A new book by Dr. Patricia Averill, Camp Songs, Folk Songs, which draws on undergraduate student collections in the Randall V. Mills Archives of Northwest Folklore here at the University of Oregon, has recently been published. Dr. Averill also contacted a number of camps in Oregon as part of her research. The book will be acquired by the Randall V. Mills Archives of Northwest Folklore, and interested individuals can find out more about the author and the book at Dr. Averill’s website.
The Randall V. Mills Archives of Northwest Folklore is a repository of fieldwork collections and research materials on folklife in Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond. Collections include books and periodicals; student and faculty research papers and fieldwork projects; fieldwork photographs and sound recordings; and documentary videos.
As part of the UO Folklore Program, the Archives supports students in the study of folklore and provides training opportunities in the management of cultural collections. The Archives also makes collections available to the public for study and appreciation.
I enrolled in the Folklore Master’s program at the University of Oregon (UO) in the fall of 2009, having taken a year off from school after graduating with a BA in Communication from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. I was planning on getting a Master’s, then a PhD, to eventually become a professor. I wanted to specialize in something that I was passionate about, and the interdisciplinary Folklore program at UO fit the bill. I supplemented my Folklore classes with coursework in Sociology and Environmental Studies, focusing on traditional ecological knowledge, sacred landscapes, and traditional human interactions with other living creatures, culminating in my Master’s thesis, Birding and Sustainability at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary: A Folkloric Analysis (2011). In addition to my studies, I worked as a Graduate Teaching Fellow (GTF) in the Randall V. Mills Folklore Archive, and served as a teaching GTF for the Intro to Folklore class. During this time, I realized that teaching was actually not the route I wanted to take. I was enjoying grad school, but I had to re-think my career plan, and at this point, I had no idea what I really wanted to do with my Folklore degree.
The Folklore Program invites you to join us for a lecture on Oct. 15.
Oct 15: 12-1:30 p.m. Browsing Room, Knight Library
Beverly Stoeltje, Professor Emerita, Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Anthropology, Indiana University.
Oct. 15: 4-6 pm, Browsing Room, Knight Library This lecture has been cancelled.
Richard Bauman, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Folklore & Ethnomusicology, Anthropology, Communication & Culture, Indiana University.
Fri, September 26, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Browsing Room/Knight Library