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MS Am 2498

Kittredge, George Lyman, 1860-1941, collector. George Lyman Kittredge papers on American songs and ballads, 1925 and undated: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2498
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Kittredge, George Lyman, 1860-1941, collector.
Title: George Lyman Kittredge papers on American songs and ballads,
Date(s): 1925 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers collected by Harvard professor and ballad scholar, George Lyman Kittredge, concerning American ballads and songs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Gift of George Lyman Kittredge; received: probably in 1926, date unknown. Recataloged from: 27256.29.2*

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

George Lyman Kittredge Papers on American Songs and Ballads, 1925 and undated (MS Am 2498). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Kittredge was born in Boston in 1860 and received his Harvard A.B. in 1882. He became Francis James Child's successor to the Harvard Boylston Professorship of Rhetoric and Oratory and later was appointed Harvard's first Gurney Professor of English (1917). Kittredge was a noted authority on the English language, Shakespeare, and Chaucer, and he also continued scholarhip in the field pioneered by Child — the study of folklore and folk history.

Scope and Contents

An eclectic group of ballad-related papers, collected by Kittredge for use in his ballad and folklore studies.
Includes compilations of American ballad and song texts by Arthur Palmer Hudson, George Pullen Jackson, and Franz Rickaby, and includes ballads from the areas of Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and others. Materials include both texts of songs, manuscript music, and some photographs relating to folklore.
Also includes an historical document by Frederick W. C. Lieder concerning the involvement of the Lieder family in the publishing of Henry De Marsan's new comic and sentimental singer's journal. New York, N.Y., and some unidentified papers, indexes, and lists concerning ballads and printed broadsides.


In English.

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