Francis James Child collection of letters and papers relating to the Harris ballad manuscript
Papers, collected by American scholar Francis James Child, concerning the manuscript of Scottish ballads, assembled by Amelia and Jane Harris.
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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
Extent.1 linear feet (1 volume)
The title, introduction, and notes are by Professor George Lyman Kittredge.
This material is sometimes called the "Harris letters."
Biographical / Historical
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 scholar of ballads, in order to help make these songs known. Other correspondents involved with the Harris manuscript include: William Edmondstoune Aytoune, Norval Clyne, and others.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Bequest of Professor Francis James Child; received: 1913 Dec. 26. Recataloged from 25241.41*
These items were found with the papers of Francis James Child and were assembled, bound, and annotated by Harvard Professor George Lyman Kittredge at a later date.
Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
- Child, Francis James, 1825-1896, collector. Francis James Child collection of letters and papers relating to the Harris ballad manuscript: Guide.
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