The Missouri Folklore Society

The Missouri Folklore Society was organized December 15, 1906, "to encourage the collection, preservation and study of folklore in the widest sense, including customs, institutions, beliefs, signs, legends, language, literature, musical arts, and folk arts and crafts of all ethnic groups throughout the State of Missouri."

snailmail: P.O. Box 1757 Columbia, MO 65205



Start planning now for the annual meeting -- next year in Kirksville, home of Truman State University, November 3-5. Call for participation will come in the summer of 2016.

Tickets on sale now for the 25th annual Big Muddy

 Festival, April 1-2 in Boonville





Your help needed: a message from Jim Vandergriff --



I want to prepare a journal  issue on Missouri collectors. Specifically, I’d like to include reprints of the articles we have previously published on various collectors, but preface them all with short introductory essays on their collection methods. That will necessitate the writers visiting the various archives and looking at the collectors’ own discussions. Specifically, I’d like to have articles on how Max Hunter, Ward Dorrance, Mary Alicia Owens, Maud Williams Martin, and perhaps Townsend Godsey, actually did their collecting. I’d also like to include Vance Randolph, which would mainly require looking at his published books, as he often commented on his methods therein. For those of you who teach folklore, this might be an opportunity for your students as well. I had planned to do this myself, but am not currently able to travel.

Please let me know if you want to help out.



Of special interest:

Now accepting submissions for Missouri Folklore Studies, an online archive of occasional papers on the traditions of Missouri and its residents.

Members -- here's a printable .pdf of the society's trifold brochure


Students -- apply for the Dolf and Becky Schroeder prize in folklore!


New or renewing member?

Click here for the membership form (.pdf to print and mail)


Links especially for members of MFS


Click here for a listing of ongoing and developing projects and folklore collections to which you can contribute.

Support your Missouri Folklore Society: music and opportunities to donate

Click here to send a note to the newsletter editor on Missouri folklore, folklife or folkarts people and events;

please note: the Missouri Folklore Society will not share its membership list with any individual or organization, nor do we accept paid advertising.


This page appears courtesy of Truman State University

last updated 2-8-16



The Missouri Folklore Society Journal

The Missouri Folklore Society Newsletter

Our main page of links: regional and national folklore organizations, genres, reference and online collections

Calendar of Upcoming Missouri folklore and folklife events

Editor's choice: sites especially worthy of a Missouri folklorist's attention

Missouri Folklore Studies: an online archive of occasional papers, essays and documentation

Resources for educators and students



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