Scope and Content
Collection consists of 71 projects (or aggregations of multiple projects on a single topic) conducted by student interviewer-collectors. Student field research projects cover a broad range of topics, with strengths in cultural object analysis, including quilting, artwork, Slavic eggs, and various handicrafts. There are multiple projects concerning quilting and explanations of different quilting patterns are included. Several projects include images of Detroit area homes circa 1980. There are several images of Edvard Kozak, a Ukrainian artist. The cultural diversity of the Detroit area is expressed in representations of Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Ukrainian, Greek, Italian, French-Canadian, German, Czechoslovakian, and African-American persons and their customs. Religious groups represented include Roman Catholic, International Society for Krishna Consciousness, Greek Orthodox, Judeo-Christianity, Serbian Orthodox, and Judaism. Multiple wedding customs, including dress and dancing, are addressed. The rich musical culture of Detroit is represented in topics such as blues, hammer dulcimers, fiddling, and kirchweih (dancing). The cultural norms of different teenage groups are explored via basketball, drag-racing, urban legends, and punk music. The Oversized Photographs depict rural labor workers on cotton plantations and coal mines.
1958 - 1982
Majority of material found within 1969 - 1980
Language of Materials
Material primarily in English. Some Ukrainian and German; other languages possible.
Collection is open for research.
Patrons must make an appointment with the AV Department prior to visiting.
Conditions Governing Use
Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library
Rules for Use of Archival Materials.
For image reproduction, contact the AV Department.
The Folklore Archive, established in 1939 by WSU English professors Emlyn Gardner and Thelma James, contains the oldest and largest record of urban folk traditions in the United States. To document these traditions, Wayne State University students conducted field research projects, some of which included photographic records.
4 Linear Feet (3 MB, 1OS, 319 slides, 11 envelopes) : Photographic prints (color, black and white), negatives, and 2x2 film slide transparencies; postcards; and artists' prints.