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Edward D. “Sandy” Ives Collection: Research record group 1

 Record Group
Identifier: MF167-1

Scope and Contents

MF167.1 consists of the tapes and transcripts of Edward D. “Sandy” Ives’s fieldwork in Maine, New Hampshire, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island between 1955 and 1970. Some in English and some in French. Most of the series include recordings of songs and information on the people who made and sang them. This material was gathered in preparation for Ives’s books Larry Gorman: The Man Who Made the Songs (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1964; reprinted New York: Arno Press, 1977); Lawrence Doyle: the Farmer-Poet of Prince Edward Island (Orono: University of Maine Press, 1971); and Joe Scott: The Woodsman Songmaker (Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 1978). The series also includes interviews dealing with all aspects of woods work. NAFOH is missing 56.1 and 70.1.


  • Majority of material found within 1955-1970


Conditions Governing Access

For digitized items free from access restrictions, we are working to upload this material (pdfs, mp3s, jpgs) for public access, but it is an ongoing project. If you don’t find what you are looking for here, contact Special Collections (

Conditions Governing Use

Rights assessment remains the responsibility of the researcher. Some of the material belongs to Indiana University.


203 items

Language of Materials


Materials Specific Details

Audio files are the primary source material. Transcriptions are the transcriber's best effort to convert audio to text, but should be considered secondary to the audio.


“Complete transcriptions have been made of all these tapes, although transcripts are often in rough, not final form. Tapes 1.1 through 1.160 are also* on deposit with the Archives of Traditional Music, 031 Maxwell Hall, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana 47401, as collection numbers F-164 and F-302, and their Archives Tape Library (ATL) are given in brackets at the end of each entry for all the items on that tape. Tapes 56.1 through 70.10 are also** on deposit with the Archives of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540, and their numbering is given in brackets at the end of each entry, too. The final “T” number given is the Northeast Archives tape number” ( from The Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History: A Catalog of the First 1800 Accessions p.176). *despite the use of the word also, no audio copies of these remain with NAFOH, though there are some text materials **NAFOH only has copies of most of this portion of audio, but not all (missing 56.1 and 70.1).

Clarification of ownership

Tapes 1.1 through 1.160 (which NAFOH doesn’t have copies of the audio, but there are some text materials and there are descriptions of them the Ives database) are owned by Indiana University. The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress doesn’t take the copyright of items it acquires, so tapes 56.1 through 70.10 (which are what NAFOH has audio copies of) belong to NAFOH.

Collection Note

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 MF027. MF027 contains the materials that were given to the center both upon Ives’s retirement and his death. This collection (MF167) was previously part of MF027 as Series 7 (with sub-series 7.1 and 7.2), but was separated out in 2014 by the archives manager. MF167 consists of fieldwork from 1955 to 1999 done by Ives and a variety of interviews which he conducted.

MF167 has further been divided into record group 1 and record group 2. Record group 1 has its own numbering system (it retained Ives’s original numbering system) and own database, most of which has been copies here for ease of access. The original audio is primarily in Indiana and DC (see note in provenance field) though NAFOH does have copies of some of the audio and text.
Guide to Edward D. “Sandy” Ives Collection: Research record group 1
In Progress
Katrina Wynn
June 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