Welcome to WSFS

You have reached the Web site of the Western States Folklore Society (formerly California Folklore Society). Click on the buttons in the navigation panel at the left to explore our site:

  • About WSFS describes the organization
  • Membership tells you how to join the Society
  • Publications describes our journal, Western Folklore, and how to submit articles and reviews for publication
  • Meetings contains information about our Annual Meetings in April
  • Contact Us provides email and surface mail addresses

Proposed changes to WSFS Bylaws now available.

WSFS's Bylaws Review Committee has completed its work, which was approved by the Board of Directors at the Society’s Annual Meeting, April 8-9, 2022. A PDF of the Bylaws showing the proposed changes, with deletions marked in red strikeout and additions in blue, is available here. As all changes are subject to approval by the membership, a ballot will be made available and members notified of the opportunity to approve or reject the proposed changes.

Western Folklore, Vol. 81, No. 1 mailed to membership

Volume 81, Number 1 (Winter, 2022), the most recent issue of Western Folklore, was mailed on December 10, 2021; please allow three weeks for delivery (foreign mail may take up to two months). To view the contents, refer to the Current Issue page.

Western Folklore, Vol. 81, No. 2/3 now in production

Volume 81, Number 2/3 (Spring/Summer, 2022), the next issue of Western Folklore, is now in production.

Book review titles for Western Folklore now available online

Our new Review Editor, Afsane Rezaei, is looking for reviewers for a slew of new books, so we’ve added a new page that lists their titles. There you can select titles you would like to review. Afsane will then contact you about reviewing. To access the list, visit the Publications page and click on the Titles for Review button in the navigation panel.