Dr. Hector Lee (1908-1992) came from Chico State University to SSU at its inception. He was a nationally known authority on
western folklore and a true teller of tall tales. The Lee papers document Dr. Lee’s involvement with the folklore community
at large and his activities in recording the folklore of Sonoma, Marin, Mendocino and Lake counties. Actual folktales are
contained in the transcripts from Lee’s radio show Tales of the Redwood Empire and in the essays of W.C. Shipley.
Researchers especially interested in Dr. Lee’s work in recording folktales might also want to consult the California Folklore
Miscellany, a bound collection of folktales collected by Dr. Lee’s students which is housed in the Special Collections enclosure.