Pennsylvania State University, Folklore Studies Program records, 1972-1986

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Collection Overview

Title:
Pennsylvania State University, Folklore Studies Program records
Dates (Inclusive):
1972-1986
Creator:
Pennsylvania State University. Folklore Studies Program
Abstract:
A folklore option was first introduced at Penn State in the 1970s, and subsumed by the American Studies Program in the early 1980s.
Abstract:
This collection of the Folklore Studies Program consists of student compositions from American Studies, English, and Comparative Literature courses.
Collection Number:
349
Size:
11 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

The first classes devoted solely to American works were offered by Fred Lewis Pattee at Penn State in the early twentieth century. Penn State's Folklore Studies Option was introduced at Penn State in the 1970s; the option allowed students to study an important area of the world as they pursued their liberal arts majors. Kenneth A. Thigpen was placed in charge of the Folklore Option. The Folklore Option became the Folklore Studies minor in the early 1980s, but was then subsumed by the American Studies program. The American Studies major was created in the 1960s; the Department of American Studies was created in the early 1990s but was dissolved in the mid-1990s. The American Studies major was discontinued by the College of Liberal Arts between 2000 and 2002, although an American Studies minor is still available.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

University records are restricted for 20 years after the date of creation. Personnel files are restricted for 72 years or until the death of the individual. Access to student files are restricted for the life of the individual, in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended.

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], Pennsylvania State University Folklore Studies Program (349), Penn State University Archives, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Pennsylvania State University. Folklore Studies Program

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