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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: b
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:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

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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