The Chariton Collector
The Chariton Collector is a magazine focused on local history and
folklore that was produced by the Kirksville High School Local History class
between 1980 and 1989. The first issue was produced in 1980 under the
direction of Mrs. Carol Trowbridge. In 1982 Mrs. Mary Grossnickle took over
as instructor. Issues were published bi-annually until the spring of 1989.
Further history of the Chariton Collector
can be read in the last issue or on the page containing
Editor's Comments. During the 1970s a similar production, called
Bittersweet was produced by high school students in Lebanon, MO.
My name is Katherine Goodwin. I am a senior English major and Folklore
minor at Truman State University. I will be graduating in May 2006. This
website was completed in partial fulfillment of the Folklore minor at
Truman. After my graduation, this website will be maintained by the Special
Collections Department at Truman.
I first encountered the Chariton Collector during the Fall 2004
semester in my Folklore class (ENG 410) while I was working on a semester
long project about butter churns. In researching for that project, I came
across the Chariton Collector. In my class project I used "The Palace
Bakery" by Charla Morris and Kim Wayman. I remember being impressed with the
Chariton Collector and thinking that it was a shame it wasn't more
widely available. I felt scholars outside of Northeast Missouri would be
interested, if they only knew it existed and had access to it. When it came
time to find a project for my internship, I remembered my prior experience
and decided to build a website for the Chariton Collector, making it
more widely available. This website was one of the first internships
completed as part of the Folklore Minor at Truman State University.
The first step in this project was to get copyright permission to put
the articles in the Chariton Collector online. Copyright for the
Chariton Collector is held by the Kirksville High School. Copyright
for this webpage, however, is held by Truman State University.
In March 2006, the Kirksville High School donated the tapes and
interview transcripts that were collected in the production of the
Chariton Collector to the Special Collections Department of Pickler
Memorial Library at Truman. The library staff is currently working to
make these interviews available to the public.
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