Image of sandy yellow and burnt red cover of the Western Folklore printed journal. It has different WSFS stickers sprinkled all over it, making it look festive and dynamic. Some of the stickers are outlined in white, but most are the same color as the journal.he site.


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. Our Journal: Western Folklore describes how to submit articles and reviews for publication. Find out more about this leading American/International 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 run a Blog dedicated to sharing folklore-related events, spotlights of individual folklorists and their work, as well as general discussion of folklore-related subjects. 

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.