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MS Am 2784

Song and ballad collection, 1777-1940: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2784
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Song and ballad collection,
Date(s): 1777-1940.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and German.
Abstract: Manuscript material relating to British and American folk songs, ballads, and poems.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Found with: MS Storage 281. Collection materials assembled by Carolyn Jakeman.
Most of this material appears to have been assembled by George Lyman Kittredge. A few items have acquisition information with the entries.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Song and Ballad Collection, 1777-1940 (MS Am 2784). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

There is related material in the George Lyman Kittredge Papers at the Harvard University Archives, at the Child Memorial Library, Harvard, as well as additional papers at Houghton on both Kittredge and Child as well as other ballad and song papers.

Biographical / Historical

George Lyman 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 scholarship in the field pioneered by Child - the study of folklore and folk history.


Arranged alphabetically by author or title.

Scope and Contents

Primarily papers for ballad and folk song studies. Papers were mostly assembled by Harvard professor George Lyman Kittredge. Includes: manuscript texts and manuscript transcripts of ballads and songs; manuscript music of ballads and songs; poems and verses; letters to Kittredge concerning ballad manuscripts; and letters giving Kittredge permission to publish.

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