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Barnicle, Mary Elizabeth, 1891-1978


Biographical Note

Mary Elizabeth Barnicle was a professor of medieval English, a folklorist, and an activist interested in women's and African-American rights, suffrage, and labor unions. Born on April 17, 1891 in Natick, Massachusetts, Barnicle received an MA in English in 1911. While maintaining a professorship, Barnicle completed her PhD. (ABD) around 1920. Barnicle's teaching career included positions in Minnesota, Connecticut, and New York. After a long professorship at New York University, Barnicle began a position at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1947, but retired after three years. Returning north in 1950, Barnicle and Tillman Cadle resided in Worcester, Massachusetts until 1971, before moving to Rich Mountain Gap near Townsend, Tennessee.

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Mary Elizabeth Barnicle and Tillman Cadle Recordings

Identifier: AppMs-0347
Scope and Contents The bulk of this collection is 567 field recordings, most on lacquer discs, made by Mary Elizabeth Barnicle and Tillman Cadle of music, stories, and speech in New York City, Florida, Georgia, the Bahamas, Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee during collecting trips between 1935 and 1950. The recordings document both African-American and Anglo-American folk culture.Supporting materials include a 1989 interview with Tillman Cadle, tape logs, photographs, song lyrics and the disc...
Dates: 1935 - 1989; Majority of material found within 1935 - 1950