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Duros, Robert C. (Fa 1148), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Duros, Robert C. (Fa 1148), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1148. Student folk studies project titled “Collection Project on Coach Diddle” which includes tales about legendary basketball coach E. A. Diddle at Western Kentucky University. Project includes tales about Coach Diddle, informant’s name, and tale classification.


Sparks, Willard (Fa 1147), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Sparks, Willard (Fa 1147), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1147. Student folk studies project titled “Frontier Log Structures,” which includes descriptions of different frontier log structures and their construction in Taylor County, Kentucky. Project includes illustrations of log structures and tools, a description of the structure or tool, and definitions related to log construction.


Forgotten Fairies: Traditional English Folklore In "A Midsummer Night's Dream", Alexandra Larkin 2018 College of the Holy Cross

Forgotten Fairies: Traditional English Folklore In "A Midsummer Night's Dream", Alexandra Larkin

The Criterion

While the fairies shown in the play would have been known by Shakespeare’s audience, there was a clear difference between the fairies of traditional folklore and the fairies that Shakespeare describes in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In traditional English folklore, fairies were “made” for, and by, the middle and lower classes; their stories were most believed and the most encounters were experienced by these people. Fairies in folklore were alternatingly deadly and wildly helpful, giving humans who stumbled upon them presents or death. In the play, Shakespeare departs from more traditional depictions of fairies and instead characterizes these ...


Hoyt, Roy (Fa 1145), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Hoyt, Roy (Fa 1145), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1145. Student paper titled “Upholstery – A Folk Occupation” in which Roy Hoyt speaks with Frank Black, a resident of Burgin, Kentucky and “the last of the true ‘tufters’ in his portion of Kentucky.” In the interviews conducted by Hoyt, Black, who had been a craftsman for more than three decades, details the tools, materials, and processes used to upholster furniture. The paper also includes occupational anecdotes and color photographs of Black’s workshop, machines, and finished products.


Ledden, Paul (Fa 1146), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Ledden, Paul (Fa 1146), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1146. Student paper titled “Drag Racing Lore” in which Paul Ledden interviews his close friend Larry Lock, a drag racing enthusiast from the Chicago area. In his interview, Lock details the different types of racing tracks, car building and safety concerns, notable races, and superstitions related to the drag racing circuit.


Killed A Bird Today: The Emergence And Functionality Of The Santeria Trickster, Eleggua, Megan Gauck 2018 East Tennessee State University

Killed A Bird Today: The Emergence And Functionality Of The Santeria Trickster, Eleggua, Megan Gauck

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Recognizable by their cunning exploits and gray morality, tricksters can be found in mythology, folklore, and religions throughout the world. Two tricksters were familiar to the Yoruba people in West Africa, Ajapa and Eshu, and their stories and abilities provide insight to the functions fulfilled by trickster characters. Upon the introduction of Regla de Ocha (or Santeria) to Cuba following the transatlantic slave trade, a new figure emerges, known for his tricks and adaptability. Due to the West African influence in Santeria religious practices, the original roles and traits of Eshu and Ajapa are analyzed for comparison, but Eleggua, the ...


Constraints Of Haunted Heritage Tourism In Logan, Utah, Kylie Schroeder 2018 Utah State University

Constraints Of Haunted Heritage Tourism In Logan, Utah, Kylie Schroeder

All Graduate Plan B and other Reports

It has become common in Salem, Savannah, New Orleans, Edinburg, or Gettysburg, to witness groups of people being led through the darkened streets as part of a ghost tour or haunted history walk. An altered form of commercialized legend tripping, these companies offer guided tours, feature spooky stories, and often showcase local history. However, the trend of haunted heritage tourism, especially in the form of ghost walks and haunted history tours, has spread beyond places with national or international reputations for hauntings and is now growing in small towns whose stories are rarely shared beyond the local populace.

This thesis ...


Many Faiths, One Beginning: Universality In Norse, Maya, Greek And Celtic Faiths, 2018 Kennesaw State University

Many Faiths, One Beginning: Universality In Norse, Maya, Greek And Celtic Faiths

Symposium of Student Scholars

Numerous religious faiths have pervaded the world for much of known human history, but these belief systems often have significant variation in their core tenets, especially with those that have no contact. Religions which are in close proximity to one another tend to have some degree of syncretism, such as having comparable deities, due to having some transmission of their cultures. One group of similar base beliefs is the Indo-Europeans, with its members having been studied for parallels before. To contend with these previous studies, this project will look at the beliefs of the Norse, Greek, and Celtic cultures, all ...


Bowling Green, Kentucky Bosnia Oral History Project (Fa 1137), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, Kentucky Bosnia Oral History Project (Fa 1137), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Oral Histories

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1137. Collection of interviews, transcripts, photographs, and additional materials, gathered by the Kentucky Folklife Program in partnership with the Bowling Green Bosnian community, relating to the 2017 International Year of Bosnia and Herzegovina sponsored by Western Kentucky University.


Ivey, Janice (Fa 1144), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Ivey, Janice (Fa 1144), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1144. Student paper titled “Folklore Study: Paul Bunyan,” in which Janice Ivey collects traditional oral narratives relating to famed folk icon Paul Bunyan. Ivey, who gathered stories from family members, also touches briefly on the claims of authenticity surrounding Paul Bunyan and his relationship to lumber camps in the early 20th century.


Lawless, Vickie (Fa 1143), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Lawless, Vickie (Fa 1143), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1143. Student paper titled “Steamboat Tales” in which Vickie Lawless describes the importance of riverboat commerce and transportation in Russell County, Kentucky from the early 19th century through the mid-20th century Lawless also discusses the three most common steamboats during this period, the Albany, the Burnside, and the Rowena, and the folklore surrounding their pilots, crews, and landing sites. Lawless collected her information from former riverboat captains, engine room workers, family members, and residents of river communities


Walton, Robert H. (Fa 1141), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Walton, Robert H. (Fa 1141), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1141. Student paper titled “Collection of Death Beliefs” in which Robert Walton details various superstitions, practices, and assumptions concerned with death and dying. Walton gathered together stories and sayings from students on WKU’s campus, family, friends, and Bowling Green locals.


Walker, Jane (Fa 1139), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Walker, Jane (Fa 1139), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1139. Student paper titled “Ghostlore” in Jane Walker collected supernatural stories, most of which had some form of local variant. Walker gathered tales from family and friends in person, over the phone, through written letters and recorded stories.


Butler, Beverly (Fa 1142), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Butler, Beverly (Fa 1142), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1142. Student paper titled “The Supernatural” in which Beverly Butler collects personal encounter narratives relating to “ghosts, spirits, or hanks.” Butler collected her stories from family members and friends.


Laude, Jan (Fa 1140), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Laude, Jan (Fa 1140), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1140. Cassette recordings of the "Attunement for Healing" and "Exploring Your Dreams and ESP" conferences sponsored by the Edgar Cayce Association for Research and Enlightenment held in Virginia Beach, Virginia from 12 July 1981 to 24 July 1981. The recordings, collected by WKU folk studies graduate student Jan Laude, were used as source material for Laude’s Master’s thesis titled “A Contemporary Female Psychic: A Folkloristic Study of a Traditional Occupation,” which was published in 1982. Because the Department does not have consent forms or own copyright to these tapes, they may ...


Clayton, Louis Craig (Fa 1138), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Clayton, Louis Craig (Fa 1138), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1138. Student paper titled “The Harpending House” in which Louis Craig Clayton details the history related to theconstruction of Asbury Harpending’s sprawling mansion built near Eddy Creek in Princeton, Kentucky in 1873. Harpending, known for his financial exploits along the western coast of the United States, spent more than $65,000 to build the estate which featured more than 20 rooms, a swimming pool, gas heating, and indoor plumbing. In his paper, Clayton speaks with Mrs. Eldred, a leading historian at Princeton and wife to John Eldred. Harpending’s great-nephew. Clayton also ...


Clarke, Kenneth Wendell, B. 1917 (Mss 635), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Clarke, Kenneth Wendell, B. 1917 (Mss 635), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

MSS Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Manuscripts Collection 635. Manuscripts, notes, publisher’s correspondence, and photographs relating to the scholarly work of WKU English and folklore professor Kenneth W. Clarke, principally "Bud Long: The Birth of a Kentucky Folk Legend" and "The Harvest and the Reapers."


Herndon, Bernice (Fa 1135), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Herndon, Bernice (Fa 1135), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1135. Student paper titled “Negro Spirituals” in which Bernice Herndon gathers together 21 hymns sung by congregants at several African American Baptist churches located in Bowling Green. Herndon also collected spirituals from family, friends, and neighbors.


Ramsey, Bonita (Fa 1136), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Ramsey, Bonita (Fa 1136), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1136. Student paper titled “Proverbs and Comparisons” in which Bonita Ramsey arranges proverbs alphabetically by keyword. Ramsey gathered her information from family members, friends at WKU’s Downing University Center and at a private dormitory, the College Inn, and from visitors at work.


On Being Trans: Narrative, Identity, Performance, And Community, Chloe Jo Brown 2018 Western Kentucky University

On Being Trans: Narrative, Identity, Performance, And Community, Chloe Jo Brown

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

This thesis focuses on various topics related to transgender identity and culture. Through a combination of ethnographic and secondary research, I studied transgender coming out narratives, trans media representation, transgender performance and identity, and conceptualizations of group and chosen family in a community of trans students, the WKU Transgender and Non-Binary Student Group.

The three chapters of my thesis address some of the traditional milestones of a trans person’s acculturation: coming out, constructing one’s newly discovered trans identity, and finding community. Chapter 1 explores coming out as transgender, and the way in in which coming out is valued ...


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