Missouri Folklore Society Journal

editorial board:

Adam Brooke Davis, Truman State University

Betsy Delmonico, Truman State University

Rachel Gholson, Missouri State University

Donna Jurich, University of Arizona

Barb Price, Truman State University

Brett Rogers, William Woods University

LuAnne Roth, University of Missouri-Columbia

Jim Vandergriff, Knox College (ret)

Lyn Wolz, University of Kansas


Due to an extraordinary constellation of misfortunes distributed in a way hard to attribute purely to chance, MFSJ has fallen behind in its editorial schedule. We have a number of volumes in simultaneous preparation. We hope to be current by FY 2013.



Back issues may be purchased for $10, though supplies of the earliest numbers are exhausted. Email the webmaster to inquire.




Volume 1, 1979

Douglas Wixson, "The Oral Tradition of Fiddle Music in the Early Days of Radio: Uncle Jim Haley of Pulaski County";

Cathy Barton, "Max Hunter: Ozark Song Collector";

Michael Patrick, "The Razorback as a Legendary Creature in the Novels of Mitchell Jayne and Donald Harington";

William M. Clements, "The Folklorist, the Folk, and the Region"

54 pp


Volume 2, 1980

William K. McNeil, "Mary Alicia Owen, Collector of Afro-American and Indian Lore in Missouri";  

Rosemary Hyde Thomas, "Traditional Types of Nicknames in a Missouri French Creole Community";

James M. Shirky, "A Missouri Dunkard Community";

Robert G. Brady, "German-American Folklore in Missouri: John G. Eberhard's Deutsch Amerikanische Volkserzählungen";  

Rebecca B. Schroeder, review of Vance Randolph, Ozark Folksongs;

Record review

76 pp


Volume 3, 1981

James L. Evans, "Frog Jumping Contests";

Charles R. Mink, "The Ozark Hillbilly: A Vanishing American";

Michael Patrick, "Traditional Ozark Entertainment";

John W. Roberts, "Jim the Wonder Dog";

book review, record review

79 pp



Volume 4, 1982, Special Issue, Dedicated to Vance Randolph

Donald M. Lance, "Max Hunter Remembers Vance and Mary";

Gordon McCann, "What Do You Know about Horseheads and Crow Poison?";

Douglas Mahnkey, "Vance Randolph: An Appreciation";

Michael Luster, "Vance Randolph: A Chronology"; 

Rebecca B. Schroeder, "Unprintable Songs from the Ozarks: Forgotten Manuscripts";

Lyn A. Wolz, "Anglo-American Music in Missouri: An Annotated Bibliography";

Library of Congress, "Missouri Field Recordings in the Archive of Folk Culture";

book review, record reviews

124 pp



Volume 5, 1983

Carol Pinney Crabb, "The Evolution of Quilt Shows at Nineteenth Century Missouri Fairs";

Sample Quilt Blocks;

Bettina Baker Havig, "A Dominion of Quiet: The Amish Quiltmaker’s World";

Lynn Morrow, "The Yocum Silver Dollar";

Michael Patrick, "Fil Hancock of Rolla";

book and record reviews 60 pp


Volume 6, 1984

John R. David, "Frankie and Johnnie: The Trial of Frankie Baker";

Ralph Gregory, "Wine-Making in the Duden Settlement: History and Customs";

Elaine J. Lawless, "Traditional Women Preachers in Mid-Missouri";

Douglas Wixson, "Jack Conroy and Industrial Folklore";

record review, book reviews;

Lyn Wolz, Index Volumes I-V

100 pp



Volume 7, 1985

Donald M. Lance, "The Origin and Pronunciation of ‘Missouri’";

Donald Love, "Bushwhacking Stories in Ozark Oral Tradition";

Ellen Gray Massey, "Preserving the Past: The Bittersweet Experience";

Suzanne Chamier, "‘Scrapping’ Tiff and Tales: Storytelling in La Vieille Mine, Missouri";

book reviews

84 pp



Volume 8-9, 1986-1987, Special Double Issue, Dedicated to Missouri Collectors: 

Susan L. Pentlin and Rebecca B. Schroeder, "H. M. Belden, The English Club, and The Missouri Folklore Society";

Susan L. Pentlin, "Maude Williams Martin: Early Ballad Collector in Missouri";

Mary Elizabeth Allcorn, "Mary Alicia Owen: Missouri Folklorist";

John R. Hensley, "Things and the Folk: Vance Randolph and Material Culture";

Judy Prozzillo Byers, "Ruth Ann Musick ? The Show-Me Mountaineer: A Missourian Adopts West Virginia";

Jane Grosby, "The First National Folk Festival";

Rebecca B. Schroeder and Donald M. Lance, "John L. Handcox: ‘The Sharecropper Troubador’";

W. K. McNeil, "‘The Iron Mountain Baby’: A Song and Its History";

Rebecca B. Schroeder, "Versions of ‘The Iron Mountain Baby’ in the Loman Cansler and Max Hunter Collections";

C. Ray Brassieur, "Washington County Versions of ‘The Iron Mountain Baby’";

Rosemary Hyde Thomas, "Getting People Involved: A Case Study of Community Involvement in the Old Mines French Project";

Norma Ortiz-Karp, "Folksong Materials in the University of Arkansas Library";

Laura Bullion, "Folk Research Collections at the University of Missouri in Columbia";

Lyn A. Wolz, "Folk Music in Missouri: A Selected Annotated Bibliography";

book and record reviews

244 pp


Volume 10, 1988, Special Issue, Traditional Uses of Native Plants in Missouri

Guest Editor, Rosemary Hyde Thomas

Patricia P. Timberlake, "George Engelmann, 1809-1884: Early Missouri Botanist";

Kathy Love, "Julian Steyermark, 1909?1988";

Leonard Blake, "Food Plants of the Historic Osage Indians"; Ginny Wallace, "Living Close to the Land: How the Osage Indians Used Native Plants";

Steven Foster and Yue Chongxi, "Disjunct Occurrence and Folk Uses of Medicinal Plants in the Ozarks and in China";

Mike Gruendler, Sharon Matlock, and Carole Mushkin, "Medicinal Plants";

Ella Roberson, "Sassafras: A Useful Plant";

Bill Summers, "Wild Spring Greens";

Mary Parrott, "A German Rural Community’s Use of Edible Greens";

Elaine Andree, "Wild Edibles of the St. John’s Region";

Carol Leigh Brack-Kaiser, "Missouri Plants and Their Historic Uses in Natural Dyeing";

Rosemary Hyde Thomas, "Suitcase Science Kit on Missouri Ethnobotany";

book reviews

116 pp


Volumes 11-12. 1989-1990, Double Issue,

Commemorating Missouri University Sesquicentennial

Rosemary Gabbert Musil, "My Papa Said;  R.O.T.C. at Early Missouri University"; "The White Pillars";

Barry Kirk, "The Brookshire House: Development of a Young Legend";

Joel Bartow, "That Ain’t No Way to Kill a Werewolf: The Modernization of an Old Legend";

Carol P. Crabb, "Steamin’ up the Missouri River";

Charles van Ravenswaay, "New Homes in the West as Described in the Letters of Two German-Americans";   

Susan Lee Pentlin, "German in the Warrensburg Schools, 1871-1875: A Short-Lived Attempt at Cultural


Gary Kremer & Lynn Morrow, "Pennytown: A Freedman's Hamlet, 1871-1945";

Leslie Konnyu, "Hungarians in Missouri: Preserving Old Traditions";

Peter Hilty, "Farm Metaphor, A Eulogy";

Michael Patrick, "Ward Dorrance: In the Shadow of Vance Randolph?";

Kathy Love, "The World of Townsend Godsey"

Rachel Vukas, "Joan O’Bryant";

Jim Krause, "The Joan O’Bryant Folksong Collection";

Randy E. Roberts, "The Peter Tamony Collection";

Charles Mink & Becky Schroeder, "An Urban Legend in Mid-Missouri";

William M. Clements, "The Flowering of Religious Folklife Studies";

Elaine J. Lawless, "Diversities of Books on Religious Folklore and Folklife";

Donald M. Lance, "Appalachian and Ozark Dialect";

Ellen Gray Massey, "The Glow of Foxfire";

Clyde Wade, "Humor, 1830-1861";

James N. Wise, "The Oral Tradition";

Robbie Lieberman, "The Big Question: For Money or for the Folk"; 

book and video reviews;

Lyn Wolz, Index to Volumes I-X

264 pp


Volumes 13-14, 1991-1992, Special Issue: Fiddling in Missouri

Richard Blaustein, "Jake and Lena Hughes: Grassroots Promoters of the Old-Time Fiddling Revival in Missouri and the Great Plains Region";

C. Thomas Cairney, "‘That Devil Fiddle’: Scotch-Irish Folk Religion and Ethnic Boundary Maintenance in Southern Missouri";

Loman Cansler, "The Fiddle and Religion";

Timothy J. Cooley, "When a Tune Becomes a Folk Tune: Fiddling in Southern Illinois";

Linda L. Danielson, "Oregon Fiddling: The Missouri Connection";

Howard W. Marshall, "‘Marmaduke’s Hornpipe’: Speculations on the Life and Times of a Historic Missouri Fiddle Tune";

Amy E. Skillman, "‘She Oughta Been a Lady’: Women Old-Time Fiddlers in Missouri";

Julie Youmans, "Warming the Cold Notes: Style and Boundaries in Old-Time Fiddling";

Rebecca B. Schroeder, In Memoriam:  "Missouri Folk Song Collector: Loman D. Cansler (1924-1992)";

Rebecca B. Schroeder, "The Dean of Missouri Fiddle Music: Remembering R P. Christeson (1911-1992)";

Howard W. Marshall, "Skilled Fiddler and Local Historian: Thomas Arthur Galbraith (1909-1993)"

198 pp



Volumes 15-16. 1993-1994, Double Issue, History and Legend in Missouri

Dick Steward, "Western Myth: History Versus the Legends and Lore of John Smith T";

Dick Steward, "The Little Yankee: The Duelist as Folk Hero";

Jim Vandergriff, "The Legend of Joe’s Cave: Murder, Medicine, Counterfeiting, and Vigilantism in Early Camden County";

Phil Hoebing, "‘Fr. Gus’: The Slave Priest from Ralls County, Missouri";

Susan Pentlin, "John A. Gallaher and Coal Mining at Montserrat, Missouri: History and Legend";

Lynn Morrow, "‘I Am Nothing but a Poor Scribbler’: Silas Turnbo and His Writings";

Phil Hoebing, "Snake Lore in Mark Twain Country";

Jan Harold Brunvand, "Was It a Stunned Deer or Just a Deer Stunt? (The Story behind a Missouri Legend)";

John Morgan, "Cockfighting: A Rural American Tradition";

Daniel M. Schores, "The Use of Riddles in the Ozarks and Other Mountain Cultures";

C. Ray Brassieur, "Art and Heritage in Southeast Missouri: The Bootheel Project";

Sw. Anand Prahlad (Dennis Folly), "Collecting in the Bootheel: An Overview of Student Participation";

Jerome Stueart, "The Bootheel Project: An Artist’s Picture";

book and video reviews

210 pp



Volume 17, 1995, Special Issue, Music and Song

Karen J. Sanders, "Making the Babes Our Own: A Search for a Song";

Dana Everts-Boehm, "‘Oh, Don’t You Remember’: A Family Portrait of ‘Babes in the Woods’";

Mary Ann Fitzwilson, "With Hammers of Their Own Design: Scholarly Treatment of the John Henry Tradition";

Jill Davidson, "The Meeks Family Murder"; Rose Johnson, "Music in the Park: Hannibal Builds a New Bandstand";

book and video reviews;

Index to Volumes 11-16

196 pp



Volumes 18-19, 1996-1997, Special Issue, Collectors of Missouri Music and Lore, Part I

James Denny, "The Manitou Bluffs on the Missouri River";

Allen Walker Read, "The Onomastic Background of John Hay’s ‘Pike County Ballads’";

Mary Alicia Owen, "The Significance of Folk-Lore" (1916);

Alison K. Brown, "Beads, Belts and Bands: The Mesquakie Collection of Mary Alicia Owen";

Henry Marvin Belden, "Autobiographical Notes";

Henry Marvin Belden, "The Study of Folk-Song in America" (1904);

Henry Marvin Belden, "The Ballad of Lord Bakeman" (1904);

Donald R. Holliday, "Songs for Calloused Souls: or ‘It Ain’t Hard to Sing The Blues, Cause Murder and Maiming Every Day Ain’t Good News’";

C. Ray Brassieur, "Joseph Médard Carrière (1902-1970): Collector of Missouri French Folklore";

Robert L. Ramsay, "Folkways in Missouri Place Names";

Allen Walker Read, "Tribute to Professor Robert L. Ramsay";

Joseph P. Ramsay, "A Brief Biography of Professor Robert L. Ramsay";

Detailed bibliographies of Belden, Carrière, and Ramsay;

book reviews

200 pages



Volume 20, 1998, Special Issue, Collectors of Missouri Music and Lore

R. P. Christeson, "Old-Time Fiddling in Missouri: A Workshop";

Donald M. Lance, ed., "Reminiscences of R. P. Christeson";

R. P. Christeson, "A Tribute to William A. (Bill) Driver";

A Chronology of Robert Perry Christeson;

Timothy Bond, "P.S., Make Sure You Bring Your Fiddle: The Ancestry, Life, and Legacy of Herk Sanders";

Donald M. Lance, ed., "Chroniclers of an Era: Loman Cansler and Max Hunter, Collectors of Traditional Music, Song, and Lore";

A Chronology of Loman Doyle Cansler;

Loman D. Cansler, "Liner Notes, Folksongs of Missouri";

A Chronology of Max Franklin Hunter;

Mary Celestia Parler and Vance Randolph, "Max Hunter";

Mary Celestia Parler, "Two Yarrow Ballads from the Ozarks";

Judy Domeny, "Terrible Songs--Missouri Tragedies in Music";

Sean Killeen, "Going to Kansas City … and to Springfield";

Ann W. Pittman, "Echoes from de Ole Camp Ground";

Rosemary Hyde Thomas, "Ann Washington Pittman: A Tribute for her Ninetieth Birthday";

Knox McCrory, "Notes on the Harmonica: Toy or Musical Instrument?" ;

book and record reviews.

190 pp.



Volume 21, 1999

C. Ray Brassieur, "Thereby Hangs a Tale. An Old French Story Survives in Brittany and Missouri: An Unexpected Rendezvous";

Linda Walker Stevens, "The Story of Wine at Hermann";

Erin McCawley Renn, "Edward Kemper's World: An Essay on The Architecture and Cultural Landscape of a Nineteenth Century German American Community";

A E. Schroeder, "An Interview with Anna Kemper Hesse";

Phil Hoebing, "Legends of Lover's Leaps";

Cathy M. Jackson, "Jesse James: His Legend Has Never Done Him Wrong"; 

Donald M. Lance, "'Seed Tick School' and Beyond: Oral Histories and Stories Collected by Roy Edwin Thomas";

W. K. McNeil, "In Memory of Harlan Daniel, Collector";

Inez E. Lawson, "Memories."

book and audio reviews

172 pp


Volume 22, 2000

Special Issue: Material Culture

Issue Editor: Howard W. Marshall

Charles A. Stewart, “The Nail Trade in Missouri: Archaeological Evidence at the Hickman House”

Becky L. Snider, “The Round Barn Form: Functionality, Spiritualism, or Aesthetics?”

Toni Prawl and Stacy Sone, “The Ralph Richterkessing Farm: An Expression of German-American Culture in Rural Missouri

 E. D. McKinney “Uncle Johnnie Maighin: Manx Builder in the Ozarks

Christina Carl, “The Hughes Homestead: A Depression-Era Log House”

Tara Christopher Crane, “Scottish Folk Costume in Ethnic Identity”

Lisa Higgins, “Everyone Has a Bit of It and No One Has It All”: Missouri’s  Traditional Arts


148 pp


Volume 23 (2000)

Special Issue Material Culture

Issue Editor: Howard W. Marshall

Carrie J. Watson: “A Remnant of the Boonslick Trail”

Debbie Sheals, “Cultural Assimilation and Architecture: German Building Traditions in Washington, Missouri”

Anne Powell, “A Glimpse into the History of Bonne Terre, Missouri through its Cemetery”

Brett Rogers, “The World the Caves Made: A Missouri Slave Community in Freedom”

Janet Blohm Pultz, “Made of Clay: The Economic and Social Structure of Pottery Production in Missouri”

Laurel E. Wilson, “The Cornett Family Textiles: Function to Fashion”

Katherine Wiehagen, “Early Twentieth Century Metal Truss Highway Bridges in Boone County, Missouri”

Howard Wight Marshall, “Notes on Missouri Pottery”


199 pps



Volume 24, 2002

Editors Cathy Barton and Dave Para

Susan C. Attalla, “An Orphan Ditty”: In Search of the Ozark Houn’ Dawg       

William Keel, “Was ist eine Schnitzelbank? The Tradition Behind the Popular German-American Sing-Along”

Howard Wight Marshall, “The Swedish Nightingale, ‘Jenny Lind Polka,’ And American Fiddle Music”

Adam Brooke Davis, “Hallowe’en and Devils’ Night: The Linked Fates of Two Folk Festivas”

Kent Beaulne dit Bone, “Notre Dame de la Chandeleur — Candlemas/ Groundhog Day”

Phil Hoebing, “Roustabouts on the Mississippi River”

Sue Thomas, “Noah Webster’s Blue-Backed Speller”

Barbara Schleppenbach, “Folklore in the Classroom”


150 pp


Volume 25, 2003

Editor Adam Brooke Davis

Jan Harold Brunvand,“On Being a Folklorist: Plenary Address”

Dennis Leavens, “Anterior Speech and Oral Registers in Ciaran Carson’s Fishing for Amber”

John and Barbara Schleppenbach, “Children in Regional Folklore”

Sharon S. Graf, “Oldtime Fiddle Music Gets a Face-Lift: The Formation of the National Old-Time Fiddlers’ Contest”

Holly Hobbs, “Women of Old-Time Music: Tradition and Change in the Missouri Ozarks”

Thomas J. Trimborn, “President and King: A Musical Connection”

Kenneth Lineberry, “Cadence Calls: Military Folklore in Motion”



Volume 26, 2004

Editor Rachel Gholson

Lucien Fournier, “People of his own Kind: Vance Randolph’s Kansas Years”

Richard Tallman, “Vance Randolph Interviewed”

William M. Clements, “An Interview with Vance Randolph”

Jim Vandergriff, “Terrible Swift Sword: Justice in Ozarks Folklore”

Tonja Cox, “Taking Care of Our Own: Retribution and Family Justice in the Ozarks”

Genevieve Sawyer Bauman, “The Many Roles of a Candy Maker: The Legacies of the Davis Candy Company”


120 pp


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