Edwin Ford Piper Collection
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Scope and Contents
Approximately two feet, the Piper Collection consists of words to ballads, rhymes, temperance songs, hobo songs, Indian songs, Cajun songs, quadrille calls, dance calls, and calls to and dismissals from the floor; story manuscripts; student papers; music transcriptions for some songs; original English and Irish broadsides of the nineteenth century; and correspondence of Piper. The collection also includes a 1934 thesis by Harold Peterson, which is a syllabus of the ballads in the collection.
- Creation: 1929-1941
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.
Biographical / Historical
Born in Auburn, Nebraska on Febuary 8, 1871. Obtained a BA and Masters degree from the Universtiy of Nebraska and taught English there for two years. Continued his career at the University of Iowa and taught writing and Chaucer. Published five books of poetry and was a collector of ballads and folk songs. Died on May 17, 1939 in Iowa City, IA.
2.00 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
Piper's notes on Western ballads, with music for some; other folk materials including rhymes, riddles, games, folk sayings, quadrille calls, slang, superstitions, and folk remedies.
Method of Acquisition
This collection is made up of combined gifts from Piper's widow, Mrs. Janet Pressley Piper, Ernest Horn, and Paul Benjamin, during the years between 1947 and 1974.
Photographs: Box 3; Disc: Box 4; Ephemera in scrapbook. other_unmapped
Genre / Form
- Archives (groupings)
- Broadsides (Notices)
- Clippings (Information artifacts)
- Edwin Ford Piper CollectionMSC0040
- Jacque Roethler, July 2001.
- Language of description
- Script of description