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Jean Ritchie and George Pickow collection, 1923-2015

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Series I: Manuscripts (continued)
Subseries C: Writings
Most of the writings are by Jean but also included are documents she edited (most notably Newport Folk Festival Songbook) plus works edited by others that either include Jean's writings, or honor her in some other way.
Sub-subseries 1: Song notes
BOX-FOLDER 63/1 Repertoire - Ritchie Family (folder 1 of 2)
Typed lyrics, handwritten note scraps, transcribed music, with lyrics in the handwriting of Abigail Ritchie (Jean's mother), and noted as such.
BOX-FOLDER 63/2 Repertoire - Ritchie Family (folder 2 of 2)
See description for folder 63/2.
BOX-FOLDER 63/3 Jason Ritchie and related information, 1949
Typed transcript of Jean's conversation with Jason Ritchie (seems incomplete), handwritten lyrics, transcribed music, one photocopy of a typed lyrics, and 3 dittos of typed lyrics handwritten notes.
BOX-FOLDER 63/4 Words to songs for the Jean Ritchie Songbook(folder 1 of 2), 1950-1997; undated
Jean's note on the original folder: "second sheets and originals have gone to MGM"; correspondence, typed lyrics, promotional materials, Jean's blood donor card, performer contracts for Jean, a bank statement for George and some cancelled checks he wrote, clippings (original and photocopied), an issue of English Dance and Song (May 1950), an issue of Washington Folk Strums (July 1, 1965), and two Arlo Guthrie autographs.
BOX-FOLDER 63/5 Jean Ritchie Songbook (folder 2 of 2), 1950-1997; undated
See description for folder 63/5.
BOX-FOLDER 63/6 Party Notes (parties past, addresses, etc.), 1962; undated
Names, addresses, and phone numbers.
BOX-FOLDER 63/7 Scotland and England, 1980
Correspondence and handwritten notes.
BOX-FOLDER 63/8 Song list master, 1964; undated
Correspondence, and typed and handwritten lists of published songs.
BOX-FOLDER 63/9 Work in progress by Jean Ritchie (folder 1 of 2), 1964, 1975; undated
Typed and handwritten lyrics, song lists, a list of workshops, transcribed music, and newspaper clippings (original and photocopied).
BOX-FOLDER 64/1 Work in progress by Jean Ritchie (folder 2 of 2), 1964, 1975; undated
See description for folder 63/9.
BOX-FOLDER 64/2 Notes and drafts, 1950-1969
Handwritten notes, lyrics, and musical notation.
BOX-FOLDER 64/3 Song words, group 1 (folder 1 of 2), 1952-1967
Handwritten and typed lyrics, a list of folk song sources, a list of songs for camp, newspaper clippings from the column "Greetings," by Allan M. Trout, transcribed music, and related materials [item in oversize].
BOX-FOLDER 64/4 Song words, group 1 (folder 2 of 2), 1952-1967
See description for folder 64/2.
BOX-FOLDER 64/5 Song words, group 2
Handwritten and typed lyrics, and lyrics and music photocopied and printed from published sources.
BOX-FOLDER 64/6 New songs (original scribbles), 1966-2003; undated
Typed and handwritten lyrics, with edits; correspondence from 1966, 1971, 1980, and 2003. Some lyrics noted as "sung by Jason Ritchie." The folder name is from Jean's original folder.
BOX-FOLDER 64/7 Set lists: South Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee,
The original folder header was "Hindman notes," but most of the contents of this folder are set lists from performances in South Carolina, with set lists, receipts, and other materials from Kentucky, Tennessee, and possibly elsewhere.
BOX-FOLDER 64/8 Song ideas - current, 1959, 1964; undated
Handwritten and typed lyrics by Jean, plus lyrics by John Hall (one of her pseudonyms), and lyrics copied from other sources (with attributions); the first page of a letter to Jean with handwritten notes by Jean on the reverse, and a clipping from the magazine The Listener, on the broadside verse tradition.
BOX-FOLDER 64/9 Song birthings: poems, tunes, ideas, 1959-1979
Handwritten and typed lyrics, poems, and notes.
BOX-FOLDER 64/10 Songs and poems - work in progress
Handwritten and typed lyrics and poetry. Photocopied poetry in an envelope postmarked 2004. Some of the contents in this folder were written by Jean, some by others, and some unattributed.
BOX-FOLDER 64/11 Song lyrics and poems, 1940-1970; undated
Typed lyrics and poems, almost all of which were written or adapted by Jean, one attributed to John Hall (one of Jean's pseudonym), 'Than Hall (another one of Jean's pseudonyms), a list of tunes on transcription tape The date range reflects when the works were originally written.
BOX-FOLDER 65/1 Morning Sing, 1997; undated
Handwritten, typed, and photocopied lyrics and poems, some of them written by Jean, and others noted as traditional; a tribute to Jean's sister Edna, and various other documents and writings, along with a Hindman Settlement School folder.
BOX-FOLDER 65/2 Songs, 1950-1969
Lyrics, poems, and music, variously handwritten, typed, photocopied, and dittoed. Works by Jean, A.C. Ritchie, Jason Ritchie, and others. Includes a copy of Northcountrie Broadsheet Balladrie, no. 5: "Lament for Albert."
BOX-FOLDER 65/3 Poems, 1950-2001; undated
Typed and handwritten poems, letters, envelopes, notes, lyrics
BOX-FOLDER 65/4 Song notes, 1960-1979
Typed and handwritten lyrics, poems, notes, and song lists. One sheet of transcribed music.
BOX-FOLDER 65/5 "For J.R." - poems, songs, etc., 1970-1996
Creative works written in honor of Jean, plus correspondence, and a photocopy of the music for "An Appalachian Folk Songfest." The folder also includes an issue of Mountain Live and Work magazine (July-August 1970).
BOX-FOLDER 65/6 Correspondence and other materials (folder 1 of 2), 1962-2006
Correspondence, clippings, poetry, a copy of "Songs to Live By," transcribed music and copies of printed music, Jean's high school graduation ceremony program (in the shape of a tulip), National Health Service cards for Jonathan and Peter Pickow, and other ephemera. Photos and negatives have been moved to Series III. Materials in folders 65/6 and 65/7 were received by AFC loose in the shipping cartons, and not in folders or any arrangement.
BOX-FOLDER 65/7 Correspondence and other materials (folder 2 of 2), 1962; 1999
letters, lyrics, emails, notes, songbook, music score
BOX-FOLDER 65/8 Songs sent to performers, 1965; undated
Lists of songs, correspondence, and notes. Includes a typed copy of a letter to Johnny Cash, and a typed copy of the lyric for "The Flowers of Joy," sent to Judy Collins.
BOX-FOLDER 65/9 Children's music and games, circa 1979
A list of songs, possibly for a program or recording.
Sub-subseries 2: Books, magazines, and recordings
Most of these materials are drafts, galleys, proofs, early versions, etc.
BOX-FOLDER 66/1 Early notes
Handwritten notes, lyrics, and music transcriptions.
BOX-FOLDER 66/2 Writings, 1952-1971; undated
Handwritten and typed poetry, lyrics, and notes, and typed biographical narratives Jean wrote about herself and her family (possibly a draft form later published).
BOX-FOLDER 66/3 Writings, notes, and research, 1957; undated
Handwritten lyrics with notations, set lists, typed lyrics, correspondence, Child ballad research, and photocopied music and lyrics. Original fragments of perhaps two old broadsides included.
BOX-FOLDER 66/4 Articles (folder 1 of 2), 1954-1968
Drafts and proofs of articles, as well as notes for potential articles and photo essays, including "Ballad-hunting in the British Isles," an essay on folk song collecting in Cork, Ireland, a photo essay for Cosmopolitan magazine, "The Dogs of Great St. Bernard Today" (written by George Pickow), a crayon illustration for the cover of "Mystery with Mother Goose" plus another crayon illustration, a handwritten draft of the story by Jean, a typed essay by Jean called "Sorghum Making," plus correspondence and other documents.
BOX-FOLDER 66/5 Articles (folder 2 of 2), 1954-1968
See description for folder 66/4. Also includes a copy of "Over to you," a BBC publication for schools (Autumn term 1968).
BOX-FOLDER 66/6 Vague magazine, vol. 1, no. 1, 1946
A quarterly publication of the Xi Chapter of Chi Delta Phi (sorority), at University of Kentucky, Lexington. Jean's first published poem appeared in this issue.
BOX-FOLDER 66/7 "Living is collecting: growing up in a Southern Appalachian 'folk' family"
A paper Jean written and delivered at a conference.
BOX-FOLDER 66/8 Correspondence and a book cover, 1889; 1968
An item of correspondence to Jean, regarding publication of a story she wrote, to be published in Country Magazine (September 1968), and the cover for Father Kemp's old folks' concert music (the cover reads The old folks' concert tunes), from the 1889 edition.
BOX-FOLDER 66/9 Paper fragment
A small fragment of paper found with book manuscripts. It is handwritten in blue ink.
BOX-FOLDER 66/10 Book proposals, circa 1950s
Eight pages of book proposals; one describes a book that became The garland of mountain song (published in 1953).
BOX-FOLDER 66/11 Drafts for publications, flyers, etc., 1951-1987; undated
Typed drafts of promotional biographical materials, tracings of photographic images of Jean, a newspaper clippings, handwritten notes, and related ephemera.
BOX-FOLDER 66/12 Henry Z. Walck, Inc., 1957-1973
Various portions and drafts of Loves me, loves me not, which would be published as Apple seeds and soda straws; correspondence, royalty statements, and an invoice from Henry Z. Walck, Inc. (publisher), and related documents.
BOX-FOLDER 66/13 The garland of mountain song: drafts and related documents, 1950-1969
Published in 1953, an early version was called The Jean Ritchie song book. Drafts, notes, part of a BMI statement stub, lists of titles, and related documents, including notations about copyrights transferred to Jean.
BOX-FOLDER 66/14 Singing family of the Cumberlands: early research
Published in 1955, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak. Handwritten and typed documents. Includes a letter from Jean to an unidentified person named John, describing the whipping story detailed in the book.
BOX-FOLDER 67/1 Singing family of the Cumberlands: beginnings
Early portion of typed script for the film, plus a film report, a letter from Hally Wood (1950), a handwritten song list, and related documents.
BOX-FOLDER 67/2 Singing family of the Cumberlands: early manuscript
Typed notes with manuscript edits, and handwritten notes.
BOX-FOLDER 67/3 Singing family of the Cumberlands: early work
Typed notes with manuscript edits, and handwritten notes.
BOX-FOLDER 67/4 Singing family of the Cumberlands: beginnings and revisions) (folder 1 of 2)
Typed manuscript pages with handwritten edits.
BOX-FOLDER 67/5 Singing family of the Cumberlands: beginnings and revisions) (folder 2 of 2)
See description for folder 67/1.
BOX-FOLDER 67/6 Singing family of the Cumberlands: manuscript checked; to be retyped (folder 1 of 2)
Typed manuscript pages with handwritten edits.
BOX-FOLDER 67/7 Singing family of the Cumberlands: manuscript checked; to be retyped (folder 2 of 2)
See description for folder 67/6.
BOX-FOLDER 68/1 Singing family of the Cumberlands: first typed manuscript (folder 1 of 4)
Typed manuscript pages with handwritten edits.
BOX-FOLDER 68/2 Singing family of the Cumberlands: first typed manuscript (folder 2 of 4)
See description for folder 67/6.
BOX-FOLDER 68/3 Singing family of the Cumberlands: first typed manuscript (folder 3 of 4)
See description for folder 67/6.
BOX-FOLDER 68/4 Singing family of the Cumberlands: first typed manuscript (folder 4 of 4)
See description for folder 67/6.
BOX-FOLDER 68/5 Singing family of the Cumberlands: second typed manuscript (folder 1 of 4)
Typed manuscript pages with modest amount of handwritten edits. The original folder indicates this is the "Ritchie music illustrated copy"; it has neither music transcriptions nor illustrations.
BOX-FOLDER 68/6 Singing family of the Cumberlands: second typed manuscript (folder 2 of 4)
See description for folder 68/5.
BOX-FOLDER 68/7 Singing family of the Cumberlands: second typed manuscript (folder 3 of 4)
See description for folder 68/5.
BOX-FOLDER 68/8 Singing family of the Cumberlands: second typed manuscript (folder 4 of 4)
See description for folder 68/5.
BOX-FOLDER 68/9 Singing family of the Cumberlands: illustrations by Maurice Sendak, 1954, 1988
Copies of illustrations on coated paper, a letter from Jean to Janice Vanderpool at University of Kentucky Press, regarding rights to the illustrations, and a typed copy (with handwritten edits) of "The River way to Jackson" (formerly called "The Drowsy Sleeper").
BOX-FOLDER 68/10 Singing family of the Cumberlands: page proofs, etc., 1955
Six pages of proofs, and part of a typed script for the film of "Singing Family," with handwritten notes.
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