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E. R. Seary fonds

  • Fonds
  • [196?]-1977

Fonds consists of the working papers of Professor Seary for his 1976 publication Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland. It includes an index of family names and information about different spellings of surnames, geographic distribution of surnames and particular information about persons with specific surnames culled from selected historical documents.

The fonds also includes correspondence, clippings about surnames, folklore survey cards pertaining to Newfoundland surnames, newspaper clippings about Seary's research and other subjects, correspondence between Seary and various individuals about family names and other academic subjects.

Seary, E.R.

Elizabeth Greenleaf fonds

  • 1920-1929

Fonds consists of materials collected during trips to Newfoundland In 1920, 1921 and 1929. It includes music composition books containing field notes, musical transcriptions and textual transcriptions; correspondence to and from her family; drafts of Newfoundland Days, an unpublished article written for Scribner's magazine and book reviews pertaining to Ballads and Sea Songs of Newfoundland.

The fonds also includes a photocopy of Robert D. Madison's booklet Newfoundland Summers: The Ballad Collecting of Elisabeth Bristol Greenleaf

Greenleaf, Elizabeth

English 200 collection

  • Collection
  • 1962-1968

The collection consists of short term papers, brief responses to on-going folklore survey project on folklore survey cards and assorted brief items on slips of paper. The collection represents material gathered from English 200 students as a consequence of the teaching efforts of Herbert Halpert and his colleague Elizabeth Orsten. Subjects covered include weather, tall tales, legends, traditional medicine, Newfoundland dialectical expressions, proverbial sayings, beliefs, songs, customs, riddles and games. Orsten contributed examples of proverbial sayings on dumbness. Students obtained the information from informants or from their own experiences. Some biographical information on individual informants is available.

The folklore survey cards contain information from the student manuscripts and therefore are duplicated by some of the manuscript material. Fifty of the cards were contributed by students from other English 200 classes and by Dr. Halpert.

Halpert, Herbert

John Widdowson fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1963-1999, predominantly 1963-1967

Fonds consists of folkloric material collected as a result of field trips to various communities, outports and bays in Newfoundland; predominantly Notre Dame Bay, White Bay, the Baie Verte Peninsula and Placentia Bay. The material in the fonds was collected by Widdowson (1963-99) and several collaborators: Herbert Halpert (1964, 1974-75), Clyde Williams (1964), Pierce Power (1964), Walter Lyver (1964), Fred Earle (1964-67), John Hewson (1964), Harold Paddock (1966), Paul Smith (1969), Violetta M. Halpert (1974-75), Lawrence G. Small (1974-75), William J. Kirwin (1979), and Cecil J. Reynolds (1984?). Widdowson also acted as co-depositor with Gwen Seary (1985).

The material in the fonds was collected on 246 audio reels, 2 audio cassettes and 14 folklore survey cards. As well the fonds contains fieldwork notes, informants' biographical sheets, song sheets, partial and/or full audio transcriptions and correspondence.

The majority of the material in the fonds deals with the folklore genres of oral history, song, tale, dance, beliefs, child lore, custom, food ways, language, proverbs, riddles, material culture, and personal experience narratives. Much of the material collected by Widdowson and his co-collectors was used in the creation of The Dictionary of Newfoundland English and Folktales of Newfoundland.

The fonds also consists of miscellaneous items such as a toast by Dr. E.R. Seary (1973); a methodical discussion of MUNFLA (1975), lectures (1975), a transcript of an oral history presentation (1974); a speech on MUN's future (1975); a recording of a BBC radio broadcast [1979?]; and the personal papers, writings and collections of Mr. Cecil Reynolds (1976-86). As well, the fonds contains a small amount of published documents and photocopied material that were deposited due to a connection with the collector or informant and/or its folkloric content.

Widdowson, John

Joyce Coldwell fonds

  • Fonds
  • 197?-1977

Fonds consists primarily of material collected for Coldwell's doctoral thesis, Treasure Stories and Beliefs in Atlantic Canada, and pertains to folk narrative about folksong and treasure: bibliographic information pertaining to publications on treasure handwritten on index cards; miscellaneous clippings and photocopies of published articles on various subjects such as folksongs, pirates and treasures; miscellaneous notes on folksongs, legends, pirates and treasures; bibliographical information and notes on the folksong Barbara Allen; six hundred index cards containing information about treasures, arranged by motif number; four hundred index cards containing photocopied clippings of treasure stories, with references; several drafts of her doctoral thesis with notes; Coldwell manuscripts entitled Pirate Songs, Internal and External Assessments of a Culture: The Blaskets, Treasure and the Folktale, Folksong Theory in the Twentieth Century, Folklore as Fiction: the Writings of L.M. Montgomery, Common Customs; various lecture notes and photocopied journal articles; book catalogues; maps.

Coldwell, Joyce

Kenneth Peacock fonds

  • Fonds
  • [1951-1952; 1958-1961]

Fonds consists of audio cassette copies of field recordings done in Newfoundland and Labrador by Peacock in the summer months of 1951 and 1952 and at various times during the years 1958-1961, along with copies of Peacock's tape indexes. Much of this material was published in 1965 as Songs of the Newfoundland Outports, a 3-volume selection of songs he culled from his collecting efforts in Newfoundland. This publication has served to acquaint numerous composers, folksingers and members of the general public with the traditional music heritage of Newfoundland.

Fonds is arranged into two series: 1. Songs E (87-157) comprises ca. 150 audiocassettes of songs in English; 2. Songs and tunes (99-139) comprises 18 audiocassettes of instrumental music and songs in Gaelic and French.

Peacock, Kenneth

Kenneth S. Goldstein fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1976-1995, predominant 1976-1990

Fonds consists of audio cassette recordings of 243 Newfoundland singers and storytellers collected during regular field trips undertaken in rural Newfoundland and Labrador from 1978-1990 (ca. 3250 songs); 1 audiocassette recording of Mack Masters' performance at the Mariposa Folk Festival in 1976; 2 audiocassette recordings of music and a mummer's play performed at the St. John's Folk Club during Christmas 1977; 1 audio reel copy of Oh, Newfoundland is a Wide Plantation: the Story of Irish Settlements in Newfoundland, an episode in a series of Newfoundland School Broadcasts produced by Patrick Treacher, written and hosted by Aidan O'Hara; 24 col. photonegatives, 35 mm; 7 photocopied pocket songsters, six of Johnny Burke and one from Cape Breton; manuscript of a lecture on treason songs; 2 audio cassettes and 2 cm of correspondence related to a request for folksongs published in the St. John's Evening Telegram in 1978.

Fonds also contains materials Goldstein created and/or used in his teaching, research and public lectures. They include 83 audiocassette copies of Oral Traditions of Britain and Ireland, a series of commercial recordings issued by the Centre for Oral Traditions in England in 1975; 6 audiocassette copies of Grass Roots: An Oral History of the American People, a series of commercial recordings issued by the Visual Education Corporation of Princeton, New Jersey in 1976; 1 audiocassette recording of a lecture on her Newfoundland song-collecting experiences given by Elizabeth Bristol Greenleaf at the University of Rhode Island in 1969; 1 poster.

Fonds is arranged into the following series: 1. Field sound recordings and commercial sound recordings 2. Printed materials, lectures and notes 3. Correspondence 4. Photographs.

Goldstein, Kenneth

Lawrence R. Smith fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1972-1981

Fonds consists of two series pertaining to two linguistic research projects undertaken by Smith during his tenure at Memorial University. The first series, Labrador Inuktitut dictionary project, comprises 162 original audio recordings made by Sam Metcalfe, Larry Smith, Fred Lyle, in various formats along with many copies and second copies; 114 cm of textual material consisting of notes, translations and transcripts of these recordings and related textual material pertaining to the Computerized Database of Labrador Inuktitut (CDLI); 22 issues of an Inuit publication entitled Kinatuinamot Illengajuk. The CDLI (1972-1981) consists of texts of Labrador Inuktitut from newspaper articles, life stories, tape transcripts, personal experience narratives and fictional narratives of speakers of all ages from Nain, Makkovik and Hopedale. The texts have been phonemicized and gramatically analyzed.

Series two, Sociolinguistic Survey of the Southern Avalon (SSSA), comprises 142 audio cassettes and textual materials, including brief biographies of informants. The SSSA was conducted by paid student interviewers in the communities of Branch, St. Bride's, Patrick's Cove, Cuslett, St. Vincent's, St. Shott's, Tors Cove, Colinet, Bay Bulls and Witless Bay in 1980-1982 and consisted of answers to a prepared questionnaire and casual conversation examples.

Smith, Lawrence R.

MacEdward Leach fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1949-1951, 1960

Fonds consists primarily of audio recordings and field notes made in Newfoundland, Labrador and Nova Scotia during Leach's field trips. They include 102 audio recordings made in 1949, 1950, 1951 and 1960. Included also are Leach's tape tables of contents; field notebooks with textual and musical transcriptions; index cards containing information on songs and singers and items of folklore of various genres; 89 b&w negatives of coastal scenes and individuals; photocopies of correspondence with various Newfoundlanders and Canadian officials regarding his proposed field trips, and from informants in Newfoundland.

Source: Article by T.P. Coffin in American Folklore- An Encyclopedia by Jan Harold Brunvandt.

Leach, MacEdward

Marjorie Stoker fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1963, 1966-68

Fonds consists of folklore and oral history materials deposited by Marjorie Stoker and is arranged into two series. Series 1 (67-024) consists of 3 audio reels documenting a kitchen party at Calvert on 5 May 1967; Series 2 (74-230 and 89-067) consist of 50 audio reels containing interviews conducted by Stoker with residents of Conne River, Conne Village, Harry's Brook, St. Alban's, St. John's, mainly pertaining to Mi'kmaq culture and folklore. Included in this fonds are 144 photonegatives (b&w) of the pages of a prayer book in the Mi'kmaq language, borrowed by Stoker and photographed by her son Richard. There is an extensive Marjorie Stoker fonds in the CNS archives at Memorial University.

Stoker, Marjorie

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