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Texas A&M University, Libraries, Cushing Memorial Library & Archives John Q. Anderson Papers
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John Q. Anderson Papers

  • US TxAM-C 19
  • Collection
  • 1953-1966

The John Q. Anderson papers consist of term papers, course handouts, folklore fieldnotes, news clippings, a report, a document, maps, photographs, materials about folksingers, pamphlets on wildlife, materials about vaudeville and North Carolina, information given to Dr. Anderson on Texas, correspondence of Dr. John Q. Anderson, and information on The Texas Folklore Society and The John A. Lomax Folklore Society.

The majority of the material is from Dr. John Q. Anderson's students at Texas A&M. Dr. Anderson assigned his students to write term papers on folklore from many locales, including Texas. Because Dr. Anderson felt that some of these student papers were so exceptional, he collected, edited and had them published in a book he titled, Texas Lore: A Collection of Student Papers on Texas Folklore. As additional information on some of the term papers, some of students gave Dr. Anderson information on North Carolina and Billy Arlington and Co. Dr. Anderson also requested that his students collect information on folklore by interviewing people and recording this information in fieldnotes. In this way information was gathered and is represented in the collection on topics including folk medicine, games, children's lore, folk beliefs, folk sayings, proverbs, rhymes, riddles, tree and plant lore, and Aggie lore.

Along with interviews and fieldnotes contributed by the students, many news clippings were collected, pertaining to people, places, folk medicine, folk singers, folk games, folklore book reviews, anthropology, superstitions, magic, and etymology. The majority of these clippings relate to Texas. Also present is one document on folk medicine, an article on folksinger Joan Baez, a few articles on a some Texas counties, and special editions of some Texas newspapers.

Other materials in the papers consist of correspondence between Dr. John Q. Anderson and the Texas Folklore Society, or the John A. Lomax Society. Most of the remaining correspondence deals with people interested in folklore. Some materials are present as well about meetings and conferences to be held by the Texas Folklore Society, including a program which Dr. Anderson sponsored at Texas A&M for the John A. Lomax Society.

Anderson, John Q.

Miscellaneous Publications and Correspondence

The Brazos Port Facts, Information on Rudolph Bertram, Information on Ector County, Pamphlets on Wildlife, News Clippings, Special Editions of the Bellville Times, and Texas Mohair Weekly, (Billy Arlington Material.) North Carolina Material, Correspondence of Dr. John Q. Anderson and Texas Folklore Society and John A. Lomax Society.


Johnson, Thomas V. - "Present Day Implications of the Japanese No Plays "


Landers, John Brooks - "Country Folk, Victims of Cures and Diseases" - 1963


Lawlor, William F. - "Customs and Beliefs in Vaudeville" - 1963


McNelly, Mary - "Examples of Parody and Derision in Children's Lore" - 1966


Merritt, Weldon L. - "Place Names Along The Caprock in The Texas Panhandle" - 1964


Mowlam, Thomas James - "The Cult of Mystic Numbers" - 1964


Rogers, Sherman G. "Folklore of the Southern Colonies" - 1964


Thomas, Robert W. - "Plantation Life In the Brazos Valley" - 1963


Course handout - "Negro Stories from the Colorado Valley"

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