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Historic Bibliographies and Reference Aids

A Brief List of Suggested Public Domain Sources of Folksongs
with Library of Congress Call Numbers

Compiled by Archive of Folk Culture staff
Publication Date: December 5, 1974

Armstrong, Mary F., and Helen W. Ludlow.
Hampton and its Students. New York: Putnam, 1874. M1670.H3 1874

Baldwin, Lucy H.
Grandmother's Songs. Privately printed, 1926. M1629.B206.

Ballanta- (Taylor), N. G. J.
Saint Helena Island Spirituals. New York: G. Schirmer, 1925. M1670.B23.

Bantock, Granville R.
One Hundred Folksongs of All Nations. New York: Ditson, 1911. M1.M9B4.

Belden, Henry M.
Ballads and Songs of Missouri. Columbia: University of Missouri Studies, 1940. ML3551.B35B26.

Boatner, Edward.
Spirituals Triumphant, Old and New. Nashville: Sunday School Publishing Board, National Baptist Convention U.S.A., 1927. M1670.B66S5.

Bolton, Dorothy G., and Harry T. Burleigh.
Old Songs Hymnal: Words and Melodies from the State of Georgia. New York: The Century Co., 1929, M1670.B68.

[no author identified]
Cabin and Plantation Songs as Sung by the Hampton Students. New York: Putnam, 1891. M1670.H3 1891.

Chamberlain, David, and Karl P. Harrington.
Songs of all the Colleges. New York: Hinds and Noble, 1900. M1945.0442.

Chappell, William.
Old English Popular Music. 2 Volumes, London: Chappell, 1893. M1740.052.

Clark, F.A.
Twelve Negro Spirituals. Philadelphia: T. Presser, Co., 1937. M1670.C6N4.

Combs, Josiah H.
Folk-Songs du Midi des Etats-Unis. Paris: Universaitaries de France, 1925. PS476.06.

[no author identified]
The Comic Songster. Boston: Ditson, 1879. M1629.07425.

Fenner, Thomas P.
Religious Folk Songs of the Negro, As Sung on the Plantations. Hampton, Virginia: Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, 1909. M1670.H3 1907.

[no author identified]
The Forget-Me-Not Songster. New York: Nafis & Cornish, 184-. M1628.F72.

[no author identified]
Gems of Scottish Song. Boston: Oliver Ditson Co., 1894. M1746. G32.

Gideon, C. and H.
From the Cradle to the Chuppe [Jewish Folksongs and Games]. 2 volumes, Boston: A.P. Schmidt, 1923. M1852. G43.

Greig, Gavin, and Alexander Keith.
Last Leaves of Traditional Ballads and Ballad Airs. Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Studies, no. 100, 1925. ML3655. G85.

Hallowell, Emily.
Calhoun Plantation Songs. Boston: C.W. Thompson, 1901. M1670.H192.

Henry, Mellinger E.
Folk Songs from the Southern Highlands. New York: J.J. Augustin, 1928. M1629. H55F6.

Hesser, Ernest G., and Bessie Shipman Dustman.
Treasure Chest of Songs. New York: American Book Co., 1932. M1994.H57.

Johnson, Helen K.
Our Familiar Songs. New York: Holt, 1881.

[no author identified]
Journal of American Folklore. Philadelphia: American Folklore Society. Early volumes, 1888-. GR1.J8.

Kennedy, R. Emmet.
Mellows: A Chronicle of Unknown Singers. New York: Albert and Charles Boni, Inc., 1925. M1670.K36.

Kitchiner, William.
The Sea Songs of Charles Didbin. London, 1823. M1977.S2D5.

McDowell, L.L.
Songs of the old Campground: Genuine Religious Folk Songs of the Tennessee Hill Country. Ann Arbor: Edwards Brothers, Inc., 1937. M1629.M1415S6.

Marsh, J. B. T.
The Story of the Jubilee Singers and Their Songs. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1877. M1670.F4 1877.

Moore, Frank.
Ballad History of the American Revolution 1765-1783. New York: Johnson, Wilson and Co., 1875. E295.M8.

Songs and Ballads of the Southern People 1861-1865. New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1886. E650.M813.

The Civil War in Song and Story 1860-1865. New York: P.F. Collier, 1889. E655.M83.

[no author identified]
National Jubilee Melodies. 16th Edition, Nashville: National Baptist Publishing Board, 1925. M1670.N316.

Newell, William W.
Games and Songs of American Children. New York: Harper, 1883. GV1203.N53.

O'Connor, Manus.
Old-Time Songs and Ballads of Ireland. New York: Popular Publishing Co., 1901. M1744.0205.

Ogilvie, Frank B.
Two Hundred Old-Time Songs. New York: J.S. Ogilvie, 1896. M1628.034.

Percy, Bishop Thomas.
Reliques of Ancient English Poetry. 3 Volumes, London: Henry Washbourne and Co., 1857. PR1181.P5 1857.

Sackett, S. J., Lionel Nowak, and Walter Einsel.
Cowboys & the Songs They Sang. New York: William R. Scott, Inc., 1967. Copyright notice covers "Text (Exclusive of Folksongs)" and "Musical Accompaniments." M1629.S2C7.

[no author identified]
Die Schönsten Deutschen Lieder zum Singen und zum Spielen. New York: Verlag Friedrich Krause, 1944. M1619. S375.

Seward, Theodore, and George White.
Jubilee Songs. New York: Biglow and Main, 1884. M1670.F4 1884.

Sharp, Cecil J.
English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians. 2 Volumes, London: Oxford, 1932; 1952. M1629.S53E6.

Smith, Laura A.
The Music of the Waters. London: Kagan Paul, Trench, 1888. ML 3780.S65.

[no author identified]
Southern Folklore Quarterly. Gainesville: University of Florida. Early Issues, 1937-. GRI.S65.

Swerkoff, E. L.
50 Russian Folk Songs. Leipzig: Wilhelm Zimmermann, 1937. M1756.Z93F52.

Thomas, Jean.
Devil's Ditties. Chicago: W. Wilbur Hatfield, 1931. ML3551.T4

Whall, W. D.
Ships, Sea Songs and Shanties. Glasgow: James Brown, 1912. M1977.S2W4.

Williams, Alfred M.
Studies in Folk-Song and Popular Poetry. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1894. PN1341.W7.

See Also: Jass Guide to P.D. Music. Published in 1966 by Jass Interprises P.O. Box 1771, Grand Central Station, New York City 10017. ML113.J35.

ADDENDA

[no author identified]
Bulletin of the Folk-Song Society of the Northeast. Nos. 1-12, Cambridge: The Folk-Song Society of the Northeast, 1931-1937.

Dearmer, Percy, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Martin Shaw.
Oxford Book of Carols. London: Oxford University Press, 1931. M2065.09.

Eddy, Mary O.
Ballads and Songs from Ohio. New York: J.J. Augustin, 1939. M1629.E24B2.

Gardner, Emelyn Elizabeth, Geraldine J. Chickering.
Ballads and Songs From Southern Michigan. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1939.

Henry, Mellinger.
Songs Sung in the Southern Appalachians. London: Mitre Press, 1934. PS551.H4.

Mackenzie, William Roy.
The Quest of the Ballad. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1919. PR9180.M3.

Neely, Charles.
Tales and Songs of Southern Illinois. Manasha, Wisc.: George Banta Publishing Co. for Julia Jonah Neely, 1938. PS571.I3N4.

O'Neill, Capt. Francis.
Irish Folk Music: A Fascinating Hobby. Chicago: Regan Printing House, 1910.

 

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