Samuel Preston Bayard Papers
Scope and Contents
The collection of folklore research materials consists of 61 audio recordings of folk songs along with transcriptions, correspondence, fieldwork, source work notes and texts, and manuscripts.
- Creation: 1935-1996
Collection is open for research.
Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
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9 Cubic feet (61 audio tapes)
Samuel Preston Bayard received a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University (music; 1934) and an M.A. from Harvard (English, 1936). Joining the Penn State English faculty (1945 to 1973), he became one of the foremost scholars on Anglo-American folk songs. The collection of folklore research materials consists of 61 audio recordings of folk songs along with transcriptions, correspondence, fieldwork, source work notes and texts, and manuscripts.
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Samuel Preston Bayard, famed folklorist, conducted fieldwork collecting folk songs even before he enrolled at the Pennsylvania State College. He graduated with an A.B. in Music in 1934, and received an A.M. in English from Harvard two years later. In 1945, Bayard was hired to teach Freshman Composition at the Pennsylvania State College and his scholarly output dealing with folk music grew tremendously. He was appointed assistant professor of English Composition in 1945, an associate professor in 1956 and became a full professor of English Literature in 1960. Despite retiring in 1973, he continued teaching and writing articles and in 1977 was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature. He was regarded by scholars and folk music enthusiasts as one of the foremost authorities on Anglo-American folk songs. Bayard died in 1996.
Existence and Location of Originals
Audio recordings found in this collection are available on both cassette and compact disc (CD), both of which are surrogates of the original material, which is no longer part of the collection.
Existence and Location of Copies
41 recordings are accessible online at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfkrWr_vIGB9l33oOjTC2M6JlhxfoPlQz.
- Samuel Preston Bayard papers, 1935-1996
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