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American Folklife Class Projects

Field Research Projects, 1989-2004

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About the American Folklife Class Projects Collection:

The collection consists of class projects undertaken by participants in American Folklife courses taught in the English Department, primarily by Professor Burt Feintuch. The projects take the form of investigations of local persons and traditions from a folklife perspective and cover a wide variety of subjects, ranging from studies of regional humor and maple sugaring to the documentation of family inter-generational traditions, local musicians and musical traditions, and analyses of games as folklore. The projects include reports, fieldwork journals, cassette tapes, transcriptions of interviews, and photographs. Materials are separated by course and are arranged alphabetically by author’s last name.

Folder Listing

Class projects for English 797, Special Studies in Literature taught by Professor Burt Feintuch, Spring 1989.

BOX 1
f.1 Comstock, Mary. “The Changing Face of the Bogeyman: A Cross-Generational Study of Night-Time Fears.” Paper, logs, transcripts, and field notes all spiral-bound.
f.2 Comstock, Mary. 2 cassette tapes of interviews for above.
f.3 Cuozzo, Laura. “Hearing Women’s Voices in Folklore.” Paper, log, transcript, and field notes.
f.4 Cuozzo, Laura. 2 cassette tapes of interviews for above.
f.5 Hall, Karen. “Climbing Aboard: A Study of Sea Folklore on the New Hampshire Seacoast.” Paper, log, transcripts, field notes.
f.6 Hall, Karen. 3 cassette tapes of interviews for above.
f.7 Hall, Karen. “The Rabbit, The Alligator, Bigfoot.” Senior thesis, December 1989. Paper, journal, transcripts, survey forms.
f.8 Hall, Karen. 5 cassette tapes of interviews for above.

BOX 2
f.1 Hayden, Kathleen. “The Polka Cause.” Paper, log, transcripts, field notes.
f.2 Hayden, Kathleen. 3 cassette tapes of interviews for above.
f.3 Heintz, Job C. “Foose Ball Folk Study: An Introspective Look.” Paper, transcript, log, interview summaries, field notes.
f.4 Heintz, Job C. 2 cassette tapes of interviews for above.
f.5 MacMillan, Jodi. “The Recreational Activity of Bingo as Observed in Various Halls in Southern New Hampshire.”
f.6 Smith, Laura. “The Greek Orthodox in Dover, New Hampshire.” Paper, transcripts, logs, journal notes.
f.7 Smith, Laura. 4 cassette tapes of interviews for above.
f.8 Sweeney, Linda. “The Makems: Three Generations of Folk-Song.” Paper, field notes, transcripts, program, flyer, photographs.
f.9 Sweeney, Linda. 3 cassette tapes of interviews for above.

BOX 3
f.1 Sweeney, Linda. 4 cassette tapes of further interviews for above.
f.2 Whitehead, Lara. “Putting the Pieces Together: The Quilt of English 685.” Paper, transcript, interview summary, logs, field notes, magazine clipping of quilt.
f.3 Whitehead, Lara. 2 cassette tapes of interviews for above.
f.4 Whiteman, Kelly. “More Than Just a Song – The Portsmouth Women Chorus.” Paper, logs, transcript, fieldnotes, and portfolio of clippings about the chorus.
f.5 Whiteman, Kelly. 4 cassette tapes of interviews for above.

BOX 4
f.1 Wosmak, Karen. “Life in Nazi Germany. An Oral History Narrated by Elfriede Israel Knowles.” Paper, transcripts, postcard of Grebenstein.

Class projects for English 595 taught by Professor Linda Morley, Fall 1989.

f.2 Aponovich, David Jr. “Jim Odell, proprietor of Lowell’s Boat Shop.” Paper, transcript, report.
f.3 Aponovich, David. 1 microcassette tape of interview for above.
f.4 Howard, Wendy. “Maryhelen Rice, Cross-Stitcher, Durham, Maine.” Paper, photographs, articles on crochet and needlepoint.
f.5 Howard, Wendy. 2 microcassette tapes of interviews for above and sample of stitching.
f.6 Muller, Jeremy. “Colin Powell, Traditional Folk Artist”, a Pennsylvania woodcarver. Paper.
f.7 Sopper, Eric. “Karen Sopper, Quiltmaker.” Paper, notes.
f.8 Taylor, Marianne. “The Cordwainers, A Family Heritage.” Deerfield, NH shoemakers. Paper, including transcriptions of interviews, and catalog.
f.9 Taylor, Marianne. 2 cassette tapes of interviews for above.
f.10 West, Susan Overby. “David Behm, Master Wood Turner, Northwood, NH.” Paper, transcript, catalog, photographs.
f.11 West, Susan Overby. 1 cassette tape of interview for above.

Class projects for INCO 404M taught by Prof. Burt Feintuch, Spring 1990.

f.12 Dean, Mike. “Superstition in Athletics.” Paper, field notes and journal, logs.
f.13 Dean, Mike. 3 cassette tapes of interviews for above.

BOX 5
f.1 Glidden, Diane. “The Art of Medicine.” Paper, field notes, logs.
f.2 Glidden, Diane. 4 cassette tapes of interviews for above.
f.3 Jurta, Alison. “Staying in the Game: The College Lore of Drinking Games.” Paper, logs.
f.4 Jurta, Alison. 4 cassette tapes of interviews for above.
f.5 Jurta, Alison. Field work journal.
f.6 Suomi, Laura. “Community in the Catholic Parish.” Paper, log, notes.
f.7 Suomi, Laura. 4 cassette tapes of interviews for above.

f.8 Weber, J.C. “The Sound of Laughter.” Paper, log, field notes, notes on data, and joke log.
f.9 Weber, J.C. 3 cassette tapes of interviews for above.

Class projects for English 897Q taught by Prof. Burt Feintuch, Spring 1991.

f.10 DeKraker, Lynn. “Smart Cookies and Other Stories We Have Told Ourselves.”
f.11 Ferrara, Judith. “The Personal Narrative: Remembering John F. Kennedy’s Assassination.” Paper.
f.12 Ferrara, Judith. “Patchwork of Memory: John F. Kennedy’s Assassination Twenty-Eight Years Later.” September 1991.

BOX 6
f.1 Ferrara, Judith. Tape logs for above.
f.2 Ferrara, Judith. Informant permission forms for above.
f.3 Ferrara, Judith. 14 cassette tapes of interviews for above.
f.4 Qualley, Donna. “Gossip: The Ties that Bind. The Expressive Culture of Waitresses.” Paper.
f.5 Qualley, Donna. Field notes.
f.6 Voss, Margaret M. “Writing Workshop as a Folk Event.” Paper.
f.7 Wang, Yige. “The Problematic Identity of Chinese Food in U.S.” Paper, various restaurant menus.
f.8 Wells, Cyrene. “Ticka Tacka Ticka Tacka Wally Woo Woo. Community in an Entry-Level Classroom.” Paper.
f.9 Wells, Cyrene. Index cards of notes.
f.10 Wells, Cyrene. Field notes.

Class projects for English 897 taught by Prof. Burt Feintuch, Fall 1991.

BOX 7
f.1 Aastrup, Rondi. “Keeping the Peace and Doing Away With the Scraps: Why Women are Still Quilting – Six Case Histories.” Paper, interview notes and logs.
f.2 Aastrup, Rondi. 1 cassette tape of interview for above and six photographs.
f.3 Barksdale, Pamela. “Presence and Connection in Four Generations of Norwegian-American Women.” Paper, photographs.
f.4 Barksdale, Pamela. Transcripts of interviews.
f.5 Barksdale, Pamela. Journal.
f.6 Barksdale, Pamela. 3 cassette tapes of interviews for above.
f.7 Chambliss, Tenley. “A Glimpse at A Folk Life – Without the Lore.” Paper.
f.8 Cochran, L. Kenyon. “A Dance of Possibilities: Some Dynamics of Humor used by Lesbians.” Paper.
f.9 Elder, George. “The Football Folk.” Paper, logs.
f.10 Elder, George. Football program, sports information brochure, football play book.
f.11 Elder, George. 5 microcassette tapes of interviews for above and a 5 1/4″ floppy disk.
f.12 LaPierre, Laura. “Authenticity and Practicality: Armoring in 1991.” Paper, logs, transcript, photographs.

BOX 8
f.1 LaPierre, Laura. 4 cassette tapes of interviews for above.
f.2 LaPierre, Laura. 3 cassette tapes of interviews for above.
f.3 Murray, Victoria. ” ‘Being Gospel’ : Memory, Music and Identity in a Black Baptist Church.” Paper, log, transcripts.
f.4 Murray, Victoria. Field notes, church program, copy of The Black Business Directory of New England.
f.5 Murray, Victoria. 4 cassette tapes of interviews for above.
f.6 Murray, Victoria. 4 cassette tapes of interviews for above.
f.7 Shadowens, Paula. “Sheep in the Sky, Angels on the Wall: Weathervane-making on the Seacoast.” Paper, log, photocopies of articles, newsclipping, copy of magazine article, “Weather Vanes: Fine Folk Art in Wind Watchers,” photographs, 3 brochures.

BOX 9
f.1 Shadowens, Paula. Videotape interview with “Bud” Tinkham, Golden Eagle Weathervanes.
f.2 Shadowens, Paula. 2 cassette tapes of interviews for above.
f.3 Shadowens, Paula. 3 cassette tapes of interviews for above.
f.4 Varner, William. “Vanishing Heritage: The Loss of Ethnicity at The Polish American Club in Newmarket, New Hampshire.” Paper, interview logs, copies of The Post Eagle, November 6, 1991, J.R.D. Quarterly, August 1991, and A Sampler of Polish Cookbook.
f.5 Varner, William. 4 cassette tapes of interviews for above.

Class Projects for English 832 Folklore and Folklife, Professor Burt Feintuch, Fall 1992.

f.6 Carroll, Allison. “Evolving Emotional Fabric: Thoughts on a Franco-American Musical Community.” Paper, interview logs.
f.7 Carroll, Allison. 3 cassette tapes of interviews for above.

BOX 10
f.1 Katz, Anita J. “Making a Joyful Noise: Two Organists’ Link to Tradition.” Paper, interview log.
f.2 Katz, Anita J. 4 cassette tapes of interviews for above.
f.3 Katz, Anita J. 4 cassette tapes of interviews for above.
f.4 Ogden, David M. “Folk Tales: The Meaning of Performance.” Paper, logs.
f.5 Ogden, David M. 2 cassette tapes of interviews for above.
f.6 Perzan, Mark. “Seasonal Decorations as Performance and as Evidence for a Cycle of Seasons; Community, Societal Traditions, and Industrial Creativity.” Paper, log.
f.7 Perzan, Mark. Journal, photographs, and 1 microcassette tape of interview for above.
f.8 Rainey, Kellie-Bea. “Who’s It?” Paper, logs, notes.
f.9 Rainey, Kellie-Bea. 2 videotapes of interviews for above.

BOX 11
f.1 Stange, Sarah A. “A Study of the Legend of the Green Lady: A Taste of Hometown Folklore”. Paper, notes.
f.2 Stange, Sarah A. Photographs.

Class Projects for English 832 Folklore and Folklife, Professor Burt Feintuch, Fall 1993.

f.3 McKeen, Jeffrey M. “Hurrah for the Downeaster: Tradition and Identity as Expressed through the Narrative Repertoire of Adrian Beal.” Paper, field notes, transcript.
f.4 McKeen, Jeffrey M. 4 cassette tapes of interviews for above.
f.5 Pastina, Daniela, “The Marconis: An Italian American Family Lobster-Fishing” & Reese, Katherine M. “The Lobsterman’s Tale: The Marconi Fishing Family.” Papers, interview logs, field notes (Pastina).
f.6 Pastina & Reese. Field notes (Reese) & 2 cassette tapes of interviews for above.
f.7 Peppard, Bruce S. “The Replica Dory Boats of David Dupee.” Paper, log, photographic negatives.
f.8 Peppard, Bruce S. 1 cassette and 1 microcassette tape of interviews for above, clench nails and nameplate.
f.9 Stamp, Stephen. “Safe Passage” Piloting the Piscataqua through Tradition, Change and the Infamous Cookie Incident.” Paper, journal, logs.
f.10 Stamp, Stephen. 3 cassette tapes of interviews for above.

BOX 12
f.1 Weber, Jane. “Motivation and Aesthetics in Classic Wooden Boat Restoration.” Paper, transcripts, logs.
f.2 Weber, Jane. Photographs.
f.3 Weber, Jane. 3 cassette tapes of interviews for above.

Class Project for Professor Burt Feintuch, Spring 1999.

f.4 Adams, Victoria G. “Native Storytelling Crosses Over Indian Island Bridge.” Paper, transcripts, photograph sheet.
f.5 Adams, Victoria G. 1 cassette tape of interview for above.

Class Projects for English/Anthropology 732/832 Folklore and Folklife, Professor Burt Feintuch, Spring 2000.

Each of the following class projects focuses on New Hampshire participants at the 1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival held in Washington, D.C.
f.6 Allard, Jason. “Flintlock Rifles in New Hampshire Folklife.” Paper, interview transcript.
f.7 Allard, Jason. Two cassettes, photographs, negatives for above.
f.8 Belanger, Deborah. Interview with Mary Lou O’Neil, Folklore Fellow at the 1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival 1999. Paper, transcript, tape.
f.9 Benoit, Rebecca. “Fire Side Companions.” [Rug braiding]. Paper, transcript, microcassette, and photographs.
f.10 Bernardo, Angelo. “The Guzman Family.” Mexican Paper, transcript, microcassette, photograph.
f.11 Boretz, Sarah & Jennifer Ann Smith. “Richard Dionne: Bee Keeper.” Paper, transcript, microcassette.

BOX 13
f.1 Chapman, Sarah. “Working The Forge.” Paper, transcript, photographs, cassette tape of interview with Russell Pope, blacksmith, all in one binder.
f.2 Cobb, Amanda. “Maple Sugaring in Canterbury, New Hampshire: The Hutchinsons.” Paper, transcript, fieldwork journal, cassette tape.
f.3 Fort, Susan. “Regina Delaney: An Irish Musician.” Paper, transcript, cassette tape.
f.4 Gee, Robert. “Deconstructing Henry: The Folklife of New Hampshire Lobstermen and Its Presentation at the Smithsonian Festival.” Paper, transcript, two cassette tapes.
f.5 Hayes, Brendan. “Celebrate New Hampshire Culture.” Paper, transcript and cassette tape of interview with Jean Stephanik.
f.6 Kamhi, Lisa. “An Interview with Vivian Eastman” (Quilter). Paper, transcript of interview with Vivian Eastman and Isabel Crouse, photographs, cassette tape.

BOX 14
f.1 Kennedy, Nikolaus. “Three Folk Artists” (Appalachian Mountain Club). Paper, transcript of interview with Chris Thayer, Clare Long, and Tim Levesque, cassette tape.
f.2 Martin, Kellin “Gary Sredzienski: Traditional Polish Accordionist.” Paper, transcript, microcassette.
f.3 Normandin, Jeff. “Fred Dolan, Decoys and the 1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.” Paper, transcript, copy of Wildfowl magazine, photographs, cassette tape.
f.4 Nunn, Stephanie. “A Smithsonian Reflection: The Cote Experience.” Paper, transcript of interview with Fabienne and Alan Cote, photographs, microcassette.
f.5 Vockrodt, Robyn. “Contradancing as a New Hampshire Folk Art: Timm Triplett and the Smnithsonian Folklife Festival.” Paper, transcript, fieldwork journal, two cassette tapes.
f.6 Yatsevitch, Marjke. “Corporate Philanthropy and the 1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.” Paper, transcripts of interviews with Mike Hickey, president and CEO of Bell Atlantic New Hampshire and L. Douglas O’Brien, president and CEO of Grappone Companies, three cassette tapes (the above interviews and another with Michael Chaney,

Class Projects for English/Anthropology 732/832 Folklore and Folklife, Professor Burt Feintuch, Spring 2001.

BOX 15
f.1 Johnson, David. “History Resurrected: One Man’s Devotion to a Society Long Gone.” (About Native American culture). Paper, transcript of interview with Ken Hamilton, CD of his “crafted artifacts,” VHS tape of “Ken Hamilton’s Living History – Pow-Wow and Blacksmithing,” and cassette tape.
f.2 Sprague, Betty. “A Very Boiled Chicken and Other Tales: Teachers’ Childhood Recollections of Schooling.” Paper, transcripts of ten interviews, and ten microcassette tapes.
f.3 Tirabassi, Kathleen. “Educating at Home: An Ethnographic Study of Christian Home Educators at Christ the King Church.” Paper, transcript of interviews, field notes, miscellaneous publications.
f.4 Whitehead, Erin. “Ham Radio: A Community That Reaches Across Borders.” Paper, transcript of interviews with William A. Dodge, Gordon D. Bennett, Alfred W. Lavallee, George Whitehead, and Thomas E. Whitten, photographs, cassette tape of interview with Dale Drake.

Class Projects for English/Anthropology 732/832 Folklore and Folklife, Professor Burt Feintuch, Spring 2003.

BOX 16
f.1 Bohondoney, Brian. “Chanting at Aryaloka: A Closer Look at Buddhism and Music in a Local Community.” Paper, field work notes and notebook, audiocassette and transcription of interview with Amala, printed copies of chants, 14 photographs, CD of chants.
f.2 Cacarillo, Andrew. “The Amorphous Band and The Rhythm Method: The Seacoast’s Best Jazz and Blues Bands.” Paper, field work notes, transcription of interview with Chad Owen, newspapers, ticket stubs, music CD, audiocassette, Digital8 videodisk, and minidisk.
f.3 Capobianchi, David. “The Lizard Lounge: where music and poetry meet.” Paper, transcription of interview with Jerome Dupree, prgram dated May 5, 2003, photographs, music CD, and two minidisks with the interview and various performances.
f.4 Carter, Ryan. “Le Bow Parles Francais: A Study of French-Canadian Music in the Lives of Two New Hampshire Musicians.” Paper, photographs, audiocassette of interview with Gary and Joe Pomerleau, and two minidisks.
f.5 Halligan, Beth. “The Idyllic Drum of the Native American People.” Paper, transcriptions, photographs, cassette tape, and two CDs, one of singers at a “Pow Wow,” the other an interview with Ed Bullock.

BOX 17
f.1 Horrigan, Kelly. “Greg Hoey of Solid8.” Paper.
f.2 Ricciardi, Nicholas. “Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow: an ethnography of Sweet Motha Child.” Paper, transcription of interview with Danny Bedrosian, two minidisls, one of the interview with Bedrosian and the other a Sweet Motha Child concert at the Stone Church in newmarket, NH April 4, 2003.
f.3 Sierpina, Ali. “Irish Music Sessions in Portsmouth, N.H.” Paper, transcription of interview with Tony Giblin, owner of Jack Quigley’s pub, field notes notebook, sketch by Bob Nilsson of participants at the Friday night session at The Press Room, March 28, 2003, two photographs and three cassettes, two of music sessions at Jack Quigley’s and one of interviews with Tony Giblin and Mark “Rocky” Rockwood, host of the Irish music session at the pub.
f.4 Welsh, Travis. “The Ride; an ethnography of a college rock band in a local music community.” Paper, compact disk of music by The Ride, two cassettes of interviews, and five minidisks, three of interviews with Peter Rogen, Dave Smith, and Evan Honsberger and two of band rehearsals.

Class Projects for English/Anthropology 732/832 Folklore and Folklife, Professor Burt Feintuch, Spring 2004.

f.5 Hokanson, Erika. “An Independent Record Label in a Sea of Conglomerates: Red Fez Bets New Hampshire All Or Nothing in the Music Industry Game.” Paper, transcript of interviews with Bob Lord, Tess Koptiuch, Zach Wilson, Ed Jurdi, and Ethan Bessey, newspaper articles, photographs, three cassette tapes.

BOX 18
f.1 Beguin, Alex. “Expressions of a Culture: The Mi’kmaq flute and philosophy.” Paper, transcriptions of interviews with Ed Bullock and David Sanapass, field notes, photographs, cassette tape of interview with David Sanapass, two minidisks, one of an interview with Ed Bullock, the other a recording of a pow-wow held 3/27/04.
f.2 Kojak, Cassy. “The Identity of Metal Music.” Paper, transcription of interviews, logged interviews, field notes, photographs, three cassette tapes of interviews with two bands, Half Mast and Diatribla Revenge, CD of music by Half Mast.
f.3 McKay, Sarah Julia. “The Blues: An Ethnographical Study of Age in Historical and Contemporary Blues Music.” Paper, transcriptions of interviews with Mike Jesson, Phil Monastesse, Andrew Wagley, and Jesse McKay.

One Response to “American Folklife Class Projects”

  1. LMR Says:

    Focusing on those elements of American culture that make us unique is key to the preservation of our heritage. The inclusion of Ham Radio and other modern evolutions of this aspect is particularly appropriate.

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