Iowa: A Literary Landscape


Iowa Folklore: A Bibliography

Tales of Iowa's early history and its people were passed through the fictional, oral tradition of folktales. This bibliography contains a sampling of literary criticism and a variety of collections reflecting folklore of the state or a particular region. All books are catalogued in WorldCat and should be accessible to interested readers.


Literary Criticism, Reference, and General Collections

American Folklore Society. Memoirs. New York: Krauss Reprint, 1969, 1894.

Arpy, Jim, and John M. Zielinksi. The Magnificent Mississippi. Grinnell, IA: Iowa Heritage Gallery, 1983.

Bakeman, Mary. Legends, Letters, and Lies: Readings about Inkpaduta and the Spirit Lake Massacre. Roseville, MN: Park Genealogical Books, 2001.

Botkin, Benjamin Albert. A Treasury of American Folklore: Stories, Ballads, and the Traditions of the People. New York: Crown Publishers, 1944.

Carleton, Will. Farm Legends. New York: Harper, 1917.

Detours. Kirksville, MO: Truman State University, 1996-. [periodical]

Miller, Olive Beaupre. Heroes, Outlaws, and Funny Fellows of American Popular Tales. New York: Doubleday, 1939.

Mood, Terry Ann. American Regional Folklore: A Sourcebook and Research Guide. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2004.

Norman, Michael, and Beth Scott. Historic Haunted America. New York: TOR, 1996, 1995.

Wyman, Walker D., and Helen B. Wyman. Great Legends and Stories of Mid-America: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin. River Falls, WI: University of Wisconsin-River Falls Press, 1992.



Iowa Folklore Collections

Beane, Albert Lindley. The Devil's Anvil. Le Grand, IA: Corwin O'Neal, 1923.

Branch, Homer Potter. Iowa Legends and Lyrics. Summer, IA: [s.n.], 1916.

Bricker, Marvin (Mrs.), ed. Anthology of Iowa Legends. Iowa Federation of Women's Clubs, Division of Creative Writing and Public Speaking, 1957-1959.

Carlson, Bruce. Ghosts of Scott County, Iowa. Fort Madison, IA: Quixote Press, 1987.

Demott, A.F. Queen of the Valley: or, Legends of the Des Moines. St. Louis, MO: Bryan, Brand, and Co., 1877.

Duncan, Nancy K., and Michael Fitzsimmons. Coyote: Stories. Omaha, NE: Story Performances, 2002. [CD audio book]

Emberley, Barbara, and Ed Emberley. The Story of Paul Bunyan. New York: Half Moon Books, 1994, 1963.

Erickson, Lori. Ghosts of Johnson County, Iowa. Fort Madison, IA: Quixote Press, 1987.

Hills, Leon Corning. History and Legends of Place Names in Iowa: The Meaning of Our Map. Omaha, NE: Omaha School Supply, 1938.

Huff, Sanford W. "Hummer's Bell." In Annals of Iowa 7.1 (1869): 69-75.

Horton, Loren N. Uniquely Iowa. Chicago: Heinemann Library, 2004.

Johnson, Ava Louise. More Stories of Early Life in Iowa. Waterloo, IA: KXEL, 1946.

Johnson, Ava Louise. Stories of Early Life in Iowa. Waterloo, IA: KXEL, 1946.

Knudson, George E. Decorah Trails and Trolls: A Guide to 2000 Acres of Adventure in and Around Decorah, Iowa. Decorah, IA: Luther College Press, 1976.

Laird, Charlton Grant, and Stephen K. Hutchinson. Iowa Legends of Buried Treasure. Lincoln, NE: Foundation Books, 1990.

Langworthy, Lucius H. "Dubuque: Its History, Mines, Indian Legends: In Two Lectures, Delivered Before the Dubuque Literary Institute, December 18, 1854 and February 26, 1855." In Western Americana, Frontier History of the Trans-Mississippi West, 1550-1900.

Leopold, Don, and Paul L. Weis. Dubuque Folklore: A Contribution from the American Trust and Savings Bank to Dubuqueland in Celebration of Our Nation's Bicenntenial, 1776-1976. Dubuque, IA: American Trust and Savings Bank, 1975.

Leopold, Don, and Paul L. Weis. Dubuque Folklore II. Dubuque, IA: American Trust and Savings Bank, 1980.

Marsh, Carol. 'Chill Out!': Scary Iowa Tales Based on Frightening Iowa Truths. Atlanta, GA: Gallopade Publishing, 1996.

Marsh, Carol. The Hard-to-Believe-but-True! Book of Iowa History, Trivia, Mystery, Legend, Lore and More. Decatur, GA: Gallopade Publishing, 1996.

Marsh, Carol. Iowa Classic Christmas Trivia: Stories, Recipes, Trivia, Legends, Lore, and More. Atlanta, GA: Gallopade Publishing, 1996.

McTaggart, Fred. Mesquakie Stories: The Teachings of the Red Earth People. Thesis. University of Iowa, 1973.

Michelson, Truman. "Miss Owen's 'Folk-lore of the Musquakie Indians.'" In American Anthropologist 38 (1936): 143-145.

Oesterle, Tyler. Jokes Minnesotans Tell About Iowans. Provo, UT: Brigham Young University, 2001.

Officer, Julia E. Legend of Lake Manawa. [s.l.]: [s.n.], 1800-1979?

Rosheim, David L. Old Iowegian Legends. Maquoketa, IA: Andromeda Press, 1991.

Schreiber, Dale L. Further Legends of the Wolf Creek Basin: Tall Tales from the Heartland, Are They True? You Be the Judge. Carlsbad, CA: Pont Historic Society, 2000.

Schreiber, Dale L. Legends of the Wolf Creek Basin: Tall Tales from the Heartland, Are They True? You Be the Judge: A Compilation of Short Stories circa 1800s. Carlsbad, CA: Pont Historic Society, 1999.

Stout, Earl Jonathan, ed. Folklore from Iowa. New York: American Folk-lore Society, 1976, 1937, 1936.

Tjostem, John, Harley Refsal, et al. Where the Trolls Walk. Cedar Falls, IA: Spectrum House, 1986.

Van Klompenburg, Carol. Dutch Treats: Recipes, Folklore, Proverbs. Iowa City, IA: Penfield Press, 1987.

Weippiert, G.W. Legends of Iowa. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1889.

Young, Beth. Iowa's Early Home Remedies. Sioux City, IA: Quixote Press, 1990.



Iowa: Native American Folklore Collections

Andrews, Lewis H. The Wapsie-Pinnekon Legend. Quasqueton, IA: Frank Vierth, 1906.

Demott, A.F. Queen of the Valley: or, Legends of the Des Moines. St. Louis, MO: Bryan, Brand, and Co., 1877.

Duncan, Nancy K., and Michael Fitzsimmons. Coyote: Stories. Omaha, NE: Story Performances, 2002. [CD audio book]

Galland, Isaac. "The Indian Tribes of the West: Their Language, Religion, and Traditions." In Annals of Iowa 7 (1869): 347-366.

McTaggart, Fred. Wolf that I Am: In Search of the Red Earth People. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1984, 1976.

Me-skwa-ki a-be-no-a-ki= Children of the Red Earth People. Tama, IA: Sac and Fox Settlement School, 1989.

Michelson, Truman. "Miss Owen's 'Folk-lore of the Musquakie Indians.'" In American Anthropologist 38 (1936): 143-145.

Pruitt, O.J. Indian Stories. Council Bluffs, IA: Pottawattamie County Historical Society, 1951.

Iowa Literary Landscape

Editor's Forward

Preface

Introduction

Recent Project Additions

Adult Books A-F

Adult Books G-H

Adult Books I-R

Adult Books S-Z

Short Stories & Novellas

Children's Books

Young Adult Books

All Authors

All Titles

Iowa Towns

Iowa Counties

Iowa Regions

References

Appendix: Landscape Literature

Appendix: Poetry Sources

Appendix: Feature Films

Appendix: Electronic Works

Appendix: Audio Works

Appendix: Non-English Editions

Appendix: Iowa Folklore

Endnote


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