Oral Histories

Interview of Wayland D. Hand

UCLA professor of folklore and director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Comparative Folklore and Mythology.
The Development of Folklore Studies at UCLA
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA Faculty
Moser, J. Irene
Hand, Wayland D.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Birth during family's stay in New Zealand; childhood in Utah after family's return to United States; devout Mormon upbringing; mission to Germany, 1927-29; study at University of Utah and University of Chicago; work in German literature and folklore under Archer Taylor; Gustave O. Arlt; teaching at UCLA, 1937-74; development of Folklore and Mythology Group; cofounder Center for the Study of Comparative Folklore and Mythology, 1961; D. K. Wilgus; relations with music and anthropology departments; Walter Starkie; support from Chancellor Franklin D. Murphy; future of folklore studies; analysis of approaches to study of folklore; involvement in associations of international folklorists; building folklore collection in UCLA library; comparison of UCLA library collection in folklore with other collections in United States and Europe; Wilbur J. Smith; Brown collection of North Carolina folklore; political interests; Helen Gahagan Douglas campaign; Woody Guthrie; students and politics on campus; Angela Davis case; relations with Arlt.