Various artifact collections have recently been placed in the Folklife Center Archives, and resources to properly process and store these artifacts have been obtained. The Folklife Center at Fairmont State University actively seeks donations of any artifacts that will help interpret West Virginia folklife. This may include photographs, family memorabilia, journals, letters, oral histories and folklore, and any other materials of such nature. Individuals who may want to contribute to this growing collection should contact Dr. Judy P. Byers or Mr. Noel W. Tenney at the WV Folklife Center at Fairmont State University.

Patty Looman Collection - A recent acquisition from Patty Looman has been added to the archives.  This collection features more than 200 books on the subject of traditional, regional music.  As well as song books, how to play books, and a variety of historical works.  Also included in the collection is more than 450 cassette tapes, many are commercially produced, but there are a significant number of cassettes that were self-recorded by Patty during jam sessions.  The attached Finding Aid provides a detailed listing of the collection holdings.

Heritage Textiles Collection Russell Wright Pottery Collection
Ruth Ann Musick Literary Collection Buddy Myers Photo Collection
   

 

Contact Info

The Frank and Jane Gabor
West Virginia Folklife Center

on the campus of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College
1201 Locust Avenue
Fairmont, WV 26554
(304) 367-4403
wvfolklife@fairmontstate.edu
wvfolklife@pierpont.edu

Dr. Judy P. Byers
Dr. Judy P. Byers
, Director Frank & Jane Gabor WV Folklife Center,
  Abelina Suarez Professor, Senior Level,
  English & Folklore Studies
Fairmont State University
(304) 367-4286
jbyers@fairmontstate.edu
jbyers@pierpont.edu


Mr. Noel W. Tenney, Folk Cultural Specialist
   Frank & Jane Gabor WV Folklife Center
   and Museum Studies Program Coordinator
   Pierpont Community & Technical College
(304) 367-3606 

ntenney@fairmontstate.edu
ntenney@pierpont.edu

FSUNow Stories

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center will host a special event in April honoring the work of acclaimed poet Maggie Anderson and the legacy of former West Virginia Poet Laureate Louise McNeill.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Three West Virginia writers will read from their new books at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the Fairmont State University main campus. The writers include Michael W. Cox, Jessie Van Eerden and John Van Kirk.

A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the reading. Admission is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs at Fairmont State University and the Department of Language and Literature.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Playwright, author and screenwriter Tom DeTitta has been named the 2014 Artist-in-Residence for Fairmont State University. With a specialty in historical drama, he has written two plays with content closely connected to this area, “Monongah,” which is about an immigrant family affected by the 1907 mine disaster, and “Street of Gold,” which is about a coal mining family in Western Pennsylvania.

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