Utah State University student folklore genre collection of character legends, 1960-2018  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Fife Folklore Archives
Title
Utah State University student folklore genre collection of character legends
Dates
1960-2018 (inclusive)
Quantity
ca. 750 items, (3 linear feet)
Collection Number
UUS_FOLK COLL 8a_Group 7: Character Legends
Summary
Character legends collected by undergraduate students in USU (1960s to present) and BYU (1960 to 1978) folklore classes. Collected primarily in Utah, the items focus principally on folklore of the Western U.S.
Repository
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections & Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
84322-3000
Telephone: 435-797-8248
Fax: 435-797-2880
scweb@usu.edu
Access Restrictions
Restrictions

Open to public research. To access the collection a patron must have the following information: collection number, series number, sub-series number, if applicable, box number and folder number (or image number).

Languages
English.
Sponsor
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Fife Folklore Archives Student Folklore Genre Collection consists of folklore items collected by undergraduate students in Utah State University folklore classes from the late 1960s to the present and folklore items collected by undergraduate students in Brigham Young University folklore and anthropology classes during 1960-1978. Most items include informant data, context, text (the folklore item), texture (stylistic notation), and collector data. The items of folklore are in text form on 8 ½ x 11 sheets of line-free paper. Since, 1999 genre items also include release forms. The materials do not circulate. The collection is separated into nine groups:

  • Group 1: customs (foodways)
  • Group 2: belief
  • Group 3: speech
  • Group 4: tales and jokes
  • Group 5: songs
  • Group 6: games and pranks
  • Group 7: legends: character (boxes 15-16), contemporary (boxes 20-27), etiological (boxes 17-19), human condition (boxes 13-14.2), supernatural non-religious (boxes 7-12), and supernatural religious (boxes 1-6)
  • Group 8: material culture
  • Group 9: e-lore: electronically transmitted folklore (Xerox, facsimile and e-mail)

In the late 1960s, folklore courses were first taught at USU by Professor Austin Fife. At this time, Fife (a French professor) had his students collect items of folklore on pre-printed index cards. The information on the cards has now been transferred to 8 ½ x 11 sheets of paper and the items have been added to the genre collection. At about the same time (1967) at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, Professor William A. Wilson began teaching folklore classes. Wilson had his students collect folklore using both genre collections and major project (focused) collections. The genre items were seperated and filed by genre. Also included in the BYU genre collection were items from two other BYU professors who had their students collect folklore: John Sorenson and Thomas Cheney. The student collections from Sorenson and Cheney were given to Wilson and he added them to the genre collection along with his students' work. On these items, in the upper right hand corner above all other information, Wilson noted "SC" for Sorenson Collection and "CC" for Cheney Collection.

In 1978, William A. Wilson left Brigham Young University to direct the newly established Folklore Program and Folklore Archives at Utah State University. Wilson brought to USU the student genre collection that he had amassed at BYU, with a copy of the genre collection remaining at the BYU library. At the USU folklore archives (later named the Fife Folklore Archives for Austin and Alta Fife), William A. Wilson and Barbara [Garrett] [Walker] Lloyd used the already sorted BYU materials when creating the collection classification system. This classification system, with its roots in the Finnish archive tradition, is still used at the Fife Folklore Archives.

Wilson was at USU until 1985 when he returned to BYU to head the English Department. However, the BYU administration gave him a year's leave of absence to copy all the student materials in the Fife Folklore Archives at USU and bring them with him to BYU. Wilson notes: "Hannele [wife] and I practically lived in the USU archive. Max [Peterson, Director of the Merrill Library] brought a copy machine into the archive, and we copied day after day. First we copied the entire BYU genre collection. Then we copied all the items in the accumulated genre piles [of USU items]." Thus, in 1985 the BYU and USU folklore genre and focused collections were identical. During the following years, William A. Wilson and later Kristi Bell at BYU's Folklore Archives (now named the William A. Wilson Folklore Archives) and Barbara [Garrett] [Walker] Lloyd and later Randy Williams at the Fife Folklore Archives at USU worked to maintain the same classification system at both universities' folklore archives. However, the materials submitted by students from the two universities began, of course, to differ from each other, as students generally collect the kinds of materials their professors talk about in class.

In 1985 Professor Barre Toelken came to USU (from the University of Oregon) to direct the Folklore Program. He continued the folklore-collecting legacy that Austin Fife and William A. Wilson began. Over the years Professors Steve Siporin, Patricia Gardner, Jan Roush, Jeannie Thomas, Lisa Gabbert and Lynne McNeill and instructors Barbara [Garrett] [Walker] Lloyd, Randy Williams, and Michael Christensen (and others) have all had their students collect and deposit folklore items to the Fife Folklore Archives. And thus, the USU Student Genre Collection continues to grow. The format has changed somewhat over the years to reflect the trends in folkloristics. As stated above, many of the early submissions had little contextual data, and often limited, if any, informant data. William A. Wilson created a collecting format that included: informant data, contextual data, and text (item of folklore). Barre Toelken and Randy Williams added "texture" to the format of genre collections, allowing the collector to give "the feel" of the item to potential researchers. In in 1998, students were asked to include release forms with their genre items, following a trend in the folklore field that addresses not only the item (which in some cases, like a joke, may been seen as part of the public domain materials and therefore not needing a release) but also the performance of the lore (and therefore necessary for a release from the performer informant).In 2002, the collection was moved from hundreds of three-ringed binders to archival folders and boxes, making the collection more physically stable and easier to manage and use. In 2003, the collection finding aids were encoded in HTML as a means of hosting them on-line for greater research accessibility. In 2012, the finding aids were hosted in EAD.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The USU Student Folklore Genre Collection: Group 7: Character Legends consists of approximately 750 individual items of character legends collected by undergraduate students. Most items include informant, context, text (the folklore item), texture (stylistic notation), and collector data. The materials reflect both insider (esoteric) and outsider (exoteric) views of a folk group and may be prejudiced or stereotyped.

  • Character Legends

Forms one of nine subgroups in the Utah State University student genre collection, housed in the Fife Folklore Archives. Guide to folklore collecting assignments.

For items submitted since December 2017, please see Student Folklore Fieldwork, housed in DigitalCommons.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Patrons must sign and comply with the USU Special Collections and Archives Use Agreement and Reproduction Order form as well as any restrictions placed by the collector or informant(s).

Permission to publish material from the Utah State University student folklore genre collection of character legends must be obtained from the Curator of the Fife Folklore Archives and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

Utah State University student folklore genre collection of character legends, 1960-2018. (FOLK COLL 8a: Group 7, box, folder). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

4 :  Character LegendsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
15 1
4.A.1: Arnold, Benedict
Box Folder
15 1
4.A.1.1.1 : Arnold hanged because he lost battle with the Canadians
.1 (item)
Undated
15 2
4.B.1: Brown, Hugh B
Box Folder
15 2
4.B.1.1 : Humorous reply to compliment
.1 (item)
Undated
15 2
4.B.1.2 : Tells upset general not to take himself so seriously
.1 (item)
Undated
15 2
4.B.1.3 : Tells a cigar smoking man that he is to be the next bishop
.1 (item)
Undated
15 3
4.B.2: Brooks, Juanita
Box Folder
15 3
4.B.2.1 : Wrote about Mountain Meadows Massacre out of duty
.1 (item)
Undated
15 4
4.B.3: Boggs, Governor Lilburn
Box Folder
15 4
4.B.3.1 : His grave is in the shadow on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Los Angeles Temple
.1 (item)
Undated
15 5
4.B.4: Bridger, Jim
Box Folder
15 5
4.B.4.1 : Jim Bridger said he would pay $1,000 for the first bushel of corn grown in Utah
.1 (item)
Undated
15 5
4.B.4.2 : Bridger claim that Tetons were so cold that all sound was frozen until spring
.1 (item)
Undated
15 6
4.B.5: Bill, Buffalo
Box Folder
15 6
4.B.5.1 : Buffalo Bill praises a woman's pies
.1 (item)
Undated
15 6
4.B.5.2 : Angered when woman refuses to dance with him
.1 (item)
Undated
15 6
4.B.6: Bean, Roy
Box Folder
15 6
4.B.6.1 : Man calls coroner for own death
.1 (item)
Undated
15 6
4.B.6.2 : Roy Bean fines dead man's body
.1 (item)
Undated
15 7
4.C.1: Cassidy, Butch
Box Folder
15 7
4.C.1.1 : Gives mortgage money to couple, then steals it from banker
.4 (items)
Undated
15 7
4.C.1.2 : Faith protects people from Butch's harm
.1 (item)
Undated
15 7
4.C.1.3 : Living in Star Valley, where he rode fifty miles to get medicine to help sick person
.2 (items)
Undated
15 7
4.C.1.4 : Often stopped at the "Strip" in Gusher, Utah
.1 (item)
Undated
15 7
4.C.1.5 : Cowboy wanders into Butch's camp and is treated with dinner, breakfast, and place to sleep
.1 (item)
Undated
15 7
4.C.1.6 : Man gives Butch a horse to escape so he will not shoot his son
.2 (items)
Undated
15 7
4.C.1.7 : Pleasant View butcher in Cassidy's gang
.1 (item)
Undated
15 7
4.C.1.8 : Family story of grandfather retrieving stolen horses from Butch Cassidy
.1 (item)
Undated
15 7
4.C.1.9 : Cassidy breaks into home; occupants hide under the bed
.1 (item)
Undated
15 7
4.C.1.10 : Sheriff, who was sent to arrest him, helped across river by Cassidy
.1 (item)
Undated
15 7
4.C.1.11 : Cassidy didn't die in South American, he stashed money in Southern Utah
.3 (item)
Undated
15 7
4.C.1.12 : Cassidy hid money in Dingle
.2 (items)
Undated
15 7
4.C.1.13 : Findley Gridley tells Cassidy to stop robbing his payroll and Cassidy stops
.1 (item)
Undated
15 7
4.C.1.14 : Cassidy scrubs beautiful woman's floor
.1 (item)
Undated
15 7
4.C.1.15 : Cassidy wallpapers saloon with bank notes
.1 (item)
Undated
15 7
4.C.1.16 : Montpelier sheriff rides Cassidy out of town on a bicycle
.2 (items)
Undated
15 7
4.C.1.17 : Cassidy robbed banks to give money poor
.1 (item)
Undated
15 7
4.C.1.18 : In his youth, Cassidy was unjustly accused and thrown in prison
.1 (item)
Undated
15 7
4.C.1.19 : Man helps Cassidy hide from lawmen
.3 (item)
Undated
15 7
4.C.1.20 : Cassidy shares food with hungry cowboys
.1 (item)
Undated
15 7
4.C.1.21 : Cassidy's lookout man hides in barn to avoid sheriff
.1 (item)
Undated
15 7
4.C.1.22 : Cassidy was very popular with women
.1 (item)
Undated
15 7
4.C.1.23 : On the way to the store, a man was shot by Cassidy and gang member
.1 (item)
Undated
15 7
4.C.1.24 : Cassidy robs Montpelier bank
.1 (item)
Undated
15 7
4.C.1.25 : Butch Cassidy was an excellent horseman
.1 (item)
Undated
15 7
4.C.1.26 : Butch lived in Cokeville after his release from prison
.1 (item)
Undated
15 7
4.C.1.27 : Cassidy's gang mines for gold, kidnaps Amasa Alonzo
.1 (item)
Undated
15 8
4.C.2: Cowley, Matthew
Box Folder
15 8
4.C.2.1 : Blessed and healed blind and deaf child in South Seas
.1 (item)
Undated
15 8
4.C.2.2 : Gives a talk a woman wanted him to give, but had not said so
.1 (item)
Undated
15 8
4.C.2.3 : House of his birth dedicated to shelter the birth of a prophet
.1 (item)
Undated
15 9
4.C.3: Clanton Brothers
Box Folder
15 9
4.C.3.1 : Livestock theft
.1 (item)
Undated
15 10
4.C.4: Capone, Al
Box Folder
15 10
4.C.4.1 : Al Capone had an underground tunnel connecting his "business establishment" with a golf course
.1 (item)
Undated
15 11
4.C.5: Churchill, Winston
Box Folder
15 11
4.C.5.1 : Al Capone had an underground tunnel connecting his "business establishment" with a golf course
.1 (item)
Undated
15 11
4.C.5.2 : "Never, never, never give up"
.1 (item)
Undated
15 11
4.C.5.3 : Insults an ugly woman while drunk
.2 (items)
Undated
15 11
4.C.6: Caine, John T.
Box Folder
15 11
4.C.6.1: One of the best livestock men Cache Valley ever produced.
.1 (item)
Undated
15 11
4.C.7: Christoffersen, Alexander
Box Folder
15 11
4.C.7.1: Alec the Strongman
Digital Items: 1
Undated
15 12
4.D.1: DuGuesclin, Bertrand
Box Folder
15 12
4.D.1.1 : As a young man, Bertrand DuGuesclin beat all the knights and was named the head of the French armies
.1 (item)
Undated
15 13
4.G.1: Grant, Heber, J
Box Folder
15 13
4.G.1.1 : As a joke, Heber J. Grant's accompanist plays a different song than Grant is singing
.1 (item)
Undated
15 13
4.G.1.2 : Grant called to be apostle by heavenly council
.1 (item)
Undated
15 13
4.G.2: Gershwin, George
Box Folder
15 13
4.G.2.1: Playing "Rapsody in Blue" brings bad luck.
.1 (item)
Undated
15 14
4.H.1: Hickman, Bill
Box Folder
15 14
4.H.1.1 : Bill's brother helped him escape from Johnston's Army
.1 (item)
Undated
15 15
4.H.2: Hitler, Adolf
Box Folder
15 15
4.H.2.1 : Hitler ordered sick and injured into lower levels of tunnel, sealed them off, and flooded the tunnels
.1 (item)
Undated
15 15
4.H.2.2 : Olympic athlete seated next to Hitler
.1 (item)
Undated
15 15
4.H.2.3 : Hitler gets battle plans from book
.1 (item)
Undated
15 16
4.J.1: James, Jesse
Box Folder
15 16
4.J.1.1 : Jesse never stole from doctors
.1 (item)
Undated
15 16
4.J.1.2 : Hid in Meremac Caverns and escaped another way
.1 (item)
Undated
15 16
4.J.1.3 : Hid loot in mountains above Malad, Idaho; sun shows the spot
.2 (items)
Undated
15 16
4.J.1.4 : Seen in Salt Lake City to have picture taken
.1 (item)
Undated
15 16
4.J.1.5 : Gives lame dog to boys
.1 (item)
Undated
15 16
4.J.1.6 : Young man meets Jesse and they trade horses
.1 (item)
Undated
15 16
4.J.1.7 : Jesse James "steals" someone's bed for the night
.1 (item)
Undated
15 16
4.J.1.8 : Money Jesse buries in a graveyard is stolen by a hidden observer
.1 (item)
Undated
15 16
4.J.1.9 : Woman feeds Jesse James
.2 (items)
Undated
15 16
4.J.1.10 : Boy receives revolver from his cousin Jesse James
.1 (item)
Undated
15 16
4.J.1.11 : Woman hides child from James, claims "Contagious Evil."
.1 (item)
Undated
15 16
4.J.1.12 : Jesse James hides out in small ranches
.1 (item)
Undated
15 16
4.J.1.13 : Man started fight with Jesse James and won
.1 (item)
Undated
15 16
4.J.1.14 : Jesse James shot his own horse
.1 (item)
Undated
15 16
4.J.1.15 : Jesse's alleged romance
.1 (item)
Undated
15 17
4.J.2: Johnson, Lyndon Baines
Box Folder
15 17
4.J.2.1 : Johnson's workers register and vote for him in names of dead people
.1 (item)
Undated
15 18
4.K.1: Kimball, Heber C
Box Folder
15 18
4.K.1.1 : Heber C. Kimball speaks eloquently
.1 (item)
Undated
15 18
4.K.1.2 : Joseph Smith tests Kimball
.1 (item)
Undated
15 19
4.K.2: Kimball, J. Golden
Box Folder
15 19
4.K.2.1 : J. Golden can not read talk written from him and swears about it
.11 (items)
Undated
15 19
4.K.2.2 : "Southern Utah is hotter than hell"
.5 (items)
Undated
15 19
4.K.2.3 : "No respect for the priesthood."
.8 (items)
Undated
15 19
4.K.2.4 : "I repent too fast"
.6 (items)
Undated
15 19
4.K.2.5 : "The Lord must enjoy a joke"
.2 (items)
Undated
15 19
4.K.2.6 : "Would you give your life for the Church?"
.1 (item)
Undated
15 19
4.K.2.7 : Regarding tithing
.1 (item)
Undated
15 19
4.K.2.8 : Microphone in front and general authorities in back equals no inspiration"
.3 (items)
Undated
15 19
4.K.2.9 : "Only ten percent of you would go to the Celestial Kingdom"
.2 (items)
Undated
15 20
4.K.2.10 : "Holes in expensive hat for a jackass"
.4 (items)
Undated
15 20
4.K.2.11 : Kimball is carried around on a machine, "I just passed you twelve times, and you didn’t speak to me"
.3 (items)
Undated
15 20
4.K.2.12 : "I’ll give the whole herd to the Lord"
.2 (items)
Undated
15 20
4.K.2.13 : "Hell, I stopped swearing two years ago"
.2 (items)
Undated
15 20
4.K.2.14 : "How many work in church offices? About one-third"
.2 (items)
Undated
15 20
4.K.2.15 : "All in favor of moving Mt. Nebo?"
.6 (items)
Undated
15 20
4.K.2.16 : "Who the hell's funeral am I preaching?"
.2 (items)
Undated
15 20
4.K.2.17 : "You’re too ugly"
.1 (item)
Undated
15 20
4.K.2.18 : Starting talk with "Go to Hell"
.2 (items)
Undated
15 20
4.K.2.19 : "Sing, for hell's sake, sing"
.2 (items)
Undated
15 20
4.K.2.20 : "President Grant says that I swear too damn much"
.1 (item)
Undated
15 20
4.K.2.21 : "We’ve damn near spoiled the boy"
.1 (item)
Undated
15 20
4.K.2.22 : "Regarding the Book of Mormon: read the parts that aren’t sealed"
.1 (item)
Undated
15 20
4.K.2.23 : "No man has ever laid in bed with a woman without doing something"
.1 (item)
Undated
15 20
4.K.2.24 : Swearing marks J. Golden Kimball's presence
.1 (item)
Undated
15 20
4.K.2.25 : Regarding the Word of Wisdom
.1 (item)
Undated
15 21
4.K.2.26 : "Do you remember? Why the hell should I?"
.1 (item)
Undated
15 21
4.K.2.27 : "Too many called by relation, not by revelation"
.2 (items)
Undated
15 21
4.K.2.28 : Swearing helps people remember what he says
.1 (item)
Undated
15 21
4.K.2.29 : Has two choirs sing at the same time to illustrate sound of arguing
.1 (item)
Undated
15 21
4.K.2.30 : On the air: "What the hell is this damn note for?"
.1 (item)
Undated
15 21
4.K.2.31 : "The temple wasn’t there yesterday"
.2 (items)
Undated
15 21
4.K.2.32 : "I love some brethren better than others"
.1 (item)
Undated
15 21
4.K.2.33 : "To make a go of marriage, use more than laying on of hands"
.2 (items)
Undated
15 21
4.K.2.34 : Affects woman's life by saying she can not do so many things at once
.1 (item)
Undated
15 21
4.K.2.35 : Regarding adultery
.1 (item)
Undated
15 21
4.K.2.36 : While he fasted and prayed, someone else married his girl
.1 (item)
Undated
15 21
4.K.2.37 : Fell on woman
.1 (item)
Undated
15 21
4.K.2.38 : Convert the South
.1 (item)
Undated
15 21
4.K.2.39 : "Go get drunk and repent, but do something"
.1 (item)
Undated
15 21
4.K.2.40 : "It takes a damn good man to read the Deseret News"
.1 (item)
Undated
15 21
4.K.2.41 : The Prophet of the Lord
.1 (item)
Undated
15 21
4.K.2.42 : "No visions but damn good nightmares"
.1 (item)
Undated
15 21
4.K.2.43 : Kimball promises a congregation more than can ever occur
.1 (item)
Undated
15 21
4.K.2.44 : Kimball drinks coffee
.2 (items)
Undated
15 21
4.K.2.45 : Kimball regrets his words in a funeral address
.1 (item)
Undated
15 21
4.K.2.46 : "Why don't you go to hell?"
.2 (items)
Undated
15 21
4.K.2.47 : Says he could pee half way across Jordan River
.2 (items)
Undated
15 21
4.K.2.48 : At time of his death, he wonders if it's all a big joke
.1 (item)
Undated
15 21
4.K.2.49 : Southern Utah destroyed if the people don't repent
.1 (item)
Undated
15 21
4.K.2.50 : Says members aren't fit to eat with the pigs
.1 (item)
Undated
15 21
4.K.2.51 : Tells of meeting crazy church members
.1 (item)
Undated
15 22
4.K.3: Kimball, Spencer W
Undated
Box Folder
15 22
4.K.3.1 : "I had to pay thousands to sound like that."
.1 (item)
Undated
15 22
4.K.3.2 : Confusion with Spencer Kinard
.3 (items)
Undated
15 22
4.K.3.3 : Girls do not recognize him
.1 (item)
Undated
15 22
4.K.3.4 : He said drought was a trial.
.1 (item)
Undated
15 22
4.K.3.5 : He is told not to give rides to lone women
.1 (item)
Undated
15 22
4.K.3.6 : "You wouldn’t sleep if you knew what I know."
.1 (item)
Undated
15 22
4.K.3.7 : His reaction to long hair
.1 (item)
Undated
15 22
4.K.3.8 : Tells man to buy food storage instead of presents
.1 (item)
Undated
15 22
4.K.3.9 : Says three Nephites are at conference session
.1 (item)
Undated
15 22
4.K.3.10 : Refuses to speak to congregation because no one has food storage
.1 (item)
Undated
15 22
4.K.3.11 : Inspiration for Yoda came from Spencer W Kimball
.1 (item)
Undated
15 23
4.K.4: Knight, Jesse
Box Folder
15 23
4.K.4.1 : Dream mine discovered
.1 (item)
Undated
15 23
4.K.4.2 : "I’ll donate chandelier, but I don’t think I can play it"
.1 (item)
Undated
15 24
4.K.5: Kennedy, John F
Box Folder
15 24
4.K.5.1 : Kennedy not dead
.4 (items)
Undated
15 24
4.K.5.2 : Kennedy killed by Lee Oswald look alike
.1 (item)
Undated
15 25
4.L.1: Lee, Harold B
Box Folder
15 25
4.L.1.1 : Put "B.S." in book margin for "Brother Skousen."
.2 (items)
Undated
15 25
4.L.1.2 : Oakland Temple, sign given that Lee would one day be church president
.1 (item)
Undated
15 25
4.L.1.3 : Devil told Lee he would be the prophet one day
.1 (item)
Undated
15 26
4.M.1: McConkie, Bruce R
Box Folder
15 26
4.M.1.1 : Sang hymns when he and friends were dating
.1 (item)
Undated
15 26
4.M.1.2 : On his deathbed, his mother tells him to prepare the way for her to die also
.1 (item)
Undated
15 27
4.M.2: McKay, David O
Box Folder
15 27
4.M.2.1 : Tells joke to the Lord
.3 (items)
Undated
15 27
4.M.2.2 : Speeding: "I haven’t slowed down a bit"
.2 (items)
Undated
15 27
4.M.2.3 : Thought Bruce R. McConkie was a vision
.1 (item)
Undated
15 27
4.M.2.4 : "Let's go now," – loved to drive fast
.1 (item)
Undated
15 27
4.M.2.5 : Sister McKay
.1 (item)
Undated
15 27
4.M.2.6 : "Few people die at 91"
.1 (item)
Undated
15 27
4.M.2.7 : Reads chauffeur's thoughts: "I know I am a prophet"
.1 (item)
Undated
15 27
4.M.2.8 : That David O. McKay will never amount to anything
.1 (item)
Undated
15 27
4.M.2.9 : Picture of Christ not correct
.1 (item)
Undated
15 27
4.M.2.10 : Warns people off volcano platform
.1 (item)
Undated
15 27
4.M.2.11 : Told mother that church would not be sending missionaries out by the time her son is old enough
.1 (item)
Undated
15 28
4.M.3: Monson, Thomas S
Box Folder
15 28
4.M.3.1 : Son puts egg in Brother Monson's pocket
.1 (item)
Undated
15 28
4.M.3.2 : High goals – $100,000 dog
.1 (item)
Undated
15 28
4.M.3.3 : Note is passed from Monson to Boyd K. Packer during General Conference
.1 (item)
Undated
15 29
4.M.4: McKay, Gunn
Box Folder
15 29
4.M.4.1 : Gunn McKay as a youth
.1 (item)
Undated
15 30
4.M.5: Merrill, Marriner W
Box Folder
15 30
4.M.5.1 : Disobeys the manifesto against polygamy
.1 (item)
Undated
15 30
4.M.5.2 : Chose to ride his horse in the middle of the road to everyone else's inconvenience
.1 (item)
Undated
15 30
4.M.5.3 : Merrill sells his company but hides gold from his wives
.1 (item)
Undated
15 31
4.M.6: Marshall, Peter
Box Folder
15 31
4.M.6.1 : Peter Marshall, famous Presbyterian minister and politician, had movie made after him
.1 (item)
Undated
15 32
4.N.1: Nibley, Hugh
Box Folder
15 32
4.N.1.1 : Calls graduation robes a mockery in public prayer
.4 (items)
Undated
15 32
4.N.1.2 : Met girl and knew he would marry her
.2 (items)
Undated
15 32
4.N.1.3 : Carved Book of Mormon passage into sandstone in Egyptian
.1 (item)
Undated
15 32
4.N.1.4 : Saves books and continues reading in flooded office
.1 (item)
Undated
15 32
4.N.1.5 : Lectured in English from non-English notes
.1 (item)
Undated
15 32
4.N.1.6 : Bought goat instead of mowing the lawn
.1 (item)
Undated
15 33
4.O.1: Oaks, Dallin
Box Folder
15 33
4.O.1.1 : Strongly-worded letter to follow
.1 (item)
Undated
15 33
4.O.1.2 : Teenage prank
.1 (item)
Undated
15 33
4.O.1.3 : Banned movie
.1 (item)
Undated
15 34
4.P.1: Pratt, Parley
Box Folder
15 34
4.P.1.1 : Has a vision in which his first wife appears and answers his prayers
.1 (item)
Undated
15 35
4.P.2: Priest, Ivy Baker
Box Folder
15 35
4.P.2.1 : Flops in a screen test
.1 (item)
Undated
15 36
4.P.3: Puller, General "Chesty"
Box Folder
15 36
4.P.3.1 : Liked to be surrounded by the enemy so he could shoot in all directions
.1 (item)
Undated
15 37
4.R.1: Rockwell, Porter
Box Folder
15 37
4.R.1.1 : If man is still alive, Porter did not shoot him
.2 (items)
Undated
15 37
4.R.1.2 : Never cut his hair
.2 (items)
Undated
15 37
4.R.1.3 : Cut his hair once for a wig for a lady
.1 (item)
Undated
15 37
4.R.1.4 : Stole pants of Johnston's Army
.1 (item)
Undated
15 37
4.R.1.5 : Disguised as a woman
.1 (item)
Undated
15 37
4.R.1.6 : Kills man after bluffing about other man's gun
.3 (items)
Undated
15 37
4.R.1.7 : Shot two boys he mistook for thieves
.1 (item)
Undated
15 37
4.R.1.8 : "Don’t you have any respect for the priesthood"
.1 (item)
Undated
15 37
4.R.1.9 : Stole tired animals from gold rushers and sold them new ones
.1 (item)
Undated
15 37
4.R.1.10 : Developed drinking problem later in life
.1 (item)
Undated
15 37
4.R.1.11 : Rockwell's cane used to beat off bad guys
.1 (item)
Undated
15 37
4.R.1.12 : Bullets didn't hit him due to special blessing
.1 (item)
Undated
15 38
4.R.2: Roberts, B.H
Box Folder
15 38
4.R.2.1 : About youth
.1 (item)
Undated
15 38
4.R.2.2 : "My father knew your grandfather in the penitentiary"
.1 (item)
Undated
15 39
4.R.3: Roosevelt, Teddy
Box Folder
15 39
4.R.3.1 : Boy rides piggy-back on Roosevelt
.1 (item)
Undated
15 40
4.R.4: Roosevelt, Franklin Delano
Box Folder
15 40
4.R.4.1 : Franklin Roosevelt died by committing suicide
.1 (item)
Undated
16 1
4.S.1: Smith, Joseph
Box Folder
16 1
4.S.1.1 : Blesses man to be a great doctor
.1 (item)
Undated
16 1
4.S.1.2 : Sends Brigham Young to Canada
.1 (item)
Undated
16 1
4.S.1.3 : Tries to prove he can walk on water
.2 (items)
Undated
16 1
4.S.1.4 : Man's arm shrivels trying to behead prophet's body at Carthage
.1 (item)
Undated
16 1
4.S.1.5 : History of Joseph Smith's gun given to the Allred family (photo included)
.2 (items)
Undated
16 1
4.S.1.6 : Mantle of Joseph Smith Falls on Brigham Young
.1 (item)
Undated
16 1
4.S.1.7 : Child gives water to Joseph Smith as he goes to Carthage Jail
.1 (item)
Undated
16 1
4.S.1.8 : Origin of LDS Church
.1 (item)
Undated
16 1
4.S.1.9 : Jokes with man about giving up his land
.1 (item)
Undated
16 1
4.S.1.10 : Smith escapes from prison
.1 (item)
Undated
16 1
4.S.1.11 : Joseph Smith promises man that son will live to be a missionary
.1 (item)
Undated
16 1
4.S.1.12 : Smith prophesis that man will join the church
.1 (item)
Undated
16 2
4.S.2: Smith, Jessie Evans
Box Folder
16 2
4.S.2.1 : Whistles
.7 (items)
Undated
16 2
4.S.2.2 : Reminds Joseph to close his talk
.3 (items)
Undated
16 2
4.S.2.3 : Reminds Joseph to blow his nose in hearing of others
.2 (items)
Undated
16 2
4.S.2.4 : She waves at Joseph
.2 (items)
Undated
16 2
4.S.2.5 : Her brother paid to hear her sing
.2 (items)
Undated
16 2
4.S.2.6 : Turned down opera opportunity for spiritual reasons
.3 (items)
Undated
16 2
4.S.2.7 : Turned down Mother Superior role in play
.4 (items)
Undated
16 2
4.S.2.8 : Duets with Joseph.
.2 (items)
Undated
16 2
4.S.2.9 : Joseph
.9 (items)
Undated
16 3
4.S.2.10 : "The opinions just expressed are not necessarily those of the management"
.2 (items)
Undated
16 3
4.S.2.11: "He's on my payroll"
.1 (item)
Undated
16 3
4.S.2.12 : "He presides, I conduct"
.1 (item)
Undated
16 3
4.S.2.13 : Message of family love had effect on child
.1 (item)
Undated
16 3
4.S.2.14 : She mellowed Joseph Fielding Smith
.1 (item)
Undated
16 3
4.S.2.15 : Member of Evans Sisters singing group
.1 (item)
Undated
16 3
4.S.2.16: Jessie is president of church instead of Claire Middlemas
.1 (item)
Undated
16 3
4.S.2.17 : She feeds Joseph Fielding Smith vitamins so he will live to be president
.1 (item)
Undated
16 3
4.S.2.18 : Referred to Joseph Fielding Smith as "Daddy"
.1 (item)
Undated
16 3
4.S.2.19 : "Daddy, these kids want to talk to you"
.1 (item)
Undated
16 3
4.S.2.20 : Wore make-up
.2 (items)
Undated
16 3
4.S.2.21 : "He’ll learn to like lipstick"
.1 (item)
Undated
16 3
4.S.2.22 : Liked to drive fast
.1 (item)
Undated
16 3
4.S.2.23 : Miniskirts: "The end is in sight"
.1 (item)
Undated
16 3
4.S.2.24 : Waved to crowds
.2 (items)
Undated
16 3
4.S.2.25: Did not know if she could fit into a Volkswagen
.1 (item)
Undated
16 4
4.S.2.26 : The body of an elephant
.1 (item)
Undated
16 4
4.S.2.27 : "Mary had a little sheep..." rhyme
.1 (item)
Undated
16 4
4.S.2.28 : Diamond pin
.1 (item)
Undated
16 4
4.S.2.29 : "I am not spoiled"
.1 (item)
Undated
16 4
4.S.2.30 : Joseph Fielding Smith
.1 (item)
Undated
16 4
4.S.2.31 : Sang at a lot of funerals
.1 (item)
Undated
16 4
4.S.2.32: Liked to talk to people
.2 (items)
Undated
16 4
4.S.2.33 : Wanted step-children to call her "Aunt Jessie"
.1 (item)
Undated
16 4
4.S.2.34 : Joseph Fielding Smith and Jessie hold hands
.1 (item)
Undated
16 4
4.S.2.35 : Made pies with her husband
.1 (item)
Undated
16 4
4.S.2.36 : Helped Joseph Fielding Smith by telling story for him
.1 (item)
Undated
16 4
4.S.2.37 : Big feet
.1 (item)
Undated
16 4
4.S.2.38 : She straightened and combed Joseph Fielding Smith
.1 (item)
Undated
16 4
4.S.2.39 : Made choir men button their jackets
.2 (items)
Undated
16 4
4.S.2.40 : Waving at Joseph Fielding Smith when he wants her to come across the street
.1 (item)
Undated
16 4
4.S.2.41: Selective about whom to marry
.1 (item)
Undated
16 4
4.S.2.42 : Mistakes bust of Lucy Mack Smith for a woman in Joseph Fielding Smith's office
.2 (items)
Undated
16 4
4.S.2.43 : "Joe, come on!"
.1 (item)
Undated
16 4
4.S.2.44 : Organized family reunions
.1 (item)
Undated
16 4
4.S.2.45 : Extended narrative
.1 (item)
Undated
16 5
4.S.3: Smith, Joseph Fielding
Box Folder
16 5
4.S.3.1 : "B.S." for Brother Skousen
.3 (items)
Undated
16 5
4.S.3.2 : Liked to relax by flying in jets
.1 (item)
Undated
16 5
4.S.3.3 : Boat name
.1 (item)
Undated
16 5
4.S.3.4 : Ordered Coke when nothing else was available
.1 (item)
Undated
16 5
4.S.3.5 : Practical joke – bitter olives
.1 (item)
Undated
16 5
4.S.3.6 : Tells woman she can serve mission in spite of bad heart
.1 (item)
Undated
16 5
4.S.3.7 : "Half of you are going to hell!"
.1 (item)
Undated
16 5
4.S.3.8 : "Savior will come."
.1 (item)
Undated
16 5
4.S.3.9 : Rain stops during dedication of Missouri Visitor's Center
.1 (item)
Undated
16 5
4.S.3.10 : Lord's promise
.1 (item)
Undated
16 5
4.S.3.11 : Christ was greatest influence of his life
.1 (item)
Undated
16 5
4.S.3.12 : Home teachers contacted when he died
.3 (items)
Undated
16 5
4.S.3.13 : Liked to be punctual; once was aided by a pilot friend
.1 (item)
Undated
16 5
4.S.3.14 : Kissed his son
.1 (item)
Undated
16 5
4.S.3.15 : In Hawaii
.2 (items)
Undated
16 6
4.S.3.16 : Had more understanding of the plan of salvation than most people could accept
.1 (item)
Undated
16 6
4.S.3.17 : After Jessie's funeral, could not face work; stayed at Bruce R. McConkie's home awhile, then set back to work
.2 (items)
Undated
16 6
4.S.3.18 : Typed by Bible method: "Seek and ye shall find."
.2 (items)
Undated
16 6
4.S.3.19 : Liked red ties
.1 (item)
Undated
16 6
4.S.3.20 : Had picture taken with little girl; later called on her birthday
.2 (items)
Undated
16 6
4.S.3.21 : M.G. Romney
.1 (item)
Undated
16 6
4.S.3.22 : Boycotted a store that opened on Sundays until it stopped
.1 (item)
Undated
16 6
4.S.3.23 : Cried as young missionary confessed to him
.1 (item)
Undated
16 6
4.S.3.24 : Shared his coat with a young boy
.1 (item)
Undated
16 6
4.S.3.25 : Expert handball player
.1 (item)
Undated
16 6
4.S.3.26 : Said he would not change any of his writing before he was president
.1 (item)
Undated
16 6
4.S.3.27 : Always blew a kiss to Jessie as he left for work
.1 (item)
Undated
16 6
4.S.3.28 : His parents paid tithing even during hard times
.1 (item)
Undated
16 6
4.S.3.29 : Wore old style garments. Fell asleep during a meeting
.1 (item)
Undated
16 6
4.S.3.30 : Should be banned
.1 (item)
Undated
16 6
4.S.3.31 : He was a nice, kind man
.1 (item)
Undated
16 6
4.S.3.32 : Used music to bring two general authorities together on an issue
.1 (item)
Undated
16 6
4.S.3.33 : Jessie got him to like singing
.1 (item)
Undated
16 6
4.S.3.34 : Jessie
.1 (item)
Undated
16 6
4.S.3.35 : Regarding Joseph Fielding Smith becoming president
.1 (item)
Undated
16 6
4.S.3.36 : Extended narrative
.1 (item)
Undated
16 6
4.S.3.37 : "Valiant ones in Church come back to the second session"
.1 (item)
Undated
16 6
4.S.3.38 : Played joke on cousin, Israel Smith
.1 (item)
Undated
16 6
4.S.3.39 : Identity is mistaken by disappointed bride
.1 (item)
Undated
16 7
4.S.4: Shipp, Ellis Reynolds
Box Folder
16 7
4.S.4.1 : Shipp, one of the first woman doctors west of the Mississippi, lived in polygamy
.1 (item)
Undated
16 7
4.S.5: Swayse, Sid
Box Folder
16 7
4.S.5.1 : Sid Swayse and the Horse Jump
.1 (item); Digital Items: 1
Undated
16 8
4.T.1: Tran-Hung-Das
Box Folder
16 8
4.T.1.1 : Vietnamese general outwits his enemies
.1 (item)
Undated
16 9
4.V.1: Villa, Pancho
Box Folder
16 9
4.V.1.1 : Villa punished men for bothering Mormon women
.1 (item)
Undated
16 9
4.V.1.2 : Valuable watch is missing; Villa orders the watch returned
.1 (item)
Undated
16 9
4.V.1.3 : Villa releases captured man and punishes renegades who took him
.1 (item)
Undated
16 9
4.V.1.4 : Villa made headquarters at woman's house
.1 (item)
Undated
16 9
4.V.1.5 : Mormons with supplies for missionaries help-up by Villa
.1 (item)
Undated
16 9
4.V.1.6 : Pancho's men steal a boy's horse; the boy steals in back
.1 (item)
Undated
16 9
4.V.1.7 : Pancho Villa's pistol stolen
.1 (item)
Undated
16 9
4.V.1.8 : Villa kills man, claims it's "the ultimate excommunication"
.1 (item)
Undated
16 9
4.V.1.9 : Villa threatens to kill a man for horses
.1 (item)
Undated
16 9
4.V.1.10: Pancho Villa was really killed by campesino
.1 (item)
Undated
16 9
4.V.1.11 : Villa was really Dorotes Arango, a poor farm peasant
.1 (item)
Undated
16 9
4.V.1.12 : Villa killed by earthquake, his body was never found
.1 (item)
Undated
16 9
4.V.1.13 : Town protected from Villa by cleverness
.1 (item)
Undated
16 10
4.W.1: Washington, George
Box Folder
16 10
4.W.1.1 : Old couple take Washington in for a night
.1 (item)
Undated
16 10
4.W.1.2 : George Washington's watch
.1 (item)
Undated
16 10
4.W.1.3 : John Honeyman was George Washington's spy
.2(item)
Undated
16 10
4.W.1.4 : Indians believe Great Spirit protected Washington from harm
.1 (item)
Undated
16 11
4.W.2: Wilkinson, Ernest
Box Folder
16 11
4.W.2.1 : He finds fiancé of a distraught girl at midnight
.1 (item)
Undated
16 11
4.W.2.2 : Promise to student regarding tuition
.1 (item)
Undated
16 11
4.W.2.3 : Did not know that W.C. (Wilkinson Center) stood for water closet
.1 (item)
Undated
16 12
4.W.3: Woodruff, Wilford
Box Folder
16 12
4.W.3.1 : Woodruff goes fishing to avoid being arrested for polygamy
.1 (item)
Undated
16 12
4.W.3.2 : Woman promised to be changed in the twinkling of an eye
.1 (item)
Undated
16 13
4.Y.1: Young, Brigham
Box Folder
16 13
4.Y.1.1 : Tells people of Moroni to change town's location
.1 (item)
Undated
16 13
4.Y.1.2 : Woman having trouble with husband
.1 (item)
Undated
16 13
4.Y.1.3 : "If bread is dry, soak it in the creek"
.1 (item)
Undated
16 13
4.Y.1.4 : Rhyme attributed to Brigham Young against trading at Walker Brothers
0
Undated
16 13
4.Y.1.5 : Snappy comeback to Tom Thumb: "When I was your size.."
.1 (item)
Undated
16 13
4.Y.1.6 : Regarding angel
.1 (item)
Undated
16 13
4.Y.1.7 : States that a spot is where the Gadianton Robbers were
.1 (item)
Undated
16 13
4.Y.1.8 : Hits staff against podium in [LDS] temple, saying three men should not be in temple
.2 (items)
Undated
16 13
4.Y.1.9 : Brigham Young brings up Indian girl
.1 (item)
Undated
16 13
4.Y.1.10 : People supposed to throw tenth of wood off at Eagle Gate for Brigham
.1 (item)
Undated
16 13
4.Y.1.11 : Brigham Young placed spittoons at end of benches in tabernacle
.1 (item)
Undated
16 13
4.Y.1.12 : Evades federal officers
.1 (item)
Undated
16 13
4.Y.1.13 : Brigham disputes with Hosea Stout
.1 (item)
Undated
16 13
4.Y.1.14 : Moves wagon in the night and avoids disaster
.1 (item)
Undated
16 13
4.Y.1.15 : Brigham tells John Neff his descendants would never hunger for bread
.1 (item)
Undated
16 13
4.Y.1.16 : Brigham's father fought in Revolutionary War
.1 (item)
Undated
16 13
4.Y.1.17 : Brigham feuds with General Pat Connor
.1 (item)
Undated
16 13
4.Y.1.18 : Tells Ezra Benson to sell his home and move
.1 (item)
Undated
16 13
4.Y.1.19 : Proclaims an "eternal curse" on city of Corinne
.1 (item)
Undated
16 13
4.Y.1.20 : Tells Erastus Bingham to ignore green rocks in what is now Kennecott
.1 (item)
Undated
16 13
4.Y.1.21 : Bingham curses man for committing crime; the man's hand withers
.1 (item)
Undated
16 13
4.Y.1.22 : Says Cedar City's soil is unsuitable for a town
.1 (item)
Undated
16 13
4.Y.1.23 : Makes daughters' suitors leave for turning lights down
.1 (item)
Undated
16 13
4.Y.1.24 : Brigham's first reaction to Utah
.1 (item)
Undated
16 13
4.Y.1.25 : Carried tobacco with him to prove that he could abstain
.1 (item)
Undated
16 13
4.Y.1.26 : Young believes Peter Nebeker over his son
.1 (item)
Undated
16 13
4.Y.1.27 : Death of a bull in Brigham Young's bullfight
.1 (item)
Undated
16 13
4.Y.1.28 : Man hides gold without telling anybody where it was
.1 (item)
Undated
16 14
4.Y.2: Young, Harriet Cook
Box Folder
16 14
4.Y.2.1 : She saves seed potatoes in spite of Brigham Young's begging for them
.1 (item)
Undated
16 14
4.Y.2.2 : When Brigham Young is going to reprimand her says, "I'm just praying for you to get through"
.1 (item)
Undated

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  • Corporate Names :
  • Utah State University. Folklore Program. (contributor)

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Folklore archives--Utah.
  • Folklore--West (U.S.)
  • Legends--United States.
  • Urban folklore--West (U.S.)
  • Personal Names :
  • Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801--Legends
  • Boggs, Lillburn W., 1792-1860--Legends
  • Bridger, Jim, 1804-1881--Legends
  • Brooks, Juanita, 1898-1989--Legends
  • Brown, Hugh B., 1883-1975--Legends
  • Buffalo Bill, 1846-1917--Legends
  • Capone, Al, 1899-1947--Legends
  • Cassidy, Butch, b. 1866--Legends
  • Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965--Legends
  • Clanton Brothers--Legends
  • Cowley, Matthew, 1897-1953--Legends
  • Du Guesclin, Bertrand, comte de Longueville, ca. 1320-1380--Legends
  • Grant, Heber J. (Heber Jeddy), 1856-1945--Legends
  • Hickman, William Adams (Wild Bill), 1815-1883--Legends
  • Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945--Legends
  • James, Jesse, 1847-1882--Legends
  • Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973--Legends
  • Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963--Legends
  • Kimball, Heber C. (Heber Chase), 1801-1868--Legends
  • Kimball, Jonathan Golden (J. Golden), 1853-1938--Legends
  • Kimball, Spencer W. (Spencer Woolley), 1895-1985--Legends
  • Knight, Jesse, 1845-1921--Legends
  • Marshall, Peter, 1902-1949--Legends
  • McConkie, Bruce R. (Bruce Redd), 1915-1985--Legends
  • McKay, David O. (David Oman), 1873-1970--Legends
  • McKay, Gunn (Koln Gunn), 1925-2000--Legends
  • Merrill, Marriner W. (Marriner Wood), 1832-1906--Legends
  • Monson, Thomas S. (Thomas Spencer), 1927---Legends
  • Nibley, Hugh, 1910-2005--Legends
  • Oaks, Dallin H. (Dallin Harris), 1932---Legends
  • Pratt, Parley P. (Parley Parker), 1807-1857--Legends
  • Priest, Ivy Baker, 1905-1975---Legends
  • Puller, Chesty (Lewis Burwell), 1898-1971--Legends
  • Roberts, B. H. (Brigham Henry), 1857-1933--Legends
  • Rockwell, Orrin Porter, 1813-1878--Legends
  • Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945--Legends
  • Roosevelt, Theodore (Teddy), 1858-1919--Legends
  • Shipp, Ellis Reynolds, 1847-1939--Legends
  • Smith, Jessie Ella Evans, 1938-1971--Legends
  • Smith, Joseph Fielding, 1876-1972--Legends
  • Smith, Joseph, 1805-1844--Legends
  • Trần, Hưng Đạo, 1226-1300--Legends
  • Villa, Pancho (José Doroteo Arango Arámbula), 1878–1923--Legends
  • Washington, George, 1732-1799--Legends
  • Wilkinson, Ernest L. (Leroy), 1899-1978--Legends
  • Woodruff, Wilford, 1807-1898--Legends
  • Young, Brigham, 1801-1877--Legends
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