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
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
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.
No accession number. Gift of George Lyman Kittredge; received: probably in 1926, date unknown. Recataloged from: 27256.29.2*
Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
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George Lyman Kittredge Papers on American Songs and Ballads, 1925 and undated (MS
Am 2498). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
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.
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Also includes an historical document by Frederick W. C. Lieder concerning the involvement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.
- (1). Hudson, Arthur Palmer, 1892-. A patch of Mississippi balladry : typescript, typescript carbon, 1925 summer. 1 folders
With manuscript revisions. Incomplete copy.
- (2). Index. Vol. 1., Vol. 2, Vol. 3 : typescript, undated. 1 folders
Indexes for three unidentified volumes. Lists titles of printed broadsides.
- (3). Jackson, George Pullen,1874-1953. New folk-song variants : typescript, manuscript music; Vanderbilt University, undated. 1 folders
Includes autograph annotations by GPJ and a manuscript note by George Lyman Kittredge.
Introduction states that the seven texts in this collection were sent to him by Mrs.
Martha E. Powell of Santa Ana, California, from her youth in Randolph County, Missouri. They were recorded
from the singing of Mrs. Powell's niece, Miss Leona Smith of Grand Forks, North Dakota.
- (4). Lieder, Frederick W.C. (Frederick William Charles), 1881-1953. Lieder - Brooklyn : typescript carbon, undated. 1 folders
Text concerning the history of the Lieder family and their business in Brooklyn, New York.
Concerns the history of the publication of Henry De Marsan's new comic and sentimental singer's journal. New York, N.Y.:, apparently published at one time by Mrs. Pauline Lieder.
Also includes autograph manuscript notes by Lieder and by GLK concerning this publication.
- (6). Rickaby, Franz, d. 1925. Ballads and songs of the shanty-boy : typescript carbon with manuscript annotations and revisions, photographs, autograph manuscript music; Claremont, California, 1925 Jan. 2. 1 folders
Introduction states that these ballads and songs were gathered by FR during the past
seven years from men who worked in the woods of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota
during the years ca. 1870-1900.
Includes autograph notes by FR apparently to GLK to aid publication.
Also includes autograph note by George Lyman Kittredge: "This is most of Franz Rickaby's Ms. of his Ballads and Songs of the Shanty-Boy,
Cambridge, 1926. It is worth publishing because it contains his autograph copies of
the tunes. The photographs, too, are good. G.L.K. 1931."
The manuscript was published as: Ballads and songs of the shanty-boy, collected and edited by Franz Rickaby. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1926.
- (7). [Unidentified female folklorist]. Essay concerning American southern ballads : typescript
carbon, typescript, undated. 1 folders
Includes autograph annotations (by GLK?).
p.2-34 only; lacks first page.
Places mentioned mostly concern western North Carolina.
Author is "chatty," mentions name Leonard as a colleague. Other names mentioned are:
old Mrs. Reid, Dr. Branson, Mrs. Woodie, and others. Ballad titles discussed (with
text) include: Old Satan , Sweet Willie, Susie's search for her lover, Seven year song, Courtin' song, Poor Omie, Poor Johnny, Billy Grimes, The three pore little children, Pretty Susie, I'll never git drunk any more, Madam will you walk?, Old song, Sugar in my coffee, and many others.
- (8). Volume I. : typescript with manuscript corrections, undated. 1 folders
Listing of ballad titles from an unidentified volume. Numbered from 1 - 225.