General Editors' Papers

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Scope and content:

Drafts of publication include the table of contents, title page, and other materials, for Volume 1 and of the general introduction, as well as other miscellaneous materials. Successive progress reports on the project include the Classification Scheme, where White sets out an extended version of Brown's sixteen-point system of folklore classification by which White organized the folklore contributions. Divisions set out included: husbandry, omens, tokens, luck-signs, folk-medicine, magic, divination, housewifery, folk-sermons, pseudoscience, words, place-names, riddles and sayings, children's sayings, games, customs, legends, ballads, and songs. The series also includes newspaper and magazine reviews, correspondence, financial papers, and administrative materials.

Finally, the series includes a vast collection of folklore typescripts, both original and carbon copies, of each item in the collection, arranged according to the Classification Scheme. These were prepared by White. There are numerous references to African American customs as well as folklore traditions in Europe carried over to the United States.


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