Collection F0368 - Edith Fowke collection

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Edith Fowke collection

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  • Sound recording

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0.65 m of textual records
4 audio cassettes (ca. 4 hrs 30 min) : polyester
2 audio reels (ca. 6 hrs) : polyester and acetate

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Biographical history

The Ontario Folklore Archives was established by Edith Fowke (1913-1996), professor of English at York University and an avid folklorist. She began the collection with student contributions in her Canadian folklore course in 1972.

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The collection consists of the Ontario Folklore Archives which includes student essays and cassettes of folklore in Canada. Subjects discussed in the student essays include folk medicine, folklore from regions in Ontario and Canada (Oshawa, Ontario, Feversham, Ontario, Newfoundland), from cultural groups (Jews, Ukrainians, French Canadians), musical folklore, social folklore (childrenÂ’s jokes, urban graffiti), and related topics. In addition, there are recordings on audio cassettes and audio reels of Scottish folk songs and customs, old-time fiddling, songs of the Scottish regiment and of other subjects.

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Sound recordings available in the York University Libraries Sound and Moving Image Library. More information available in the catalogue record ( and the inventory of the SMIL Fowke collection (

Related material can be located in the Edith Fowke fonds at the University of Calgary Archives and the Canadian Museum of Civilization collection.

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The collection comprises the following accession: 1990-026. Further accruals may be expected.

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2002/04/04 Jizi Chen:. Word Perfect (Creation)
2002/04/04 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2003/05/01 Shannon MacDonald. Added URL for online finding aid. Updated wording in accruals, access restrictions, extent.
2014/07/22 Migrated to AtoM.
2018/01/08 KCP. Note: Added 1990-026/002(27)-(33) and /003-/015
2018/01/21 KCP, N. Roz. Post-migration metadata clean-up. Addition of GMD and accession numbers. Migrated legacy finding aids into CSV description, added related material note. Published description and generated finding aid.
2019/08/06 KCP. Added associated materials note about 94 tapes/reels in the Sound and Moving Image Library.
2020/03/26 KCP, N. Somerset. Added subject access point.

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  • English


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