Living Lore - B. A. Botkin


The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Archives and Special Collections houses the Benjamin A. Botkin Collection of Applied American Folklore, from which all of the letters contained in this project have been gathered. All of the correspondence represented in this project has been reproduced with the permission of the UNL Archives and Special Collections. The Botkin collection is comprised of two major components: his personal library containing over 8,000 books and 423 linear feet of paper documents. The paper documents include field notes from his work at the Federal Writers' Project, his personal research notes, manuscripts and drafts of his publications and speeches, and personal and business correspondence. The correspondence spans a period from 1909 to 1976, past Botkin's death. Correspondence included in the collection contains thousands of letters donated by the Botkin family, and includes letters authored by various members of the Botkin family addressed to people other than Benjamin. Benjamin's business correspondence includes letters to and from prominent individuals such as Woody Guthrie, Charles Seeger, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Pete Seeger, Norman Rockwell, Langston Hughes, Ira and George Gershwin, and Mari Sandoz.