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Smith, Elmer Lewis collection

Smith, Elmer Lewis collection
Smith, Elmer Lewis collection
Title variation
Elmer Lewis Smith collection
  • Contains handwritten and typed notes on various aspects of Shenandoah Valley folklore
  • The notes in these folders record folk stories and folk knowledge about healing, conjuring, ghosts and superstitions in the Shenandoah Valley that Smith compiled over many years of research and interviews. Although Smith published many articles and books, these materials were said by his former partner, John G. Stewart, never to have been published
Biographical or historical data
Elmer L. Smith was born in 1920 in Newark, NJ. After earning a B.S. at Florida Southern College, an M.A. at Western Reserve University, and a Ph.D. at Syracuse University, he taught government, economics, and sociology in several PA colleges and universities. In 1958 Smith came to James Madison University (then Madison College) as Director of the Social Sciences Division. Until his death, in 1981, he conducted research and interviews to document the folk culture of the Shenandoah Valley, and published a wide variety of books and papers. Most of his papers and publications are available at the Blue Ridge Institute of Ferrum College in Ferrum, VA.
Cataloging source
Series statement
JMU Faculty papers.
Smith, Elmer Lewis collection
Folder 1. Superstitions in the Shenandoah Valley -- Folder 2. Ghosts and graveyards -- Folder 3. Conjuring -- Folder 4. Powwowing -- Folder 5. Occult folk healing -- Folder 6. Special Days and Holidays.
Control code
6 folders.
Governing access note
For use, see Special Collections Librarian
Donated by John G. Stewart, former colleague of Elmer L. Smith, in Oct., 2001.

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