James Madison Carpenter


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A Harvard-trained scholar who conducted extensive fieldwork in Britain between 1928 and 1935. While here, he amassed a staggering amount of material including 1050 Child ballads (with 850 tunes), 500 sea songs and sea shanties, 1,000 lyric folk-songs, and 300 mumming plays, from England, Wales, and Scotland, noting items by ear and hand but also using a dictaphone to record many of the tunes. His collection is now housed in the Library of Congress, but remains largely unpublished. A microfilm copy of most of the material is lodged at the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, London.

Special issue of FMJ 7:4 (1998);Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress 30:1 (1973), 68.

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