Guide to the David Stanley Westminster College faculty member's folklore case files

Table of Contents

Collection Overview

Collection Inventory+/-

Biographical Note/Historical Note

Content Description

Collection Use

Administrative Information


Collection Overview +/-

Title: David Stanley Westminster College faculty member's folklore case files
Dates: 1992-1999 (inclusive)
Collection Number: ACC-183A
Summary: This collection consists of case files of student folklore projects created between 1992-1999 for courses taught by David Stanley, a faculty member at Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Repository: Westminster College, Giovale Library
1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84105
Phone: (801) 832-2250

Collection Inventory +/-

box 1, folder 1: Allen Park #1
box 1, folder 2: Allen Park #2
box 1, folder 3: Allen Park #3
box 1, folder 4: Birch, Erika -- Dick's famous stories (May 1994)
box 1, folder 5: Bissegar, Becky -- Salt Lake Valley spook-lore (May 1994)
box 1, folder 6: Burnett, Trevor -- The meaning of Westminster College, students life (April 1998)
box 1, folder 7: Carroll, Jane -- Growing up at Westminster College (1992)
box 1, folder 8: Dicksa, Brian, Matt Grwin, et al. -- Occupational folklore : a morality play
box 1, folder 9: Edward, Jana and Sara Routt -- Supernatural legends : a Hogle Hall tradition (May 1997)
box 1, folder 10: Findlayson, Amanda -- The haunting of Nunemaker Place (May 1997)
box 1, folder 11: Massimino, Jon and Jean Villanueva -- Oral folklore of Westminster College students (June 1999)
box 1, folder 12: McGinnis, Sarah -- Jesus look-alike saves the cats (1994)
box 2, folder 1: Nash, Kimberly -- Drug stories (1995)
box 2, folder 2: Quealy, Kay G. -- Westminster folklore (May 1994)
box 2, folder 3: Sherman, Stephanie -- Westminster folklore old into new (1994)
box 2, folder 4: Sherman, Stephanie and Rebecca Foust -- Hogle Hall folklore (May 1992)
box 2, folder 5: Wall, Barbara -- Local teenage wall (May 1992)
box 2, folder 6: Webb, Stephanie -- There's something in the food ; urban legends about food (May 1999)
box 2, folder 7: White, Mathew B. -- The decline of esoteric folklore at Westminster (June 1994)

Biographical Note/Historical Note +/-

David Stanley was born in 1942. He received a B.A. from Princeton University in 1964. From 1964-1966, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in India and from 1972-1973 a Fulbright scholar in Japan. Stanley received both an M.A. and Ph.D. from University of Texas, Austin.

Stanley taught in the English Department of Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah from 1991-2008. While at Westminster, he taught American, Asian, and Native American literatures, in addition to folklore and environmental studies. During fall semester 2007, he taught American studies in Budapest, Hungary on a Fulbright fellowship.

His areas of experience include:

  • literature of the American West
  • American folklore
  • cowboy poetry
  • American literature (pre-Civil War)
  • nature writing
  • environmental policy
  • Henry David Thoreau
  • ethnic folkore
  • Asian literature and culture

David Stanley co-edited a collection of essays entitled Cowboy poets & cowboy poetry (University of Illinois Press, 2000) and produced a Smithsonian Folkways CD entitled Cowboy poetry classics (2003). He edited Folklore in Utah : a history and guide to resources (Utah State University Press, 2004).

Sources of information for this biographical note, viewed online January 21, 2014:

  • David Stanley's Linkedin webpage (and September 2014 correspondence with Stanley).
  • "Faculty news : David Stanley" published in the Westminster Review, Spring 2005 issue
  • "From Elko to Ulaan baataar" / David Stanley, published in the Westminster Review, Spring 2007 issue
  • Westminster College faculty directory website

Content Description +/-

This collection consists of case files of student folklore projects created between 1992-1999 for courses taught by David Stanley, a faculty member at Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah. The case files document urban folklore related to Westminster College and the Sugar House area of Salt Lake City researched by Professor David Stanley's students. This series includes biographical sketches, diagrams and plans of houses and neighborhoods, final reports, handwritten notes, letters, photocopies of related articles, photographs, postcards, recorded interviews (audio and video tapes, CDs, DVDs, and transcripts), release forms, sketches, and surveys.

Between 1991-2008, Stanley taught six or eight folklore classes, mostly during May Term, and asked students to collect examples of folklore from their families, friends, and neighborhoods. These materials became the basis of a modest archive in Dr. Stanley's office. Upon his retirement, general folklore materials were housed at the Fife Folklore Archives at Utah State University. Materials pertinent to Westminster and the Sugar House area were placed in the Westminster archives. They include supernatural legends, student traditions, pranks, narratives about professors and administrators, and the history and traditions of Allen Park located on the east side of 1300 East and across from the Westminster campus.

Collection Use +/-

Restrictions on Access:

Open to public research.

Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Twenty-four hours advance notice is encouraged.

Restrictions on Use:

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material must be obtained from the director of the Giovale Library.

Preferred Citation:

David Stanley Westminster College faculty member's folklore case files, 1992-1999, ACC-183A, Giovale Library Archives, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Administrative Information +/-


Arranged alphabetically by student's name or by subject of the folklore study when a lead student cannot be determined.

Processing Note:

Processed October 2009 by Tera Mayo. Many of the folders contain a filled-in sheet entitled "Folklore Archive of Westminster Collge release form". The following folders include release forms: Box 1, folders 4, 6-8, and 10 and Box 2, folders 1, 3, and 5. Very specific release forms are included in Box 1, folders 11-12. The mentioned tape recording is not included in Box 1, folder 12.


Stanley, David, 1942-


Collection materials are in English.


1.5 linear feet

Language of the Finding Aid:


Author of the Finding Aid:

Finding aid written October 2009 by Tera Mayo; revised and expanded January and September 2014 by Sarah Shaw.

EAD Creation Date:

2014 January 21 by Sarah Shaw


Describing Archives : A Content Standard (DACS)



Related Material:

Related collection in Giovale Library Archives:

Related collections and photographs in the Utah State University digital archives:

Subjects +/-

Corporate Names:

Westminster College of Salt Lake City--Archives
Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah : 1998- )--Archives
Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah : 1998- )--History--Sources

Subject Terms:

College professors--Utah--Salt Lake City--Archives
Folklore--Sugar House (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Folklore--Utah--Salt Lake City
Folklorists--Utah--Salt Lake City

Form or Genre Terms:

Biographies (documents)

Personal Names:

Stanley, David, 1942- --Archives

Geographical Names:

Salt Lake City (Utah)--History--Sources
Sugar House (Salt Lake City, Utah)--History--Sources