Collection ID: LMC 2421
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Summary

Creator:
Thompson, Stith, 1885-
Abstract:
Thompson, S. mss., 1911-1976, consists of the papers of Stith Thompson, 1885-1976, including correspondence; writings by Thompson; biographical and autobiographical materials such as travel files and diaries; materials relating to professional societies and conferences to which he belonged and attended; and family genealogies on which he worked over the years.
Extent:
22.25 linear feet (13 boxes, 3 oversize)
Language:
English
Preferred citation:

[Item], Thompson, S. mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Background

Scope and Content:

Collection consists of the papers of Stith Thompson, 1885-1976, including correspondence; writings by Thompson; biographical and autobiographical materials such as travel files and diaries; materials relating to professional societies and conferences to which he belonged and attended; and family genealogies on which he worked over the years.

Manuscripts index in the Lilly Library includes entries at the item level.

Biographical / Historical:

Stith Thompson, 1885-1976, was an American folklorist and the compiler of the Motif-Index of Folk Literature (published 1935, revised 1957). He was a professor of English and Folklore at Indiana University and was instrumental, along with his colleague Richard Dorson, in Folkore becoming an academic department at Indiana University.

Thompson was born in Bloomfield, Kentucky. He attended Butler University in Indianapolis before receiving his BA from the University of Wisconsin in 1909. He received his master's in English literature from the University of California, Berkeley in 1912 and his doctorate from Harvard. He joined the IU faculty in 1921.

Beginning in 1942, Thompson organized summer Folklore Institutes at Indiana University which lasted beyond his retirement from tenure in 1955. In 1962, a permanent Institute of Folklore was established at Bloomington with Richard Dorson as administrator.

Acquisition information:
Gift. 1972, 1977, 2003.
Arrangement:

Collection is organized in seven series: I. Correspondence, II. Writings, III. Biographical Materials, IV. Societies and Conferences, V. Genealogies, VI. Printed Materials, and VII Additions.

Access

RESTRICTIONS:

This collection is open for research.

TERMS OF ACCESS:

Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the curator.

PREFERRED CITATION:

[Item], Thompson, S. mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

CAMPUS:
Indiana University Bloomington
LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
1200 East Seventh Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-5500, USA
CAMPUS:
Indiana University Bloomington
CONTACT:
(812) 855-2452
liblilly@indiana.edu