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MS Am 2497

Barry, Phillips, 1880-1937, collector. Phillips Barry collection of songs and ballads from Maine, 1843-1935: Guide.

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Last update on 2015 January 12

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Location: HD
Call No.: MS Am 2497
Creator: Barry, Phillips, 1880-1937, collector.
Title: Phillips Barry collection of songs and ballads from Maine,
Date(s): 1843-1935.
Quantity: .5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: 19th and 20th-century songs and ballads collected from the state of Maine by American ballad scholar, Phillips Barry.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Acquisition Information:

54M-226F. Gift of Mrs. Phillips Barry, Cambridge, Massachusetts; received: 1955 March 29.

Access Restrictions:

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:

Phillips Barry Collection of Songs and Ballads from Maine, 1843-1935 (MS Am 2497). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Historical Note

Phillips Barry (1880-1937) was an American ballad scholar. He studied folklore, theology and classical and medieval literature at Harvard and founded the Folk-Song Society of the North-East and edited its Bulletin from 1930 until his death. He collected mainly in New England and collaborated with scholars in Vermont and Maine. (from: Grove Music Online)

Scope and Content

Includes autograph manuscript transcripts of ballads and autograph music notation of songs, compiled in the state of Maine between 1843 and 1935. Transcribers include: Lewis Pierce, Rosallie S. Wood, and Susie Carr Young. These notebooks apparently then were collected by Philliips Barry.

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