Guide to the Michael McKernan Papers, 1960-2000
Collection number: MC 298
About Michael McKernan
Michael McKernan is a caller, fiddler, banjo player, and dance historian from Putney,
VT. He was a member of the contra dance band Applejack, as well as the Brattleboro
Brass Band, and completed many dance/music residencies in area schools. He has
published widely on the history of New England contra dance, and organized the
Brattleboro Dawn Dances in the late 1970s. McKernan also briefly served on the Ralph
Page Dance Legacy Weekend Committee. Other interests include shape note (Sacred
Harp) singing, Morris dancing, and rare books.
Many of the well-known names of 1970s New England contra dance are represented: Ralph
Sweet, Molly Mason, Jay Unger, April Limber, Pete Colby, Bob McQuillen, Dudley
Laufman, the Lamprey River Band, New England Tradition, NEFFA, Champlain Valley
Festival, Ralph Page Legacy Weekend, Rod Miller, Randy Miller, Gordan Peery, Duke
Miller, Tony Parkes, David Kaynor, Cammie Kaynor, Van Kaynor, and many others.
About the Michael McKernan Collection
The Michael McKernan papers consist of correspondence, posters, newsletters, and
promotional material related to the Brattleboro Brass Band, Applejack, and many
other events McKernan attended or in which he participated. Many posters reflect the
fine calligraphy of David Kaynor, especially those from the Guiding Star Grange in
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], Michael McKernan Papers, 1960-2000, MC 298, Milne
Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham,
Gift of the creator, ca. 2000
Approximately 6 cu. ft. of material, mostly consisting of dance posters and
newsletters, was separated for preservation reasons.
Original order was not discernable upon acquisition.
|Box 1, Folder 1||Correspondence I|
|Box 1, Folder 2||Correspondence II|
|Box 1, Folder 3||Photos/Press Clippings|
|Box 1, Folder 4||Music and Set Lists|
|Box 1, Folder 5||Music for the Brattleboro Brass Band|
|Box 1, Folder 6||Applejack with Bob McQuillen|
|Box 1, Folder 7||Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend Materials|
|Box 1, Folder 8||Brattleboro Dawn Dances|
|Box 1, Folder 9||McKernan: Selected Events|
|Box 1, Folder 10||Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Newsletter|
|Box 2, Folder 1||Seacoast Country Dance Newsletter|
|Box 2, Folder 2||Sampling of Posters I|
|Box 2, Folder 3||Sampling of Posters II|