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Annie Laura (Mrs. Benjamin) Smith, interviewed by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives


Scope and Contents

From the Record Group:

MF167.1 consists of interviews conducted by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives on Prince Edward Island between 1969 and 1970, as part of his work to document the folk songs of Prince Edward Island, specifically the songs “made by” Joe Scott, Larry Doyle, and Larry Gorman. Material included in this collection served as source material for Ives’ later publications, Lawrence Doyle: The Farmer-Poet of Prince Edward Island (1971); Larry Gorman: The Man Who Made the Songs (1977); Joe Scott: The Woodman Songmaker (1978); and Drive Dull Care Away: Folksongs from Prince Edward Island (1999). This collection includes recordings of interviews, Ives' field journal, and 17 photographs taken by Ives.


  • Majority of material found within 1955-1970


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From the Record Group: 203 items

Language of Materials

From the Record Group: English


NA4365 Annie Laura (Mrs. Benjamin) Smith, interviewed by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives, August 27, 1965, in the home of Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin Smith, age 84, in Alberton, P.E.I. With them is Frank McAlduff and the Smiths' son Chester Smith. Mrs. Smith sings "Gracie M. Parker." She believed a man named Arsenault from Tignish, P.E.I. wrote the song the fall of 1893. She witnessed the "Gracie M. Parker" loading at Alberton wharf and knew every one of the dead named in the song but one. Ives' notes on the visit are recorded in his "Field Diary, Aug. 20, 1965, to Sept. 10, 1965." (NA2539, p. 14) Recording: mf167_1.1_ives065.05 & 065.06_cd083_05 - mf167_1.1_ives065.05 & 065.06_cd083_08. Time: 00:09:18

Repository Details

Part of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States