Folk-Songs of America: The Robert Winslow Gordon Collection, 1922-1932
Gordon Manuscript Collections
Acquired and/or indexed by Robert Winslow Gordon in the Archive of Folk
Arthur Mss. See Odum Mss.
Boyd Mss. Typescript of ca. 125 songs sent in by J. P. Boyd, Alliance,
North Carolina, 1926-27. Indexed. Typescript in Archive.
Davids Mss. Manuscript of thirty-three songs, written by R. M. Davids,
ca. 1924. Sent in by Joanna Colcord, December 1929. Indexed. Original and
two typescript copies in archive.
Frothingham Mss. 137 letters containing queries and texts sent in to Robert
Frothingham, editor of "Old Songs That Men Have Sung" column
in Adventure Magazine, 1922-23. Indexed. Original letters and
two typescript copies of texts in archive.
Galt Mss. Ca. 115 songs, obtained from Nellie Galt, Louisville, Kentucky,
ca. 1928, and corresponding in part with several cylinder recordings in
the Archive. Mostly Indexed. Some of these recordings presumably in archive,
but no transcriptions.
Gordon Mss. 3858 letters containing texts and requests sent in to Robert
Winslow Gordon, editor of "Old Songs That Men Have Sung" column
in Adventure Magazine, 1923-27, plus a few scattered texts dating
from 1911 to 1932. Indexed. Original letters and two typescript copies
of texts (one bound) in archive.
Gordon Collection: California. Ca. 400 songs and groups of text acquired
by Robert Winslow Gordon while he lived in California, mostly dated 1922-23.
The first part corresponds with recordings numbered 1 through 142. Indexed.
Recordings and original manuscripts in archive. Scattered typescripts numbered
1 through 130 are housed in the Randall V. Mills Memorial Archive of Northwest
Folklore, University of Oregon.
Gordon Collection: GA. Ca. 555 songs acquired by Robert Winslow Gordon
while he resided in Darien, Georgia, mainly during the years 1926-28. The
first half corresponds with recordings numbered A203 to A563. Indexed.
Recordings but no manuscript in archive.
Gordon Collection: N. C. 374 texts acquired by Robert Winslow Gordon during
a field trip in North Carolina, October-December 1925. Texts 1-298 correspond
with recordings A1-A202. Indexed. Recordings, two typescripts of 1-298,
and one typescript of whole in archive.
Hanford Mss. Eight texts sent in by J. H. Hanford, Cleveland, Ohio, obtained
from Esther Stover, Cleveland, January 12, 1930, who had learned them from
her father in Iowa City, Iowa. Indexed. Original typescript and two typescript
copies in archive.
Henry Mss. Sixty-one typewritten texts of Southern Appalachian ballads
and songs sent in by Mellinger Edward Henry, Ridgefield, New Jersey, 1928-29.
Most texts and headnotes were later published in Journal of American
Folklore and Henry's Folk-Songs from the Southern Highlands (New
York, J. J. Augustin, 1938). Indexed. Original and two typescript copies
Johnson Mss. Fifteen handwritten texts sent in by Guy B. Johnson, University
of North Carolina, ca. 1929, written down by Walter Jordan, New York City,
as learned in the south twenty years before. Not Indexed. Original and
two typescript copies in archive.
McAdams Thesis. Ca. 140 Negro songs, contained in Nettie F. McAdams' The
Folk-songs of the American Negro: A Collection of Unprinted Texts Preceded
by a General Survey of the Traits of the Negro Song (University
of California Master's Thesis, 1923). Indexed. Bound photocopy in archive.
McGinnis Mss. Ca. 130 sea chanties and songs sent in by Joseph F. McGinnis,
Brooklyn, New York, 1928-29, including music. Indexed. Original manuscript
returned 1929. Copy at University of Oregon.
McIlhenny Mss. Louisiana Negro Spirituals, collection of ca. 325 pages
and 125 texts and tunes compiled by E. A. McIlhenny, Avery Island, Louisiana.
See McIlhenny's Befo' de War Spirituals (Boston, Christopher Publishing
House, 1933). Indexed. Microfilm copy in music division.
Newcomb Mss. 403 page photostat manuscript by Mary Newcomb, Louisville,
Kentucky, entitled Songs My Mother Sang, containing 210 texts with 101
tunes, from New Hope, Kentucky, sent in 1929-30. Miss Newcomb was attempting
to find a publisher for this manuscript. Indexed. Not in archive. Copy
at university of Oregon.
Newcomb Mss. (additional): 102 texts from Kentucky sent in by Mary Newcomb,
1930-31. Indexed. One typescript copy in archive.
Neal-Brown Co. Songs: Brown County Songs and Ballads, collected
and annotated by Mabel Evangeline Neal (Indiana University Master's Thesis,
1926), 100 songs, 183 pages. Indexed. Bound photostat copy in archive.
Odum-Arthur Mss. Eighty-three typewritten texts sent in by Howard W. Odum,
University of North Carolina, July 10, 1929, obtained from J. D. Arthur,
Tennessee. Indexed. Original and two typewritten copies in archive.
Phillips Mss. Tablet of twenty-two hand-written texts sent in by R. W.
Phillips, Akeley, Minnesota, March 22, 1924. Indexed. Original and two
typescript copies in archive.
Purcell Mss. 108 song texts with music sent in by Miss Margaret Purcell, Greenwood,
Virginia, ca. 1929. Indexed. Not in archive.
Winger Mss. Two collections of 50 and 75 songs respectively, obtained
from Miss Betty Bush Winger, Point Pleasant, West Virginia; Negro songs
from Miss Winger's home in Ozark region of Missouri. Manuscript II corresponds
with ca. twenty-five recordings made by R. W. Gordon at Point Pleasant,
1931-32. Indexed. Recordings in archive. Typescript at University of Oregon.