Collection Number: 04503

Collection Title: Ralph Steele Boggs Papers, 1813-2000

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Size 15.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1800 items)
Abstract The collection of white folklorist and professor of Romance Languages at the University of North Carolina, Ralph Steele Boggs (1901-1994), contains papers and bound volumes related chiefly to Boggs's career 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. Audio recordings transferred from the Southern Folklife Collection contain discussions with Boggs about the history of UNC Curriculum in Folklore, which Boggs helped found in 1939, as well as dubbed 1940s field recordings with commentary of Boggs.
Creator Boggs, Ralph Steele, 1901-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Use of audio materials may require production of listening copies.
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 Ralph Steele Boggs papers #4503, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Ralph S. Boggs of Coral Gables, Fla., in January 1988 and transferred from the Collection Development Department of the Academic Affairs Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in January 1990 (Acc. 88002, 90067, 90156). Received from Ralph S. Boggs in September 1993 (Acc. 93118). Transferred from the Southern Folklife Collection in January 1998 (Acc. 98011). Received from the the estate of Edna Boggs in 2015 (Acc. 102256).
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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Ralph Steele Boggs, folklorist of international reputation, who 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.

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The collection of white folklorist and professor of Romance Languages at the University of North Carolina, Ralph Steele Boggs (1901-1994), contains papers and bound volumes related chiefly to Boggs's career 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. Audio recordings transferred from the Southern Folklife Collection contain discussions with Boggs about the history of UNC Curriculum in Folklore, which Boggs helped found in 1939, as well as dubbed 1940s field recordings with commentary of Boggs. Recordings are on 1/4" open reel audio.

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Contents list

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Acquisition Information: Accessions 88002, 90067.

Arrangement: Alphabetical using Boggs's folder titles.

Folder 1

Cortezar, Augusto Raul, 1940-1959 #04503, Series: "1. Papers, 1930-1980." Folder 1

Correspondence and writings (in Spanish) about the study of Argentinian folklore.

Folder 2

Davis, Martha, 1980 #04503, Series: "1. Papers, 1930-1980." Folder 2

Fellowship application for the study of folklore in the Dominican Republic.

Folder 3

Hand, Wayland D., 1943-1960 #04503, Series: "1. Papers, 1930-1980." Folder 3

Correspondence and other materials about folklore studies at UCLA and about the transfer of Boggs's professional library to that school.

Folder 4

Hayes, Francis C., 1977 #04503, Series: "1. Papers, 1930-1980." Folder 4

Proposal to the National Endowment for the Humanities to produce a dictionary of Spanish proverbs.

Folder 5

Lizardo, Fradique, 1974 #04503, Series: "1. Papers, 1930-1980." Folder 5

Correspondence and other materials about folklore studies in the Dominican Republic.

Folder 6

Mendoza, Vicente T., 1941-1958 #04503, Series: "1. Papers, 1930-1980." Folder 6

Correspondence and other materials (in Spanish) about folklore studies in Mexico.

Folder 7

Robe, Stanley L., 1963 #04503, Series: "1. Papers, 1930-1980." Folder 7

Application for membership in Folklore Americas.

Folder 7a

Sharpe, Lawrence A., 1975 #04503, Series: "1. Papers, 1930-1980." Folder 7a

Acquisition Information: Accession 90067 (Addition of May 1990).

Letter about mutual interests, including Spanish morphology.

Folder 8

Taylor, Archer, 1930-1960. #04503, Series: "1. Papers, 1930-1980." Folder 8

Letter about mutual interests, including Spanish morphology. Correspondence on the general topic of folklore studies.

Folder 9

Thompson, Stith, 1941-1949 #04503, Series: "1. Papers, 1930-1980." Folder 9

Correspondence and other materials about folklore studies, especially the Graduate Program in Folklore at Indiana University.

Folder 10

University of North Carolina, 1949 #04503, Series: "1. Papers, 1930-1980." Folder 10

Letters from Sterling A. Stoudemire, head of the Department of Romance Languages about Boggs's leaving UNC for the Hispanic-American Institute.

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Acquisition Information: Accession 90156.

Papers chiefly relating to Boggs's career in folklore.

Folder 11

Biographical materials #04503, Series: "2. Papers (Addition of January 1990). " Folder 11

Folder 12-14

Folder 12

Folder 13

Folder 14

Miscellaneous items #04503, Series: "2. Papers (Addition of January 1990). " Folder 12-14

Includes folklore newsletters, a small amount of professional correspondence, and writings on folklore by others.

Folder 15

"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.

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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).

Volume 1

Index, bibliography, family background #04503, Series: "3. Volumes (Addition of January 1990)." 1

Volume 2-3

Volume 2

Volume 3

1813-1926 #04503, Series: "3. Volumes (Addition of January 1990)." 2-3

Volume 4-11

Volume 4

Volume 5

Volume 6

Volume 7

Volume 8

Volume 9

Volume 10

Volume 11

1927-1937 #04503, Series: "3. Volumes (Addition of January 1990)." 4-11

Volume 12-19

Volume 12

Volume 13

Volume 14

Volume 15

Volume 16

Volume 17

Volume 18

Volume 19

1937-1943 #04503, Series: "3. Volumes (Addition of January 1990)." 12-19

Volume 20-28

Volume 20

Volume 21

Volume 22

Volume 23

Volume 24

Volume 25

Volume 26

Volume 27

Volume 28

1944-1946 #04503, Series: "3. Volumes (Addition of January 1990)." 20-28

Volume 29-38

Volume 29

Volume 30

Volume 31

Volume 32

Volume 33

Volume 34

Volume 35

Volume 36

Volume 37

Volume 38

1947-1951 #04503, Series: "3. Volumes (Addition of January 1990)." 29-38

Volume 39-46

Volume 39

Volume 40

Volume 41

Volume 42

Volume 43

Volume 44

Volume 45

Volume 46

1952-1955 #04503, Series: "3. Volumes (Addition of January 1990)." 39-46

Volume 47-55

Volume 47

Volume 48

Volume 49

Volume 50

Volume 51

Volume 52

Volume 53

Volume 54

Volume 55

1956-1960 #04503, Series: "3. Volumes (Addition of January 1990)." 47-55

Volume 56-64

Volume 56

Volume 57

Volume 58

Volume 59

Volume 60

Volume 61

Volume 62

Volume 63

Volume 64

1961-1969 #04503, Series: "3. Volumes (Addition of January 1990)." 56-64

Volume 65-72

Volume 65

Volume 66

Volume 67

Volume 68

Volume 69

Volume 70

Volume 71

Volume 72

1970-1977 #04503, Series: "3. Volumes (Addition of January 1990)." 65-72

Volume 73-76

Volume 73

Volume 74

Volume 75

Volume 76

1978-1982 #04503, Series: "3. Volumes (Addition of January 1990)." 73-76

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Acquisition Information: Accession 93118.

Volumes containing notes for folklore classes.

Box 11

Volumes #04503, Series: "4. Volumes (Addition of September 1993)." Box 11

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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.

Box 12-15

Box 12

Box 13

Box 14

Box 15

Papers #04503, Series: "5. Papers, 1944-2000 (Addition of July 2015)." Box 12-15

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-04503/1

Copy of a document #04503, Series: "5. Papers, 1944-2000 (Addition of July 2015)." OPF-04503/1

Handwritten in Spanish.

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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.

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.

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Processing Information

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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