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Michael Lofaro Folklore Class Papers

Identifier: MS-1973

The first student project in this collection was conducted by Michele S. King and was completed on 28 April 2004. The project is approximately fifty pages long, with one page devoted to each example of a proverbial expression, joke, story, etc., that King observed amongst mostly elderly people in Tennessee and Kentucky. King typically gives a turn of phrase in quotes at the top of the page along with the information documenting its source and then provides an explanation below. The project's first page provides an index to the VHS video contents, which appear to be eleven anecdotes told by Paul King, age 70, from Jefferson City, Tennessee.

The second project is quite similar in presentation but pertains strictly to examples of traditional remedies and folk medicine given by a Jones family in Oliver Springs, Tennessee. In all, it documents 25 examples.


  • 2004-2007

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This collection houses two student projects conducted as part of Dr. Michael Lofaro's class on American folklore at the University of Tennessee dating from 2004 and 2007. The first project consists of a study of 50 proverbial phrases, traditional remedies, jokes, stories, jingles, and superstitions and includes VHS video footage. The second project consists of 25 folk remedies.

Biographical/Historical Note

Dr. Michael A. Lofaro (b. 1948) has been teaching at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville since 1975. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1970, and went on to the University of Maryland for his Master of Arts (1972) and PhD (1975). Dr. Lofaro has published many works on Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, and James Agee. From 1979 to 1983 he served as vice president and president of the Tennessee Folklore Society.


This collection consists of two folders.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to Special Collections by Dr. Michael Lofaro on 11 February 2008.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA