Bill Ellis research collection on contemporary legends, 1918-1996 (bulk 1965-1996)

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Collection Overview

Title:
Bill Ellis research collection on contemporary legends
Dates (Inclusive):
1918-1996 (bulk 1965-1996)
Dates (Inclusive):
1965-1996
Creator:
Ellis, Bill
Abstract:
Bill Ellis is associate professor, English and American Studies, Penn State Hazleton. Ellis is widely published on rumor-panics and his papers have appeared in publications like Western Folklore and the Journal of Psychology and Theology; and have been presented at conferences held by the American Folklore Society and the Fortean Society. He edited FOAFTale News, the newsletter of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research (ISCLR), from 1988 to 1994, and served as President of the same society from 1995 to 1999.
Abstract:
This collection contains primarily books, pamphlets, booklets, newsletters, and newspaper clippings about topics of contemporary legends, including the occult, paranormal, religious and phenomena of extra-terrestrial origin, crop circles, animal mutilation, and other UFO-related phenomena.
Collection Number:
2325
Size:
3 Cubic feet
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the  library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical or Historical Note

Associate professor, English and American Studies, Penn State Hazleton, Bill Ellis is widely published on rumor-panics. His papers have appeared in publications such as Western Folklore and the Journal of Psychology and Theology; and have been presented at conferences held by the American Folklore Society and the Fortean Society. He is also editor of the newsletter of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research.

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Collection Arrangement

Arranged by topic, thereunder by author.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bill Ellis research collection on contemporary legends, 1918-1996 (bulk 1965-1996), RBM 2325, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Ellis, Bill

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General note

This collection contains primarily books, pamphlets, booklets, newsletters, and newspaper clippings about topics of contemporary legends, including the occult, paranormal, religious and phenomena of extra-terrestrial origin, crop circles, animal mutilation, and other UFO-related phenomena. There are books about Satanism, witchcraft, black magic, faith healing, and a variety of other occult phenomena including werewolves; books covering survivalism and conspiracies; booklets dealing with legendary phenomena such as Bigfoot or Sasquatch, and one concerned with schizophrenia and the spirit world that addresses the phenomenon of hearing voices from a spiritual perspective rather than a clinical one. The majority of books and other material deal with UFOs, and included are conference proceedings from major UFO-interest groups as well as a large number of newsletters from interested organizations. The newspaper clippings cover a controversial case of sexual ritual abuse from the Orkney Islands in Scotland, organized according to date. Additionally there is one contemporary newspaper clipping about a case of sexual abuse of a horse, not related to other articles on animal mutilation.

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