82M9Niles, John JacobJohn Jacob Niles papers, 1905-1984 82M9Finding aid prepared by Processed by: Archives Staff; Made machine-readable by Courtney MurphyUniversity of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center2013 NovemberSpecial Collections Research CenterMargaret I. King Building, NorthLexington 40506-0039SCLREF@LSV.UKY.EDUURL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-09-08 16:22:44 -0400.Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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John Jacob Niles papers
63.45 Cubic Feet
The John Jacob Niles papers (dated 1905-1984; 63.45 cubic ft.; 220 boxes) contain correspondence, musical and literary manuscripts, and other materials written or collected by John Jacob Niles.
Composer, Performer, and Author. Niles was born in Louisville in 1892. Coming from a musical family, Niles began to play the dulcimer at an early age. As a teenager he worked with a surveying team in eastern Kentucky. During this time he kept a notebook in which he recorded lyrics and music of old folk songs known in the area. Niles served as a U.S. Army pilot in World War I and made numerous reconnaissance flights until he suffered serious injuries in a plane crash. After the war he studied music at the University of Lyon and the Schola Cantorium in Paris. Niles completed his musical education at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He renewed his search for folk songs in Appalachia as he accompanied noted photographer Doris Ulmann on her travels through the mountain region. He set traditional songs in new arrangements and composed many original songs.
Scope and Contents
The John Jacob Niles papers (dated 1905-1984; 63.45 cubic ft.; 220 boxes) contain correspondence, musical and literary manuscripts, and other materials written or collected by John Jacob Niles. Much of the correspondence is between Niles and his music publisher, G. Schirmer, Inc. Original drafts of Niles choral works, instrumental pieces, orchestral oratorios, song arrangements, and other musical compositions total approximately thirteen cubic feet. A significant portion of these materials is unpublished. The papers contain an interesting series of photographs, including several taken of Niles by well-known photographers such as Van Deren Coke, Alfred Eisenstaedt, George Kossuth, and Doris Ulmann. There are also original photographs taken at the 1903 launching of Orville and Wilbur Wright's airplane at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. There are also a number of World War I era shots of Niles' flying group, The Lafayette Escadrille, and various Niles family pictures.Other important items include the diaries and notebooks Niles used to record the folk songs, his World War I scrapbooks, autobiographical notes and drafts, original plays, radio scripts, and manuscripts of his published books. Miscellaneous materials include greeting cards and printed material on Anglo-Saxon balladry.
Organized into the following series: Correspondence, Personal, Career, Manuscripts, Instruments, and Oversized materials. The series are arranged chronologically within topical subseries.
Existence and Location of Copies
Duplicates located in 019, Aisle F, Section 4.
Boxes 6-10 in the oversize portion of the collection removed 2010 December 14 to AV Archives unprocessed Niles collection under the authority of Jason Flahardy.Boxes 126-130 removed to 1997ms358 Rena Niles papers in 1997.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Conditions Governing Use
Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. Literary rights remain vested in the Niles family. Permission must be obtained to publish or quote extensively.
82M9: [identification of item], John Jacob Niles papers, 1905-1984, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Folk songs, English -- United States.
Musicians -- Correspondence.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations.
Aeronautics -- History
Composers -- Correspondence.
Niles, John Jacob, 1892-1980
Coke, Van Deren
Boone Tolliver Records
G. Schirmer, Inc
Niles, Rena Lipetz
CorrespondenceSeries I.1919-1980Scope and Contents noteThe Correspondence Series is divided into three subseries according to general subject. The Personal Correspondence includes letters from John Jacob Niles to Rena Lipetz Niles. Many of these were written while Niles was on tour throughout the United States. The Professional Correspondence contains letters from many prominent figures in the music world as well as detailed information about Niles' own company, Boone Tolliver Records. The General Correspondence consists mainly of letters from various individuals and covers a variety of topics. The material in each of these subseries is arranged chronologically.PersonalSubseries A.1933-1962John Jacob Niles to Roy FlannaganSubseries i.19331John Jacob Niles to Rena Lipetz NilesSubseries ii.1933-19621933211934 February-December221935 February 25-April 27231935 May-December241936 January-February311936 March-July321938 June-August331940 January-July34194035Miscellaneous1940361941 March-November411941421942 January-July431942 October-December44194245Miscellaneous1942461943 February-November47194348Miscellaneous1943491944 January511944 February521944 March-April531944 May541944 October-December55194456Miscellaneous1944571945 January611945 February-June621945 July-November63194564Miscellaneous1945651946 January-March711946 April-October721946 November731946741947 February-March811947 June-December82194783Miscellaneous1947841948 January-March911948 Jul-October921948 November-December931949 January-February1011949 March-May1021949 July-October1031949 November-December10419491051950 January-March1111950 April-October1121950 November-December11319501141951 January-March1211951 April-July1221951 October1231951 November- December1241952 February-July1311952 October1321952 November1331952 December13419521351953 July-August1411953 October1421953 November1431954 January - November1511955 January-June1521955 July-October1531956 March1611956 April1621956 November1631957 January-November1711958 April - August1721959 January-October1731960 May-June1811961 July-October1821962 February-November1831962184Rena Lipetz Niles to John Jacob NilesSubseries iii.1936-19521936 July1911938 July-August19219381931940 January-April19419401951942 July-November19619421971944 April-May1981945 April1991946 November19101947 November-December19111948 February-March19121952 November1913undated1914ProfessionalSubseries B.1936-1979Frank Long/Leslie ShepardSubseries i.1936-1979Frank Long1936-1952201Frank Long1953-1977202Leslie Shepard1957-1963 April203Leslie Shepard1963 May-1964204Typescript of liner notes by Leslie Shepard for Folkways album1964 January 14205Liner notes for Folkways album1964206Leslie Shepard1965-1968207Leslie Shepard1970-1979208RCA VictorSubseries ii.1939-19721939-19412111939-19402121941-19432131944-19482141949-1972215RCA Victor royalty statementsSubseries iii.1941-19751941-19492211950-19672221969-1975223G. Shirmer, Inc.Subseries iv.1937-197819372311942-19432321944-19452331946-19482341949-19512351952-1953236195423719552381956239195723101958 January-February23111958 March-December23121959 January-April23131959 May-December231419602411961242196224319632441964-19652451966-19702461971-19722471973-1978248undated249Miscellaneous letters to G. Shirmer, Inc.undated2410Affidavit regarding composition of Black is the Colorundated2411Affidavit regarding composition of Ef I Had a Ribbon Bowundated2412Affidavit regarding composition of Go 'Way From My Windowundated2413Affidavit regarding composition of I Wonder as I Wanderundated2414Affidavit regarding composition of Jesus the Christ is Bornundated2415Affidavit regarding composition of Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Headundated2416G. Shirmer, Inc. royalty statementsSubseries v.1937-19751929-19422511943-19442521945-19462531946-19472541948-19502551951-19532561954-19562571959-19692581937-19462611947-19532621954-19572631958-19592641960-19622651963-19642711965-196627219672731968-1975274Collaborative effortsSubseries vi.1946-1951281-619462811947282194828319492841950-1951285undated286Boone Tolliver recordsSubseries vii.1952-1958Letters1952 February-April291Letters1952 May292Letters1952-1954293Record orders1952 January-July294Record orders1952 August-October295Record orders1952 November296Record orders1952 December297Record orders1953 January-February301Record orders1953 March302Record orders1953 April-May303Record orders1953 June-October304Record orders1953 November-December305Record orders1954 January-February306Record orders1954 March-April307Record orders1954 May-December308Record orders1955-1958309Record ordersundated3010Invoices1952-19573011Rampart ProductionsSubseries viii.1954-1957311-3Letters, film fragments, contracts, announcements1953 July-December311Letters1954-1957312Letters, brochuresundated313Tradition recordsSubseries ix.1957-1966321-3Letters, catalogues1957-1962321Leters, liner notes, biographical, song lists for records1965-1966322Royalty statements1958-1966323GeneralSubseries C.1919-19801919-19353311936-19393321940-194133319423341943 January-August3351943 September3361943 October-December337circa 194333819443411945-19463421947343circa 19473441948345194934619503471951 January-May3481951 June-December349195235119533521954353195535419563551957361195836219593631960 January-May3641960 June-December3651961 January-June3661961 July-December3671962 January-June3711962 August-December3721963 January-May3731963 June-November37419633751964 May-July3761964 August-December3771965 January-April3781965 May-December3791966 January-March3811966 April-June3821966 July-December3831967 January-March3841967 April-August3851967 September-December3861968 January-March3871968 April-December3881969 January-May3891969 June-September38101969 October-December38111970 January-March3911970 April-June3921970 July-October3931970 November-December3941971 January-February3951971 March-July3961971 August-September3971971 October-December3981972 January-April4011972 May-August4021972 September-October4031972 November-December4041973 January-February4051973 March-June4061973 July-October4071973 November-December4081974 January-March4111974 April-June4121974 July-August4131974 September4141974 October-December4151975 January-February4161975 March-May4171975 June-July4181975 August-September4191975 October41101975 November-December41111976 January-June4211976 July-August4221976 September4231976 October-November4241977 January-March4251977 April-June4261977 July-August4271977 September-December4281978 April-September4321978 January-March4311978 October4331978 November-December4341979 January-September4351979-1980436undated441-6PersonalSeries II.1905-1980Scope and Contents noteThe Personal series consists of 53 boxes of material encompassing many aspects of Niles' life. Figuring prominently in this series are the diaries ad field notebooks. Recorded in these volumes are the legends, ballads, traditions, and philosophies of the people Niles encountered during his travels in the Southern Highlands. This series is subdivided into eight categories with the material arranged in chronological order within each subseries.Journals, notebooks, scrapbooksSubseries A.1905-1979Journal1905451Field notebook1906452Journal1906452AJournal1907453Journal1908454Journal1915455Journal1918456-6ANotebook1919457Scrapbook1919458Contents of scrapbook1930461Calendar notebook1931-1932461AJournal1932462Field notebook1932463-4Ballad transcribed from p. 117 of preceding field notebook1932465Field notebook1933471-2AField notebook1934473-6Dialect dictionary1934477Farm notebook1941478Farm notebook1943479Diary19444710Journalcirca 1950481Commonplace book1957482Commonplace book1963483Calendar notebook1964483ACalendar notebook1965483BCalendar notebook1966483CNotebook1969483Notebookcirca 1970s483EJournal1976484Calendar notebook1977484AJournal1979485Contents of notebookundated491Field notebookundated492Dialect dictionaryundated493Contents of notebookundated494Notebookundated495Prompt bookundated496Music notebook1931501-2Music notebook1932503Music notebook1933504-5Music notebook1934506Music notebook1950507Doris Ulmann materialSubseries B.1933-1976Letters from Doris Ulmann to Allen Eaton1933-1934511Notes by Doris Ulmann concerning her will1934512Letters from Doris Ulmann to Sarah Blanding, with cover letter from Sarah Blanding to ohn Jacob Nilesundated513Chronicle by John Jacob Niles of events surrounding Doris Ulmann's death.1934 Aug 2514John Jacob Niles, Doris Ulmann: Preface and Recollections.The Call Number, University of Oregon Library1958515Craft Horizons1966 June516Program for exhibit of Doris Ulmann photographs, Western Carolina University1976 April517Book catalogues containing The Appalachian Photographs of Doris Ulmannundated518John Jacob Niles, The Legend of Doris Ulmann, typescriptundated519Handicrafts of the Southern Highlands by Allen H. Eaton, galley proofs1937521-2Handicrafts of the Southern Highlands by Allen H. Eaton, page proofs1937523-6Articles on John Jacob NilesSubseries C.1940-1986Records for Christmas: Carols of the New World, Victor Records Review1940531ABorah, Leo. Kentucky, Boone's Great Meadow in The National Geographic1942 July531BButterfield, Roger. Folk Singer: John Jacob Niles Makes Rare Music from the Songs and Ballads of Early America. in Life 1943 Sept 6532Amerika Singt. Heute (German publication)1947 July 15533McHugh, Vincent. Sing Me a Homemade Song.The Magazine of the Year1948 January534Stevens, Nelson. Folk Songs: U.S.A.Arizona Quarterly 1948535Guthrie, A.B., Jr. Kentucky. Holiday1951 March536Tragic Troubadour. Coronet1951 July537Ballads and Blackberries.The American Magazine1956 February541Batiuk, Taras. The Art of John Jacob Niles.East Magazine1958542Arnold, Olga and Judy Catlin. American Folk Singer.America Illustrated1959543Nash, Gordon. John Jacob Niles .Kentucky Composers 1964543ALancaster, Thomas. John Jacob Niles on Choral Participation in Folk Music.American Choral Review1966 June544Travis, James. A Voice from Kentucky draft with corrections by Rena Niles; final copy1969545Travis, James. John Jacob Niles: A Voice from Kentucky Southern Living1969 June546Holroyd, Sara. John Jacob Niles: Renaissance Man.Bluegrass Music News1972 April-May551Coppage, Noel John Jacob Niles. Stereo Review 1975 January552Hinshaw, Donald. Contemporary Composers: John Jacob Niles.Journal of Church Music.1976 October553Niles, Rena. In the fall '33. Bluegrass Woman1976 winter554Winland, Lorraine. A Luncheon with John Jacob NilesKentucky Monthly1979 Oct555Johnson, Helen Shea. John Jacob Niles: The Minstrel of Boone Creek.Music Journal1980 Jan/Feb556Roberts, Jacqueline Warnick. In Memoriam: John Jacob Niles.Bluegrass Music News 1980 May557Nash, Alanna. John Jacob Niles: His Legend Lives On.Frets1980 June557a Burg, David. John Jacob Niles. The Kentucky Review1980558John Jacob Niles.Sing Out!1980559Kidd, Andrew Jason. John Jacob Niles: A True Son of Kentucky.Kentcuky Heritage1981 Spring5510Nash, Alanna. John Jacob Niles: A Song from the Heart.Beaux Arts1981 Summer55 A1John Jacob Niles.St. Martins Press198155 A2Blomstedt, Erik. John Jacob Niles, Dean of American Balladeers.Dulcimer Players News1982 Summer55 A3Niles, Rena Lipetz. The Songs of John Jacob Niles.NATS Bulletin1983 March/April55 A4The Niles-meron Songs.NATS Bulletin 1983 March/April55 A5Article for New Harmon Festival of Music1983 August55 A6John Jacob Niles.the Kentucky Review1983 Autumn55 A7Niles, Rena. On the Road with John Jacob Niles.High Roads Folio198655 A8Two Kentucky Folk Singers: John Jacob Niles and Jean RitchieFocus on Folk Songsundated55 A9Papers on John Jacob NilesSubseries D.1951-1975Draft of an article on the oratorio Lamentation by William R. Moody1951561Essays by school children1961-1968562Essays by school children1972-1973563Gobar, Ash. Letter on the Philosophy of Being1973 December564Essays by school children1974 March 13565Gobar, Ash. Notes on the Poetry of John Jacob Niles1975 April566Student term papers1975 April 17, July 7567Students' impression of John Jacob Niles concertundated568Burg, David. A Tribute to John Jacob Nilesundated569Personal memorabiliaSubseries E.1918-1967Certificate of appoinment to First Lt. in Air Service1918 May571ALarge map showing French front lines1918 July-September571B Reproduction of map showing Meuse-Argonne offensive, 1st American Army and reproduction of a map showing Aisne-marine and St. Mihail offensives, 1st American Army1918, 1937572Honorable discharge and service record1919573The Wing Slip1925, 1930574Roster of World War I overseas flyers and revised booklet1972, 1978575Aviators Post Directory of members1945576Masonic demit1921581Engraved business card used early in John Jacob Niles' career and original engraving plate1920s582Notes of introduction to Englandcirca 1930s583Handwritten will by John Jacob Niles1937 June 15583AAnnouncement of John Edward Niles' birth1945 May 21584Pamphlet on Victor Hammer; works printed in Hammer-designed type.undated585Piano solo, The Dulcimer dedicated to John Jacob Nilesundated586Published music owned by John Jacob Nilesundated587Poetry sent to or written for John Jacob Niles, including poem by Henrietta Child.1936-1938; 1974; 1980588Recipes collected by John Jacob Nilesundated589Postcard collectionundated5810Jacqueline Roberts repertoire of John Jacob Niles's musicundated5811Blueprint of pony barn1973 October 3591Brown paper pattern for dulcimer parts, dulicmer strings.undated592Case knife used in dramatic presentation of balladsundated593Woodcuts by John Jacob Niles1930, 1938, undated60Various hand stampsundated60Letter from Joseph Mayer to Mr. Smith1887 October 8611New Testament 1917611APromissory note to John Jacob Niles1925 June 2612Placecard1933 July 10613Handwritten music manuscript book inscribed by Andrew Murdock. Cover letter to JJN.1824, 1937 October 12614Passports1930, 1936614ALarge map of London underground systemcirca 1930s615Kentucky is my Land by Jesse Stuart1950616WFMT program guide1956617Script for children's play1965618The Anglican Breviary. Gift of Burrel Farnsley1967618APromotional material and sample program fo the Misses Fuller, English folksingersundated619Placecard for Mr. and Mrs. Frank McVeyundated6110Vedaundated6111Clippings621Clippings of man who resembled John Jacob Niles' fatherundated622Mapsundated623Miscellaneousundated624-10Publication dates of John Jacob Niles' music1929-194663File Box APublication dates of John Jacob Niles' music1947-195163File Box BCopyrights for Gambling Songs and other compositions1933-1934631Christmas cardsSubseries F.1938-198019386411940642-31941644-71950-19526481953651-3195565419566551957661-31959671-31960681-31961691-41962701-41963711-41964721-51965731-51966741-51967751-41968761-41969771-51970781-31971791-519728011973802-51974811-41975821-31976831-41977841-31978851-51979861-31980864-5undated871-4Christmas cards designed by John Jacob Niles1934-1973881Plate for offset printing196488Christmas card listsundated882Greeting cardsSubseries G.1953-1979BirthdaySubseries i.1963-19791963, 196789119698921972893-61973901-21974903197590519779061979906Get-well; general1953, 1979Get well notes1953911Get well notes1979912-3Notes, cards, etc.1979914-5Notes, cardsundated916Obituaries and related materialsSubseries H.1980ObituariesSubseries i.1980Lexington Herald Leader1980 March 2921Louisville Courier Journal 1980 March 29221980 March 39231980 March 49241980 March 9, 14, 169251980 Spring926Sympathy notesSubseries ii.19801980 March 29311980 March 39321980 March 4933-41980 March 59351980 March 69411980 March 79421980 March 8-99431980 March 109441980 March 119451980 March 12951980 March 139521980 March 14-159531980 March 17-199541980 March 20, 22, 24-259551980 March 26-299561980 April 1, 59611980 April 7, 309621980 May 1, 12-13, 16963undated964Related materialsSubseries iii.1980Letters of condolence1980 March 27-November 20971Correspondence acknowledging contributions to John Jacob Niles scholarship fund, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, list of contributors1980 March 7-November 14972Notes accompanying gifs and flowers1980 March973Guest book and order for funeral service1980 March 3974Memorial programs1980 March 9-April 28975Acknowledgment card printed by King Library Pressundated976Lists of those who sent notes, food, flowersundated977Dried flowersundated978CareerSeries III.1914-1984Scope and Contents noteThe Career series contains twenty-nine boxes of concert programs, newspaper clippings, and promotional material documenting Niles' life as a performer.Concert programsSubseries A.1914-19831914, 1920-19219811931-1939982194098319419841942985194398619449871945988194698919479911948992194999319509941951100119521002195310031954100419551005195610061957100719581011195910121960101319611014196210151963101619641017196510181966102119671022196810231969102419701031197110321972103319731034197410351975103619761041197710421978104319791051198010521981105319821053a19831053bProgram insertsundated1054Song lists for John Jacob Niles' concertsundated1055Concert programs with John Jacob Niles' handwritten notesundated1061undated1062-5Prompt sheetscirca 1930s-present1066Programs from events attendedSubseries B.1941-19791941-1942, 1947, 196110711962107219631073196410741965108119661082-319671084196810911969-7010921971109319721094197310951974110119751102197611031977-19791104undated1105-8Tour and itinerariesSubseries C.1937-1979Fall concert tour1937 October-December11111944-19791112Clippings, schedules, programs from Alaskan tour19621113Notes on Canadian tourundated1121Notes, rough itinerariesundated1122Names and addresses obtained while on tourundated1123Newspaper clippingsSubseries D.1928-19841928, 1931-19421131194311321944113319451134194611351947113619481137194911381950114119511142195211431953114419541145195511461956114719571148195811491959114101960115119611152196211531963115419641155196511561966116119671162196811631969116419701171197111721972117319731174197411751975117619761177197711811978118219791183198011841981118519821185A19831185B19841185Cundated1186Scrapbooks of newspaper clippingsSubseries E.1927-19431927-192811911937-19411192Scrapbook of newspaper clippings1940-19431201Promotional materialSubseries F.1961-1982Promotional play1961 April1211Concert tours managed by Boo Hill Farm19721212Oversize publicity posters1976-1977121Benefit concert for University of Kentucky Art Museum1978 March 281213Concert tours managed by various agenciesundated1214Boone Tolliver Record Companyundated1215Disc recordsundated1216RCA Victorundated1217Tradition Recordsundated1218Appalshop Filmsundated1219Carl Fischer, Inc.undated1221Mark Foster Music Companyundated1222G. Shirmer, Inc.undated1223Holt, Rinehart, and Winstonundated1224Special events and awardsSubseries G.1955-1984Kentucky Colonels Derby eve dinner, program and tickets19551231ATransylvania College performance: clippings and programs1966 November 301231BNiles-Merton Song Cycle; correspondence, clippings, and performances1968-19751232World premiere program, Golgotha1971 March 301233Commencement program, University of Louisville, honorary doctor of Humanities1971 May 161234Commencement program from University of Kentucky, honorary doctor of letters1973 May 121235Honorary Certificate of Citizenship for Boonesborough Bicentennial Celebrationundated1235ALexington Opera House grand opening, correspondence, contracts, programs1976 May 181236Invitation to dedication of JJN collection, University of Kentucky1983 April 281236AExhibition schedule at University of Kentucky Art Museumundated1236B Certificates of appreciationundated1237Kentucky Center for the Arts opening night, program1983 November 19123810th Annual Celebration of traditional music, schedule, poster1984 November 1-41239Notices and announcements of work and biographical materialSubseries H.1943-1984Notices and announcements of work1943, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1965, 1967, 19701241Notices and announcements of workundated1242Biographical material1984 September 231243Instructional materialSubseries I.1942-1951Indiana University catalogues1942 June-August1251University of Denver catalogue1943 July1252Julliard School catalogue, bibliography1945 Summer1253Cincinnati Conservatory of Music catalogue19501254Boston University catalogue19511255Alice Lloyd College bulletinundated1256University of Missouri progress reportundated1257University of Kansas City course description, bibliographyundated1258History of Folk Ballad and Carol, bibliographyundated1259ManuscriptsSeries IV.1926-1980Scope and Contents noteJohn Jacob Niles' creative works including music compositions, books, prose, poetry, radio programs, articles, and plays comprise the Manuscript series.The Music manuscript subseries is comprised of twenty-nine boxes of original manuscripts and published music. These works are categorized according to the instrument for which they are written and arranged alphabetically in each category. Differing slightly in arrangement from the rest of the series is the Niles-Merton Song Cycle. Though originally written for solo voice and piano, there are also choral arrangements of some of these songs. Consequently, the entire work is arranged alphabetically by song title so that all versions of a song may be found together. Untitled works and incomplete sketches are described at the close of the series.The Books manuscript subseries consists of 45 boxes of manuscripts divided into five subseries and arranged chronologically. The series includes Song My Mother Never Taught Me, a collection of World War I Army songs, The Ballad Book. Niles' most widely acclaimed literary effort; and his unfinished Autobiography. Correspondence and other related materials are filed within each subseries.The Plays manuscript subseries consists of seven boxes. The material is arranged chronologically. Those manuscripts which are undated are listed alphabetically. The radio programs manuscript series consists of two boxes. This material is arranged chronologically by broadcast date. Most notable in this series are the radio programs entitled Salute to the Hills. These programs, prepared by John Jacob Niles, were a part of the University of Kentucky's experiment in directed broadcasting.The Articles manuscript subseries consists of two boxes of magazine and newspaper articles by John Jacob Niles. This material is arranged chronologically. The miscellaneous manuscript series consists of three boxes. Contained in this series are typed and handwritten notes, reflections, and observations by John Jacob Niles in the form of prose and poetry.MusicSubseries A.undatedWorks for voice and pianoSubseries i.undatedAdvice to LoversM11AloneM12American Street, Field and Jailhouse CriesM13And It Shall Come to PassM14Bethlehem, Fair CityM15Beware of the WindM16Billy BoyM17Bird SongM18The Black DressM19Black is the ColorM110The Black Oak TreeM111Bridge Across the StarsM112By-Loe BabeM112ACajun SongM113Calm is the NightM114Careless LoveM115The Carol of the BellsM116The Carrion CrowM117The Cherry TreeM118Chickens A'Crowin' on Sourwood MountainM119Choose Your Seat and Sit DownM120Come By Here LordM121Come Gentle DarkM122Country NightfallM123Courting TimeM124The Cypress TreeM125Death in the Hot SandM21Death in the TideM22Death of a MaidenM23December MorningM24DistanceM25Don't Roll Your EyeM26Down by a CornshockM27Down in the ValleyM28EpitaphM29Every Time I Feel the SpiritM210Farmer's SongM211Father GrumbleM212Figures on the HillM213Five Negro Folk PoemsM213AFlame WithinM214Folk Carol from TennesseeM215Fond AffectionM216For My LordM217Found My Lost SheepM218The Fox and the Black DuckM219Frog in the SpringM220Frog Went A' Courtin'M221Funeral MarchM222Gambler Don't You Lose Your Place at God's Right HandM222AGod Said Unto His Only SonM223Go Tell Aunt RhodieM224Good Old ManM225Grandma GruntsM226The Haunting of PilateM31The Hebrew ChildrenM32He's Goin' AwayM33He's Got the Whole World in His HandsM34Hold OnM35How Firm a FoundationM36I Dare Not Ask Your Love My DearM37I Got Two WingsM38I have a God to GlorifyM39I Know a Wide RiverM310I Love You I Love You and I Love YouM311I Never Had But One LoveM312If What I Have Known is LoveM313I'm A-Searchin' for a CityM314I'm So GladM315In Love AgainM316In My Dyin' HourM317In My Little CabinM318The Irish GirlM319It's I Have Lived Constantly With SorrowM320I've Been Working on the RailroadM321I've Got Seven Stars in My Right HandM322Jacob's LadderM323The JaybirdM324Jaybird SongM325Jesus, Jesus Rest Your HeadM326Johnnie Pleased the LadiesM327Kitty Alone and IM328The Lass from the Low CountrieeM41Let the Church Roll OnM42Little Black StarM43The Little FamilyM44Liza Jane Blues or Railroad Ridin' MamaM45LocustsM46Lone LightM46ALonely NancyM47Lost LoveM48The Lotus BloomM49March Love SongM410Mary's Newborn BoyM411Mary Sweet MaryM412Mary, Tell Me How to Woo TheeM413Moses and Pharoh's DaughterM414My Horses Ain't HungryM415My Little MoheeM416My Lover is a Farmer LadM417The 19th Day of MayM418Nobody Knows the Trouble I've SeenM419The Old Woman and the PigM420On Top of Old SmokeyM421A Paper of PinsM422the Paw-Paw PatchM423PerhapsM424Pray On, BrotherM425Pretty Little MissM426Rabbit SongM51The Rambling BoyM52RedeemedM53Red River ValleyM54Religion is a FortuneM55RewardM56Ribbon BowM57The Robin and the ThornM58Rock-a-bye BabyM59Rosy PeachM510The Rovin' GamblerM511The Sea WitchM512ShenandoahM513Skip to My LouM514Softly Blew the East WindM515Song Cycle-CourtshipM516Song of the EarthM517Song Weary Night BirdM518Sourwood MountainM519Speak Gently to my HeartM520The Story of Noah and the ArkM521Sunday Mornin' BandM522The Swapping SongM523Sweet JaneM524Sweet Mama BluesM525Sweet One When I Saw Your NameM526Swing Low, Sweet ChariotM527Three Little PigsM6 1To Wake at DawnM6 2Trip to Raleigh: A Reel from the CarolinasM6 3Two Love SongsM6 3AThe Turtle DoveM6 4Unused I Am to LoversM6 5Wake, Oh Wake My Little SheperdM6 6Weepin' Days for JesusM6 7Weep No More for MeM6 8What is BeautyM6 9What Songs Were SungM6 10What Should You Have DoneM6 11When the Curtains of the Night are Pined Back by the StarsM6 12When I Lay Down and I Do DieM6 13When Our Lord JesusM6 14Where is the SpringM6 15Whistle Daughter WhistleM6 15AThe Wild RiderM6 16Wild RosesM6 17The World is Wide M6 18Written in the StarsM6 19Duets for voiceSubseries ii.undatedAdvice to LoversM71Ain't It a ShameM72The Bitter WithyM73Chickens A-Crowin' on Sourwood MountainM74Deep RiverM75Disconsolate LoverM76Don't You Let Nobody Turn You AroundM77I Got Two WingsM78Not Made By HandsM79Poor MournerM710The Roving GamblerM711StarlightM712There's a Man Goin' Round Takin' NamesM713When I Gets Up Into HeavenM714Who's Me For Prince CharlieM715You Better RunM716'Zekiel Saw the WheelM717Untitled Chirstmas SongM718UntitledM719-20Choral works: mixed chorusSubseries iii.undatedAmazing GraceM81Away, Away With time of DayM82The Bird Song or The BlackbirdM83Birthday Party for JesusM84Black is the Color of my True Love's HairM85Carol of WelcomeM86CharityM87Chorus of the DriversM88Come Sit Down in the DustM89Cry, Cry Where is the Promised MessiahM810Down in Yon ForestM811EdwardM812The Flower of JesseM813Fond AffectionM814From God, Our Heavenly FatherM815Garden HymnM816A God to GlorifyM817GreenfieldM818He that LeadethM819I Know a Rose Tree Springing ForthM820I Never Had But One LoveM821In That Lovely Far Off CityM822Jack O'DiamondsM823Jesus was a Weary WandererM824Lady in DistressM91Lady of All Time MarieeM92Let All Mortal Flesh Keep SilenceM93The Little FamilyM94Lo, How the CityM95The Lonesome RoadM96Mary Birthed Her Own Sweet SonM97Mary, Mary, Sweet MaryM98The May CarolM99Moses and Pharoah's DaughterM910Night in BethlehemM911O Come, O Come EmanuelM912Oh Bethlehem, Fair CityM913Old Father GrumbleM914Prayer for the InnocentsM915Pretty PollyM916PrimroseM917Psalm 126-From the Oratorio LamentationM918Queen of HeavenM919Queen of PityM920The Robin and the ThornM921The RoperM922SantusM923The Shepherd's CarolM924Sing We to Christ the KingM925Softly Blew the East WindM926Sourwood MountainM927Sweet Marie and her BabyM928There is No RoseM929The TWA CorbiesM930The Weep Willow TreeM931What is Beauty but a BreathM932What Songs Were SungM933Where Can We Rejected OnesM934The Yellow Rose of Texas (photocopy)M934AUntitled Adaptation of 15th century poemM935Choral works: women's chorusSubseries iv.undatedAnd God Shall Wipe Away All TearsM101By the Side of the RiverM102Courting TimeM103Flower of JesseM104Good Morning, Father ChristmasM105I Love Little WillieM106In that Lovely Far-Off CityM107The Little FamilyM108The Lotus BloomM109Man Be JoyfulM1010The May CarolM1011Night in BethlehemM1012Oh Bethlehem Fair CityM1013PrimroseM1014See-Saw Marjorie DawM1015The Shepherd's CarolM1016Sister SuzanM1017Song CycleM1018Where Can We Rejected OnesM1019Choral works: men's chorusSubseries v.undatedThe Bird SongM111Black is the Color of my True Love's HairM112The Lass from the Low CountrieeM113The May CarolM114PrimroseM115Sourwood MountainM116VenezuelaM117Choral works: miscellaneousSubseries vi.undatedFrog Went A-Courtin'M121The Kentucky Nativity PlayM122-3The Promised LandM124The Twelve ApostlesM125Niles-Merton Song CycleSubseries vii.undatedAutumnM131Bird Cage WalkM132CanaM133CarolM134EveningM135Flocks Feed by DarknessM136For my BrotherM137The Greek WomanM138Jesus Weeps into the FireM139Lament of the Maiden for Warrior's DeathM1310Love Winter When the Planet Says NothingM1311The MessengerM1312Mirror's MissionM1313The Nativity of Our LordM1314The Ohio RiverM1315Original SinM1316PrayerM1317A ResponsoryM1318SundownM1319Sweet BrotherM1320Sweet Irrational WorshipM1321The Weathercock on the Cathedral of St. QuitoM1322When You Point Your FingerM1323WisdomM1324Song fragmentsM1325Front cover of folioM1326Opus 171 and 172, publishedM1327Published musicSubseries viii.undatedThe Bells of Heaven; mixed chorusM14Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair; voice, piano, women's chorus, and string quartetM141The Black Oak Tree; voice, piano, and mixed chorusM142The Blessed Bird; mixed chorus and women's chorusM142AThe Blue Madonna; voice and pianoM142BBoundless MercyM142CCantata on Appalachian Christmas Carols; women's chorusM142The Carol of the Angels; mixed chorus, women's chorus, piano, and four handsM143The Carol of the Birds; voice and piano, mixed chorus, women's chorusM144Carol of the Polish Grenadiers; mixed chorusM144AThe Carrion Crow; mixed chorus, women's chorusM145Charity; mixed chorusM146The Cherry Tree; voice and piano, mixed chorusM147The Cuckoo; voice and pianoM148Curtains of the night; mixed chorusM149The Devil's Questions; mixed chorusM149ADown in Yon Forest; voice and piano, mixed chorus, women's chorusM1410The Dreary Dream; mixed chorusM1410 AEf I Had a Ribbon Bow; women's chorusM1410 B Evening; voice and pianoM1411Fee Simple; voice and pianoM1412Five Gambling Songs; voice and pianoM1413Flower of Jesse; women's chorusM1413AFond Affection; mixed chorusM1414Frog in the Spring; mixed chorus, women's chorusM1415Frog Went Courtin'; mixed chorus and women's chorusM1416Gabriel's Message; mixed chorusM1416AGambler Don't You Lose Your Place; men's chorusM1416BGarden Hymn; mixed chorusM1416CGo 'Way From My Window; voice and piano, mixed chorusM1417God Send Us Peace in Good Time; mixed chorusM1418Green Beds; two pianosM1419How Firm a Foundation; mixed chorus, women's chorusM1419AI Had a Sister Suzan; voice and pianoM1420I Love Little Willie; women's chorusM1420 AI'm In the Notion Now; women's chorusM1420B I'm So Glad Trouble Don't Last Alway; mixed chorus and women's chorusM1421In Bethlehem That Fair City; mixed chorus, women's chorusM1421AIn That Lovely Far-Off City; women's chorusM1421BI Wash My Face in the Golden Vase; women's chorusM1421CI Wonder As I Wander; voice and piano, mixed chorus, women's chorus, men's chorus, piano,four hands, piano soloM1422Jack O'Diamonds; women's chorusM151Jesus Born in Beth'ny; mixed chorusM151AJesus The Christ is Born; mixed chorus, women's chorus, piano, four handsM152Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head; voice and piano, mixed chorus, women's chorus, piano, four handsM153John Henry; mixed chorusM154Kedron; mixed chorusM154AThe Kentucky Wassail Song; voice and piano, mixed chorusM155The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns; mixed chorusM156King William's Son; mixed chorusM156AThe Lass from the Low Countree; voice and piano, women's chorusM157Little Brother Jesus; mixed chorus, women's chorusM157AThe Little Family; mixed chorus, women's chorusM157BThe Little Lyking; voice and pianoM157CLost Love; mixed chorusM158The Lotus Bloom; voice and piano, women's chorusM158ALulle Lullaby; mixed chorusM159Mary Mary; mixed chorusM159aAThe May Carol; mixed chorusM159AThe Milk Maid; mixed chorusM159BThe Miraculous Harvest; mixed chorusM159CMoses and Pharaoh's Daughter; women's chorus, mixed chorusM159My Little Mohee; two pianosM1510A National Hymn of Victory; mixed chorus, men's chorusM1511The Nativity; women's chorusM1511ANever was a Child so Lovely; mixed chorus, women's chorusM1512Night in Bethlehem; women's chorusM1512aAOh, Judy, My Judy; mixed chorusM1512AOh Wally, Wally; mixed chorusM1512BOnce a Fair Maiden; mixed chorusM1512COne Morning in May; mixed chorus, women's chorusM1513Our Lovely Lady Singing; voice and piano, mixed chorusM1514Primrose; women's chorusM1514ARejoice All Men; mixed chorusM1514BThe Robin and the Thorn; mixed chorus, wome's chorus, unison chorusM1515See Jesus the Saviour; mixed chorus, women's chorusM1516Seven Joys of Mary; mixed chorus, women's chorusM1517The Seven Virgins; mixed chorusM1517AThe Shepherd on the Hill; mixed chorusM1517BThe Silent Stars; voice and piano, mixed chorusM1517CSing All Men; mixed chorusM1517Sing We the Virgin Mary; mixed chorus, women's chorusM1518Sister Suzan; women's chorusM1518AStar in the East; women's chorusM1518BThe Story of the Bee; two pianosM1519The Story of Noah; mixed chorusM1520The Swapping Song; mixed chorusM1520ASweet Little Boy Jesus; voice and piano, mixed chorus, women's chorusM1521Sweet Marie and Her Baby; voice and piano, mixed chorus, women's chorusM1522Symbol; voice and pianoM1522AThe TWA Corbies; voice and pianoM1523Three Little Pigs; women's chorusM1523ATirani, My Love; mixed chorusM1523BTurtle Dove; mixed chorusM1523CThe Twelve Days of Christmas; voice and pianoM1523Waken, Little Shepherd; mixed chorus, women's chorusM1523EWayfaring Stranger; voice and piano, mixed chorusM1523What Songs Were Sung; mixed chorusM1523GWhen Jesus Lived in Galilee; mixed chorus, women's chorusM1524Whistle, Daughter Whistle; voice and pianoM1525Who Killed Cock Robin; mixed chorusM1525AWild Roses; men's chorusM1525BWondorous Love; mixed chorus, women's chorusM1525CYou Got to Cross that Lonesome Valley; mixed chorusM1525Songs of the Hill-Folk, Set 14; voice and pianoM1526Ten Christmas Carols, Set 16; voice and pianoM1526AMore Songs of the Hill-Folk, Set 17; voice and pianoM1527Ballads, Carols, and Tragic Legends, Set 18; voice and pianoM1527ABallads, Love-Songs, and Tragic Legends, Set 20; voice and pianoM1527BThe Anglo-American Ballad Study Book, Set 24; voice and pianoM1527CThe Anglo-American Carol Study Book, Set 26; voice and pianoM1527The Shape-Note Study Book, Set 27; voice and pianoM1527EFour American Carols for Organ; organM1527John Jacob Niles' Song Book for Guitar; voice and guitarM1527GSeven Kentucky Mountain Songs; voice and pianoM1527HSeven Negro Exaltations; voice and pianoM1527IThe Singing Campus; voice and pianoM1527JThe Songs of John Jacob Niles; voice and pianoM1527KInstrumental worksSubseries ix.undatedAppalachian String Serenade; parts onlyM161Cumberland Carols for Strings; double bass partsM162Dream Ballet--Star Crossed; piano scoreM163I Heard a Maiden Sing; piano scoreM164I'm Goin' Away; two pianosM165Indian Summer Afternoon; piano soloM166Indian Summer Suite; piano soloM167Little Concerto For Sayre; varied partsM168The Little Lyking; piano soloM169Meditation; violin and pianoM1610Sweet Marie and Her Baby; piano soloM1611Large-scale worksSubseries x.undatedChorus and orchestra full scoreM171Chorus and orchestra draftM172-3Cities; The Death of Thomas Canterbury; and Earl BrandM181-5From Africa to Harlem; Get Up and Bar the DoorM191-3GolgothaM201-3Jimmy Randal; The King and the Common ManM211-2The King of Little ItalyM221-3LamentationM231-4Mary the RoseM241-2Rhapsody for the Merry Month of MayM251-3Star CrossedM261Symphony No. 1, 1st movement, full scoreM262Untitled worksSubseries xi.1950, undatedMiscellaneousSubseries a.1950, undatedOrchestral score. IncompleteundatedM271Piano score from ballet. IncompleteundatedM272Song collectionundatedM273Folio containing The Rovin' Gambler, piano, four hands; The Hebrew Children, voice and piano; Poor Wayfaring Stranger, voice and piano; and miscellaneous sketchesundatedM274First proofs of songs published by G. Schirmer, Inc.1950 March 23M275Work for mixed chorusundatedM276Incomplete sketchesSubseries b.undatedM28M29BooksSubseries B.1928-1976Songs My Mother Never Taught Me draftSubseries i.1928M301A Hinky Dinky Barley Brew: A Cry from the HeartSubseries ii.1932A Hinky Dinky Barley Brew: A Cry from the Heart paste-up1932M301AA Hinky Dinky Barley Brew: A Cry from the Heart1932M301BAnglo-American Carol Study Book draftSubseries iii.1948 April 29M302A. Wince of WinkydoodleSubseries iv.1952, undatedDrafts1952 February 20M311-4DraftsundatedM315M31A1-6The Ballad BookSbuseries v.1952-1970Early draftundatedM321-6Early draft, musicundatedM327Second draftundatedM331-5Carbon copy of second draftundatedM341-5Manuscript draftundatedM351-6Manuscript draft1952 SeptemberM361-5Manuscript draft1959 AprilM371-5Edited typescriptundatedM381-11Edited typescript marked for printerundatedM39-40Marked galley proofsundatedM41-43M44-47Page dummyundatedM481-5SignaturesundatedM491-2Printed proofsundatedM493-4Page proofsundatedM50-52Paste-upundatedM531-8Music proofs, first draftsundatedM541-6Music proofs, first revisionundatedM551-8Music proofs, second revisionundatedM561-3Music proofs, final revisionundatedM571-3First verses of balladsundatedM574Music proofs, miscellaneousundatedM581-2Source materialundatedM591-2Promotional material, reviewsundatedM593Correspondence1958-1959M601Correspondence1960-1970, undatedM602Royalty statements1961-1970M603Folk Carols for Young Actors and Folk Ballads for Young Actors Subseries vi.1961-1974Source material, draft/notebook, drafts1961, undatedM611Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc. correspondence1961 July-DecemberM612Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc. correspondence1962-1963M613Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc. financial agreements and royalty statements1961-1974, undatedM614AutobiographySubseries vii.1968-1976Early notesundatedM62-65Typescript edited by John Jacob NilesundatedM66-67M68Typescript edited by David BurgundatedM69-70Final draftundatedM71-72European research tour - Correspondence, papers, itineraries1968 January-MarchM731National Endowment for the Humanities Grant - correspondence, papers1970-1972M732National Endowment for the Humanities Grant - correspondence, papers1973-1976M733National Endowment for the Humanities Grant - correspondence, papersundatedM734PlaysSubseries C.1944-1983Grannie Carries OnSubseries i.1944M741As I WanderSubseries ii.1947-1948M742M771-3ASubseries iii.1956M743My Days as a YounglingSubseries iv.1978-1983M75-76Play scripts1978-1979M751Piano/vocal score1978-1979M752Clippings1978-1983, undatedM761Correspondence1978-1980M762Contracts1979 AprilM763PapersundatedM764Promotional materialsundatedM765The Carrion CrowSubseries v.undatedM774Get Up and Bar the DoorSubseries vi.undatedM781Hell on WheelsSubseries vii.undatedM782Jack O'DiamondsSubseries viii.undatedM783Kentucky JulietSubseries ix.undatedM784-5Star-CrossedSubseries x.undatedM786The Promised LandSubseries xi.undatedM791Robin and the ThornSubseries xii.undatedM792The Tailor and the Crow Subseries xiii.undatedM793Them That HasSubseries xiv.undatedM794-6Miscellaneous portions of scriptsxv.undatedM801-4Radio ProgramsSubseries D.1937-1946Forty-five minutes of Model Educational Broadcasting1937 June 26M811Salute to the Hills1937-1938M812-4The Nativity Play1938M815-6The Robin and the Thorn1939 April 6M817A Promise to Grannie Tolliver1939 November 11M818Eleven A.M.1939 November 11M819The Kentucky Nativity Play1939 December 21M8110The Kentucky Nativity Play1940M821Get Up and Bar the Door1940M822Against the Storm1941 February 6M823The Kentucky Nativity Play1943 December 24M824Musical Favorites1946 December 20M825Music Round the WorldundatedM826UntitledundatedM827Related materials1937-1938M828ArticlesSubseries E.1927-1971Hill Billies.Scribner's1927 NovemberM831In Defense of the Backwoods.Scribner's1928 JuneM832The Sixth Hanger.Scribner's1928 JulyM833Hedge Hoppers. Scribner's1929 MarchM834The Passing of the Street Cry.Scribner's1929 SeptemberM835Eleven A.M.Scribner's1930 JanuaryM841Faire I'Ecole BuissoniereThe Seven Seas1931 AprilM841AaGossip from the English InnsThe Seven Seas 1931 JulyM841AbTraveling Carpeters. The Seven Seas1931 OctoberM841BVilleneuve les Avigon.The Cunardner1932 FebruaryM841CThe Caledonia Market.The Seven Seas1932 FebruaryM841Perfumed Dew for the Little Folk1932M842Book reviews Courier Journal1944-1965M842A-3MMy Precarious Life in the Public Domain.The Atlantic Monthly 1948 DecemberM843Identification of people pictured in The Appalachian Photographs of Doris Ulmanncirca 1971M84A1M84A4Art Treasures of the Old World: the Barberini Vase typescriptundatedM84A5Fairy Spinner of the South newspaper articleundatedM84A6Mr. Phouff Does the Churning newspaper articleundatedM84A7Pansy Gets a Permanent Face newspaper articleundatedM84A8When Noah Failed typescriptundatedM84A9Where the Sugar Cane Grows newspaperundatedM84A10Book Review by JJN typescriptundatedM84A11-12MiscellaneousSubseries F.1926-1980Prose and PoetryundatedM85-87Poetry1926, undatedM881-7The Cycle of the Weed, A sonnet cycle for the tobacco plant1939M888John Jacob Niles' poetry Kentucky Poetry Review 1979 FallM889Sonnet printed by A. Graham1980 December 17M8810Rhapsody for the Very Month of MayundatedM8811Brick Dust and Buttermilk; drafts, gallery proofs, and coverundatedM891-5InstrumentsSeries V.undatedA1A2A3-4Scope and Contents noteThe Instrument series contains eight dulcimers made by Niles and ten made by native craftsman; a biwa; and a zither. Several of these instruments are on exhibit at Waveland Museum in Lexington and Berea College's Appalachian Museum.Oversized materialsSeries VI.1917-1982Scope and Contents noteThe Oversized materials series contains materials designated as oversized and housed in oversized boxes. Notable items include publicity posters; scrapbooks, such as Niles' WWI scrapbook and his The Ballad Book scrapbook; sketches, drawings, and paintings; and a template for the design on St. Hubert's church doors.Various sketches, drawings, paintings of John Jacob Niles1932-1968O11-2Section of Louisville Courier Journal1959 May 25O2175th Anniversary Issue of Lexington Herald Leader1963 May 19O22Order of Kentucky Colonels1980 January 29O23Template for design on St. Hubert's church doorsundatedO24World War I scrapbook1917-1919O31Scrapbook of clippings, reviews about The Ballad Book1961O32Plate of offset printing1964O33Newspaper composite1970O34Centennial issue of the Winchester Sun1978O35Christmas card/photo from Louisville Dulcimer SocietyundatedO36Drawing of DulcimerundatedO37The Ballad Book paste-upundatedO4O5Publicity posters1944-1982O11Publicity posters1962-1970O12Publicity posterO12A
John Jacob Niles papers