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Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore




The papers of Norman Studer document the career of a progressive educator and folklorist at Camp Woodland in the Catskill Mountains and the Downtown Community School in New York City from the 1930s through the 1970s. Their original custodian, Joan Studer Levine, recognized that her father’s papers needed to be permanently housed in a repository that could both preserve the materials and ensure access for researchers. The collection came to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives at the University at Albany in May 2001, and the work of cataloging and preserving its contents is ongoing. Important associations and connections between folklorists and archivists—in particular, their common interest in documenting the history of individuals, organizations, and the folk traditions of New York State—suggest opportunities for future collaboration.


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