English and Scottish popular ballad research materials, 1849-1914.


Child, Francis James, 1825-1896. English and Scottish popular ballad research materials, 1849-1914.

English and Scottish popular ballad research materials, 1849-1914.

The materials included in these volumes are primarily concerned with Francis James Child's study of English and Scottish ballad text, though there are also materials relating to ballads of other geographical regions, and also to his other research interests such as Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower. There are also materials concerning his early studies in Germany. The volumes here are primarily organized to reflect the order of his published edition: The English and Scottish popular ballads (1882-1898). These collected supporting materials include autograph manuscripts of Francis James Child and George Lyman Kittredge and many others, bibliographies, clippings, letters, lists, musical notation for ballads, notes, reviews, indexes, postcards, printed materials, scrapbooks, subscription and mailing lists, transcriptions of ballad text, and translations. Some of the prominent names associated with this collection are: Peter Buchan, Frederick James Furnivall, Sven Grundtvig, Jan Kartowicz, William Macmath, William Motherwell, Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe, and many others.

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Harvard University

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Harvard College was founded by a vote of the Great and General Court of Massachusetts on October 28, 1636 that allocated “400£ towards a schoale or colledge.” Subsequent legislative acts established the Board of Overseers, but it was the Charter of 1650 that created the Harvard Corporation as the College's primary governing board and defined its composition and authority. The College Charter became a contentious target for College officials, the Massachusetts Governor and General C...

Grundtvig, Sven, 1824-1883

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Child, Francis James, 1825-1896

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The materials in this bound volume were generated due to a manuscript called the "Harris manuscript." The Harris manuscript was written down by the sisters Amelia Harris (1815-1891) and Jane Harris (1823-1897). They compiled a family repertoire of Scottish ballads, mainly passed on orally to the sisters by their mother, Grace Dow Harris (Mrs. David Harris) (b.1782). This manuscript and some correspondence was purchased in 1873 by Professor Francis James Child of Harvard University who was a scho...

Kartowicz, Jan, 1836-

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Kittredge, George Lyman, 1860-1941

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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. From the description of George Lyman Kittr...

Baring-Gould, S. (Sabine), 1834-1924

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Reverend Baring-Gould was an English hymn writer, popular novelist, and author on folk-lore. From the guide to the Sabine Baring-Gould Manuscript, Undated, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries) English author of theological works and novels. From the description of Letter : to Mrs. Oscar Beringer, 1892 May 19. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 63936526 English divine and author. From the descript...

Furnivall, Frederick James, 1825-1910

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English scholar and editor. From the description of Autograph letter signed : Mrs. Mark's, Temple Gardens, Lincoln, to an unknown correspondent, 1890 Aug. 13. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270125491 Frederick James Furnivall (1825-1910) was an English scholar and editor who helped to organize the Working Men's College. Various organizations he founded include the Early English Text Society, Chaucer Society, New Shakspere Society, Wiclif Society, Browning Society, and Shelle...

Sharpe, Charles Kirkpatrick, 1781?-1851

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English antiquary and artist. From the description of Autograph letter signed : Edinburgh, to an unidentified recipient, 1838 Mar. 29. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270662531 ...

Motherwell, William, 1797-1835

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Scottish poet. From the description of The waithman's wail : autograph manuscript of a portion of the poem, undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270613383 ...

Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854

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Peter Buchan (1790-1854) was a Scottish ballad collector, historian, printer, and publisher. He was born in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, the only son of Janet and Peter Buchan. As a young man he embarked on a number of walking tours of northeast Scotland, collecting a great number of songs and ballads. In 1816 he set-up the first printing shop in Peterhead . He is best known as one of the most important early collectors of folk-songs and folk-tales in Scotland. Two resulting publications from his b...

Macmath, William, 1844-1922.

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William Macmath (1844-1922) was a scholar and collector of Scottish ballad text. He transcribed numerous Scottish ballad manuscripts and sent the copies to Harvard professor, Francis James Child. Child used these texts in his research for his English and Scottish Popular Ballads (1882-1898). After Child's death in 1898, Harvard professor George Lyman Kittredge continued the research. From the description of William Macmath Scottish ballad transcripts, 1873-1896. (Harvard University)....