Accession Number: 32
The Talitha Powell McClure Ballad Papers, 1915-1980
Bulk dates, 1915-1916
.2 linear feet
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
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).
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
This series consists of notes by Virginia Piland about the origins
of the collection and McClure's life and influences.
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.
- Ballad Indexes
- Ballad Lyrics: A-B
- Ballad Lyrics: C-Do
- Ballad Lyrics: Do-H
- Ballad Lyrics: I-M
- Ballad Lyrics: O-T
- Ballad Lyrics: T-W
- References to Talitha Powell (nee Davis) in English Folk Songs
from the Southern Appalachians
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.
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