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.

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. This image only shows the top half of the journal.

The Society’s principal publication, Western Folklore, has been published annually since 1942. Find information about the submission process for articles and reviews by clicking the link above.

Every April, the Society’s Annual Meeting 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.

The Society is pleased to invite anyone interested in folklore and folklife to become a member. Faculty, students, staff, independent folklorists, international scholars – all are welcome to join WSFS.