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.