Eloise Hubbard Linscott collection, circa 1815, 1929-2002 bulk, 1932-1955


34 boxes (18 linear ft.)..
198 folders.
11 audio cylinders : analog.
441 audio discs : analog ; various sizes.
32 audiotape reels : analog ; various sizes.
1 audiocassette : analog.
approximately 200 photographs : photographic prints, negatives ; various sizes.
12 drawings.
Organized by format into the following series: I. Manuscripts, II. Sound Recordings, III. Graphic Materials, IV. Electronic Media.
This collection of sound recordings, photographs, and manuscripts (including correspondence and other research materials) was compiled by Eloise Hubbard Linscott and represents her research for her book, Folksongs of Old New England (1939), and her unpublished manuscripts and folk music research through about 1955. Among Linscott's many correspondents were Phillips Barry, Ruth Benedict, Marshall Bartholomew, Samuel P. Bayard, James M. Carpenter, Harold J. Coolidge, Jr., Helen Hartness Flanders, Carrie B. Grover, Sarah Gertrude Knott, Lois Lenski, National Folk Festival, Frank G. Speck, Hendrik Willem van Loon, various correspondents at the Library of Congress including Archibald MacLeish, Alan Lomax, Benjamin A. Botkin, Harold Spivacke, and others; and various publishers, recording companies, radio stations, and administrators of summer camps. Twenty-five glass-based lacquer discs of Lincott's field recordings with field notes were accessioned by the Library of Congress Archive of American Folk Song in 1942. The recordings include folk music, folk songs, children's songs, sea songs, lumberjack songs, fiddle tunes, and dance music, including dance calls. Other sound recordings in the collection are radio broadcasts, lectures delivered by Linscott, recordings of Linscott's family, and a few American Indian and French Canadian songs. The collection includes music transcriptions of fiddle tunes, some made by Samuel Preston Bayard, circa 1944; and Linscott's transcriptions of music and lyrics. Photographs include pictures of Linscott's informants, her documentation of events and trips, and photographs of New England landscapes. A manuscript of poetry by Arthur Treadwell Walden titled "Songs of the Yukon Trail," and a small book of poetry, "Passing Thoughts," by H. Rae Farnham are included; both were informants of Linscott. Included with Linscott's estate, received at the Library in 1983, is a manuscript music notebook, undated, but circa 1815, belonging to Samuel Reed, and to Linscott's great grandmother, Elizabeth Foster Reed, containing popular songs and dance music, marches, and music from the War of 1812. The collection also includes administrative correspondence related to the digitization of selected collection materials in 2002.
Eloise Hubbard Linscott (1897-1978) was born Eloise Barrett Hubbard and raised in Taunton, Massachusetts with her two sisters and three brothers. She studied at Radcliffe College from 1916-1920, and earned an A.B. in English literature. After she married Charles Hardy Linscott in 1921, the Linscotts lived in Needham, Massachusetts, and spent summers in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. New England was Linscott's home for her entire life. The Linscotts had one son, John Hubbard Linscott, born in 1929.
Some sound discs in this collection are in bad condition, broken, or are poor quality recordings.
Collection is open for research. To request materials, please contact the Folklife Reading Room at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.contact.
Eloise Hubbard Linscott Collection (AFC 1942/002), Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C..
Significant selections from this collection have been digitized and are available in the Folklife Reading Room.
Preservation masters (RWF 0501-0575) Washington, D.C. Library of Congress Recording Laboratory. 75 sound tape reels : analog, 7 1/2 ips ; 10 in.
Duplication of the collection materials may be governed by copyright and other restrictions.
Manuscripts in English; sung in English, French, Navajo, Passamaquoddy, Wabanaki, and Wampanoag.
Finding aid is available in the Folklife Reading Room, Library of Congress and online http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/eadafc.af013006.
A list of titles of sound recordings and manuscripts digitized from this collection is available in the Folklife Reading Room.
Bibliographic information for some of the titles in this collection (sound disc recordings only, which were accessioned in 1942), is found in the online link: Search for audio titles in the Eloise Hubbard Linscott Collection.
Selections published in: Folksongs of Old New England (New York, The Macmillan company, 1939; rev. ed., 1962, 1993).

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Finding aid is available in the Folklife Reading Room, Library of Congress and online: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/eadafc.af013006
View this description in WorldCat: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/864297173