Organizational Files and Audio Recordings, 1948-1996." Folder 17

Folder 18

Special meeting and constitution changes, 1995 #04388, Subseries: "1. Organizational Files and Audio Recordings, 1948-1996." Folder 18

Folder 19

Annual meeting minutes, 1964-1973 #04388, Subseries: "1. Organizational Files and Audio Recordings, 1948-1996." Folder 19

Folder 20-41

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Folder 35

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Folder 39

Folder 40

Folder 41

Culture Week, 1970-1992 #04388, Subseries: "1. Organizational Files and Audio Recordings, 1948-1996." Folder 20-41

Folder 42-44

Folder 42

Folder 43

Folder 44

Meeting, 1993-1995 #04388, Subseries: "1. Organizational Files and Audio Recordings, 1948-1996." Folder 42-44

Folder 45

Media workshop, 1995-1996 #04388, Subseries: "1. Organizational Files and Audio Recordings, 1948-1996." Folder 45

Folder 46

Meeting, 1996 #04388, Subseries: "1. Organizational Files and Audio Recordings, 1948-1996." Folder 46

Folder 47

Publicity for student contest, 1977-1982 #04388, Subseries: "1. Organizational Files and Audio Recordings, 1948-1996." Folder 47

Folder 48

Brown-Hudson nominations, 1979 #04388, Subseries: "1. Organizational Files and Audio Recordings, 1948-1996." Folder 48

Folder 49

Brown-Hudson Award #04388, Subseries: "1. Organizational Files and Audio Recordings, 1948-1996." Folder 49

Folder 50

North Carolina Folklore Journal, 1948-1973 #04388, Subseries: "1. Organizational Files and Audio Recordings, 1948-1996." Folder 50

Folder 51

Appalachian State University support #04388, Subseries: "1. Organizational Files and Audio Recordings, 1948-1996." Folder 51

Folder 52

Renewal forms (memberships and subscriptions) #04388, Subseries: "1. Organizational Files and Audio Recordings, 1948-1996." Folder 52

Folder 53

Exchange and promotional forms #04388, Subseries: "1. Organizational Files and Audio Recordings, 1948-1996." Folder 53

Folder 54

Form letter: Newspapers #04388, Subseries: "1. Organizational Files and Audio Recordings, 1948-1996." Folder 54

Folder 55

Compliments #04388, Subseries: "1. Organizational Files and Audio Recordings, 1948-1996." Folder 55

Folder 56

History of North Carolina Folklore Society #04388, Subseries: "1. Organizational Files and Audio Recordings, 1948-1996." Folder 56

Folder 57

Old logo #04388, Subseries: "1. Organizational Files and Audio Recordings, 1948-1996." Folder 57

Audiocassette FS-04388/1191

83rd Annual North Carolina Folklore Society Meeting: tape 1 #04388, Subseries: "1. Organizational Files and Audio Recordings, 1948-1996." FS-04388/1191

Audiocassette

Audiocassette FS-04388/1192

83rd Annual North Carolina Folklore Society Meeting: tape 2 #04388, Subseries: "1. Organizational Files and Audio Recordings, 1948-1996." FS-04388/1192

Audiocassette

Audiocassette FS-04388/1193

83rd Annual North Carolina Folklore Society Meeting: tape 3 #04388, Subseries: "1. Organizational Files and Audio Recordings, 1948-1996." FS-04388/1193

Audiocassette

Audiocassette FS-04388/1194

83rd Annual North Carolina Folklore Society Meeting: tape 4 #04388, Subseries: "1. Organizational Files and Audio Recordings, 1948-1996." FS-04388/1194

Audiocassette

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2. Correspondence, 1977-1978, 1996.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3. Financial Records, 1968-1999.

About 600 items.
Folder 62

Finances, December 1976-October 1989 #04388, Subseries: "3. Financial Records, 1968-1999." Folder 62

Folder 63

Finances, 1990-1991 #04388, Subseries: "3. Financial Records, 1968-1999." Folder 63

Folder 64

Finances, 1992-1993 #04388, Subseries: "3. Financial Records, 1968-1999." Folder 64

Folder 65

Finances, 1993 #04388, Subseries: "3. Financial Records, 1968-1999." Folder 65

Folder 66

Finances, 1993-1994 #04388, Subseries: "3. Financial Records, 1968-1999." Folder 66

Folder 67

Finances, 1994 #04388, Subseries: "3. Financial Records, 1968-1999." Folder 67

Folder 68

Finances, 1995 #04388, Subseries: "3. Financial Records, 1968-1999." Folder 68

Folder 69

Finances, 1996 #04388, Subseries: "3. Financial Records, 1968-1999." Folder 69

Folder 70

Finances, 1997 #04388, Subseries: "3. Financial Records, 1968-1999." Folder 70

Folder 71

Z. Smith Reynolds grant proposal, rejected, 1987 #04388, Subseries: "3. Financial Records, 1968-1999." Folder 71

Folder 72

Expenditures from grant, 1968-1977 #04388, Subseries: "3. Financial Records, 1968-1999." Folder 72

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Folder 81

North Carolina Arts Council grant, 1975-1993 #04388, Subseries: "3. Financial Records, 1968-1999." Folder 73-81

Folder 82

Fiscal agent for Seowtewa Grant #04388, Subseries: "3. Financial Records, 1968-1999." Folder 82

Folder 83

North Carolina Arts Council Grant, Carden Film Project, 1992-1993 #04388, Subseries: "3. Financial Records, 1968-1999." Folder 83

Folder 84

Revised grants, 1992-1993 #04388, Subseries: "3. Financial Records, 1968-1999." Folder 84

Folder 85

North Carolina Arts Council grant application, 1993-1994 #04388, Subseries: "3. Financial Records, 1968-1999." Folder 85

Folder 86

Worksheets for North Carolina Arts Council, 1993-1994 #04388, Subseries: "3. Financial Records, 1968-1999." Folder 86

Folder 87

Final grant report for North Carolina Arts Council, 1993-1994 #04388, Subseries: "3. Financial Records, 1968-1999." Folder 87

Folder 88

North Carolina Arts Council Anderson film grant, 1994 #04388, Subseries: "3. Financial Records, 1968-1999." Folder 88

Folder 89

North Carolina Arts Council grant, 1994-1995 #04388, Subseries: "3. Financial Records, 1968-1999." Folder 89

Folder 90-93

Folder 90

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Folder 92

Folder 93

North Carolina Arts Council grant, 1995-1999 #04388, Subseries: "3. Financial Records, 1968-1999." Folder 90-93

Folder 94

North Carolina Arts Council New Realities Program #04388, Subseries: "3. Financial Records, 1968-1999." Folder 94

Folder 95

New Realities Program consultancy #04388, Subseries: "3. Financial Records, 1968-1999." Folder 95

Folder 96

Sales and use tax #04388, Subseries: "3. Financial Records, 1968-1999." Folder 96

Folder 97

Sales tax, 1990-1996 #04388, Subseries: "3. Financial Records, 1968-1999." Folder 97

Folder 98

North Carolina state tax exemption #04388, Subseries: "3. Financial Records, 1968-1999." Folder 98

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Audiocassettes (FS-1191-1194)

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Processing Information

Processed by: Sandy Nyberg, June 1984

Encoded by: Linda Sellars, July 2002

Updated by: Anne Wells, May 2020

Since 2017, we have added ethnic and racial identities for individuals and families represented in collections. To determine identity, we rely on self-identification; other information supplied to repository by collection creators or sources; public records, press accounts, and secondary sources; and contextual information in the collection materials. Omissions of ethnic and racial identities in finding aids created or updated after August 2017 are an indication of insufficient information to make an educated guess or an individual's preference for identity information to be excluded from description. When we have misidentified, please let us know at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu.

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