Guide to the Linda Morley Folklore Collection, 1975-1995
Collection number: MC 295
About Linda Morley
Folklorist Linda Morley was active in New England and specifically New Hampshire from
the early 1970s to the late 1980s. In addition to collecting and supporting
community involvement in folklore and folklife, she spearheaded the creation of
RSA-19, which established the New Hampshire Commission on the Arts. She served as
NH’s Folklorist-in-Residence from 1979 through the late 1980s.
Significant Professional Work
- 1969: PhD from University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Folklore and
- 1972-1982: Study of ballad singer Margaret McArthur
- 1973-1983: Professor of Folklore, New England College
- 1975-?: Artist-in-Residence, NH Elementary/Secondary Schools
- 1979-1983: NH State Folklorist in Residence at New England College
- 1979-?: Director, NH Folklife Archive, NH Commission on the Arts
- 1979: “Omer Marcoux: Franco-American Fiddling Styles in New England and
Quebec” [Northeastern Anthropological Association]
- 1980-1983: National Endowment for the Arts grant; designed and implemented NH
Folk Arts program
- 1981: Worked with American Folklife Center, Library of Congress and U.S.
Department of Interior to create RSA-19, which established a state government
funded Council on the Arts in New Hampshire.
- 1981-1982: “No Foot, No Horse: The Art of 7 NH Traditional Farriers” (Book
- 1983-?: English lecturer, UNH
- 1983: “We All Have Tales” – 30 minute radio shows on occupational
- 198-: “Bob McQuillen: Tune Man”
- 198-: Research on Frances James Child; Performance Analysis of Shippey Family
singers of West Dover, VT.
About the Linda Morley Folklore Collection
This collection contains a wide cross-section of folklore and folklife in 1970s-1980s
New Hampshire. There is a particular emphasis on Franco-American culture in New
Hampshire, immigrants’ experiences, farrier work, storytelling, contra dance
musicians, visual arts, singers, textile arts, occupational folklore, and the town
of Deerfield. Field notes are in Box 3.
Lesser represented subjects include Native American experiences, Shaker folklife,
Jewish folklife, New England College, New Hampshire Folk Festival, the creation of
the New Hampshire Farm Museum, iconography, children’s folklore, and women’s
- Aucoin, Therese Broussard (storyteller)
- Bardwell, Cora (storyteller)
- Cormier, Joe (fiddler)
- Danck, Karolina (iconographer)
- Ives, Edward “Sandy” (folklorist)
- Laufman, Dudley (contra dance musician and caller)
- Marcoux, Omar (fiddler)
- McArthur, Margaret (ballad singer)
- Paola, Tomie de (children’s author)
- Pomerleau, Joe (guitar/fiddle)
- Readpath, Jean (folksinger)
- Robidas, Marcel (fiddler)
- Washburn, Newt (Abenaki basket maker)
Collection has restrictions: Several folders are marked by the creator as
This collection is housed in the Library Storage
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[Identification of item], Linda Morley Folklore Collection, 1975-1995, MC 295,
Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library,
Durham, NH, USA.
2 cubic feet of audio cassette tapes were separated for preservation reasons.
Collection is not in original order due to processing time restraints. Original order
consisted of two alphabetical series: Subjects and People. Remenants of original
order remain and are notated.
|Works Progress Administration NH Folklore, "No Foot, No Horse"
25 folders. Includes WPA folklore for New Hampshire, Linda Morley's
curriculum vita and some writings on Joe Cormier, negatives and
photographs of farriers, writings of Dudley Laufman, and more. Download
this box's folder listing here: Box 1 Folder Listing.
|Worklore, Iconography, Gaming, Farrier Tools, etc.
26 folders. Contents include a series of photographs of bingo, cribbage,
pool, Latino/a, and cambodian immigrant games in Manchester (1994),
interviews/photographs/correspondence with Karolina Danek, iconographer,
worklore scripts for "We All Have Tales", harvest tales, popular belief
papers, and a census of Franco-American artists in New Hampshire in
1981. Download this box's folder listing here: Box 2 Folder Listing.
|Calling Us Home project (Deerfield, NH), NH Folk Festival
Materials, Fieldnotes, etc.
50 folders. Contents include reminiscenses of Hosmer Allen Johnson
(1822-1891), Margaret McArthur singing material, Morley's song
compositions, farrier material, Deerfield NH community folklore
collecting materials ("Calling Us Home"), Mary Lyscars (Polish folk
artist) Ed Moody (wooden sled maker), the Vu sisters (Vietnamese
dancers), and New England Native Americans such as Newt Washburn
(Abenaki basket maker). 4 volumes of Morley's fieldnotes are included
within this box. Download this box's folder listing here: Box 3 Folder
|Contra Dance Musicians, Photography, etc.
118 folders. Contents include material related to contra dance musicians
Carolyn Parrot, Joe Pomerleau, Milt Appleby, Bob McQuillen, Omar
Marcoux, Rod Miller, Randy Miller, and Ralph Page. Other individuals
include storytellers Maggie Peirce, Therese Broussard Aucoin, Helene
Laliberte Bickford, and Chip Ordman, photographers Gary Samson, George
Samuels, and Marc Peloquin. Other subjects include basket making, wooden
bird decoy carving, mental health in Concord, and Irish folklore.
Download this box's folder listing here: Box 4 Folder Listing.
|Folk Singers, Poets, Children's Literature, etc.
170 folders. Contents include mostly material related to folk and ballad
singers from the US and British Isles, including Gale Huntington, Erik
Ilott, Edward "Sandy" Ives, as well as bluegrass, klezmer, jazz, Italian
songs, and more. Poets include Donald Hall and Niki and John Hildebilde.
Contra dance musicians include Dudley Laufman and Joe Cormier. Misc.
topics cover herbalism, pottery, carving, painting, and miming. Download
this box's folder listing here: Box 5 Folder Listing.
|New Hampshire Subject Files, Women's Issues, etc.
222 folders. This box contains clippings files for all the NH counties
and several towns, as well as a myriad of other topics from body
language to Halley's Comet to gravestone art to Ocean Born Mary to
humanities theory. Several craftspeople and artists are included as
well. Used book stores, psychic readers, and post office lore are also
included. Download this box's folder listing here: Box 6 Folder
|New Hampshire Farm Museum, Morley Writings, Folksong Notation,
49 folders. Contents include the NH Farm Museum, Morley's own writings
(including her 1977 Ph.D. dissertation), UNH student folklore, and
Franco-American topics. There is about 4 linear inches' worth of
folksong transcriptions. Download this box's folder listing here:
Box 7 Folder
|Folklorists in New England, Inc. (FINE), New England Task Force
on Folklife (NETFOF), etc.
68 folders. Most material relates to FINE and NETFOF, with which Morley
was very involved. Also included is a thematic checklist of publications
relating to Franco-Americans, some country dance material, and various
other unrelated topics. Download this box's folder listing here: Box 8 Folder
|Singing, Weaving, Instrumental Groups, etc.
108 folders. Contains mostly ballad singer and singer/songwriter
materials, as well as some instrumental groups such as the contra dance
band Applejack. Non-musical topics include weaving, boatbuilding in
Newington, sugar houses, woodcuts, women in folklore/mythology,
historical house floor plans, basket making, needlework, and Jewish
history. Download this box's folder listing here: Box 9 Folder