In August 1846, Englishman William Thorns, using the nom de plume Ambrose Merton, wrote a letter to the Athenaeum in which he proposed the term "Folklore" as an appropriate Anglo-Saxon term to refer to "manners, customs, observances, superstitions, ballads, proverbs, etc. of the olden time." This neologism was well received and it has achieved virtual world-wide currency. (p.232)
Need help locating folklore resources in the library catalog? This is a good starting point and some examples are listed below.