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Part I: General materials pertaining to the unpublished Index to Folk Tunes by Marion Kappes:
Statement [by Professor Vincent Duckles] regarding the contents of the Marion Kappes archival collection, dated April, 1956. With the added annotation "Discarded after M. E. [Miss Minnie Elmer] checked against Sears Index" [i.e., against the entries in Minnie E. Sears Song Index (New York, H. W. Wilson Co., 1926 and 1934), 2 volumes].
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Samples of the principal sections of the Index of Folk Tunes.
(a) Preface (6 pages, typescript, 3 copies). Dated: "Marion Kappes, 1115 Seward St., Evanston, Illinois, September, 1936."
(b) List of libraries holding the published collections indexed by Marion Kappes (1 leaf, typescript).
(c) "Explanation of signs, etc. used in [the] classified index" (1 leaf, typescript).
(d) Samples of the general alphabetical index to the catalog (3 leaves, typescript).
(e) Samples of the tune index (3 printed examples).
(f) Samples of the final printed page (4 leaves).
Correspondence file relating to the projected publication of the Index to Folk Tunes. These letters date from July 16, 1930 to September 22, 1938. 157 leaves. Arranged in chronological order. The file also contains a few letters to and from Anne L. Kappes, sister of Marion, dated July 28, 1950 to November 29, 1950 regarding the possible publication of the Index to Folk Tunes.
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Carl Engel, Music Division, Library of Congress; Mr. C. C. Birchard, Birchard and Company, Boston; J. Frank Dobie, University of Texas, Austin; Ruth Benedict, American Folk-Lore Society; George Herzog, Yale University; Charles J. Shaw, H. W. Wilson Company; Duncan Emrich, Folklore Section, Library of Congress, etc.
Lists of published collections of folk songs which were used by Marion Kappes in her Index of Folk Tunes:
(a) List dated March 17, 1934 (see correspondence file for that date), 3 leaves, typescript.
(b) List dated October and November, 1936, 5 leaves, 6 copies.
(c) List dated May, 1937, 5 leaves, 2 copies.
(d) List dated May 28, 1937 (see correspondence file for that date), 1 leaf, 1 copy.
(e) Undated list bearing the inscription "Done, Doubtful, Discarded," 6 leaves, typescript.
(f) Undated list on large yellow loose sheets, 5 leaves, hand copied.
(g) 5 different lists on 5 large cards.
Notes concerning the contents of published collections of folk tunes.
138 sheets of ruled paper, ink, hand-copied. No dates or place.
Bound notebook (orange cover) bearing the inscription: "Notes for Index to Folk Tunes." 24 leaves with writing, about 1935 (see clippings), with miscellaneous material interleaved.
Folder containing miscellaneous published advertisements. 17 items.
Three (3) charts.
(a) Numerical chart, nos. 1-5490 classifying the indexed tunes by country; for example: American, nos. 1-804; Polish, nos. 4972-5026; Turkish, nos. 5384-5406, etc.
(b) bound chart (6 large yellow leaves) arranged by the symbols for the various published collections which were included in the Index to Folk Tunes.
(c) Definition of indexing terms.
Part II: Sheets"
Albanian, see Balkan.
Algerian, see North African.
Alsatian, see French.
American, sheet numbers 1-804.
American Negro, sheets 805-1176.
Arabian and Persian, sheets 1177-1182.
Austrian, sheets 1182a-1223.
Azores, see Spanish and Portugese.
Bahaman, see Latin American
Balkan, sheets 1824-1261.
Basque, see Spanish and Portugese
Bavarian, see German.
Belgian, sheets 1261a-1261n.
Bohemian, see Czechoslovakian and Roumanian.
Bosnian, see Jugoslavian.
Brandenburg, see German.
Breton, see French.
Bulgarian, see Balkan.
Carniolan, see Jugoslavia.
Cashmerian, see East Indian.
Catalonian, see Spanish and Portuguese
Chilean, see Latin American.
Chinese, sheets 1262-1318.
Creole, see American and also Latin American.
Croatian, see Jugo Slav.
Czechoslovakian and Roumanian, sheets 1318a-1424.
Dalmatian, see Jugoslavian.
Danish, sheets 1425-1446.
Dutch, sheets 1447-1647.
East Indian, sheets 1648-1655.
Egyptian, see North African.
English, sheets 1656-2282.
Esthonian, Latvian and Lithuanian, sheets 2283-2298.
Finnish and Laplandish, sheets 2299-2323.
French and French Canadian, sheets 2324-2719.
Galician, see Polish.
German, sheets 2720-3088.
Greek, see Balkan. [Numbers 3089 through 4299 were never assigned. (jae)].
Hawaiian, sheets 4300-4305.
Hebrew, see Jewish.
Herzegovinian, see Jugoslavian.
Hindustani, see East Indian.
Hungarian, sheets 4306-4366.
Iceland, see Danish.
Indian, see either American Indian or East Indian.
Irish, sheets 4367-4568.
Istrian, see Italian.
Italian, sheets 4569-4729.
Japanese, sheets 4730-4748.
Jewish, sheets 4749-4830.
Jugoslavian, sheets 4831-4897.
Kashmirian, see East Indian.
Laplandish, see Finnish.
Latin American ,sheets 4898-4934.
Latvian, see Esthonian.
Lombardian, see Italian.
Macedonian, see Balkan.
Madeira, see Spanish and Portuguese.
Maltese, see Italian.
Martinique, see Latin American
Mexican, see Latin American.
Montenegrin, see Jugoslavian.
Moravian, see Czechoslovakian and Roumanian.
Moroccan, see North African.
Neapolitan, see Italian.
Netherland, see Dutch.
North African, sheets 4935-4944.
Norwegian, sheets 4945-4969.
Persian, see Arabian and Persian [North African].
Phillipine, sheets 4970-4971.
Polish, sheets 4971a-5026.
Portuguese, see Spanish and Portuguese.
Roumanian, see Czechoslovakian and Roumanian.
Ruthenian, see Czechoslovakian and Roumanian.
Russian, sheets 5027-5185.
Sardinian, see Italian.
Serbian, see Jugoslavian.
Sicilian, see Italian
Silesian, see Czechoslovakian and Roumanian.
Slavonic, see Jugoslavian.
Slovakian, see Czechoslovakian and Roumanian.
Slovenian, see Jugoslavian.
Spanish and Portuguese, sheets 5186-5227.
Scotch, sheets 5228-5308.
Swabian, see German.
Swiss, sheets 5309-5329.
Swedish, sheets 5330-5383.
Syrian, see Turkish.
Transylvania, see Hungary.
Tripoli, see North African.
Tunisian, see North African.
Turkish, sheets 5384-5406.
Tyrolean, see Austria.
Ukraine, see Russian.
Welsh, sheets 5407-5490.
West Indian, see Latin American.
Westphalian, see German.
Yiddish, see Jewish.
Part III: "In progress" sheets.
BSE - Bantock, 100 Songs of England.
CFC - Chateau Frontenac, Quebec.
EDL - Erk, Deutscher Liederschatz.
GWM-TU - Glenn, The World of Music, Tuning Up.
HA - the source has not been determined (Norwegian songs).
HSOE - I & II - Hatton, The Songs of England.
PSBS - Perkins, The Silver Book of Songs.
RS - Russell, Sing, Swing, Play.
SMF - Sembrich, My Favorite Folk Songs.
WCO - Wier, Child's Own Music Book.
"Songs of the sea," taken from several publications.
"American. Hold this bunch, music cards not made."
"American. Abandoned sheets of southern Appalachians."
"Unclassified." The sheets are marked with a special blue circle.
"Unclassified." The sheets are marked consecutively with the numbers U-1 through U-229.
Part IV: "Tickets" (in 6 file boxes).
Texts beginning "A" through "Deo gratias" (box 1).
Texts "Departure" through "H" (box 2).
Texts "I" through "Merry" (box 3).
Texts "Mes chers" through "R" (box 4).
Texts "S" through "The traveller's return" (box 5).
Texts "The treasure" through "Z" (box 6).
Part V: "In-progress" tickets.
RV - Rebbeling, Volkslieder Album.
WCO - Wier, Child's Own Music Book.
Part VI: "Music cards" (in 2 file boxes).
According to Marion Kappes there are about 1500 "music cards." These index cards are ruled with a single five-line staff, and the melodies of the folk tunes have been added in ink, together with the published source in which they occur.