Woods Music Collection
Scope and Contents
These are all accessions containing songs from or about the lumberwoods. However, only six belong to this specific collection, the rest (in the related materials note) are from other collections.
- Creation: 1959-1970
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Conditions Governing Use
Rights assessment remains the responsibility of the researcher. No known restrictions on material.
Language of Materials
NA0213 Various, interviewed by John Johnson, Machias, Maine. Paper deals with lumbering stories; song; local characters; legends: Wreck of the Van Duzen; tall tales. Text: 11 pp. paper.
NA0219 Mike Gorman, recorded by Marion Kimball for American Folklore, summer 1959. Paper titled "A Miscellany of Poems and Stories Concerning the Penobscot River Lumberjack." Songs by Mike Gorman. Text: 56 pp. paper.
NA0225 James William “Bill” Cramp, interviewed by George R. Keller, October 1964, Oakland, Maine. Keller, then secretary of the Waterville, Maine, YMCA, sent the recording to Edward D. “Sandy” Ives. Camp tells stories concerning Kelly the Swede; the Dead Indian; the Lost Cookee; gorbies and moosebirds; and a few others; and sings songs including “The Depot Camp,” “The Blackwater Side,” “Miss Fogarty’s Cake,” “The Plain Golden Band,” “The West Branch Song” [“John Roberts”], “The Lad from Tyrone,” “Boys of the Island,” “The Last Fierce Charge,” “The Dying Ranger,” “Pat Malone Forgot That He Was Dead,” “When Murphy Ran For Mayor,” “The Flying Cloud,” “McNulty's Family,” “Gay Spanish Maid,” “The Old Elm Tree,” “The Face on the Barroom Floor,” and a song about a train going to Albany. Also included: personal correspondence. Text: 31 pp. partial transcript. Recording: mfc_na0225_t0232_01&02, mfc_na0225_t0233_01&02 1 hour.
NA0248 By Pearl Longley, Bridgewater and Mexico, Maine. Paper deals with collection of songs sung by collector’s mother, originally from Centerville, New Brunswick. Text: 43 pp. paper.
NA0573 George MacArthur, interviewed by Ralph Rinzler, fall 1969, Grand Lake Stream, Maine. Paper deals with George MacArthur: his songs and stories. Song: “Woodcutter’s Alphabet,” by George MacArthur. Parody of “Lumberman’s Alphabet.” Text: 11 pp. catalog. Recording: mfc_na0573_t0291_01-mfc_na0573_t0297_01 7 hours.
NA0588 Nic Underhill, Sam Jagoe, Wilmot MacDonald, others, recorded by Peter Shepheard, August 1970, at the Miramichi Folksong Festival in Newcastle, New Brunswick; Wilmot MacDonald, Lena MacDonald, Bob Ireland, and Flo Ireland, interviewed by Peter Shepheard, 1970, Glenwood and Newcastle, New Brunswick. Dubbed from Shepheard’s recordings by Edward D. “Sandy” Ives March 18, 1971. The narrators sing songs; tell stories; talks about local singers from Miramichi region. Song 1: “It being early in September in 1873...,” by Nic Underhill. Song about lumbering in Miramichi. Song 2: “James Robinson,” by Nic Underhill. Song written by informant about lumber camp. Song 3: “You Choppers Likewise Tenting Attention to Me Pay,” by Nic Underhill. Song about lumbering. Text: 114 pp. transcript. Recording: mfc_na0588_t0331_01&02, mfc_na0588_t0332_01&02 4 hours.
Existence and Location of Originals
Located at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress: AFC 2012/047 https://lccn.loc.gov/2013655211.
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.
- Guide to Woods Music Collection
- Digital Objects Available
- Thomas Libby
- May 2018
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Code for undetermined script
- Language of description note
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