Guide to the Newt Tolman Collection, 1968-1969
Collection number: MC 292
(1 Oversize Box )
About Newton F. Tolman (1908-1986)
Newton French Tolman (1908-1986) was a contra dance flute player from Nelson, New
Hampshire. He learned flute from his uncle as a child and played in the Nelson Town
Band. Later he became an invaluable source of knowledge for younger generations
during the contra dance revival of the 1960s-1970s. He was a member of many
important dance orchestras, including some led by caller Ralph Page. His son Renn
Tolman (1943-2014) and nephew Harvey Tolman (b. 1938) have gone on to become
important New England musicians in their own right.
Newt Tolman was the author of several books including Quick tunes and good times : a
light-hearted guide to jigs, reels, rants, planxtys, and other little-known New
England folk music (Dublin, NH: William Bauhan, 1972), and other books about the
history and culture of the Monadnock region of New Hampshire.
About the Newt Tolman Collection
This collection consists of the original hand written manuscript for The Nelson
Collection: Selected Authentic Square Dance Melodies by Newton Tolman and Kay
Gilbert (Capital Offset Company, Concord NH, 1969). A typewritten index is included,
as well as a large embroidered book cover in which the collection was housed.
Related to this is an LP entitled Nelson Music Collection: Authentic Square Dance
Melodies (Privately produced, early 1970s).
This collection is open.
Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions
about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.
[Identification of item], Newt Tolman Collection, 1968-1969, MC 292, Milne
Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham,
Gift of Kayti Sullivan, 2016
Collection is in original order as received.
|Oversize Box 1|
|The Nelson Collection manuscript, 1968-1969|