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Talitha Ethel Powell McClure Ballad Collection

 Collection — Container: 1
Identifier: BCA 0034 SAA 032

Scope and Contents

This collection consists mainly of ballad texts compiled in 1915 by Talitha Ethel McClure (nee Powell) for a contest initiated by Berea College President, William G. Frost.


  • created: 1915-1980


Conditions Governing Access

Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Conditions Governing Use

No restrictions other than federal copyright regulations.  Please cite materials.


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Talitha Ethel McClure (nee Powell) compiled ballad texts in 1915 by for a contest initiated by Berea College President, William G. Frost.   McClure received the prize for collecting the most lyrics. Her mother, Talitha Powell (nee Davis), provided ballad texts to British collector, Cecil Sharp, during a visit to Berea in 1917.

Arrangement Note

Arrangement of the collection is by series:

Series 1: Biographical

Series 2: Ballad Lyrics (arranged alphabetically by title)

Series 3: Photographs

Method of Acquisition

The texts and related material contained in this collection were placed in the Southern Appalachian Archives by McLure's daughter, Virginia Ferrill Piland.

Other Descriptive Information

BCA 0034 SAA 032

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Repository Details

Part of the Berea College Special Collections and Archives Repository

Hutchins Library
100 Campus Drive
Berea Kentucky 40404 US