Fonds - MacEdward Leach fonds

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MacEdward Leach fonds

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  • 1949-1951, 1960 (Production)
    Leach, MacEdward

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138 cm of textual records
102 audio recordings
89 photo negatives

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Notice biographique

Leach edited standard editions of the romances Amis and Amiloun (1937) and Paris and Vienne (1957) as well as The Ballad Book (1955), The Critics and the Ballad (1961) with Tristram Potter Coffin and Folk Ballads and Songs of the Labrador Coast (1965). Just before he died, he completed the revised ballad bibliography for Wells's "Manual of the writings in Middle English, 1050-1400". Leach was dedicated to folklore and its development as an academic discipline, and expended much energy on behalf of the American Folklore Society and its operations. From 1943 to 1960 Leach was Secretary-Treasurer of the Society and from 1960 to 1962, its President. During this time he almost single-handedly nurtured that organisation from near collapse to vigour, encouraging local societies as a foundation for the national one, inaugurating the Bibliographical and Special Series to generate revenue and giving his time whenever needed.

As early as 1949, and throughout his career, Leach collected folksongs, ballads, and instrumental folk music in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Jamaica, and the Southern Mountains of the United States. In fact, he made several trips to Newfoundland during which he collected more than 600 songs and other folklore. Leach's first wife was Alice May Doan (Maria Leach), with whom he had a son, Donald; his second was Nancy Rafetto, with whom he had also a son, Douglas.

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Portée et contenu

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.

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Source immédiate d'acquisition

Gift of estate of MacEdward Leach, 1970.


Fonds is not yet arranged into series.

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  • anglais

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Some text in Gaelic. Translations available.

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Reference copies of audio recordings are available.

Restrictions d'accès

Access with permission of archivist.

Délais d'utilisation, de reproduction et de publication

Material in MUNFLA is available primarily for research and has copyright protection. It may not be published in any form without first obtaining permission from the archivist and the copyright holders.

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Indexes to audio recordings and photographs are available.

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Note générale

The University of Pennsylvania Research Annex has copies of the Newfoundland material as well as Leach's manuscripts and sound recordings from fieldtrips to other locations.

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A translation made by Margaret Bennett of the Gaelic texts is included.

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Created - April 30, 2013

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  • anglais

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