Botkin, Benjamin Albert, 1901-1975

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Benjamin A. Botkin was born in 1901 in Boston, Mass. He began Harvard at age 15, graduating magna cum laude at 19, and earned a MA in English literature from Columbia. He then taught english at the University of Oklahoma before studying with folklore scholar Louise Pound at the University of Nebraska where he received a Ph.D. in 1931. In 1937, Botkin accepted a position as the national folklore editor for the Federal Writers' Project. He also served as the co-founder and chairman of the WPA Joint Committee on Folk Arts, and chief editor of the Writers' unit of the Library of Congress. From 1942-1944 Botkin served as curator of the Library of Congress Archive of American Folk Song. He left this position to become a free-lance writer. He edited and published numerous regional folklore treasuries relating to American, Southern, Western, New England, railroad, and Mississippi River folklore. Botkin died in 1975.

From the description of [Poetry unpublished manuscripts and related materials] 1916-1970 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 299575727

From the description of [Life treasury of American folklore (LTAF) manuscripts and related materials] 1959-1961 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 244390230

From the description of [Book of the American West (AW) manuscripts and related materials] 1962?-1963? [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 244390742

From the description of [Treasury of Southern folklore (TSF) manuscripts and related materials] 1949-1950 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 232688351

From the description of [Treasury of Mississippi River folklore (TMRF) manuscripts and related materials] 1955 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 244206407

From the description of [Treasury of American anecdotes (TAA) manuscripts and related materials] 1939-1965 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 244206492

From the description of [Illustrated book of American folklore (IBAF) manuscripts and related materials] 1946-1969 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 244206180

From the description of [New York City folklore (NYCF) manuscripts and related materials] 1954-1962 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 244206109

From the description of [Sidewalks of America manuscripts and related materials] [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 244206040

From the description of [Folk-say manuscripts and related materials] 1928-1937 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 232684637

From the description of [Treasury of New England folklore (TNEF) manuscripts and related materials] 1944-1968 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 232687860

From the description of [Funk and Wagnalls standard dictionary of folklore, mythology and legend (FWFD) manuscripts and related materials] 1949-1972 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 232688601

From the description of [Lay my burden down (LMBD) manuscripts and related materials] 1944-1971 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 232687713

From the description of [American Play Party (APP) manuscripts and related materials] [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 232686909

From the description of [Treasury of western folklore (TWF) manuscripts and related materials] 1951-1975 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 232689139

From the description of [Treasury of American folklore (TAF) manuscripts and related materials ] 1940-1945 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 232687495

From the description of [Treasury of railroad folklore (TRRF) manuscripts and related materials] 1952-1953 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 232689267

From the description of [Talks] 1928?-1971 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 299578072

From the description of [Professional and institutional files] [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 299583755

From the description of [Individual research files] [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 299578095

From the description of [People at Play (PP) unpublished manuscripts and related materials] 1959-1964 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 299575690

From the description of [Subject research files] [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 299575796

From the description of [Reviews] [manuscripts] 1922-1972? / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 299578077

From the description of [Journal] 1918-1920 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 299582280

From the description of [Miscellaneous unpublished manuscripts and related materials] 1923-1971 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 299578056

From the description of [Negro Folklore (NF) unpublished manuscripts and related materials] 1965-1968 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 299577960

From the description of Personal correspondence [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 227211200

From the description of [Civil War treasury (CWT) manuscripts and related materials] [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 244390143

From the description of [Badmen manuscripts and related materials] 1962-1964 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 244391126

From the description of [Pocket treasury of American folklore (PTAF) manuscripts and related materials] 1950-195? [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 232688870

From the description of [Space manuscripts and related materials] 1934-1937 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 232686484

Benjamin A. Botkin was born in 1901 in Boston, Mass. He began Harvard at age 15, graduating magna cum laude at 19, and earned a MA in English literature from Columbia. He then taught english at the University of Oklahoma before studying with folklore scholar Louise Pound at the University of Nebraska where he received a Ph.D. in 1931. In 1937, Botkin accepted a position as the national folklore editor for the Federal Writers' Project. He also served as the co-founder and chairman of the WPA Joint Committee on Folk Arts, and chief editor of the Writers' unit of the Library of Congress. From 1942-1944 Botkin served as curator of the Library of Congress Archive of American Folk Song. He left this position to become a free-lance writer. He edited and published numerous regional folklore treasuries relating to American, Southern, Western, New England, railroad, and Mississippi River folklore. Botkin died in 1975

From the description of Business correspondence [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 227211348

Benjamin A. Botkin was born in 1901 in Boston, Massachusetts. At age 15 he began classes at Harvard and graduated magna cum laude at 19. He continued his education at Columbia where he earned a MA in English literature. In 1921 he moved to Norman, Oklahoma, where he taught in the Department of English at the University of Oklahoma. He left Norman and spent a brief period in New York until he decided to return to the Midwest and study with folklore scholar Louise Pound at the University of Nebraska. He received a Ph.D. from the university in 1931. In 1937 Botkin accepted a position as the national folklore editor for the Federal Writers' Project. He also served as the co-founder and chairman of the WPA Joint Committee on Folk Arts, and chief editor of the Writers' unit of the Library of Congress. From 1942-1944 Botkin served as curator of the Library of Congress Archive of American Folk Song. He left this position to become a free-lance writer. He edited and published numerous regional folklore treasuries relating to American, Southern, Western, New England, railroad, and Mississippi River folklore. Botkin died in 1975.

From the guide to the Benjamin A. Botkin Collection of Applied American Folklore, 1919-1975

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Kennedy, Stetson,. Stetson Kennedy oral history interview, 1988 Nov. 11. Georgia State University
referencedIn Sandoz, Mari, 1896-1966. Papers, 1864-1976 (bulk 1931-1966). University of Nebraska - Lincoln
creatorOf Benjamin A. Botkin collection of applied American folklore, 1909-1975. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert 1901-1975. [Miscellaneous unpublished manuscripts and related materials] 1923-1971 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert, 1901-1975. [New York City folklore (NYCF) manuscripts and related materials] 1954-1962 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert, 1901-1975. [Pocket treasury of American folklore (PTAF) manuscripts and related materials] 1950-195? [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert, 1901-1975. [American Play Party (APP) manuscripts and related materials] [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert 1901-1975. [Badmen manuscripts and related materials] 1962-1964 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
referencedIn United States. Work Projects Administration. United States Work Projects Administration records, 1524-1975 (bulk 1935-1942). Library of Congress
referencedIn George and Ira Gershwin Collection, 1895-2008, (bulk 1920-1960) Library of Congress. Music Division
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert 1901-1975. [Poetry unpublished manuscripts and related materials] 1916-1970 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
referencedIn Leach, Maria. Papers, 1928-1975. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert 1901-1975. [Treasury of American anecdotes (TAA) manuscripts and related materials] 1939-1965 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
creatorOf Jeffries, Margaret A. Papers compiled while working with the Virginia WPA, 1936-1940. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert 1901-1975. [Illustrated book of American folklore (IBAF) manuscripts and related materials] 1946-1969 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert, 1901-1975. [Treasury of western folklore (TWF) manuscripts and related materials] 1951-1975 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert, 1901-1975. Personal correspondence [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
referencedIn Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966. Papers, 1681-1966 (bulk 1900-1960) Houghton Library
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert, 1901-1975. [Funk and Wagnalls standard dictionary of folklore, mythology and legend (FWFD) manuscripts and related materials] 1949-1972 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
referencedIn United States Work Projects Administration Records, 1524-1975, (bulk 1935-1942) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert, 1901-1975. Letter to Florence Lipkin. Norman, OK. 1934 May 16. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Gershwin, George, 1898-1937. George and Ira Gershwin collection, 1895-2008 (bulk 1920-1960). Library of Congress
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert 1901-1975. [Journal] 1918-1920 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert, 1901-1975. [Book of the American West (AW) manuscripts and related materials] 1962?-1963? [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert, 1901-1975. [Lay my burden down (LMBD) manuscripts and related materials] 1944-1971 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert 1901-1975. [Reviews] [manuscripts] 1922-1972? / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert 1901-1975. [People at Play (PP) unpublished manuscripts and related materials] 1959-1964 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
creatorOf Folk Arts Foundation of America (Saint Paul, Minn.). Folk Arts Foundation records, 1943-1965. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1878-1962. Papers, 1897-1930 Houghton Library
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert 1901-1975. [Professional and institutional files] [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert, 1901-1975. [Treasury of New England folklore (TNEF) manuscripts and related materials] 1944-1968 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert, 1901-1975. [Treasury of Mississippi River folklore (TMRF) manuscripts and related materials] 1955 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert, 1901-1975. [Sidewalks of America manuscripts and related materials] [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert 1901-1975. [Negro Folklore (NF) unpublished manuscripts and related materials] 1965-1968 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert, 1901-1975. The early life of Thomas Edward Brown, his race, family, boyhood, school and college days; an introduction to the study of the letters and poems. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert, 1901-1975. Business correspondence [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert 1901-1975. [Life treasury of American folklore (LTAF) manuscripts and related materials] 1959-1961 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert, 1901-1975. [Treasury of Southern folklore (TSF) manuscripts and related materials] 1949-1950 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
creatorOf Rogers, John C. Letters to John C. Rogers [manuscript] 1970-1976. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert 1901-1975. [Individual research files] [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert, 1901-1975. Letter, 1931, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert 1901-1975. [Talks] 1928?-1971 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert 1901-1975. [Subject research files] [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
referencedIn Mari Sandoz Collection, 1864-1976 (bulk 1931-1966) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert, 1901-1975. [Treasury of American folklore (TAF) manuscripts and related materials ] 1940-1945 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert, 1901-1975. [Treasury of railroad folklore (TRRF) manuscripts and related materials] 1952-1953 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert, 1901-1975. [Space manuscripts and related materials] 1934-1937 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
referencedIn Folklore and Ethnomusicology Publications records, 1942-2004, (bulk 1968-2004) Indiana University Office of University Archives and Records Management
referencedIn IU Folklore Institute, 1987 Indiana University, Bloomington. Center for the Study of History and Memory
creatorOf Benjamin A. Botkin Collection of Applied American Folklore, 1919-1975 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library
referencedIn Thompson, Harold William, 1891-1964. Harold William Thompson papers, 1942-1955. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Dorson mss., 1925-1981 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert, 1901-1975. [Folk-say manuscripts and related materials] 1928-1937 [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
creatorOf Botkin, Benjamin Albert, 1901-1975. [Civil War treasury (CWT) manuscripts and related materials] [manuscripts] / Benjamin A. Botkin. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
referencedIn Botkin, Henry, 1896-1983. Henry Botkin papers, 1917-1979. Archives of American Art
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Botkin, Henry, 1896-1983. person
correspondedWith Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1878-1962 person
associatedWith Dorson, Richard Mercer, 1916-1981 person
associatedWith Folk Arts Foundation of America (Saint Paul, Minn.). corporateBody
correspondedWith Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966 person
correspondedWith Gershwin, George, 1898-1937. person
correspondedWith Gershwin, Ira, 1896-1983 person
associatedWith Indiana University, Bloomington. Folklore and Ethnomusicology Publications. corporateBody
associatedWith Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory corporateBody
associatedWith Jeffries, Margaret A. person
associatedWith Kennedy, Stetson, person
correspondedWith Leach, Maria. person
associatedWith Lipkin, Florence, person
associatedWith Rogers, John C. person
correspondedWith Sandoz, Mari, 1896-1966. person
associatedWith Thompson, Harold William, 1891-1964. person
associatedWith United States. Work Projects Administration. corporateBody
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Subject
American literature--20th century
Folklore--History and criticism
City and Town Life
Tales--United States
United States--Social life and customs
Folklore--South Carolina
Afro--Americans--Biography
Oklahoma--Social life and customs
Anecdotes
Folklore--New England
Play-party
South Carolina--Social life and customs
African Americans--Folklore
New York (N.Y.)--Social life and customs
Poetry of places--Southwest, New
Children's literature
Southern states--Social life and customs
Legends--United States
Folk songs, English--United States
American wit and humor
New England--Social life and customs
Work songs
Folklore--Mississippi River Valley
Folklore
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Anecdotes
Folk songs, English--Oklahoma
Folklore--United States
Southwest, New--Description and travel--Poetry
Folk music
Poetry--20th century
Railroads--Folklore
Folklorists--Archives
Folklore--West (U.S.)
Afro--Americans--South Carolina--Folklore
Spirituals (Songs)
Slaves--United States--Social conditions
Folklore--Southern States
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Birth 1901-02-07

Death 1975-07-30

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