Miscellaneous Collection, 1970  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Miscellaneous Collection
1970 (inclusive)
0.03 linear feet
Collection Number
Richard Havens 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.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Collection includes project release form signed by the collector.

Restrictions on Use

Collection is open 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

Folklore textsReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Container(s) Description
Urban: The girl in Portland who had a terrible itch in her forehead
Narrative joke: pun is on spoken sound-effects
One narrative joke about a stranger who meets a man from S. Dakota and a pig
Riddle joke: word-pun --obscene
Games -schoolchildren's
Shadow Tag
Chinese Tag
Stop/Running Game
Fruit Basket --Calling-out Game
Miss Gentleman Jones: fragment only
Pull Away --Running/Catching Game
The Miller's Game --Catching a partner
Folk speech
Two mnemonic devices (How to spell 'geography' and how to learn the order of the planets)
"Up to the pig's snout"
Two recipes for soap
Short reference to 'Virginia Reel' and song (ca. 1900)
Folk medicine
Prevent bed-wetting
Two for arthritis or rheumatism
One spring-time tonic (also used for seven-year itch)
Colds, coughs and croup: assafetida bag
Sore throat cure (also used as hair-rinse)
Remedy for warts
Cold cure (onion bag)
Curing boils or carbuncles: shooting a sparrow, etc. (also helped for mastoid)
One proverb about people (used ca. 25-30 years ago)
Three Swedish proverbs
One proverb to refer to courtship and marriage
One proverb to emphasize role of the 'man of the house'
Poetry and Rhymes
Parody on advertisement for Carnation Milk: "No tits to pull. .. "
German poem: "Ieh bin ein dummen (sic) Esel"
Jump-rope rhymes: "Old Man Daisy", "Doctor, Lawyer"
Children's rhymes: "...... so they say", "The monkey married the baboon's sister", "Has her gone", "A funny little bird the froggie am"
Folk songs
"Yankee Doodle" (children's variation)
A selection of epitaphs from the Lone Fir Cemetery, Portland, Ore
Luck at cards
Cosmic phenomena: moon, looking over shoulder and bad luck
Weather: lightning and thunder
Nose itching
Dropping objects
Predicting death (3)

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P01_1970_106_01: folk saying

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • children's games
  • children's poetry
  • contemporary legends
  • Dance
  • Elementary teachers
  • epitaphs
  • folk medicine
  • folk speech
  • folklife
  • folksongs
  • German-Russian (parents of informant)
  • High school teachers
  • Housewife
  • jokes
  • Magic
  • Poetry
  • Proverbs
  • school children
  • superstitions
  • Swedish
  • Personal Names :
  • Crites, Sybil
  • Douthit, Laurie
  • Ellsworth, Bradley
  • Havens, Richard
  • Havens, Ruby
  • Havens, Thomas
  • Johnson, Marian
  • Pratt, Sabina
  • Sawyer, Dorthy
  • Walk, Don Van
  • Corporate Names :
  • Lone Fir Cemetery (Portland, Or.).
  • Geographical Names :
  • Cottage Grove (Or.)
  • Eugene (Or.)
  • Roseburg (Or.)
  • Washington (State)
  • Wisconsin
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Fieldwork project