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Indiana Folklore Collection

The Indiana Folklore Collection is the largest accessible university-based folklore repository in the Midwest, and scholars from Indiana State University and other universities—including Indiana University, Penn State University, the University of Georgia, and the University of Wisconsin—have used it for research on books and articles, as well as for sustaining a personal interest in Indiana’s folk culture.

Established in 1967 by Ronald Baker, professor emeritus of English and former chairperson of the Department of English, the Indiana Folklore Collection contains thousands of examples of folklore, such as local legends, folk beliefs, customs, jokes, riddles, and campus ghost stories. Most of the material was collected by ISU students, and much of it is very high quality. In July 2012 the Indiana Folklore Collection was transferred from the English Department to the Cunningham Memorial Library, Special Collections Department, where the original materials are made available to researchers and interested parties in the Reading Room. Contents of the Indiana Folklore Collection are currently being digitized and added to Wabash Valley Visions & Voices.

Indiana Folklore Collection

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Contact us: Cunningham Memorial Library
Special Collections Department
Indiana State University
510 North 6 1/2 Street
Terre Haute, IN 47809
Email: jusclark@library.in.gov
Phone: 812-237-2534