Student Ethnographic Projects Collection


The Student Ethnographic Projects (SEPs) comprise one of the Folklore Archives most important and continually evolving collections. The earliest SEPS date from 1967 and contributions have been made almost every year since, as OSU students regularly carry out fieldwork assignments for their folklore, writing, and other courses, then submit their final projects to the Archives. 

There are now over 11,000 OSU folklore student research projects in the SEP collection. They cover almost every genre of folklore, including regional oral traditions (such as contemporary and historical legends, anecdotes, jokes, and oral history), beliefs, customs, festivals, material culture, and traditional ways of living.

Contact the Center for Folklore Studies at if you are a researcher and would like to be sent a copy of the most up-to-date finding aid for the SEPs. We can help you access the SEPs digitally, or provide you with the files for in-house viewing.

If you are an instructor, see our course modules page on using the SEPs for a research project in your course. 

Aliens, Ghosts, and Cults: Legends We Live by folklorist Bill Ellis is largely based on materials found in the SEPs. You can learn more about the book and about how Ellis conducted his research for it on our website.

Part of the Student Ethnographic Projects collection in the OSU Folklore Archive
Part of the OSU Folklore Archive