About WSFS

Western States Folklore Society (formerly California Folklore Society), was founded in 1941. Today, the Society is committed to the study of regional, national, and international folklore in all its aspects. The Society is pleased to invite anyone interested in folklore and folklife to become a member. Visit the Membership page for details.

The Society’s principal publication, Western Folklore, has been published annually since 1942. Visit our Publications page to find out more about this leading American folklore journal and how to submit papers for publication in the Society's premier journal.

Every April, the Society’s Annual Meetings bring together a wide variety of individual scholars and groups for open discussions and the presentation of papers about various aspects of folklore and folklife.Visit that page to find out more.

We welcome News of folklore-related events, both those coming up and those that have recently taken place: visit that page to see what’s new.

For information about membership, Western Folklore editorial information, and this web site, visit the Contact page.

The Society's bylaws may be reviewed by visiting the ByLaws page.