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Fife Folklore Archives

The Fife Folklore Archive is one of the largest repositories of American folklore in the United States. The FFA is part of Utah State University Library's Special Collections and Archives where the historical American Folklore Society Manuscript Collection is housed. Established in 1972, the Archives have become an integral part of USU's cultural studies arena. The Fife Folklore Archives is named for folklorists Austin E. and Alta S. Fife, residents of Utah who helped to shape the field of folklore and worked to preserve the folk expressions of the American West. The FFA is home to over fifty collections, including the USU Student Fieldwork Collection and the Fife's fieldwork collections. Other collections include Collecting Memories: Oral Histories of American Folklorists (a joint project with the American Folklore Society), Skaggs Cowboy Poetry Collection; Wayland D. Hand Collecgtion of Superstition and Popular Belief; G. Malcolm Laws Ballad Collection; Barre Toelken Native American Collection, Public Folklore Collection, The Grouse Creek Cultural Survey, and the Polly Steward Book Collection, among many others.

For more information, contact Randy Williams, Folklore Curator, at 435.797.3493 or by email