Folklore students at Brigham Young University explore different genres of folklore for the purpose of the folklore archives these are divided into 15 genres collections and a collection of BYU student folklore projects. At this time each of these genres has its own index. The index includes a call number and a brief description of the collections. The collections are divided into series.
Physical manuscripts (1960-2019) may be viewed in the L. Tom Perry Special Collection's reading room or digital scans can be requested for individual items.
Digital manuscripts (2019-present) can be found on the online repository
FA 01 Students Project Folklore papers written by Brigham Young University students as their final course project.
FA 02 Supernatural Religious Legends Legends with distinct religious themes.
FA 03 Supernatural Non-religious Legends Legends about supernatural events of a non-religious character.
FA 04 Human Condition Legends Legends about various aspects of the human condition, including legends on war, ethnic religious encounters, stereotypes, slaver, migration, poverty and wealth, the law, occupations and avocations, courtship, marriage, family, polygamy, animals, nature, wealth, sickness, human traits and family characters.
FA 05 Character Legends Legends about notable characters throughout time.
FA 06 Etiological Legends Legends that explain the origin of supernatural or social phenomenon.
FA 07 Contemporary Legends Often contemporary legends are told as having occurred among family or friends, sometimes referred to as a friend of a friend legend.
FA 08 Personal Narrative Narratives told from a first-person perspective.
FA 09 Folktales and Jokes Stories that are passed down from generations to generation, often orally.
FA 010 Beliefs Beliefs that are passed down from generation to generation, often informally.
FA 011 Speech The traditional or expressive use of language by ordinary people, including dialect and style.
FA 012 Riddles Questions or statements with a double veiled meaning. Riddles also include visual puzzles.
FA 013 Songs Traditional songs often passed down through families or other folk groups.
FA 014 Customs Traditional practices passed down from generation to generation, often orally.
FA 015 Games Traditional games passed down from generation to generation, often by children.
FA 016 Material Lore Refers to objects that people design, create, collect or use, includes the beliefs and practices of the people who use them.
FA 20 William A. Wilson and John B. Harris Missionary Folklore Collection 17 Seventeen volumes with more 4,000 LDS folklore missionary items, 1933-2016
MSS 1798 Thomas E. Cheney Papers Twenty reel-to-reel tapes which record folk songs, typescripts of the recorded folk songs in two volumes, four volumes of folk songs, and one volume of Mormon folk tales. The materials relate largely to Mormon folklore and Mormon folk songs.