Our History

The North Carolina Folklore Society was founded in 1913 by Frank C. Brown to promote and support the collection, preservation, and publication of North Carolina folklore of North Carolina. A professor of English at Duke University, Brown served as secretary-treasurer from 1913 to 1943. He was succeeded by Arthur Palmer Hudson, of the University of North Carolina, who founded North Carolina Folklore, the society’s journal. Today the journal is called the North Carolina Folklore Journal and carries on the society’s mission of publishing exceptional academic work and recognizing traditional practitioners.

Our annual Brown-Hudson Folklore Award is named after these founders. Since 1970, the society has presented the award annually to persons who have contributed in special ways to the appreciation, continuation, or study of North Carolina folk traditions. For more information about the award’s history and how to make nominations, please see our Awards page.