Since the first summer session in 1942, Indiana University’s Folklore Institute has made numerous contributions to folklore scholarship, the IU community, and the state of Indiana. This exhibition highlights some of the Folklore Institute Archives including the research materials of prominent folklorists, photos and documents from both local and national projects, and decades of local and campus legends collected by students. Through these items, viewers will be able to see the influence each generation has had on the Folklore Institute’s growth, from its founding up to the present day.
Highlights of the exhibit include:
- Blueprints for the Outdoor Folklore Museum
- Photographs of Folklore Institute students and faculty
- Folklore Institute program booklets from 1942 - present day
- Examples of student-conducted research
- Articles from IU and Bloomington newspapers about local folklore
- Warren Roberts’ research materials on southern Indiana.
- Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife photographs
- Map of campus highlighting prominent areas of Folklore
- Current and upcoming faculty projects