Carpenter, James Madison


Carpenter, James Madison
(1888-1984)
   A Harvard-trained scholar who conducted extensive fieldwork in Britain between 1928 and 1935. "While here, he amassed a staggering amount of material including 1050 *Child ballads (with 850 tunes), 500 sea songs and *sea shanties, 1,000 lyric folk-songs, and 300 *mumming plays, from England, Wales, and Scotland, noting items by ear and hand but also using a dictaphone to record many of the tunes. His collection is now housed in the Library of Congress, but remains largely unpublished. A microfilm copy of most of the material is lodged at the *Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, London.
   ■ Special issue of FMJ 7:4 (1998); Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress 30:1 (1973), 68.

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