Samuel Preston Bayard papers, 1935-1996.


Samuel Preston Bayard papers, 1935-1996.

This collection of folklore research materials consists of recorded folk songs along with transcriptions (audiotapes plus compact disk copies), correspondence, fieldwork, source work notes and texts, and manuscripts.

9 cubic feet + 31 audiotapes.

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Bayard, Samuel Preston (person)

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 prof...