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Rollo Newsom Folklore Collection

Identifier: 34.1601

Scope and Contents

Arranged chronologically.


  • 1992-2007, undated


Language of Materials

Most material is in English, but some items are in other languages, including Spanish and German.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Special Collections and Archives owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies.

Biographical note

Rollo Newsom taught at Texas State University for 42 years, officially retiring in 2008. Dr. Newsom attended Memphis State University before heading to the University of Texas Austin for a PhD in sociology in 1973. He served as the chair of the Texas State University sociology department from 1976-1981. He was also the first dean of the College of General Studies (now the University College) from 1983-1986.

Dr. Newsom taught a folklore class for many years. The class was required to collect various forms of folklore, including jokes, customs, urban legends, and family lore. His intention in these assignments was to assemble a folklore collection at Texas State.

Upon retirement, Dr. Newsom continued participating with the Texas Horned Lizard Conservation Society, the Texas Folklore Society, and volunteering with the Old Tunnel Wildlife Management Area.


5.42 Linear Feet (Five (5) Paige boxes)


Collection of materials donated by Dr. Rollo Newsom, retired faculty.

Physical Location

Stored in the Archives and Research Center offsite preservation. Advance notice is required for to view.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Rollo Newsom, unknown date.

Rollo Newsom Folklore Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

Alkek Library Room 580
601 University Drive
San Marcos Texas 78666 USA