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Mrs. John MacIsaac, 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.


  • Creation: 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


NA4376 Mrs. John MacIsaac, interviewed by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives in her St. Peters, P.E.I. home on April 1, 1968. Begins with Mrs. MacIsaac, Larry Doyle's grandniece, explaining her relationship to Larry Doyle. His sister, Ellen Doyle, was her grandmother who married Dennis Whitty. She indicates she was the second oldest in her family but her first name is not included on the recording. Larry Doyle was her godfather as well as her great uncle. Discusses the genealogy of the family and provides information about Larry Doyle's three adopted children. Discusses reactions of people Larry made songs about. Ives reads the words to "Merchants of the Bay" for Mrs. MacIsaac to comment on, provide locations of the mercantiles included in the song, explain backstories, and provide definitions for unfamiliar terms. Following the interview, Ives and his wife, Bobby, stop at the Roman Catholic Cemetery to locate Larry Doyle's gravesite and record their impressions of the interview. No transcript. Recording: mf167_1.1_ives068.01_cd120_22-mf167_1.1_ives068.01_cd120_42. Time: 00:31:27

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