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Steve Gardham Searching for a Ballad (20) RE: Searching for a Ballad 30 Jul 21

This is a massive issue that crops up from time to time. Private collections being binned when someone passes on. With the majority of old books a lot of what they contain has been archived online so that doesn't worry me too much. For instance I have personal copies of the Pepys/Roxburghe/Euing bound collections but the whole lot are now digitised in multiple formats at UCSB EBBA along with 17th century NLS material. The Roxburghe is still very useful for the historic notes that are not at UCSB.

The same happens to recordings made in families, at folk clubs etc, old manuscripts in personal collections, street literature, although that tends to get auctioned off and then often goes to another private collection. Part of my collection is already earmarked to go to the VWML. They get plenty of offers for this type of material and any duplicates usually get sold and the money used to archive the unique/rarer material.

Regarding the Will Walker volume of Herd as I said Aberdeen Uni would be the best place as they have much of Will's manuscripts and collection.

The idea of passing things on to young folkies in the hopes they will make good use is what we did when Malcolm died. I got a lot of his copied materials and the odd original songster, but everything I already had (Bronson copies for instance) went to young performers in the area who have made good use of them.

When Nigel Hudleston died (Yorkshire Folk Song collector of the 50s and 60s) his heiress very kindly asked a number of us who had known Nigel to come and take what we wanted of the less saleable material and multiple copies of his book to sell for our organisation . Most of his books and photos went for auction at Tennants where I successfully bid on a pristine set of Bronson which eventually ended up in Brian's safe hands. Later I came across four scrap albums of photos of traditional Yorkshire singers he recorded, in a bookshop in Lincoln, which I still have and which will eventually go to VWML.

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