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MF 053 Ricker College Student Folklore Papers

Number of accessions: 27
Dates when interviews were conducted: 1971-1975
Time period covered: Early to mid 20th century
Principal interviewer: various
Finding aides: none
Access restrictions: For roughly half of the accessions the copyright has been retained by the interviewees.
Description: Papers written by students enrolled in a folklore class at Ricker College (Houlton, Maine) taught by Gifford Stevens.

 

0601 By Steve Glover for Folklore at Ricker College, spring 1971, Houlton, Maine. Paper deals with folk medicine; weather signs; omens; forerunners; ghosts; devil stories. Text: 9 pp. paper.

0602 By Rosemary Elliot for Folklore at Ricker College, spring 1971, Houlton, Maine. Paper deals with home remedies. Text: 10 pp. paper.

0603 By Tom Leonard for Folklore at Ricker College, spring 1971, Houlton, Maine. Paper on jokes collected at Ricker College. Text: 25 pp. paper.

0604 By Rick DeFusco for Folklore at Ricker College, spring 1971, Houlton, Maine. Paper deals with limericks; beer songs; a funny story. Text: 13 pp. paper.

0605 By Paul Kelly for Folklore at Ricker College, spring 1971, Houlton, Maine. Paper deals with stories about death. Text: 16 pp. paper.

0606 By Cecilia John for Folklore at Ricker College, spring 1971, Houlton, Maine. Paper on African proverbs; animal stories; Märchen; a hero tale; a game; and a legend. Text: 13 pp. paper.

0607 By Dennis Donovan for Folklore at Ricker College, spring 1971, Houlton, Maine. Paper deals with ethnic jokes. Text: 10 pp. paper.

0608 By Peter Sewall for Folklore at Ricker College, spring 1971, Yarmouth, Maine; Winchester, Massachusetts. Paper deals with summer complaint stories; jokes; folk remedies; forerunners. Text: 14 pp. paper.

0609 By Nancy Campbell for Folklore at Ricker College, spring 1971, Houlton, Maine. Paper deals with hoax stories; devil stories; beliefs and proverbs; cures; sayings. Text: 27 pp. paper.

0610 By Carolyn Turney for Folklore at Ricker College, spring 1971, Houlton, Maine. Paper deals with limericks set to music; stories about Indians; stories about treasure; remedies. Text: 24 pp. paper.

0611 By Dorothy Dwyer for Folklore at Ricker College, spring 1971, Houlton, Maine; Newport, Rhode Island. Paper deals with ghost stories; superstitions; luck; ethnic customs; children’s songs. Text: 47 pp. paper.

0612 By Robert McCartney for Folklore at Ricker College, spring 1971, Houlton, Maine. Paper deals with a collection of jokes: dead baby, moron, elephant, ethnic; other jokes; beliefs. Text: 13 pp. paper.

0819 Various people from Akeley Hall, Ricker College, interviewed by Michael Brigati, spring 1973, Houlton, Maine. Series of unrecorded interviews with various people from Akeley Hall, Ricker College. Paper deals with the different games played in big cities and handed down by oral tradition. Text: 24 pp. paper with table of contents.

0820 By Cheryl Derby for English Folklore course at Ricker College, spring 1973, Stowe, Vermont. Paper deals with a collection of superstitions; folk medicine; jokes; game songs; riddles; proverbs from Stowe, Vermont area. Text: 17 pp. paper with table of contents.

0821 By Charlene Henderson for English Folklore course at Ricker College, spring 1973, Houlton, Maine. Paper deals with a collection of tall tales; ghost stories; superstitions; jokes; hoaxes; trucking stories. Text: 21 pp. paper with table of contents.

0822 By Deborah Libby for English Folklore course at Ricker College, spring 1973, Ashland, Maine. Paper deals with a collection of fishing and woods stories from Ashland, Maine; collection of superstitions of French families living in Sheridan, Maine. Text: 18 pp. paper with table of contents.

0823 By Raymond R. Lines for English Folklore course at Ricker College, spring 1973, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. Paper deals with a collection of hangover cures and folk sayings. Text: 21 pp. paper.

0824 By Paul D. Morin for English Folklore course at Ricker College, spring 1973, Amesbury, Massachusetts. Paper deals with of childhood games and how they were played. Text: 25 pp. paper with table of contents.

0825 By Sara Bean for English Folklore course at Ricker College, spring 1973, Houlton and Smyrna, Maine. Paper deals with a collection of lumbercamp stories; religion; being shrewd; advice to lovelorn; every day living. Text: 25 pp. paper.

0826 By Sally Pridham, spring 1973, Houlton and Kittery, Maine. Paper deals with a collection of tales and folk tales. Text: 33 pp. paper.

0827 By Janet Sheridan for for English Folklore course at Ricker College, spring 1973, Long Island, New York. Paper deals with a collection of good luck superstitions; bad luck superstitions; remedies; place name legends; jokes; songs. Text: 22 pp. paper.

0828 By Jeffrey T. Wennar for English Folklore course at Ricker College, spring 1972, Houlton, Maine; Emerson, New Jersey. 20 pp. Paper deals with a collection of legends. Text: 20 pp. paper.

0890 Various, interviewed by Renee McCoy, for Folklore Course at Ricker College taught by Gifford Stevens, Houlton, Maine, spring 1975. Paper, titled “Do you remember when you played….?,” deals with children’s games collected from various age groups ranging from 8-45 years in Brooklyn, NY, Houlton, ME, New Limerick, ME, and Manhattan, NY; game rules; and a list of games: Being Chosen “It,” Jump/Skip Rope, Hand Games, Ball Games, Tag Games, Street Games, and Miscellaneous Games. Text: 33 pp. paper.

0891 Various, interviewed by Ferris, Merryn & Michael O’Hara, for Folklore Course at Ricker College taught by Gifford Stevens, Houlton, Maine, spring 1975. Paper, titled “Everybody is a Doctor,” is a collection of folk remedies collected from fellow students, friends, family, and health food store owner Lydia Lauder; Evil Eye; unquiet grave (dreams); cures for: hiccups, colds, headaches, coughs, stomach aches, fevers, sore throats, bee stings, warts, arthritis, cramps, and many other ailments; paper provides symbol key for organizational relevance. Text: 33 pp. paper.

0892 Various, interviewed by Dave Milgram, for Folklore Course at Ricker College taught by Gifford Stevens, Houlton, Maine, spring 1975. Paper, titled “Peanuts: Fine Rhyme on One Line,” is a collection of dirty jokes collected from various sources mostly from Houlton College ages 11 to 28; includes one-line jokes, fake book titles, sayings, proverbs, superstitions, rhymes, songs, and military chants. Text: 20 pp. paper.

0893 Various, interviewed by Pat Cunningham and Mike Jackins, for Folklore Course at Ricker College taught by Gifford Stevens, Houlton, Maine, spring 1975. Paper is a collection of samples of graffiti at Ricker College; graffiti taken from dorms, bathroom stalls, locker rooms, and from a poster contest inside the dormitories; types of graffiti varied depending on location; graffiti ranges from gross and unintelligent, lengthy (TEP Fraternity), individualistic, and short and philosophical. Text: 15 pp. paper.

0894 Walter Sibley, interviewed by Jeff Sonn for Folklore Course at Ricker College taught by Gifford Stevens, Houlton, Maine, April 29, 1975, at Sibley’s cabin home in New Limerick, Maine. Paper titled “Collection of Folklore Songs.” Sibley talks about life as a railroad man; his singing and music; Jimmy Rodgers; playing music; Ralphie Lovely; his dog; traveling; his father working for the railroad; his musical inspiration coming from “Wilf Carter”; B & A Railroad; Paul Bunyon; sings various songs by: Jimmy Rodgers, Ralphie Lovely, Wilf Carter, and various unknown authors; yodeling. Sonn accidentally erased the recording, but transcribed the songs before doing so. Text: 51 pp. transcript, 2 pp. index.

1185 Merle Fenlason, Jean Fenlason, Foster Gordon, David Gordon, Nanette Gordon, Suzanne Gordon York, Christopher Gordon, Patrick Gordon, Margaret Gordon, interviewed by Margaret Gordon for Folklore at Ricker College, spring 1978. 59 pp. ms. Tape: 1/2 hr. no cat, or trans. Paper deals with a collection of folk sayings; proverbs; and folksongs. Text: 57 pp. paper, no catalog or transcript. Recording: T 1244.


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