Anthropology - Study and teaching (Higher)
California State University, Northridge
Folklore - Africa
Folklore - California - San Fernando Valley - Sources
Folklore - Study and teaching (Higher)
Folklore and children - California - San Fernando Valley - Sources
Folk music - United States
Folk music - United States - Juvenile
Jews - Folklore
Lomax, Alan, 1915-2002
Lomax, John A. (John Avery), 1867-1948
Los Angeles State College
Migrant agricultural laborers - California - Songs and music
San Fernando Valley (Calif.) - History - Sources
San Fernando Valley (Calif.) - Social life and customs - Sources
San Fernando Valley State College
University of California, Los Angeles. University Extension
The Bess Lomax Hawes Student Folklore Collection consists of folkloric data collected between 1958 and 1977 by students enrolled in Anthropology 309: American Folk Music, Anthropology 311: Introduction to Folklore, and various senior seminars at San Fernando Valley State College (now California State University, Northridge). The collection was developed primarily as a teaching tool and secondarily as an archive. No standard formula for data presentation was required; students were urged to organize their material according to the problem which concerned them. In addition to the data itself, students were required to provide the names and biographical information of the informants, data and collecting contexts, a description of the collecting method, explanatory information provided by informants, and an analysis of the information gained.
In the culture-specific file, so-called "ethnic lore" is generally combined (e.g. Swedish and Swedish American). In a major exception, African American folklore is located in the North American section, while lore from African nations is filed under the geographical name. Jewish cultural material has been treated as its own subseries. However, material that originates from a specific geographic location (Israel, Ethiopia, etc.) will be found filed under the geographic region. The collection is arranged in four series: Adult Folklore (1961-1974), Children's Folklore (1959-1974), National Origin/Culture Group, and Bess Lomax Hawes - Works Published from Archive Data.
Series I, Adult Folklore, consists predominantly of folklore reported from adult informants and is divided into two subseries: Adult Song (1960-1973) and Adult Verbal Folklore (1962-1974). The subseries are then arranged by genre into groups such as Blues, Love Songs, Cowboy Songs, etc. The files are arranged alphabetically.
Series II, Children's Folklore, primarily consists of folklore reported from child informants, or adult observation of children's games and stories. All data in the series are grouped by age of informant. The series is divided into the three subseries: Children's Song (1965-1972), Children's Play (1968-1972), and Children's Verbal Folklore (1959-1973). The subseries are arranged by genre into groups such as Lullabies, Song Parodies, TV Jingles, etc. The files are arranged alphabetically.
Series III, National Origin/Culture Group, is comprised of folkloric data which originates from a specific national origin or cultural group. The series is divided into ten subseries, each reflecting a different geographical region. The regions are arranged as follows: Africa (1965-1973), Latin America (1963-1975), North America (1962-1973), Asia (1967-1974), Eastern Europe (1964-1974), Northern Europe (1960-1972), Western Europe (1964-1973), Jewish Tradition [Old and New World] (1960-1975), Middle East (1961-1974), and Oceania (1968-1972). The files are arranged alphabetically. In cases where the subseries is large and contains a sizable amount of raw data, the information has been arranged into smaller groupings which reflect genre.
Series IV, Bess Lomax Hawes - Works Published from Archive Data, contains copies of published articles written by Bess Lomax Hawes from data contained in the archive. A copy of Ms. Hawes' vitae is also included in the series.