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Peggy Bulger Collection on Stetson Kennedy

Identifier: MSS 0497

Scope and Content

This collection includes research materials collected by Dr. Peggy Bulger to support her dissertation (which was published as Stetson Kennedy: Applied Folklore and Cultural Advocacy, Florida Historical Society Press, 2017). Major sections of the papers are Bulger’s dissertation research, correspondence, subject files, and interviews. The collection also contains copies of Kennedy’s unpublished autobiography with subjects ranging from his life infiltrating the Klu Klux Klan to his travels in Europe. Dr. Bulger also collected articles written by and about Kennedy. Audiovisual material-mostly audio tapes-has not yet been processed.


  • Creation: 1940 - 2016
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1991 - 2016



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Margaret Anne “Peggy” Bulger was born in Albany, New York in 1949. She holds a B.A. in fine arts from the State University of New York at Albany, a M.A. in folk studies from Western Kentucky University, and a Ph.D., with honors, in folklore and folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bulger was Folk Arts Coordinator and State Folklorist for the state of Florida, serving in the Bureau of Florida Folklife Program from 1976 to 1989. She served as the Senior Program Officer and Folk Arts Director for the Southern Arts Federation in Atlanta from 1989 to 1999. In addition to her public administration work, Dr. Bulger is the author of South Florida Folklife (1994) with Tina Bucuvalas and Stetson Kennedy and Stetson Kennedy: Applied Folklore and Cultural Advocacy 2017). She was the editor of Musical Roots of the South (1992). From July of 1999 until retiring in December of 2011, she served as the director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. She is married to Douglas B. Leatherbury III, and they have two daughters.


3.04 Linear Feet (5 Boxes; 1 Unprocessed Box)

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Primarily Bulger’s research and interviews supplying the information for her dissertation and published work on the activist, writer, and folklorist Stetson Kennedy.


University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

Gift of Peggy Bulger.

Related Material

Special Collections also holds the Stetson Kennedy Papers.



A Guide to the Peggy Bulger Collection on Stetson Kennedy
Finding aid created by Samuel McLane and Marcus Follin
December 2018
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Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
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Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America