Superstitions, 2009  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Hoyt, Emily
0.02 linear feet
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Emily Hoyt was a student of folklore at the University of Oregon. This collection includes an essay and fieldwork documentation relating to this student's folklore fieldwork project.
University of Oregon, Archives of Northwest Folklore
1287 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon
Telephone: 541-346-3925
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for access in accordance with Archives of Northwest Folklore policy.

Publication of this finding aid was supported in whole or part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by Oregon State Library.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

People's superstitions based on where they live.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Collection is available for use in accordance with Archives of Northwest Folklore policy.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Master sheetReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Release formsReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

EssayReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Folklore textsReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Container(s) Description
Common Superstitions
don't walk under a ladder (4)
Friday the 13th
don't cross a black cat- bad luck (2)
don't step on a crack- bad luck (2)
don't open an umbrella inside- bad luck (2)
only pick up a penny if it's heads up
if you spill salt, throw it over your shoulder
13th floor
break a mirror
hold your breath under a tunnel
four leaf clovers- good luck
special clothes for taking tests
don't call something before it happens (like test grades)
"break a leg" before a show
Special Superstitions
don't walk under ladders- bad luck
if you find a cricket in the house, it is good luck
doesn't believe in superstitions
listen to a specific song for good luck

Interview transcriptReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • folk beliefs
  • luck
  • Students
  • Superstitions
  • Personal Names :
  • Chan, Gina
  • Cotter, Carley
  • Hasler, Rebecca
  • Rauch, Abigail
  • Geographical Names :
  • United States
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Fieldwork project