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Index Cards containing rhymes, folk cures, proverbs, riddles, jokes, lore, etc., 1948-1981


Scope and Content

From the Collection: The Ernest Warren Baughman collection contains six boxes of folktales (boxes 1-5 and 12) and six boxes of index cards recording folk cures, proverbs, rhymes and games, riddles, superstitions, customs, jokes, and weather lore (boxes 6-11), all collected by his students, mostly at the University of New Mexico. Many of the stories were collected from New Mexican villages and towns, containing local content. The collection is arranged alphabetically by the name of the collector. Most of the index cards also contain the name of the informant. Box 18 contains folklore audio recordings (analog - one cassette tape, eight reel-to-reel tapes, seven non-commercial records). No digital files available.

Many of the students who collected the proverbs etc. in the index cards also collected the folktales. The most prominent of these students is Leslie Marmon Silko, now known as the author of Laguna Woman: Poems, Ceremony, Storyteller, Almanac of the Dead and others. In the original inventory she is listed under the name Leslie M. Chapman.


  • 1948-1981

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English Spanish

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. Boxes 6-11 contain loose index cards, please handle carefully.


From the Collection: 18 Linear Feet

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131