James Madison Carpenter traveled 40,000 miles to make his collection, many of them in this little car!
On behalf of the American Folklife Center, I am am pleased to announce that our James Madison Carpenter collection is now online. The collection, which consists of manuscripts, audio, photographs, & drawings documenting British folk music, song, and drama in the first half of the 20th century, is available world through the Vaughan Williams Memorial Libraryâs digital archive, managed by the English Folk Dance & Song Society (EFDSS) in the UK. The collection was digitized by AFC & placed online through a partnership of the Elphinstone Institute at the University of Aberdeen & EFDSS, with a grant provided by the UKâs Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
Bell Duncan of Lambhill, Aberdeenshire, sang 300 songs & ballads for Carpenter.
The collection itself was the work of James Madison Carpenter, a Harvard-trained scholar who gathered more than 3,000 traditional songs and 300 folk plays, as well as fiddle tunes, folk customs, childrenâs games, and traditional tales.Â He collected most of them in Britain between 1928 & 1935, with a smaller number coming from the USA, between 1927 & 1943. Carpenter traveled over forty thousand miles to make his…