Folklore is defined as those items of culture that are learned orally, by imitation, or by observation, including beliefs, narratives (tales, legends, proverbs, etc.), folk medicine, and other aspects of the expressive performance and communication involved in the oral tradition. Works on folklore and folk literature are classed in GR or in P depending on the type of material. Certain material which may be called folklore is classed in schedules other than GR or P. This instruction sheet provides guidelines for classing these works.

For guidelines on the assignment of subject headings to works of or about folklore and folk literature, see H 1627.


1. Literature

2. Folk dance

3. Folk music

4. Folk customs and material culture

5. Folk art

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Special Topics, Categories of Material, Etc.