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MS Am 2419

Tolman, Albert Harris, 1856-1928. Albert Harris Tolman papers on American ballads, 1900-1926: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2419
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Tolman, Albert Harris, 1856-1928.
Title: Albert Harris Tolman papers on American ballads,
Date(s): 1900-1926.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence and texts of American folk songs and ballads collected by University of Chicago professor, Albert Harris Tolman.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Gift of J. Stevens Tolman, 6641 Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, Illinois; received: 1929 January 12. Recataloged from 25241.46.5F*
Note from J. Stevens Tolman (Albert Tolman's son), mentions that this group of papers was found in his father's library and was marked "to be sent to Harvard University Library."

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Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Albert Harris Tolman Papers on American Ballads, 1900-1926 (MS Am 2419). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

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Biographical / Historical

Albert Harris Tolman (1856-1928) received an A.B. from Williams College in 1877 and a Ph.D. from the University of Strassburg in 1889. He was a principal of Chicopee Falls High School, Massachusetts (1878-1882) and a professor of English at Ripon College (1884-1893) and at the University of Chicago (1893-1925). He was a widely published Shakespearean authority and held a special interest in ballad and epic poetry. His publications on American ballads included: "Some songs traditional in the United States" (1916) and "Traditional texts and tunes" (1922; with Mary O. Eddy) both from The journal of American folklore. He died on December 25, 1928.


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Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence, texts of ballads, notes, programs, clippings, and partial drafts of Tolman's writings concerning American folk songs and ballads.


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