Guest Curators

We want to say thank you to our outgoing Guest Curator, Peter Harle! If you missed a chance to see his fantastic artifacts, please stop by the Guest Curator Archive Page. You can also examine all of our past Guest Curator’s as well.

Welcome to our Guest Curator, James (Jim) R. Dow, Ph.D. !

Originally from Louisiana and Mississippi James R. (Jim) Dow completed a PhD in German with a minor in Russian from the University of Iowa.  He then continued as postdoctoral student in folklore at Indiana and UCLA, with NEH summer seminars at Texas and in socio-linguistics at Stanford.  He served as editor of the European International Folklore Bibliography, editor of Volume 5 (folklore) of the MLA International Bibliography, then took on the task of field work among the Germans of Iowa, particularly the Amana Colonists and the Old Order Amish of Kalona.  He rounds out his research by following and publishing on the history of German-language Volkskunde. His latest book is Heinrich Himmler’s Cultural Commissions: Programmed Plunder in Italy and Yugoslavia, with the German version entitled Angewandte Volkstumsideologie: Heinrich Himmers Kulturkommissionen in Südtirol und der Gottschee, both published in 2018. He and his wife Susan now spend several months each year in Vienna.

A shot glass for the world champion All Black rugby team in New Zealand. 

An antique children’s whistle in the shape of a bird. From the same family who make and sell the painted pewter.

If you are a folklorist or a collector of folklore/popular culture artifacts, please consider becoming a Guest Curator. Your objects will be highlighted here on a rotating basis.

All we ask is that the objects be yours, you have a photograph of the objects, and all or most of the information about the object (see the guidelines below, for more details).

Guest Curator Guidelines:

1. Artifacts must fall within the subject of our website (folklore, folk art, popular culture, etc).

2. Artifacts must be a part of your own personal collection.

3. Submissions must be limited to no more than five artifacts.

4. Submissions must contain a photograph of the artifact, as well as the title, purpose, country of origin, culture , materials, and dimensions of the artifact.

5. We also would like your photograph and a brief biography to accompany the collection.

Please contact, and write Guest Curator in the subject line for further information or with any questions. We cannot wait to highlight your collection!