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Edwin Ford Piper Collection

Identifier: MsC0040

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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.

Physical Description

Photographs: Box 3; Disc: Box 4; Ephemera in scrapbook. other_unmapped


Edwin Ford Piper CollectionMSC0040
Jacque Roethler, July 2001.
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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