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|Size||15.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1800 items)|
|Abstract||Papers, bound volumes, and audio recordings related chiefly to white folklorist and professor of Romance Languages at the University of North Carolina, Ralph Steele Boggs (1901-1994), and Dominican folklorist, Edna Garrido de Boggs, careers in folklore. Included is correspondence with folklore scholars in the United States and in Latin America and scrapbook volumes, compiled by Ralph Steele Boggs that contain items documenting his professional life, his family, and post-retirement travel. Also included are manuscript volumes, apparently purchased by Boggs, containing eighteenth-century Spanish plays, one by Antonio Redondo; research materials created and compiled by Edna Garrido de Boggs on Dominican folk music and folklore; and audio recordings containing dubbed 1940s field recordings and commentary by Ralph Steele Boggs on the history of UNC Curriculum in Folklore, which he helped found in 1939.|
|Creator||Boggs, Ralph Steele, 1901-1994.
Garrido de Boggs, Edna.
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White folklorist, Ralph Steele Boggs (1901-1994), taught Spanish in the Department of Romance Languages at the University of North Carolina and founded the Curriculum in Folklore at the University in 1939. Later in life, Boggs did substantial work in the Dominican Republic, and married Dominican folklorist Edna Garrido in 1948. He spent his final academic years teaching at the University of Miami and conducting research in Florida and Latin America. He was an active charter member of the Florida Folklore Society, and after retirement continued to pursue studies in Latin American folklore.
Dominican educator and folklorist, Edna Garrido de Boggs (1913-2010), was born in Azua de Compostela, Dominican Republic. She taught introductory folklore courses at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) from 1934-1946. In 1946 she moved to the United States to further her studies in folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was founder of the first Folkloric Society, founded in Santo Domingo in 1947, founder of the "Bulletin of the Dominican Folklore" from 1947 to 1948. In 1956 she received her Bachelor or Education from the University of Miami, and in 1969 the Dominican Government granted Edna Garrido de Boggs the Juan Pablo Duarte Order of Merit for her ethnomusicological work.Back to Top
Papers, bound volumes, and audio recordings related chiefly to white folklorist and professor of Romance Languages at the University of North Carolina, Ralph Steele Boggs (1901-1994), and Dominican folklorist, Edna Garrido de Boggs, careers in folklore. Included is correspondence with folklore scholars in the United States and in Latin America and scrapbook volumes, compiled by Boggs that contain items documenting his professional life, his family, and post-retirement travel. Also included are manuscript volumes, apparently purchased by Boggs, containing eighteenth-century Spanish plays, one by Antonio Redondo; research and book materials on Dominican folklore subjects created and compiled by Edna Garrido de Boggs, including materials on children's games, legends, music, superstitions, riddles, poetry, and other subjects; dubbed 1940s field recordings by Edna Garrido de Boggs and Ralph Steele Boggs, some of which contain commentary by Ralph Steele Boggs on the history of UNC Curriculum in Folklore, which he helped found in 1939. Audio recordings are on audiocassette and 1/4" open reel audio.Back to Top
Acquisition Information: Accessions 88002, 90067.
Arrangement: Alphabetical using Boggs's folder titles.
Correspondence and writings (in Spanish) about the study of Argentinian folklore.
Fellowship application for the study of folklore in the Dominican Republic.
Correspondence and other materials about folklore studies at UCLA and about the transfer of Boggs's professional library to that school.
Proposal to the National Endowment for the Humanities to produce a dictionary of Spanish proverbs.
Correspondence and other materials about folklore studies in the Dominican Republic.
Correspondence and other materials (in Spanish) about folklore studies in Mexico.
Application for membership in Folklore Americas.
Acquisition Information: Accession 90067 (Addition of May 1990).
Letter about mutual interests, including Spanish morphology.
Letter about mutual interests, including Spanish morphology. Correspondence on the general topic of folklore studies.
Correspondence and other materials about folklore studies, especially the Graduate Program in Folklore at Indiana University.
Letters from Sterling A. Stoudemire, head of the Department of Romance Languages about Boggs's leaving UNC for the Hispanic-American Institute.
Acquisition Information: Accession 90156.
Papers chiefly relating to Boggs's career in folklore.
Includes folklore newsletters, a small amount of professional correspondence, and writings on folklore by others.
"Discos de Musica Folklorica Para el Dr. Boggs y Senora de Boggs" #04503, Series: "2. Papers (Addition of January 1990). " Folder 15
Acquisition Information: Accession 98011 (Addition of January 1998).
Jose Maria Arguedas, Instituto Panamericano de Georgrafia e Historia.
Acquisition Information: Accession 90156.
Bound volumes containing pasted-in material--a small amount of correspondence, photographs, postcards, newsletters, and printed copies of his books--chiefly relating to Boggs's professional life, but also including some items bearing on his family and on post-retirement travel. The volumes begin with material dated 1813 that relates to Boggs's ancestors; the volumes conclude in 1982. Some years are covered in more than one volume. Four manuscript volumes, apparently purchased by Boggs, containing two Spanish plays. These volumes may date from the 18th century. Boggs tentatively identified them as "Honor, Amor, y Heroismo" by Antonio Redondo and "El Contravando," author unknown (in three volumes).
Acquisition Information: Accession 93118.
Volumes containing notes for folklore classes.
Acquisition Information: Accession 102256.
Papers of Ralph Steele Boggs and Edna Garrido de Boggs, especially folklore essays and other collected writings and materials related to Dominican, Spanish, Mexican, Brazilian, and American folk traditions. Of particular note are materials related to Florida and Seminole folklore; papers on the National Hispanic Council; collected folk tales of North Carolina; and reports, essays, digital photographs, and other writings by Edna Garrido de Boggs on Dominican folklore topics including children's games, legends, music, superstitions, riddles, poetry, and other subjects. The series also includes a dubbed audiocassette recording of children's games, presumably recorded by Edna Garrido de Boggs in the 1940s as part of her research on the subject.
|Oversize Paper Folder OPF-04503/1||
Copy of a document #04503, Series: "5. Papers and Audio Recording, 1944-2000 (Addition of July 2015)." OPF-04503/1
Handwritten in Spanish.
|Digital Folder DF-04503/1||
Fotos para libro de Da. Edna Garrido Boggs, 2003-2004 #04503, Series: "5. Papers and Audio Recording, 1944-2000 (Addition of July 2015)." DF-04503/1
15 digital files
[children's games, circa 1940s] #04503, Series: "5. Papers and Audio Recording, 1944-2000 (Addition of July 2015)." C-04503/1
tape log found with the cassette resides in box 15.
Materials filed in the Southern Folklife Collection. Boggs traces the history of the UNC Folklore Curriculum, the founding of the North Carolina Folklore publication, development of the North Carolina Folk Festival; dubs of field recordings made at Second North Carolina Folk Festival, 1949, old time musicians, black church choir. Dubbed field recordings include commentary by Boggs. Documentation related to these recordings resides in Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025), folder 557.
|SFC Audio Open Reel FT-04503/1262||
Ralph Steele Boggs field recordings from late 1940s with commentary: tape 1 #04503, Series: "6. Audio Recordings, 1949." FT-04503/1262
1/4" Open Reel Audio
|SFC Audio Open Reel FT-04503/1263||
Ralph Steele Boggs field recordings from late 1940s with commentary: tape 2 #04503, Series: "6. Audio Recordings, 1949." FT-04503/1263
1/4" Open Reel Audio
|SFC Audio Open Reel FT-04503/1264||
Ralph Steele Boggs field recordings from late 1940s with commentary: tape 3 #04503, Series: "6. Audio Recordings, 1949." FT-04503/1264
1/4" Open Reel Audio
Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, February 1988, January, July, August 1990, September 1993, January 1996
Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008
Updated by: Laura Hart, April 2019; Anne Wells, May 2019
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