The Texas Folklore Society produced its first publication in 1912, with W. H. Thomas's Some Current Folk-Songs of the Negro. In 1916, the Society came out with its first full-length collection of articles that had been given at annual meetings; since then, it has published over seventy regular volumes in its Publications of the Texas Folklore Society series, including a three-volume history of the organization from 1909 through 2000. The Society has also supported the publication of numerous monographs and newsletters, as well as over two dozen single-author "Extra Books" on folklore. Many publications are miscellanies, covering a wide range of research interests, while other books have a specific focus, such as folk songs and music or hunting and fishing lore.
TFS books are published by the University of North Texas Press and distributed by Texas A&M University Press and the Texas Book Consortium. The University of North Texas Press has also made most TFS publications available electronically, through The Portal to Texas History at https://texashistory.unt.edu/. Practically every volume is available through print-on-demand, and current members receive a 20% discount on all TFS books. The toll-free number to order is 1-800-826-8911.
The 2016 publication is a tribute to F. E. Abernethy, who served as the TFS Secretary-Editor for thirty-three years. PTFS #71 contains one article for each year Ab served in this position. The wide range of topics he covered over the decades are a must-have for anyone who knew him, as a teacher, as a musician, as a world traveler, or as a friend of the Society.
Order your copy today: PTFS #71
TFS Fellow Fran Vick guest-edited the 2015 publication, Tales of Texas Cooking (PTFS #70), and it sold out its first printing. Don't worry, we ordered a second printing. You can get your copy by clicking the link below.
The 2018 publication is going to be an Extra Book, tentatively titled "The San Saba Treasure, Legends of Silver Creek." David Lewis examines the history and lore of this popular treasure story, reported on by many through the years, including J. Frank Dobie.
The Texas Folklore Society has a rich history in publishing the lore that has been presented and preserved by its members over the past century. If you're interested in reading about the things that make us who we are, you still have the opportunity to obtain previous publications.
To see a list of all Texas Folklore Society publications, click the following link: