George Gershon Korson Photo

George Gershon Korson

Born: Aug 8, 1899

Death: May 23, 1967

Birthplace: Bobrynets

Nationality: United States

George Gershon Korson

Date of Birth : Aug 8, 1899
Date of Death : May 23, 1967
Birth Place : Bobrynets

George Korson was a folklorist, journalist, and historian. He has been cited as a pioneer collector of industrial folklore, and according to Michael Taft of the Library of Congress, "may very well be considered the father of occupational folklore studies in the United States." In addition to writing and editing a number of influential books, he also issued his field recordings of coal miners on two LP records for the Library of Congress. The first of six children, Korson was brought by his parents Joseph and Rose from Bobrinets, Ukraine to the United States in 1906 when he was seven years old. After a brief time in Brooklyn, New York, the family relocated to the coal-mining city of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, when George was thirteen years old. Involved with his high school newspaper, he landed a job after high school as a reporter for the Wilkes-Barre Record. He briefly attended Columbia University to pursue studies in English and history in 1921-1922, but was forced to return home by his family's financial difficulties. Upon his return he joined the staff of the Pottsville Republican.

Also known as


  • George Korson
  • George G. Korson
  • George Korson

Awards Won


  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada
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