W.P.A. interviewers collect stories, jokes and other Wisconsin folklore, 1936-1938

Records 1936-1939: Folklore Wisconsin

These typed notes were made from interviews conducted between 1936 and 1938 by field workers of the W.P.A. federal writers’ project. Their 900 pages contain a wealth of stories, customs, jokes, music, maxims, and games shared by local residents around the state. The people interviewed ranged from Swiss settlers in New Glarus, Wis., to Ojibwe elders on the shores of Lake Superior (and many places in between). Some of their tales and customs were brought from Europe, while others record oral traditions of life in pioneer Wisconsin. These unpublished interview notes were extracted from a much larger collection consisting mostly of notes taken from publications.

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Creator: Federal Writers’ Project. Wisconsin.
Pub Data: digitized from microfilm provided by the Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, 1984
Citation: Federal Writers’ Project. Records 1936-1939: Folklore Wisconsin (selections). (Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, 1984). Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1758; Visited on: 5/8/2021