Dorothy Frisch collection on John Jacob Niles

Abstract

The Dorothy Frisch collection on John Jacob Niles (1929, 1944-1983, undated; 0.45 cubic feet, 2 boxes) comprises sheet music by John Jacob Niles; printed materials, including advertisements and performance programs; correspondence; Christmas cards; newspaper clippings; a photograph of an unidentified woman playing the autoharp; and a hardcover first edition of The Ballad Book of John Jacob Niles.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Dorothy Frisch collection on John Jacob Niles
Date
1929, 1944-1983, undated
Creator
Frisch, Dorothy
Extent
0.45 Cubic feet
Subjects
Composers
Folk music--Appalachian Region
Sheet music.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Ashley Evans
Preferred Citation
2014ms0232 : [identification of item], Dorothy Frisch collection on John Jacob Niles, 1929, 1944-1983, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
John Jacob Niles, composer, performer, and author, 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 Content
The Dorothy Frisch collection on John Jacob Niles (1929, 1944-1983, undated; 0.45 cubic feet, 2 boxes) comprises sheet music by John Jacob Niles; printed materials, including advertisements and performance programs; correspondence; Christmas cards; newspaper clippings; a photograph of an unidentified woman playing the autoharp; and a hardcover first edition of The Ballad Book of John Jacob Niles. The The Ballad Book of John Jacob Niles was used as a scrapbook and contains programs, newspaper articles, photographs, and Christmas cards concerning John Jacob Niles.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

Assorted, 1953-1983, undated

The Ballad Book of John Jacob Niles, by John Jacob Niles, scrapbook, 1961

  • Box 1, Folder 1
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Christmas cards, 1964-1969, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 2
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Correspondence, 1974-1982

  • Box 1, Folder 3
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G. Schirmer, Inc. Catalogue, The Music of John Jacob Niles, after 1980

  • Box 1, Folder 4
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Newspaper clippings, 1953, 1967, 1983, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 5
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Photograph of an unidentified woman playing the autoharp, undated

  • Box 2, Folder 12
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Programs and advertisements, 1976, 1978, 1982, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 6
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Sheet music, 1929, 1944-1964, undated

"Alone" for piano and voice, undated

  • Box 2, Folder 1
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"Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair" for piano and voice, 1951

  • Box 1, Folder 7
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"Calm Is the Night" for piano and voice, 1955

  • Box 2, Folder 2
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"Das Märchenland" for piano and voice, undated

  • Box 2, Folder 3
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"Fond Affection" for piano and voice, 1964

  • Box 2, Folder 4
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"I Dare Not Ask Your Love My Dear" for piano and voice, 1957

  • Box 2, Folder 5
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"I Love You, I Love You, and I Love You" for piano and voice, 1956

  • Box 2, Folder 6
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"I Wonder As I Wander" for piano and voice, 1944

  • Box 1, Folder 8
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"Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head" for piano and voice, 1944 October 25

  • Box 1, Folder 9
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"Oh Waly, Waly" for piano and voice, 1951

  • Box 1, Folder 10
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"The Lass from the Low Countriee" for piano and voice, 1949

  • Box 2, Folder 7
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"The Lass from the Low Countriee" for piano and voice, 1955

  • Box 2, Folder 8
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"Ribbon Bow" for piano and voice, 1929

  • Box 2, Folder 9
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"Singing Bird" for piano and voice with Cycle for High Voice including "Flame Within", "I Dare Not Ask", and "Spring Fancy", 1954

  • Box 2, Folder 10
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"The Turtle Dove" for piano and voice, 1949

  • Box 2, Folder 11
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"The Wild Rider" for piano and voice, 1951

  • Box 1, Folder 11
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