Badger State Folklore Society records, 1946-1956

Badger State Folklore Society
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  • Format Mixed Materials; Photos, Drawings, Prints
  • Physical Details
    • 1.2 c.f. (3 archives boxes); plus
    • additions of 3 photographs and
    • 28 drawings
  • OCLC ocn173712801, ocn173701067
  • Finding Aids
    • Register to the processed portion


  • Records of an organization designed to encourage the collection, preservation, and publication of Wisconsin folklore. Included are correspondence, folk tales, and a subject file. The correspondence documents the Society's initial organization and internal operation; discussions about the intended scope and focus of the group; efforts to solicit membership; the problems the Society faced in publishing "Badger Folklore"; and its attempts to popularize folklore by organizing ethnic exhibits and sponsoring speakers, folk plays, and folk dancing.
  • The folk tales are composed of essays on various ethnic customs, local legends, place names, and cemetery inscriptions not only in Wisconsin but throughout the United States. The subject file is an alphabetical listing of all remaining records and includes agenda and programs, ballots, financial records, lists of officers and general membership, minutes, newsletters, nomination forms, organizational information, publications, questionnaires, reports, and writings.
  • The processed portion of this collection is summarized above and described in the register. Additional photographic accessions are described below.


  • Presented by Howard Kanetzke, Madison, Wisconsin, 1967.