The American Folklore Society has selected Utah State University as the permanent repository of its official records.
Timothy Lloyd, executive secretary-treasurer of the society notified USU President Stanford Cazier of the selection.Lloyd wrote that after a national search, the society's executive board selected the Division of Special Collections and Archives of the Merrill Library at USU to become the permanent repository for the 103-year-old American professional organization for folklorists.
"We chose Utah State," Lloyd wrote, "because of the high quality of the Division's facilities and staff, the thorough and clear proposal the staff submitted, the excellent and professionally-directed related collections (especially the Fife Folklore Archives) already held there."
Lloyd noted the burgeoning importance of Utah State University as a center for folklore studies in this country as a key reason for the selection.
"We intend the placement of our records to be taken as a vote of great confidence in all the above people and resources," the executive secretary noted.
Lloyd will work with Folklore Director Barre Toelken and Special Collections Director A.J. Simmonds to plan deposit of the materials later this summer.