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Guide to the Talitha Powell McClure Ballad Papers, 1915-1980

Accession Number: 32
The Talitha Powell McClure Ballad Papers, 1915-1980
Bulk dates, 1915-1916
.2 linear feet
Online Catalog Record (BANC)

Series I - Biographical
Series II - Ballad Lyrics
Series III - Photographs

Access and Use:

Provenance: The texts and related material were placed in the Southern Appalachian Archives by McClure's daughter, Virginia Ferrill Piland.

Preferred Citation: Talitha Powell McClure Ballad Papers, Special Collections & Archives, Berea College, Berea, Ky.

Overview of the Collection

This collection consists mainly of ballad texts compiled in 1915 by Talitha Ethel McClure (nee Powell).

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Talitha Ethel McClure (nee Powell) collected these ballad texts for a contest initiated by Berea College President William G. Frost. Talitha received the prize for collecting the most lyrics. Her mother, Talitha Powell (nee Davis), sang ballads for British collector Cecil Sharp during his visit to Berea in 1917.

1 Manuscript Box

Series I Biographical Box 1

This series consists of notes by Virginia Piland about the origins of the collection and McClure's life and influences.

Box 1

  1. Biographical
Series II Ballad Lyrics Box 1, Cont.

This series includes McClure's fifty-three hand-written ballad texts, related indexes, and photocopied pages from English Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians on which Cecil Sharp cites Talitha Powell (nee Davis) as a source.

Box 1, cont.

  1. Ballad Indexes
  2. Ballad Lyrics: A-B
  3. Ballad Lyrics: C-Do
  4. Ballad Lyrics: Do-H
  5. Ballad Lyrics: I-M
  6. Ballad Lyrics: O-T
  7. Ballad Lyrics: T-W
  8. References to Talitha Powell (nee Davis) in English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians
Series III Photographs Box 1, Cont.

This series includes two photos of groups which include Talitha McClure. One is of the Berea Normal School graduation (1916). The other is of the College library staff (c.1915).

Box 1, cont.

  1. Photographs

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