Hand, Wayland D. (Wayland Debs), 1907-1986

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Folklorist. Wayland Hand was active in the folklore field from about 1937-1986.

From the description of The Wayland Hand collection of superstition and popular belief on index cards, 1937?-1986? (Utah State University). WorldCat record id: 69242470

Wayland Debs Hand (1907-1986) was born in Auckland, New Zealand. He immigrated to the United States and attended the University of Utah where he received his B.A. and M.A. in German. He received a PhD in Germanic Languages from the University of Chicago in 1936. From 1936-1937 Hand taught German at the University of Minnesota, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). From 1937 to 1974, he taught German and pioneered the Folklore Program at UCLA. He is recognized today as a major scholar and folklorist.

From the description of The Wayland D. Hand folklore papers, 1938-1986. (Utah State University). WorldCat record id: 71790243

Wayland Debbs Hand was born March 19, 1907 in Auckland, New Zealand to Hyrum and Margaret White Hand. On June 8, 1932 Hand married Viola White and they later had three children, Jacqueline (1937) and Winifred (1949), and Sidney Gilford (1950). In 1956 Hand divorced Viola and on December 19, 1957 Hand married Celeste Gilford.

During the latter 1920s Hand enrolled in the University of Utah were he began studying German. In 1933 he received is B.A. in German and in 1934 a M.A. in German. Later that year he was accepted by the University of Chicago, were he studied under the renowned scholar Archer Taylor. Hand received a Ph.D. in Germanic Languages in 1936. From 1936-1937 Hand taught German at the University of Minnesota, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). From 1937 to 1974 Hand taught German and pioneered the Folklore Program at UCLA. Hand died on October 22, 1986 in Los Angeles.

Over the course of Hand's career he was involved in many positions of leadership, served on many committees, and published numerous books and articles. Hand served as the President of the Modern Language Association of Southern California (1955-1956), President of the American Folklore Society (1957-1958), Vice-President of the North American International Society for Folk-Narrative Research (1964-1974), and President of the California Folklore Society (1969-1970). He served as an editor for the California Folklore Quarterly (1942-1946), the Journal of American Folklore (1947-1951), and Western Folklore (1953-1966). Hand is the author of Humaniora: Essays in Literature, Folklore, and Bibliography (1960), Popular Beliefs & Superstitions from North Carolina (1964), American Folk Legend (1971), and American Folk Medicine (1976).

Source: W. D. Hand's vitas, Series I, Box 1, Fd 1.

From the guide to the Wayland D. Hand folklore papers, 1938-1986, (Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Hand, Learned, 1872-1961. Papers, 1840-1961 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Dorson mss., 1925-1981 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Hand, Wayland D. (Wayland Debs), 1907-1986. The Wayland D. Hand folklore papers, 1938-1986. Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library
creatorOf Puckett, Newbell Niles. [Newbell Niles Puckett Memorial Gift. Ohio superstitions]. Cleveland Public Library, Main Library
creatorOf Wayland D. Hand folklore papers, 1938-1986 Utah State University. Special Collections and ArchivesManuscript Collection
creatorOf Hand, Wayland D. (Wayland Debs), 1907-1986. Montana folksongs collection, 1947-1979. Library of Congress
referencedIn Green, Archie. Archie Green papers, 1944-2009. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Montana Folksongs Collection, 1947-1950, 1979 Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library Archives and Special Collections
creatorOf Hand, Wayland D. (Wayland Debs), 1907-1986. The Wayland Hand collection of superstition and popular belief on index cards, 1937?-1986? Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library
referencedIn Gillmor, Frances, 1903-1993. Papers of Frances Gillmor, 1910-1993 (bulk 1930-1973). University of Arizona Libraries
referencedIn Cowell, Sidney Robertson, 1903-1995. Sidney Robertson Cowell correspondence, 1936-1973. Library of Congress
referencedIn Granger, Byrd H. Papers of Byrd Howell Granger, 1945-1990 (bulk 1956-1975). University of Arizona Libraries
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correspondedWith Cowell, Sidney Robertson, 1903-1995. person
associatedWith Dorson, Richard Mercer, 1916-1981 person
correspondedWith Gillmor, Frances, 1903-1993. person
associatedWith Granger, Byrd H. person
associatedWith Green, Archie. person
associatedWith Hand, Learned, 1872-1961 person
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Birth 1907-03-19

Death 1986-10-22

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