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William T. Becker Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-0688

Scope and Contents

The collection contains: 4 instruments (1 fretless banjo, 1 ukelin, 1 autoharp, 1 mandolin guitar); books, pamphlets, magazines, and newspapers relating to folk music; albums pertaining to American, Irish, and English folk music and protest music; recordings of folk, jazz and blues music; books and instructional material related to folk music and Scottish music; volumes on folk and traditional music; sheet music; and other miscellaneous items.


  • 1950s-1970s


18.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



All or part of the materials described here are unprocessed. Please contact us for information about these materials.

Method of Acquisition

Gift of William T. Becker.

Separated Materials

The following books were separated from the collection and cataloged for Special Collections at the Archives of Appalachia:

Allen, John W. Legends & Lore of Southern Illinois. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University, 1963.

Andrews, Edward Deming. The Gift to be Simple: Songs, Dances and Rituals of the American Shakers. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1940.

Asch, Moses, and Irwin Silber, eds. 900 Miles: The Ballads, Blues and Folksongs of Cisco Houston. New York: Oak Publications, 1965.

Boni, Margaret Bradford, ed. The Fireside Book of Favorite American Folk Songs. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1952.

Botkin, B.A., and Alvin F. Harlow, eds. A Treasury of Railroad Folklore: The Stories, Tall Tales, Traditions, Ballads and Songs of the American Railroad Men. New York: Bonanza Books, 1953.

Botkin, B.A. The American Play-Party Song. New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Co. 1963.

Brand, Oscar. The Ballad Mongers. New York: Funk and Wagnalls, 1962.

Burns, Robert. The Merry Muses of Caledonia: A Collection of Bawdy Folksongs, Ancient and Modern. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1964.

Burt, Olive Woolley. American Murder Ballads and Their Stories. New York: Oxford University Press, 1958.

Chappell, William. Old English Popular Music. New York: Jack Brussel, 1961.

Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem Song Book. New York: Tiparm Music Publishers, Inc., 1964.

Colcord, Joanna C. Songs of American Sailormen. New York: Bramhall House, 1938.

Colcord, Joanna C. Songs of American Sailormen. New York: Oak Publications, 1964.

Date, Henry, ed. Pentecostal Hymns Nos. 5 and 6 Combined: A Winnowed Collection for Young People’s Societies, Church Prayer Meetings, Evangelistic Services and Sunday Schools. Chicago: Hope Publishing Company, 1911.

Denisoff, R. Serge. Great Day Coming: Folk Music and the American Left. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1971.

DeTurk, David A., and A. Poulin, Jr., eds. The American Folk Scene: Dimensions of the Folksong Revival. New York: Dell Publishing, 1967.

Dwyer, Richard A., and Richard E. Lingenfelter. The Songs of the Gold Rush. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1964.

Fowke, Edith, and Joe Glazer. Songs of Work and Freedom. Chicago: Roosevelt University Labor Education Division, 1960.

Friedman, Albert B., ed. The Viking Book of Folk Ballads of the English-Speaking World. New York: Viking Press, 1956.

Glazer, Tom. A New Treasury of Folk Songs. New York: Bantam Books, 1964.

Graves, Robert, ed. English and Scottish Ballads. New York: The MacMillan Company.

Gummere, Francis B. The Popular Ballad. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1959.

Hille, Waldemar, ed. The People’s Song Book. New York: People’s Artists, 1956.

Hindemith, Paul. Traditional Harmony. New York: Associated Music Publishers, Inc., 1943.

Hindemith, Paul. Traditional Harmony. New York: Associated Music Publishers, Inc., 1944.

Korson, George, ed. Pennsylvania Songs and Legends. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1960.

Lawless, Ray M. Folksingers and Folksongs in America.

Lochlainn, Colm O., ed. Irish Street Ballads. New York: Citadel Press, 1960.

Lomax, Alan. The Folk Songs of North American in the English Language. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1960.

Lomax, John A., and Alan Lomax. Best Loved American Folk Songs. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1947.

Music for Everyone No. 8: Scotland in Song. New York: Remick Music Corporation, 1953.

Nettl, Bruno. An Introduction to Folk Music in the United States. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1962.

Niles, John Jacob. Ballad Book of John Jacob Niles. New York: Bramhall House, 1961.

Old-Time Songs of Newfoundland. St. John’s Newfoundland: Gerald S. Doyle Limited, 1955.

Pilgrim Hymnal. Boston: The Pilgrim Press, 1935.

Putnam, John F. The Plucked Dulcimer and How to Play It. Berea, Kentucky: Council of the Southern Mountains, Inc., 1961.

Renshaw, Patrick. The Wobblies: The Story of Syndicalism in the United States. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1967.

Reynolds, Malvina. Little Boxes and Other Handmade Songs. New York: Oak Publications, 1964.

Ritchie, Jean. Singing Family of the Cumberlands. New York: Oxford University Press, 1955.

Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. New York: Oak Publications, 1983.

Sargent, Helen Child, and George Lyman Kittredge, eds. English and Scottish Popular Ballads. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1932.

Seeger, Peggy. Folk Songs of Peggy Seeger. New York: Oak Publications, 1964.

Seeger, Pete. The Incompleat Folksinger. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1972.

Sharp, Cecil J., and R. Vaughan Williams. A Selection of Collected Folk-Songs. Vol. 1. London: Novello and Company, Limited, 1936.

Sharp, Cecil J., ed. English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians. Vol. 1. London: Oxford University Press, 1952.

Sharp, Cecil J., ed. English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians. Vol. 2. London: Oxford University Press, 1952.

Silber, Irwin, ed. Hootenanny Song Book. New York: Consolidated Music Publishers, Inc., 1963.

Silber, Irwin, ed. Soldier Songs and Home-Front Ballads of the Civil War. New York: Oak Publications, 1964.

Silber, Irwin, ed. The Second People’s Song Book… Lift Every Voice! People’s Artists, 1957.

Thomas, Jean. Ballad Makin’ in the Mountains of Kentucky.

Thompson, Harold W., ed. A Pioneer Songster: Texts from the Stevens-Douglass Manuscript of Western New York, 1941-1856. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 1958.

Williams, R. Vaughan, and A.L. Lloyd, eds. Penguin Book of English Folk Songs. Harmondsworth, Middlesex: Penguin Books, 1959.

Winn, Cyril, compiler. A Selection of Some Less Known Folk-Songs. Vol. 2. London: Novello and Company, Limited.

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