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Finding Aid for the George W. Boswell Collection

Descriptive Summary

PURL: http://purl.oclc.org/umarchives/MUM00040/
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

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,
University of Mississippi

Access Restrictions

The George W. Boswell Collection is open for research.

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the
making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under
certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized
to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions
is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other
than private study, scholarship or research.” If a user makes a request for,
later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,”
that user may be liable for copyright infringement.


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

Folder 4.1

County folklore
Folder 4.2

Folk customs
Folder 4.3 – 4.4

Folder 5.1 – 5.3

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

Scope: Includes undated essay, “Animal Calls”, by George W. Boswell, 7 pp.
Folder 7.5

Folder 7.6

University of Mississippi maps, 1960s


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