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MacColl/Seeger, 1846-2009 (bulk 1930-1995) (continued)
Correspondence, 1959-1994 (continued)
General Correspondence, 1959-1994 (continued)
1987 July-October (continued)
Correspondents include: Johanna Halbeisen and Mike Seeger
Includes: Libba Cotten obituary
BOX-FOLDER 190/1 1987 November-December and undated
Correspondents include: Elsa Corbluth, Gershon Legman, Alan Lomax, Christy Moore, and Mike Seeger
BOX-FOLDER 190/2 1988 January-March
Correspondents include: Barbara Dane, Johanna Halbeisen, Elvira Hauschild, and Pete Seeger
Includes: Brian Stone, "Song Writing and Music: Master Classes for Documentary and Community Plays with Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger" and Goldsmith College, "Minds of Our Own: Second Research Report on the Outreach Education Project"
BOX-FOLDER 190/3 1988 April-June
Correspondents include: Philip Donnellan, Hamish Henderson, and Sally Rogers
BOX-FOLDER 190/4 1988 July-December
Correspondents include: Elvira Hauschild, Mike Seeger, and Pete Seeger
Includes: Words and music for Jerry Spring, "The Rambler Farewell"
BOX-FOLDER 190/5 1988 undated
BOX-FOLDER 190/6 1989 January-March
Correspondents include: Elsa Corbluth, Sidney Robertson Cowell, Johanna Halbeisen, Elvira Hauschild, and Mike Seeger
Includes: Words for Hunter and Paley, "Ballad of Lewes Gaol"
BOX-FOLDER 190/7 1989 April-June
Correspondents include: Sidney Robertson Cowell, Johanna Halbeisen, Jeremy Seeger, and Mike Seeger
Includes: Charles D. Laird, "Huntington Disease: Proposed Mechanism of Mutation, Inheritance, and Expression"
BOX-FOLDER 190/8 1989 July-December
Correspondents include: Billy Bragg, Sonya Cohen, Edith Fowke, Johanna Halbeisen, Elvira Hauschild, Hamish Henderson, Mike Seeger, and Pete Seeger
Includes: Billy Bragg's manuscript lyrics for "A New Internationale"
BOX-FOLDER 191/1 1989 undated
BOX-FOLDER 191/2 1990 January-June
Correspondents include: Billy Bragg, Elsa Corbluth, Barbara Dane, Johanna Halbeisen, Elvira Hauschild, Sandra Kerr, Inez Seeger, Mike Seeger, Pete Seeger, and Irwin Silber
BOX-FOLDER 191/3 1990 July-December and undated
Correspondents include: Penny Seeger Cohen, Elsa Corbluth, Johanna Halbeisen, Charles Seeger, III, Jeremy Seeger, Kate Seeger, Mike Seeger, Pete Seeger, Toshi Seeger, and Eva Wachsmann
BOX-FOLDER 191/4 1991 January-June
Correspondents include: Penny Seeger Cohen, Elsa Corbluth, Elvira Hauschild, Hamish Henderson, Faith Petric, Mike Seeger, and Paddy Tunney
Includes: Keith McKenry, "A Tale of Two Cities" and "Talking Kuwait Blues and other poems," and Paddy Tunney, "Where the Songs Do Thunder," chapter 2
BOX-FOLDER 191/5 1991 July-December and undated
Correspondents include: Johanna Halbeisen, John Seeger, Jeremy Seeger, Mike Seeger, and Pete Seeger
BOX-FOLDER 191/6 1992 January-September
Correspondents include: Joe Bossom, Elsa Corbluth, Gershon Legman, Barbara Seeger, Kate Seeger, Mika Seeger, Mike Seeger, Tony Seeger, and Judith Tick
BOX-FOLDER 191/7 1992 October-December and undated
Correspondents include: Joe Bossom, Elsa Corbluth, Pete Seeger, and Toshi Seeger
BOX-FOLDER 191/8 1993 January-June
Correspondents include: Sonya Cohen, Elsa Corbluth, and Mika Seeger
BOX-FOLDER 192/1 1993 July- December and undated
Correspondents include: Elvira Hauschild, Laura Seeger, Pete Seeger, and Alexia Smith
Includes: Pete Seeger's additional lyrics to Ewan MacColl's "Joy of Living"
BOX-FOLDER 192/2 1994 January-June
Correspondents include: Sandra Kerr, Barbara Seeger, Mike Seeger, Pete Seeger, Alexia Smith, and Hedy West
BOX-FOLDER 192/3 1994 July-December and undated
Correspondents include: Elsa Corbluth and Christy Moore
BOX-FOLDER 192/4 undated
BOX 193 Condolence Letters and Cards, 1989
Arranged chronologically.
BOX-FOLDER 193/1 Letters (1 of 3), 1989
Correspondents include: Billy Bragg, Sidney Robertson Cowell, Elvira Hauschild, Hamish Henderson, Louis Killen, Alan Lomax, Tom Paley, and John Seeger
BOX-FOLDER 193/2 Letters (2 of 3), 1989
Correspondents include: Paddy Tunney
BOX-FOLDER 193/3 Letters (3 of 3), 1989
Correspondents include: Elsa Corbluth, Edmund Frow, Naomi Seeger Hvolbek, Sandra Kerr, Jeremy Seeger, and Naomi Seeger
BOX-FOLDER 193/4-6 Cards, 1989
BOX 194-202, 260, 263, 270-271 Organizations, 1931-1993

The Organizations subseries documents three entities in which Ewan MacColl and/or Peggy Seeger played significant roles: the Critics Group, the Singers Club, and the Workers Theatre Movement including the Theatre Workshop.

The Critics Group, an offshoot of the Singers Club, provided MacColl and Seeger, as seasoned folk revival performers, with a venue to share their experience in the art of folk performance with Club performers, attendees, and others.

The Critics Group came also to serve as a vehicle for MacColl to write and stage The Fesival of Fools--satirical plays performed during the new year season that recapitulated the previous year’s news. New and old folk songs and dancing were a feature of the programs. MacColl also wrote mumming plays and radio plays for the group. The bulk of the Critics Group materials document these programs through scripts and other documentation created to manage the productions. Annotated scripts show how each play developed as it was rehearsed. Peggy Seeger played a significant role in the productions managing the communications, finances, and staging. Her “books” are interesting for the director’s notes found on the verso of rehearsal script pagess. Photographs (virtually all unidentified as to performers or production) show how the performances were staged.

The Singers Club was a membership organization operated by a volunteer management committee of members under the auspices of the Education Department of London Co-operative Society Ltd. between 1961 and January 1992. Originally based in the Princess Louise pub, the Club cycled through a number of different physical locations over its 30 year history.

MacColl and Seeger played a significant role in the club's structure and organization and performed there nearly weekly, except when they were on extended tours outside London. Performance books and lists of songs sung by MacColl provide a window into the extent of their performing history, the songs they sang at the Club, and others who appeared there. Meeting minutes document the administration of the club and financial records including bar accounts, invoices, and cash books shed light on the money matters.

Although theater loomed large in MacColl's early years, there is little documentation about his role in the development of the Theatre Workshop the most significant organization to come out of the Workers Theatre Movement in England. This sub-subseries contains mainly articles, photographs, and programs from various productions.

Materials consist of cast and crew lists, music cue sheets, newsletters, photographs, rehearsal schedules, scripts, and stage layouts.
Arranged in three sub-subseries: Critics Group, Singers Club, and Workers Theatre Movement.
BOX 194-198, 260 MAPCASE-FOLDER 18 Critics Group, 1965-1973

Materials consist of articles, cast and crew lists, music cue sheets, newsletters, notated music, photographs, posters, programs, rehearsal schedules, scripts, and stage layouts.
Arranged alphabetically by file unit.
BOX-FOLDER 194/1 "Critics Group and the British Folksong Revival," 1968
By Ewan MacColl
BOX-FOLDER 194/2 Dissolution papers, 1972
Festival of Fools
see also Photographs - Festival of Fools
BOX-FOLDER 194/3 Charles Parker files
BOX-FOLDER 194/4 Notes on weather lore
BOX-FOLDER 194/5-6 Scripts
BOX-FOLDER 194/7 Miscellaneous
Includes: Notes, programs, and rehearsal schedules
BOX-FOLDER 260/3 Photograph album
Includes: Leaflet and program
BOX-FOLDER 194/8 Script
Bound volume
Includes: List of units and participants, minutes, notes and corrections, and rehearsal schedules
BOX-FOLDER 194/9 Script - D. G. Smith's book
BOX-FOLDER 194/10 Script - Peggy's book
Includes: Cue sheets, annotated script, and unit and participant lists
BOX-FOLDER 260/4 Artwork
BOX-FOLDER 195/1 Miscellaneous
Includes: Stage layout, units, and tape cues
BOX-FOLDER 263/8 Music
Notated music
MAPCASE FOLDER 18 Photographs
Mounted on cardboard
BOX-FOLDER 195/2 Programs and songbook
BOX-FOLDER 195/3 Script
Note: Annotated
BOX-FOLDER 195/4-5 Scripts
BOX-FOLDER 195/6 1969
BOX-FOLDER 195/7 Miscellaneous
Includes: Cast lists, newsletters, rehearsal schedule, and script replacement pages
BOX-FOLDER 266/9 Poster
BOX-FOLDER 195/8 Programs
BOX-FOLDER 195/9 Script
BOX-FOLDER 195/10 Script - Peggy's book
Note: Annotated
BOX-FOLDER 196/1 Script - Tony Rose's book
Includes: Cast and crew list, music cue sheet, newsletter, rehearsal schedules, stage layout, tech crew list, and units list
BOX-FOLDER 196/2 Programs
BOX-FOLDER 196/3 Script
BOX-FOLDER 196/4 Script
BOX-FOLDER 196/5 Script - Peggy's book
Includes: Newsletters, rehearsal schedules, stage layout, and unit order and casting list
Note: Annotated
BOX-FOLDER 196/6 Script - Running order
BOX-FOLDER 196/7 Script - Unused texts
BOX-FOLDER 196/8 Advertisement
BOX-FOLDER 196/9 MacColl Nonsense Stories, undated
Includes: Unidentified notated music and lyrics
Titles include:
  • "Jack and the Sandicoot"
  • "Borers of Sod Ufric"
  • "Story of the King Who Signed and the Polystonium Who Rubs"
  • "The Oyster Cycle"
BOX-FOLDER 196/10 MacColl Nonsense Stories - "Ulster Divided," undated
Includes: Ewan MacColl handwritten draft
BOX-FOLDER 263/7 McMillan, Ian. Now Spread Yourselves Out and Listen to the Music, undated
Includes: Hamish MacColl dance choreography
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