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Edward D. Ives Papers

Identifier: MF027

Scope and Contents

The Maine Folklife Center founder, Edward D. “Sandy” Ives, was prolific in his work. Due to the volume of material, his work has been divided between two collections, this one and MF 167 (previously all under MF 027). This collection contains the materials that were given to the center both upon Ives’s retirement and his death. MF 167 consists of fieldwork from 1955 to 1999 done by Ives and a variety of interviews which he conducted. Thus far, all of the material listed here has been grouped together under one accession NA3746.

MF 027 was originally organized in September 1999 by Steve Green and includes approximately 20 gray archival document cases containing papers received from Sandy Ives upon his retirement from 44 years of service at the University of Maine. A preliminary organizational outline for these papers has been created in the summer of 1999. Also, there are two archival storage cartons containing offprints and photocopied articles mostly written by and given to Sandy by his colleagues in the field of folklore. A database containing bibliographic entries for the offprints has been compiled in the summer of 1999.

An addition to the Edward D. Ives Papers has been made with the arrival of more of his papers to the archive in the summer of 2006. These papers are contained in a new series, Series 6 Home Papers. This series represent many of the papers that Ives has kept at his home over the years and the research that he has done since his retirement in 1999. Sub-series include Correspondence and Records, Ernest Kennedy Research, Wilmot MacDonald Research, Miscellaneous Research, Prince Edward Island Research, Reviews, and Addie Weed and Veazie Research. Series 6 Home Papers comprises 10 gray archival document cases, increasing the total number of gray archival boxes in the collection from 20 to 30. The folder names and sub-series organization have been maintained with few alterations. The folders within the sub-series have been alphabetized and some bracketed information is included in this preliminary inventory for ease of searching. [Malia Willey, August, 2006]


  • Creation: 1999, 2006


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30 boxes

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3746 EDWARD D. IVES PAPERS - PRELIMINARY INVENTORY. The Ives Papers were originally given to the Maine Folklife Center upon his retirement from UMaine after 44 years of service. A second donation was received in 2006 containing the papers Ives kept at his home over the years and the research that he did since his retirement. Both these donations are stored in the 30 archival boxes listed in this inventory. Digital files are orgnaized by box.

Text: 25,803 pages of material

SERIES 1. BIOGRAPHICAL Clippings about Ives Ives related memorabilia Printing block used for newspaper cut Correspondence files [arranged alphabetically by correspondent last initial] Ives own papers as a student SERIES 2. RESEARCH Ives Research: Writing and Speaking Projects Book Projects Larry Gorman Songs to look for Clippings and correspondence re Larry Gorman book Joe Scott Lawrence Doyle Folkways records / Kenneth Goldstein correspondence re Ives LP Folk Legacy Records: Marie Hare LP liner notes [Ives was writer] Ralph Page Legacy Weekend 1988 [Ives was speaker]

Ives Research: Topical Files Checklist of Woods Songs in the Northeast [songs to look for] Country Music Field notes St. John River Folklore Folk Medicine WPA Federal Writers Project (?) sheets from Library of Congress Leechcraft items collected in Maine in 1938 Children’s Games Hide and Seek [10 folders] Jump Rope Rhymes [from folder labelled "Skip Rope and Mumblety Peg / FO 2 / 1968"]

Ives Research: Ballad and Song files Benjamin Deane Bay Bridge Bear at Grand River Bonny Earl Of Murray Bud Jones Callaghan Murder, The Fogan MacAleer Grand Trunk Wreck Guy Reed Howard Carey John Ladner Maid with the Golden Hair, The Merchants of the Bay [contains other related titles] Milman Murder, The Miramichi Fire Norman Mitchell Norway Bum Picnic at Groshaut Plain Golden Band, The Potato Bug Song P. E. I. Adieu Twa Sisters, The Visit to Moran's, The When Johnny Went Plowing for Kieran

Ives Research: Tombstones

SERIES 3: TEACHING Course related surveys and project report sheets submitted by students 1983: Newspaper survey relating to 19th and early 20th century entertainment in Maine and Canada [arranged by student name] [cite various papers surveyed or possibly rearrange by newspaper title, then date?]

Class Demonstration Tape recordings [recordings and documentation files for same] [Needs further arrangement within this series]

Tape Catalogs and Checklists Catalog of Tapes collected by Ives while working under a grant from Indiana University to collect songs in the Miramichi Valley, New Brunswick, July, 1961. SERIES 4: BIBLIOGRAPHY Ives Bibliography [Various articles written by Ives, photocopied from sources] Offprints and pamphlets files Ives Writings - Offprints and Articles "The Bonny Earl of Murray: The Ballad as History" "The Burning Ship of Northumberland Strait: Some Notes Concerning that Apparition" "Larry Gorman and the Cante Fable" "The Life and Work of Larry Gorman: A Preliminary Report" "Satirical Songs in Maine and the Maritime Provinces of Canada" [Gorbey [JAF article. See also 10 folders of note cards; also thick folder of correspondence about Gorbey legend] "The Northeast Folklore Society" “The Convergence of the Twain: A Personal Disquisition on Contingency, with Adumbrations on the Future of Folklore Study on Prince Edward Island” [others not yet listed here]

SERIES 5: OFFPRINTS AND PAMPHLETS Writings of others either collected by Ives or given to him, and filed for reference, arranged alphabetically by author's

SERIES 6: HOME PAPERS Correspondence and Records [Box 21] 709 pp. Acheson [, James M.] Adney [Tappen] Agree, James Anthropology Dept Baglole/ Brinklow/ Etc Baker Festschrift [Ron Baker] “‘The Only Man’: Skill and Bravado on the River Drive” BDN 9/9/96 [Bangor Daily News article] Bean, Wayne Beechhold [, Henry F.] Blackie [“The Blackie Stories”] Bok [, Gordon] Boyington Boynton, Mia Brandt, Mary 122: Bucksport Leg [witch’s curse] Carey, George “CBS Sunday Morning” [television appearance] Chaney, Mike Cheney, Tod Cogswell, Fred Cousins, John de Caro [, Frank] DeLarence, Francis Field Diaries: June ’57 (Duplicates) Diary Doty [, Stew and Jan] [Box 22] 868 pp. Dundes, Alan Emerick [, Richard] English Dep’t photo 1956 Ethnomusicology Feldman, Lisa Festschrift [correspondence on his] Fieldwork: Misc [photocopied material] Fox, John Foxson [, Catherine] Ghost stories Glassie [, Henry] Goldstein Award 2003 Larry Gorman Festival New Gorman Material Green, Steve Guitar Miscellany Harris, Mrs. George Helen Creighton Foundation History [photocopied articles] Hoffman, Dan Hunter, Julia Ipcar [, Charles] Jackson, Bruce Sarah, John Jones, Mike KFV [Kommission fur Volksdichtung] Kopp, Karl [Box 23] 778 pp. MacLeigh, Rod Maine Folk! MFC [Maine Folklife Center] Miles, John Misc. MS Mountain, Ralph and Norma NCTA- Bangor [National Council for Traditional Arts] Northeast Historic Film Nowlan, Alden Olson, Ian Paton [, Sandy] Pattangall [, William] Pea Cove Boom (Faulkner) Penobscot Poets Peterson (Ives-Daniels) [, Sidney A.] Plummer, Jim Pratt, Keith PEI FMIC (Matt McGuire) [Prince Edward Island Folk Music Interpretive Centre] Ranzoni [, Pat] Renwick [Box 24] 799 pp. Retirement party notes etc. Richmond Bibliography [on ballads] Rosenberg, Neil Rouverol [, Alicia] Schrager, Sam New Joe Scott Material Songmakers Swift (Minn. Hist. Soc.) Taylor, David Toelken [, Barre] Tuckwell [, John] Vita [curriculum vitae] Wilson, Bert Yocum [, Peggy] Zanes [John] A- Mac [correspondence] M- Z [correspondence]

Ernest Kennedy Research [Box 25. Contains correction and notes on Ernest Kennedy transcripts.] 605 pp. Catalog 6/21, 6/28, 7/12, 8/9, 8/23 Catalog 8/30- 11/29 Catalog 12/20/77- 11/14/78 Kennedy Interview 6/21/77 Kennedy stuff T 1138 6/28/77 (Kennedy) T 1139 6/28/77 T 1140 7/12/77 T 1140 7/12/77, 8/9/77 T 1141 8/23/77

Wilmot MacDonald Research [Box 26] 302 pp. MacDonald, Wilmot Transcripts from NAFOH Wilmot: Master copy Wilmot record (CD) Wilmot/ Smithsonian Wilmot’s Type 461 transcript

Miscellaneous Research [Box 27] 711 pp. Amos Hanson MS “Amos Hanson of Orland and his Songs” Champney [, Kevin] Convict’s Lament from Maine Folklore and Biography [contribution to anthology and correspondence] “Gracie Parker and “Deutschland” Lovell [, Maine] McKeen, Jeff Miramichi Folksong Fest John Mitchell “Journeyman Poetry: Five Poems by John Mitchell of Northern Maine” Moriarty, “Bill” (Poems) New Joe Scott Material Radner, Jo Rosenberg Festschrift “Stump Tombstones in Maine: A Survey and Same Speculation” Rumford, Local Songs Talk Thomaston Prisoner Song

Prince Edward Island Research [Box 28] 688 pp. Autobiographical DDCA correspondence [Drive Dull Care Away] Folksongs of PEI Gracie Parker corresp. Heritage PEI Feb. 98 Hornsby Lecture Stuff Photos for PEI Book PEI Music PEI Notes Titon, Jeff Tunes “Camera Ready” Tunes: Rejects, Copies, etc.

Reviews [Box 29] 456 pp. “Bonny Earl”- Reviews, etc. DDCA Reviews [Drive Dull Care Away] George Magoon: Reviews Reviews Larry Gorman Reviews: Lawrence Doyle Reviews of Letters: Joe Scott Reviews: Tape Recorded Interview

Addie Weed and Veazie Research [Box 30] 411 pp. Addie: Tape Catalogs “Aunt Hat” Deeds [field notes on Veazie cellar-holes] Deeds: Original [Veazie, Maine and Massachusetts] Deeds: Other Weed Property Deeds (Weed Property) 2- 36 Diary Fort Hill (Veazie) Gillman, Sam. Misc. papers Logging Contracts Maps: Veazie Miscellaneous documents, etc VZ “Thirty- one” [funeral information on Weed/ Gilman family, Aunt Hat card catalogue, Maine archeological sites, correspondence] Weed, Wyatt (II) Death of Weed, Wyatt: Misc. papers

Existence and Location of Originals

Located at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress: AFC 2012/047

Guide to Edward D. Ives Papers
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April 2018
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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