Guide to the William L. Alderson Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Alderson, William L., 1913-1963
Title: William L. Alderson papers
Dates: 1944-1963 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1.0 linear feet (2 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 195
Summary: William L. Alderson was a professor of literature at Reed College, in Portland, Oregon. The collection (1944-1963) folk songs, folk sayings, and tales, course outlines, correspondence, and transcriptions.
Repository: University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
Contact Information: UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Content Description

The collection (1944-1963) contains transcriptions of folk songs, folk sayings, and tales, course outlines, letters of inquiry from other folklorists, notes and research, and transcriptions by Alderson of songs of fiddler Karl Hutcheson and ballad singer Mrs. Don Slocum, both of Portland.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], William L. Alderson papers, Ax 195, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff, and Tanya Parlet, 2013.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents


  • Personal Names :
  • Alderson, William L., 1913-1963
  • Alderson, William L., 1913-1963--Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • Reed College (Portland, Or.)--Faculty.
  • Subject Terms :
  • College teachers--Oregon--Portland
  • English teachers--Oregon--Portland
  • Folk musicians--Oregon--Portland
  • Folk music--Oregon
  • Folk songs
  • Folk songs, English--Oregon
  • Folklore
  • Folklore--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Portland
  • Folklorists--Correspondence
  • Folklorists--Oregon--Portland
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence
    • Songs

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