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William Lightfoot Collection of Student papers,

Identifier: AC-194

Scope and Contents

The William Lightfoot Collection of Student Papers contains folklore research papers from students in Lightfoot's classes. Students conducted interviews, giving informant and interviewer biographical information. These interviews were used as the springboard for analysis of various folklore topics. Subject matter varies: herb lore, superstitions, family stories, songs, ghost stories, tales predominate. Unique subjects include graffiti, illicit drug lore, hand-tied lace, witchcraft, Swift's Silver Mine, marching band beliefs, cafeteria lore, Greek folklore. Earlier papers include audiocassettes of the interviews.


  • Creation: 1981-1990


The materials are in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections. Some papers are not released for use in research. Most authors request those writing articles to change names of informants and individuals. Written consent for duplication of some of the papers must be obtained. See individual papers for additional restrictions.

Copyright Notice

Standard federal copyright laws apply.

Biographical Note

William Edwin "Bill" Lightfoot (born 1940) studied folklore at Indiana University in 1976. His dissertation is entitled, "Folklore of the Big Sandy Valley of Eastern Kentucky." He taught folklore at Appalachian State University and was an Appalachian Studies faculty member. He specializes in Lulu Belle and Scotty (Wiseman) history, WSL Barn dance, Etta Baker, and Travis-style guitar picking. Lightfoot retired in 2002.


4.25 Linear Feet (8 boxes)


This collection consists of the student papers written for the folklore classes of William "Bill" Lightfoot, retired English professor at Appalachian State University, as well as audiocassettes of the student interviews.


The collection is arranged chronologically, then by semester. Individual student papers are filed alphabetically within the semester.

Missing Title

  1. Folklore
  2. Lightfoot, William, 1940-
  3. Oral history

Acquisitions Information

William Lightfoot donated this collection to the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection. This collection was opened to the public on 23 June 2003.

Processing Information

Processed by Kristi Harris and Kathryn Staley, 23 June 2003; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, Rosemary Ulrey, Rachel Critzer, 30 June 2005, revised 2008; Reprocessed and finding aid revised by Cynthia Harbeson, July 2014.

AC.194: William Lightfoot Collection of Student Papers, 1981-1990
Processed by: Kristi Harris and Kathryn Staley; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kathryn Staley, Rosemary Ulrey, Rachel Critzer
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Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository