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MS Eng 1470

Macmath, William, 1844-1922. William Macmath Scottish ballad transcripts, 1873-1896: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: f
Call No.: MS Eng 1470
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Macmath, William, 1844-1922.
Title: William Macmath Scottish ballad transcripts,
Date(s): 1873-1896.
Quantity: 1 collection (8 volumes (.75 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Autograph manuscripts and transcripts of Scottish ballads collected by William Macmath.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

William Macmath Scottish Ballad Transcripts, 1873-1896 (MS Eng 1470). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

See also MS Eng 862.1 and MS Eng 862 for additional ballad-related transcriptions made by William Macmath.

Biographical / Historical

William Macmath (1844-1922) was a scholar and collector of Scottish ballad text. He transcribed numerous Scottish ballad manuscripts and sent the copies to Harvard professor, Francis James Child. Child used these texts in his research for his English and Scottish Popular Ballads (1882-1898). After Child's death in 1898, Harvard professor George Lyman Kittredge continued the research.


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Scope and Contents

Collection includes transcripts of texts of ballads collected by William Macmath, Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe, William Findlay, James Skene, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Pitcairn, and Mrs. Maxwell Scott. Transcripts have been annotated by Francis James Child and George Lyman Kittredge.

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