The Folklore Historian

The Folklore Historian is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the history of folklore studies and connections of folklore with history, sponsored by the History and Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society. Published as an annual journal from 1983 to 2020, the journal is transitioning in 2021 to an accessible online version to be produced at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, through its ScholarWorks program, and edited by Professor Stephen Olbrys Gencarella, Department of Communication, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences. To inquire about submitting a manuscript, contact Professor Gencarella.

The journal’s purview includes oral and folk history, material culture, historical narrative, museology, local and regional history, and historiography. Articles are abstracted and indexed in Historical Abstracts and back issues are available online at the HathiTrust Digital Library.

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About the AFS History and Folklore Section

The History and Folklore Section hosts a Facebook group and sponsors panels, events, meetings, and forums at the annual American Folklore Society meeting and virtually at other times of the year. 

The section also sponsors prizes to promote the field, include the Wayland D. Hand Prize for an outstanding book in English integrating folklore and history and the Richard Reuss Prize for outstanding paper in English by a student on the integration of folklore and history.

The section convener is Simon J. Bronner.