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Finding Aid for the George W. Boswell Collection (MUM00040)

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Finding Aid for the George W. Boswell Collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: George W. Boswell Collection
Dates: circa 1970s
Collector: Boswell, George W.
Physical Extent: 7 boxes (3.5 linear feet)
Repository: University of Mississippi. Department of Archives and Special Collections. University, MS 38677, USA
Identification: MUM00040
Location: General Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Abstract: George W. Boswell (1920-1995) was a folklorist and professor of English at the University of Mississippi in the 1970s. The collection contains files relating to Boswell's folklore research.

Administrative Information

Processing Information

Collection processed by Archives and Special Collections staff. Finding aid encoded by Kathryn Michaelis, October 2011.


No further additions are expected to this collection.

Subject Terms

Boswell, George W.
Folklorists -- United States
Folklore -- Mississippi
Folk songs


manuscripts (document genre)
sheet music
clippings (information artifacts)

Biographical Note

George W. Boswell (1920-1995) was a professor of English at the University of Mississippi in the 1970s. As a respected folklorist, Boswell's research interests included county folklore, folk customs, and folk music of Mississippi. Boswell was a past president of the Tennessee, Kentucky, and Mississippi Folklore Societies, and the founder of the Oxford (Miss.) Madrigal Society.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains stories, historical sketches, manuscripts, sheet music, and other materials relating to George W. Boswell's folklore research.

User Information

Preferred Citation

George W. Boswell Collection, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

Access Restrictions

The George W. Boswell Collection is open for research.

Copyright Restrictions

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Container List

Folder 1.1 - 1.6 Typewritten manuscripts, various subjects
Folder 2.1 - 2.6 Historical sketches
Folder 3.1 - 3.3 Historical sketches
Folder 3.4 - 3.5 Stories
Folder 4.1 County folklore
Folder 4.2 Folk customs
Folder 4.3 - 4.4 Superstitions
Folder 5.1 - 5.3 Sayings
Folder 5.4 - 5.7 Folk songs and music
Folder 6.1 - 6.4 Folk songs and music
Folder 7.1 Food and recipes
Folder 7.2 Loose leaves
Folder 7.3 Folksong classification notes
Folder 7.4 Correspondence
Scope: Includes undated essay, "Animal Calls", by George W. Boswell, 7 pp.
Folder 7.5 Clippings
Folder 7.6 University of Mississippi maps, 1960s