Bayard, Samuel Preston

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Samuel Preston Bayard, famed folklorist, conducted fieldwork collecting folk songs even before he enrolled at the Pennsylvania State College. Bayard was born on April 10, 1908 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated with an A.B. in Music in 1934, and received an A.M. in English from Harvard two years later. In 1945, Bayard was hired to teach Freshman Composition at the Pennsylvania State College and his scholarly output dealing with folk music grew tremendously. He was appointed assistant professor of English Composition in 1945, an associate professor in 1956 and became a full professor of English Literature in 1960. Despite retiring in 1973, he continued teaching and writing articles and in 1977 was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature. He was regarded by scholars and folk music enthusiasts as one of the foremost authorities on Anglo-American folk songs. Bayard died in 1996.

From the description of Samuel Preston Bayard papers, 1935-1996. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 251484431

Barry collected mainly in New England--Cf. New Grove.

From the description of Folk tunes from the Phillips Barry Collection : transcribed from dictaphone recordings by S.P. Bayard : manuscript, 1942 June. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612855735

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Bayard, Samuel Preston. Folk tunes from the Phillips Barry Collection : transcribed from dictaphone recordings by S.P. Bayard : manuscript, 1942 June. Houghton Library
referencedIn Eloise Hubbard Linscott collection, 1815-2002, 1932-1955 Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center Library of Congress,
referencedIn Moore, Stephen, 1734-1799. Stephen Moore papers, 1763-1963; (bulk, 1763-1797). University of South Carolina, System Library Service, University Libraries
referencedIn Cochran, Robert, 1943-. Vance Randolph research material collection, 1865-1980. University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, University Libraries
referencedIn Aaron Copland Collection, 1841-1991, (bulk 1911-1990) Library of Congress. Music Division
creatorOf Bayard, Samuel Preston. Samuel Preston Bayard papers, 1935-1996. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Bayard, Samuel Preston. Correspondence with American Musicological Society, 1942-1945. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Dorson mss., 1925-1981 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Herzog, George, 1901-1983. Papers by various authors, on folk music : for G. Herzog, course "Folk music." Indiana University
referencedIn Silvester Family. Land records, 1666-1790. American Periodical Series I
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associatedWith Barry, Phillips, 1880-1937, person
associatedWith Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990 person
associatedWith Dorson, Richard Mercer, 1916-1981 person
correspondedWith Linscott, Eloise Hubbard corporateBody
correspondedWith Moore, Stephen, 1734-1799. person
associatedWith Silvester Family. family
Place Name Admin Code Country
New England
Pennsylvania--University Park
United States
Folk music--Archives
Folk songs, English
Folk songs--Archives


Birth 1908-04-10

Death 1997-01-10




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