Item 97-1016 - Edith Fowke manuscript

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Edith Fowke manuscript

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  • [1965] (Creation)
    Fowke, Edith

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Edith Fulton Fowke was born on April 30, 1913 in Lumsden, Saskatchewan of Irish parents. She studied at the University of Saskatchewan, taking her B.A. in 1933 and her M.A. in 1938. In 1938 she married Frank Fowke. She was editor of Western Teacher from 1937-1944, and associate editor of Magazine Digest from 1945-1949. In 1957 she began collecting songs and producing recordings for Folkway Records of New York, as well as writing and editing books of folksongs and folktales. She joined the English Department at York University in 1971. She was awarded her LL.D. at Brock University in 1974, and her D. Litt at Trent in 1974, was made a Fellow of the American Folklore Society in 1975, and became a member of the Order of Canada in 1977.

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This 8-page, typewritten manuscript is entitled "Folk Songs of Peterborough" and consists of a brief overview of the folk song tradition of the Peterborough area. Fowke indicates that the Peterborough region is one of the richest in Ontario and credits this in large part to the significant Irish representation in the County. She mentions by name individuals who can sing old songs brought from the old country, or songs learned in the lumbering shanty and carried down from generation to generation. She quotes songs that give specific reference to places such as Kinmount, Omemee, Gannon's Narrows, Tory Hill, etc. Farming traditions, love ballads, and jail terms all find their places in the canon.

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This manuscript was donated from an unknown source in 1984.


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