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Contents   Five binders of his collection of folk songs.

Time period  1937 - 1965

Subject    Pittsburgh Music Educator. Pittsburgh (and PA) Folk music expert.



Binders: These binders are all of a miscellaneous nature. There are no exclusive collections in any one binder. Various fields of interest can be found throughout.

  • Binder #1: Folk songs representative of French, English, Appalachian Mountains, Negro (Leadbelly and others), Sacred Harp, American ballads, Early ballads from “Popular Music of Olden Times” by William Chappell; Shanty tunes, etc.

  • Binder #2: His folk song transcriptions from the Krepps MS.: James Taylor Krepps of Fayette City, PA (d.1901). Collection found at Senator John Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh, PA.

  • Binder #3: Songs representative of those sung at collegiate institutions such as Rhode Island State College (1917), Harvard, Brown, Dartmouth, etc. Also in this binder is a hand-written rebuttal of music critic Paul Henry Lang’s review in the New York Herald-Tribune of composer Roy Harris’s “Festival Folk Fantasy” of February 23 (1956?).

  • Binder #4: Folk songs representative of Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Alabama, Newfoundland, and others. (Includes “The Twelve Days of Christmas” as found in John Jacob Niles “Ten Traditional Carols.”)

  • Binder #5: Religious ballads; Spiritual folk songs of early America; Sacred Harp, “Trail” ballads; French folk songs.