Guide to the Hector Lee field recording collection,
1945-1947

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Lee, Hector.
Title: Hector Lee field recording collection
Dates: 1945-1947 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 2 boxes (20 field recordings on acetate sound discs)
Collection Number: USU_FOLK COLL 6
Summary: Field recordings of Hector Lee.
Repository: Utah State University. Merrill-Cazier Library. Special Collections and Archives.
Fife Folklore Archives

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-2663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical Note

Hector Lee completed his MA from Berkeley in the 1930s and became an instructor at the University of Utah. In the early 1940s, Lee, along with Austin Fife and Wayland Hand, conducted extensive fieldwork on the Mormon legend of the Three Nephites, which is why Lee, Fife, and Hand were jokingly called "The Three Nephites" by their friends. In a 1985 Newsletter of the Folklore Society of Utah article, Dave Stanley wrote: " In 1942, Lee published an article: "The Three Nephites: A Disappearing Legend." Lee, continued his interest in the Three Nephite legends when he enrolled in the doctoral program in American Civilization at the University of New Mexico. His dissertation, published by the University of New Mexico Press in 1949, was entitled The Three Nephites: The Substance and Significance of the Legend in Folklore, was the first large-scale scholarly treatment of Mormon folklore. Perhaps as important as his scholarship was Lee's organizational ability. In 1944, he landed a grant for the University of Utah from the Rockefeller Foundation. With this grant, Lee established the Utah Humanities Research Foundation and sponsored research projects by such well-known Utah scholars as Juanita Brooks, Helen Papanikolas, Lester Hubbard, Don D. Walker, and William Mulder. Lee also established the Utah Humanities Review, a quarterly journal that devoted much space and attention to Western folklore in its first few years. Lee's enthusiasm for Western folkways must have been contagious, for a number of writers and scholars throughout the state turned to folklore as an important and vital part of their pursuits. Hector Lee, then, was central as a collector and analyst of Mormon folklore, but he was also an early influence on many other writers who helped establish folklore as a subject worthy of public attention and of professional scholarship. Dr. Lee left Utah in 1947 to accept a position as Dean of Instruction at Chico State College in California; later, he moved to a similar position at Sonoma State College north of San Francisco."

Hector Lee's major publications include The Three Nephites: The Substance and Significance of the Legend in Folklore (University of New Mexico Press, 1949; republished by Arno Press, 1977); Tales of California (Utah State University Press, 1974); and Heroes, Villains and Ghosts: Folklore of Old California (Capra Press, 1984). A well known storyteller, Lee recorded hundreds of folktales and legends for radio broadcasts and other purposes. His storytelling abilities are recorded on Folklore of the Mormon Country (Folk Legacy Records, 1964), which contains stories about J. Golden Kimball and Brother Petersen yarns.

Content Description

Includes 20 fieldwork recodings collected by Hector Lee.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research. To access the collection a patron must have the following information: collection number, series number, sub-series number, if applicable, box number and folder number (or image number).

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Hector Lee field recording collection must be obtained from the Curator of the Fife Folklore Archives and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Hector Lee Field Recording collection, 1945-1947. (FOLK COLL 6, box, no.). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Sound recordings are organized in chronological order.

Acquisition Information :  

Hector Lee's fieldwork collection (acetate disc recordings), which he donated to Utah State University. The collection is closed.

Processing Note :  

Originally processed by Randy Williams. Finding aid created by Susan Gross and Randy Williams, April 2004; updated by Randy Williams, March 2012.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Box
1 FOLK COLL 6, no. 1, Side A: Danish Folk Song (Story of Old Man Courting), sung by Erastus Petersen December 6, 1945
1 FOLK COLL 6, no. 1, Side B: Game Songs in Danish, sung by Erastus Petersen December 6, 1945
1 FOLK COLL 6, no. 2, Side A: 1: "Sioux Indians," sung by William H. Staples
1 FOLK COLL 6, no. 2, Side A: 2: "Sioux Indians"
1 FOLK COLL 6, no. 2, Side A: 3: "The Lonesome Roving Wolves," sung by Noah Steve, Fillmore, Utah 1945
1 FOLK COLL 6, no. 2, Side B: 1: "The Sheriff's Sale," performed by Zeke Johnson
1 FOLK COLL 6, no. 2, Side B: 2: "I'll Remember You, Love, in My Prayers," sung Mrs. Ernest Theobald, Fillmore, Utah 1945
1 FOLK COLL 6, no. 3, Side A: "The Sheriff's Sale," performed by Zeke Johnson July 10, 1946
1 FOLK COLL 6, no. 3, Side B: "I'll Remember You, Love, in My Prayers," performed by Mrs. Ernest Theobald, Fillmore, Utah December 6, 1945
1 FOLK COLL 6, no. 4, Sides A & B: Nephite Stories told by Mrs. Irwin (Lydia) Fisher, Bountiful, Utah
(CD transfer of record available for listening)
February 10, 1946
1 FOLK COLL 6, no. 5, Side A & B: Nephite Stories told by Mrs. Irwin (Lydia) Fisher, Bountiful, Utah
(CD transfer of record available for listening)
February 10, 1946
1 FOLK COLL 6, no. 6, Side A: 1: "The Jealous Lover," sung by Will H. Staples, Kanosh, Utah 1946
1 FOLK COLL 6, no. 6, Side A: 2: "Sweet Betsy from Pike," sung by Will H. Staples, Kanosh, Utah 1946
1 FOLK COLL 6, no. 6, Side B: 1: "Poker Bill," sung by Will H. Staples, Kanosh, Utah 1946
1 FOLK COLL 6, no. 6, Side B: 2: "Delicious," sung by Will H. Staples, Kanosh, Utah 1946
1 FOLK COLL 6, no. 7, Side A: 1: "Sioux Indians," sung by Will H. Staples, Kanosh, Utah
1 FOLK COLL 6, no. 7, Side A: 2: "Sweet Betsy from Pike," sung by Will H. Staples, Kanosh, Utah
1 FOLK COLL 6, no. 7, Side B: 1: "Yavapai Pete," sung by Joe Baker, Green River, Utah
1 FOLK COLL 6, no. 8, Side A: 1: "The Farmer's Cursed Wife," sung by Joe Baker, Green River, Utah
1 FOLK COLL 6, no. 8, Side A: 2: "When the Work's All Done This Fall," performed by Joe Baker, Green River, Utah
1 FOLK COLL 6, no. 8, Side B: 1: "Barbara Allen," sung by Joy Mays
1 FOLK COLL 6, no. 9, Side A: 1: Danish Courting Song, sung by Erastus Petersen December 6, 1945
1 FOLK COLL 6, no. 9, Side B: 1: Continuation of Danish Courting Song, sung by Erastus Petersen December 6, 1945
1 FOLK COLL 6, no. 9, Side B: 2: Game Song: "Tievan, Tievan..." performed by Erastus Petersen December 6, 1945
1 FOLK COLL 6, no. 10, Side A: Nephite Story, told by Mrs. Jesse L. Barker May 12, 1946
1 FOLK COLL 6, no. 10, Side B: Nephite Story, told by Mrs. Jesse L. Barker: May 12, 1946
2 FOLK COLL 6, no. 11, Side A: 1: "The Mistletoe Bough," sung by Mrs. Caroline Jensen (86), Logan, Utah May 15, 1946
2 FOLK COLL 6, no. 11, Side A: 2: "Brigham is Our Leader," sung by Mrs. Caroline Jensen, Logan, Utah May 15, 1946
2 FOLK COLL 6, no. 11, Side B: 1: "The Seven Kings' Daughters," sung by Mrs. Caroline Jensen, Logan, Utah May 15, 1946
2 FOLK COLL 6, no. 12, Side A: "The Little Pleader," sung by Mrs. Caroline Jensen, Logan, Utah May 15, 1946
2 FOLK COLL 6, no. 12, Side A: "Our Boys Have Served In Their Country's Call," written and performed by Erastus Petersen 1947
2 FOLK COLL 6, no. 13, Side A: Nephite Story, told by Mary B. Lowe May 18, 1946
2 FOLK COLL 6, no. 13, Side B: Nephite Story, told by Margaret C. Nielsen, Logan, Utah May 18, 1946
2 FOLK COLL 6, no. 14, Side A: Scandinavian dialect stories: Ole Olsen story about a "literal descendant," told by Petie Bishop
2 FOLK COLL 6, no. 14, Side B: Scandinavian dialect stories: "Planning a funeral," told by Petie Bishop
2 FOLK COLL 6, no. 15, Side A: Tall Tales from Moab, Utah, told by Joe Tassoni April, 1947
2 FOLK COLL 6, no. 15, Side B: "Barbara Allen," sung by Joy S. Mays April, 1947
2 FOLK COLL 6, no. 16, Side A: "Danish Courting Song," sung by Erastus H. Petersen
(Also duplicated on CD)
May 2, 1947
2 FOLK COLL 6, no. 16, Side B: 1: Danish Lullaby, sung by Erastus H. Petersen
(Also duplicated on CD)
May 2, 1947
2 FOLK COLL 6, no. 16, Side B: 2: Chimney Sweep Song, sung by Erastus H. Peterson
(Also duplicated on CD)
May 2, 1947
2 FOLK COLL 6, no. 17, Side A: Introduction to "Blue Mountain" song, by Judge F.W. Keller
2 FOLK COLL 6, no. 17, Side B: "Blue Mountain," sung by Judge F.W. Keller
2 FOLK COLL 6, no. 18, Side A: "Blue Mountain," sung by Judge F.W. Keller
2 FOLK COLL 6, no. 18, Side B: "Blue Mountain," sung by Judge F.W. Keller
2 FOLK COLL 6, no. 19, Side A & B: Juegos de Niños (children's Games), performed by Elena Torres, recorded by Ned Davison
2 FOLK COLL 6, no. 20, Side A: Canciones de Cuna (lullabies), sung by Elena Torres, recorded by Ned Davison
2 FOLK COLL 6, no. 20, Side B: Fray Ambrosia (counting out rhymes), performed by Elena Torres, recorded by Ned Davison

Subjects

    • Subject Terms :
    • Danish Americans--Utah--Folklore.
    • Folk songs--Utah.
    • Folklore--Utah.
    • Mormons--Folklore.
    • Nephites.
    • Scandinavian Americans--Utah--Folklore.
    • Storytelling--Utah.
    • Tall tales--Utah--Moab.
    • Personal Names :
    • Baker, Jesse L., Mrs.  ( contributor)
    • Baker, Joe.  ( contributor)
    • Bishop, Petie.  ( contributor)
    • Fisher, Lydia.  ( contributor)
    • Jensen, Caroline.  ( contributor)
    • Johnson, Zeke.  ( contributor)
    • Keller, F. W., Judge  ( contributor)
    • Lowe, Mary B.  ( contributor)
    • Mays, Joy.  ( contributor)
    • Nielsen, Margaret C.  ( contributor)
    • Peterson, Erastus.  ( contributor)
    • Staples, William H.  ( contributor)
    • Steve, Noah.  ( contributor)
    • Tassoni, Joe.  ( contributor)
    • Theobald, Ernest, Mrs.  ( contributor)
    • Torres, Elena.  ( contributor)
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Ballads.
    • Field recordings.
    • Folk songs.

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