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John Jacob Niles papers, 1905-1984

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Title

John Jacob Niles papers

Date

1905-1984

Repository

University of Kentucky Special Collections

Arrangement

Organized into the following series: Correspondence, Personal, Career, Manuscripts, Instruments, and Oversized materials. The series are arranged chronologically within topical subseries.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

82M9: [identification of item], John Jacob Niles papers, 1905-1984, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Extent

63.45 Cubic feet

220 boxes

Abstract

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.

Biography/History

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 Content

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 A significant portion of these materials is unpublished.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.

Subjects

  • Boone Tolliver Records.
  • G. Schirmer, Inc.
  • Coke, Van Deren, 1921-2004
  • Eisenstaedt, Alfred
  • Kossuth, George
  • Niles, John Jacob, 1892-1980
  • Niles, Rena Lipetz
  • Ulmann, Doris, 1882-1934
  • Wright, Orville, 1871-1948
  • Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912
  • Aeronautics--History
  • Audiotapes.
  • Composers--Correspondence.
  • Folk songs, English--United States.
  • Motion pictures.
  • Musicians--Correspondence.
  • Phonodiscs.
  • Programs.
  • Sheet music.
  • Video tapes.
  • World War, 1914-1918--Aerial operations.

Collection Inventory

Series I. Correspondence, 1919-1980
Scope and Content Note:

The 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.

Subseries A. Personal, 1933-1962
Subseries i. John Jacob Niles to Roy Flannagan, 1933
[Box: 1]
Subseries ii. John Jacob Niles to Rena Lipetz Niles, 1933-1962
1933
[Box: 2, Folder: 1]
1934 February-December
[Box: 2, Folder: 2]
1935 February 25-April 27
[Box: 2, Folder: 3]
1935 May-December
[Box: 2, Folder: 4]
1936 January-February
[Box: 3, Folder: 1]
1936 March-July
[Box: 3, Folder: 2]
1938 June-August
[Box: 3, Folder: 3]
1940 January-July
[Box: 3, Folder: 4]
1940
[Box: 3, Folder: 5]
Miscellaneous, 1940
[Box: 3, Folder: 6]
1941 March-November
[Box: 4, Folder: 1]
1941
[Box: 4, Folder: 2]
1942 January-July
[Box: 4, Folder: 3]
1942 October-December
[Box: 4, Folder: 4]
1942
[Box: 4, Folder: 5]
Miscellaneous, 1942
[Box: 4, Folder: 6]
1943 February-November
[Box: 4, Folder: 7]
1943
[Box: 4, Folder: 8]
Miscellaneous, 1943
[Box: 4, Folder: 9]
1944 January
[Box: 5, Folder: 1]
1944 February
[Box: 5, Folder: 2]
1944 March-April
[Box: 5, Folder: 3]
1944 May
[Box: 5, Folder: 4]
1944 October-December
[Box: 5, Folder: 5]
1944
[Box: 5, Folder: 6]
Miscellaneous, 1944
[Box: 5, Folder: 7]
1945 January
[Box: 6, Folder: 1]
1945 February-June
[Box: 6, Folder: 2]
1945 July-November
[Box: 6, Folder: 3]
1945
[Box: 6, Folder: 4]
Miscellaneous, 1945
[Box: 6, Folder: 5]
1946 January-March
[Box: 7, Folder: 1]
1946 April-October
[Box: 7, Folder: 2]
1946 November
[Box: 7, Folder: 3]
1946
[Box: 7, Folder: 4]
1947 February-March
[Box: 8, Folder: 1]
1947 June-December
[Box: 8, Folder: 2]
1947
[Box: 8, Folder: 3]
Miscellaneous, 1947
[Box: 8, Folder: 4]
1948 January-March
[Box: 9, Folder: 1]
1948 Jul-October
[Box: 9, Folder: 2]
1948 November-December
[Box: 9, Folder: 3]
1949 January-February
[Box: 10, Folder: 1]
1949 March-May
[Box: 10, Folder: 2]
1949 July-October
[Box: 10, Folder: 3]
1949 November-December
[Box: 10, Folder: 4]
1949
[Box: 10, Folder: 5]
1950 January-March
[Box: 11, Folder: 1]
1950 April-October
[Box: 11, Folder: 2]
1950 November-December
[Box: 11, Folder: 3]
1950
[Box: 11, Folder: 4]
1951 January-March
[Box: 12, Folder: 1]
1951 April-July
[Box: 12, Folder: 2]
1951 October
[Box: 12, Folder: 3]
1951 November- December
[Box: 12, Folder: 4]
1952 February-July
[Box: 13, Folder: 1]
1952 October
[Box: 13, Folder: 2]
1952 November
[Box: 13, Folder: 3]
1952 December
[Box: 13, Folder: 4]
1952
[Box: 13, Folder: 5]
1953 July-August
[Box: 14, Folder: 1]
1953 October
[Box: 14, Folder: 2]
1953 November
[Box: 14, Folder: 3]
1954 January - November
[Box: 15, Folder: 1]
1955 January-June
[Box: 15, Folder: 2]
1955 July-October
[Box: 15, Folder: 3]
1956 March
[Box: 16, Folder: 1]
1956 April
[Box: 16, Folder: 2]
1956 November
[Box: 16, Folder: 3]
1957 January-November
[Box: 17, Folder: 1]
1958 April - August
[Box: 17, Folder: 2]
1959 January-October
[Box: 17, Folder: 3]
1960 May-June
[Box: 18, Folder: 1]
1961 July-October
[Box: 18, Folder: 2]
1962 February-November
[Box: 18, Folder: 3]
1962
[Box: 18, Folder: 4]
Subseries iii. Rena Lipetz Niles to John Jacob Niles, 1936-1952
1936 July
[Box: 19, Folder: 1]
1938 July-August
[Box: 19, Folder: 2]
1938
[Box: 19, Folder: 3]
1940 January-April
[Box: 19, Folder: 4]
1940
[Box: 19, Folder: 5]
1942 July-November
[Box: 19, Folder: 6]
1942
[Box: 19, Folder: 7]
1944 April-May
[Box: 19, Folder: 8]
1945 April
[Box: 19, Folder: 9]
1946 November
[Box: 19, Folder: 10]
1947 November-December
[Box: 19, Folder: 11]
1948 February-March
[Box: 19, Folder: 12]
1952 November
[Box: 19, Folder: 13]
undated
[Box: 19, Folder: 14]
Subseries B. Professional, 1936-1979
Subseries i. Frank Long/Leslie Shepard, 1936-1979
Frank Long, 1936-1952
[Box: 20, Folder: 1]
Frank Long, 1953-1977
[Box: 20, Folder: 2]
Leslie Shepard, 1957-1963 April
[Box: 20, Folder: 3]
Leslie Shepard, 1963 May-1964
[Box: 20, Folder: 4]
Typescript of liner notes by Leslie Shepard for Folkways album, 1964 January 14
[Box: 20, Folder: 5]
Liner notes for Folkways album, 1964
[Box: 20, Folder: 6]
Leslie Shepard, 1965-1968
[Box: 20, Folder: 7]
Leslie Shepard, 1970-1979
[Box: 20, Folder: 8]
Subseries ii. RCA Victor, 1939-1972
1939-1941
[Box: 21, Folder: 1]
1939-1940
[Box: 21, Folder: 2]
1941-1943
[Box: 21, Folder: 3]
1944-1948
[Box: 21, Folder: 4]
1949-1972
[Box: 21, Folder: 5]
Subseries iii. RCA Victor royalty statements, 1941-1975
1941-1949
[Box: 22, Folder: 1]
1950-1967
[Box: 22, Folder: 2]
1969-1975
[Box: 22, Folder: 3]
Subseries iv. G. Shirmer, Inc, 1937-1978
1937
[Box: 23, Folder: 1]
1942-1943
[Box: 23, Folder: 2]
1944-1945
[Box: 23, Folder: 3]
1946-1948
[Box: 23, Folder: 4]
1949-1951
[Box: 23, Folder: 5]
1952-1953
[Box: 23, Folder: 6]
1954
[Box: 23, Folder: 7]
1955
[Box: 23, Folder: 8]
1956
[Box: 23, Folder: 9]
1957
[Box: 23, Folder: 10]
1958 January-February
[Box: 23, Folder: 11]
1958 March-December
[Box: 23, Folder: 12]
1959 January-April
[Box: 23, Folder: 13]
1959 May-December
[Box: 23, Folder: 14]
1960
[Box: 24, Folder: 1]
1961
[Box: 24, Folder: 2]
1962
[Box: 24, Folder: 3]
1963
[Box: 24, Folder: 4]
1964-1965
[Box: 24, Folder: 5]
1966-1970
[Box: 24, Folder: 6]
1971-1972
[Box: 24, Folder: 7]
1973-1978
[Box: 24, Folder: 8]
undated
[Box: 24, Folder: 9]
Miscellaneous letters to G. Shirmer, Inc, undated
[Box: 24, Folder: 10]
Affidavit regarding composition of Black is the Color, undated
[Box: 24, Folder: 11]
Affidavit regarding composition of Ef I Had a Ribbon Bow, undated
[Box: 24, Folder: 12]
Affidavit regarding composition of Go 'Way From My Window, undated
[Box: 24, Folder: 13]
Affidavit regarding composition of I Wonder as I Wander, undated
[Box: 24, Folder: 14]
Affidavit regarding composition of Jesus the Christ is Born, undated
[Box: 24, Folder: 15]
Affidavit regarding composition of Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head, undated
[Box: 24, Folder: 16]
Subseries v. G. Shirmer, Inc. royalty statements, 1937-1975
1929-1942
[Box: 25, Folder: 1]
1943-1944
[Box: 25, Folder: 2]
1945-1946
[Box: 25, Folder: 3]
1946-1947
[Box: 25, Folder: 4]
1948-1950
[Box: 25, Folder: 5]
1951-1953
[Box: 25, Folder: 6]
1954-1956
[Box: 25, Folder: 7]
1959-1969
[Box: 25, Folder: 8]
1937-1946
[Box: 26, Folder: 1]
1947-1953
[Box: 26, Folder: 2]
1954-1957
[Box: 26, Folder: 3]
1958-1959
[Box: 26, Folder: 4]
1960-1962
[Box: 26, Folder: 5]
1963-1964
[Box: 27, Folder: 1]
1965-1966
[Box: 27, Folder: 2]
1967
[Box: 27, Folder: 3]
1968-1975
[Box: 27, Folder: 4]
Subseries vi. Collaborative efforts, 1946-1951
[Box: 28, Folder: 1-6]
1946
[Box: 28, Folder: 1]
1947
[Box: 28, Folder: 2]
1948
[Box: 28, Folder: 3]
1949
[Box: 28, Folder: 4]
1950-1951
[Box: 28, Folder: 5]
undated
[Box: 28, Folder: 6]
Subseries vii. Boone Tolliver records, 1952-1958
Letters, 1952 February-April
[Box: 29, Folder: 1]
Letters, 1952 May
[Box: 29, Folder: 2]
Letters, 1952-1954
[Box: 29, Folder: 3]
Record orders, 1952 January-July
[Box: 29, Folder: 4]
Record orders, 1952 August-October
[Box: 29, Folder: 5]
Record orders, 1952 November
[Box: 29, Folder: 6]
Record orders, 1952 December
[Box: 29, Folder: 7]
Record orders, 1953 January-February
[Box: 30, Folder: 1]
Record orders, 1953 March
[Box: 30, Folder: 2]
Record orders, 1953 April-May
[Box: 30, Folder: 3]
Record orders, 1953 June-October
[Box: 30, Folder: 4]
Record orders, 1953 November-December
[Box: 30, Folder: 5]
Record orders, 1954 January-February
[Box: 30, Folder: 6]
Record orders, 1954 March-April
[Box: 30, Folder: 7]
Record orders, 1954 May-December
[Box: 30, Folder: 8]
Record orders, 1955-1958
[Box: 30, Folder: 9]
Record orders, undated
[Box: 30, Folder: 10]
Invoices, 1952-1957
[Box: 30, Folder: 11]
Subseries viii. Rampart Productions, 1954-1957
[Box: 31, Folder: 1-3]
Letters, film fragments, contracts, announcements, 1953 July-December
[Box: 31, Folder: 1]
Letters, 1954-1957
[Box: 31, Folder: 2]
Letters, brochures, undated
[Box: 31, Folder: 3]
Subseries ix. Tradition records, 1957-1966
[Box: 32, Folder: 1-3]
Letters, catalogues, 1957-1962
[Box: 32, Folder: 1]
Leters, liner notes, biographical, song lists for records, 1965-1966
[Box: 32, Folder: 2]
Royalty statements, 1958-1966
[Box: 32, Folder: 3]
Subseries C. General, 1919-1980
1919-1935
[Box: 33, Folder: 1]
1936-1939
[Box: 33, Folder: 2]
1940-1941
[Box: 33, Folder: 3]
1942
[Box: 33, Folder: 4]
1943 January-August
[Box: 33, Folder: 5]
1943 September
[Box: 33, Folder: 6]
1943 October-December
[Box: 33, Folder: 7]
circa 1943
[Box: 33, Folder: 8]
1944
[Box: 34, Folder: 1]
1945-1946
[Box: 34, Folder: 2]
1947
[Box: 34, Folder: 3]
circa 1947
[Box: 34, Folder: 4]
1948
[Box: 34, Folder: 5]
1949
[Box: 34, Folder: 6]
1950
[Box: 34, Folder: 7]
1951 January-May
[Box: 34, Folder: 8]
1951 June-December
[Box: 34, Folder: 9]
1952
[Box: 35, Folder: 1]
1953
[Box: 35, Folder: 2]
1954
[Box: 35, Folder: 3]
1955
[Box: 35, Folder: 4]
1956
[Box: 35, Folder: 5]
1957
[Box: 36, Folder: 1]
1958
[Box: 36, Folder: 2]
1959
[Box: 36, Folder: 3]
1960 January-May
[Box: 36, Folder: 4]
1960 June-December
[Box: 36, Folder: 5]
1961 January-June
[Box: 36, Folder: 6]
1961 July-December
[Box: 36, Folder: 7]
1962 January-June
[Box: 37, Folder: 1]
1962 August-December
[Box: 37, Folder: 2]
1963 January-May
[Box: 37, Folder: 3]
1963 June-November
[Box: 37, Folder: 4]
1963
[Box: 37, Folder: 5]
1964 May-July
[Box: 37, Folder: 6]
1964 August-December
[Box: 37, Folder: 7]
1965 January-April
[Box: 37, Folder: 8]
1965 May-December
[Box: 37, Folder: 9]
1966 January-March
[Box: 38, Folder: 1]
1966 April-June
[Box: 38, Folder: 2]
1966 July-December
[Box: 38, Folder: 3]
1967 January-March
[Box: 38, Folder: 4]
1967 April-August
[Box: 38, Folder: 5]
1967 September-December
[Box: 38, Folder: 6]
1968 January-March
[Box: 38, Folder: 7]
1968 April-December
[Box: 38, Folder: 8]
1969 January-May
[Box: 38, Folder: 9]
1969 June-September
[Box: 38, Folder: 10]
1969 October-December
[Box: 38, Folder: 11]
1970 January-March
[Box: 39, Folder: 1]
1970 April-June
[Box: 39, Folder: 2]
1970 July-October
[Box: 39, Folder: 3]
1970 November-December
[Box: 39, Folder: 4]
1971 January-February
[Box: 39, Folder: 5]
1971 March-July
[Box: 39, Folder: 6]
1971 August-September
[Box: 39, Folder: 7]
1971 October-December
[Box: 39, Folder: 8]
1972 January-April
[Box: 40, Folder: 1]
1972 May-August
[Box: 40, Folder: 2]
1972 September-October
[Box: 40, Folder: 3]
1972 November-December
[Box: 40, Folder: 4]
1973 January-February
[Box: 40, Folder: 5]
1973 March-June
[Box: 40, Folder: 6]
1973 July-October
[Box: 40, Folder: 7]
1973 November-December
[Box: 40, Folder: 8]
1974 January-March
[Box: 41, Folder: 1]
1974 April-June
[Box: 41, Folder: 2]
1974 July-August
[Box: 41, Folder: 3]
1974 September
[Box: 41, Folder: 4]
1974 October-December
[Box: 41, Folder: 5]
1975 January-February
[Box: 41, Folder: 6]
1975 March-May
[Box: 41, Folder: 7]
1975 June-July
[Box: 41, Folder: 8]
1975 August-September
[Box: 41, Folder: 9]
1975 October
[Box: 41, Folder: 10]
1975 November-December
[Box: 41, Folder: 11]
1976 January-June
[Box: 42, Folder: 1]
1976 July-August
[Box: 42, Folder: 2]
1976 September
[Box: 42, Folder: 3]
1976 October-November
[Box: 42, Folder: 4]
1977 January-March
[Box: 42, Folder: 5]
1977 April-June
[Box: 42, Folder: 6]
1977 July-August
[Box: 42, Folder: 7]
1977 September-December
[Box: 42, Folder: 8]
1978 April-September
[Box: 43, Folder: 2]
1978 January-March
[Box: 43, Folder: 1]
1978 October
[Box: 43, Folder: 3]
1978 November-December
[Box: 43, Folder: 4]
1979 January-September
[Box: 43, Folder: 5]
1979-1980
[Box: 43, Folder: 6]
undated
[Box: 44, Folder: 1-6]
Series II. Personal, 1905-1980
Scope and Content Note:

The 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.

Subseries A. Journals, notebooks, scrapbooks, 1905-1979
Journal, 1905
[Box: 45, Folder: 1]
Field notebook, 1906
[Box: 45, Folder: 2]
Journal, 1906
[Box: 45, Folder: 2A]
Journal, 1907
[Box: 45, Folder: 3]
Journal, 1908
[Box: 45, Folder: 4]
Journal, 1915
[Box: 45, Folder: 5]
Journal, 1918
[Box: 45, Folder: 6-6A]
Notebook, 1919
[Box: 45, Folder: 7]
Scrapbook, 1919
[Box: 45, Folder: 8]
Contents of scrapbook, 1930
[Box: 46, Folder: 1]
Calendar notebook, 1931-1932
[Box: 46, Folder: 1A]
Journal, 1932
[Box: 46, Folder: 2]
Field notebook, 1932
[Box: 46, Folder: 3-4]
Ballad transcribed from p. 117 of preceding field notebook, 1932
[Box: 46, Folder: 5]
Field notebook, 1933
[Box: 47, Folder: 1-2A]
Field notebook, 1934
[Box: 47, Folder: 3-6]
Dialect dictionary, 1934
[Box: 47, Folder: 7]
Farm notebook, 1941
[Box: 47, Folder: 8]
Farm notebook, 1943
[Box: 47, Folder: 9]
Diary, 1944
[Box: 47, Folder: 10]
Journal, circa 1950
[Box: 48, Folder: 1]
Commonplace book, 1957
[Box: 48, Folder: 2]
Commonplace book, 1963
[Box: 48, Folder: 3]
Calendar notebook, 1964
[Box: 48, Folder: 3A]
Calendar notebook, 1965
[Box: 48, Folder: 3B]
Calendar notebook, 1966
[Box: 48, Folder: 3C]
Notebook, 1969
[Box: 48, Folder: 3]
Notebook, circa 1970s
[Box: 48, Folder: 3E]
Journal, 1976
[Box: 48, Folder: 4]
Calendar notebook, 1977
[Box: 48, Folder: 4A]
Journal, 1979
[Box: 48, Folder: 5]
Contents of notebook, undated
[Box: 49, Folder: 1]
Field notebook, undated
[Box: 49, Folder: 2]
Dialect dictionary, undated
[Box: 49, Folder: 3]
Contents of notebook, undated
[Box: 49, Folder: 4]
Notebook, undated
[Box: 49, Folder: 5]
Prompt book, undated
[Box: 49, Folder: 6]
Music notebook, 1931
[Box: 50, Folder: 1-2]
Music notebook, 1932
[Box: 50, Folder: 3]
Music notebook, 1933
[Box: 50, Folder: 4-5]
Music notebook, 1934
[Box: 50, Folder: 6]
Music notebook, 1950
[Box: 50, Folder: 7]
Subseries B. Doris Ulmann material, 1933-1976
Letters from Doris Ulmann to Allen Eaton, 1933-1934
[Box: 51, Folder: 1]
Notes by Doris Ulmann concerning her will, 1934
[Box: 51, Folder: 2]
Letters from Doris Ulmann to Sarah Blanding, with cover letter from Sarah Blanding to ohn Jacob Niles, undated
[Box: 51, Folder: 3]
Chronicle by John Jacob Niles of events surrounding Doris Ulmann's death, 1934 Aug 2
[Box: 51, Folder: 4]
John Jacob Niles, Doris Ulmann: Preface and Recollections. The Call Number, University of Oregon Library, 1958
[Box: 51, Folder: 5]
Craft Horizons, 1966 June
[Box: 51, Folder: 6]
Program for exhibit of Doris Ulmann photographs, Western Carolina University, 1976 April
[Box: 51, Folder: 7]
Book catalogues containing The Appalachian Photographs of Doris Ulmann, undated
[Box: 51, Folder: 8]
John Jacob Niles, The Legend of Doris Ulmann, typescript, undated
[Box: 51, Folder: 9]
Handicrafts of the Southern Highlands by Allen H. Eaton, galley proofs, 1937
[Box: 52, Folder: 1-2]
Handicrafts of the Southern Highlands by Allen H. Eaton, page proofs, 1937
[Box: 52, Folder: 3-6]
Subseries C. Articles on John Jacob Niles, 1940-1986
Records for Christmas: Carols of the New World, Victor Records Review, 1940
[Box: 53, Folder: 1A]
Borah, Leo. Kentucky, Boone's Great Meadow in The National Geographic, 1942 July
[Box: 53, Folder: 1B]
Butterfield, Roger. Folk Singer: John Jacob Niles Makes Rare Music from the Songs and Ballads of Early America. in Life, 1943 Sept 6
[Box: 53, Folder: 2]
Amerika Singt. Heute (German publication), 1947 July 15
[Box: 53, Folder: 3]
McHugh, Vincent. Sing Me a Homemade Song. The Magazine of the Year, 1948 January
[Box: 53, Folder: 4]
Stevens, Nelson. Folk Songs: U.S.A. Arizona Quarterly, 1948
[Box: 53, Folder: 5]
Guthrie, A.B., Jr. Kentucky. Holiday, 1951 March
[Box: 53, Folder: 6]
Tragic Troubadour. Coronet, 1951 July
[Box: 53, Folder: 7]
Ballads and Blackberries The American Magazine, 1956 February
[Box: 54, Folder: 1]
Batiuk, Taras. The Art of John Jacob Niles. East Magazine, 1958
[Box: 54, Folder: 2]
Arnold, Olga and Judy Catlin. American Folk Singer. America Illustrated, 1959
[Box: 54, Folder: 3]
Nash, Gordon. John Jacob Niles . Kentucky Composers, 1964
[Box: 54, Folder: 3A]
Lancaster, Thomas. John Jacob Niles on Choral Participation in Folk Music. American Choral Review, 1966 June
[Box: 54, Folder: 4]
Travis, James. A Voice from Kentucky draft with corrections by Rena Niles; final copy, 1969
[Box: 54, Folder: 5]
Travis, James. John Jacob Niles: A Voice from Kentucky Southern Living, 1969 June
[Box: 54, Folder: 6]
Holroyd, Sara. John Jacob Niles: Renaissance Man. Bluegrass Music News, 1972 April-May
[Box: 55, Folder: 1]
Coppage, Noel John Jacob Niles. Stereo Review, 1975 January
[Box: 55, Folder: 2]
Hinshaw, Donald. Contemporary Composers: John Jacob Niles. Journal of Church Music., 1976 October
[Box: 55, Folder: 3]
Niles, Rena. In the fall '33. Bluegrass Woman, 1976 winter
[Box: 55, Folder: 4]
Winland, Lorraine. A Luncheon with John Jacob Niles Kentucky Monthly, 1979 Oct
[Box: 55, Folder: 5]
Johnson, Helen Shea. John Jacob Niles: The Minstrel of Boone Creek. Music Journal, 1980 Jan/Feb
[Box: 55, Folder: 6]
Roberts, Jacqueline Warnick. In Memoriam: John Jacob Niles. Bluegrass Music News, 1980 May
[Box: 55, Folder: 7]
Nash, Alanna. John Jacob Niles: His Legend Lives On. Frets, 1980 June
[Box: 55, Folder: 7a ]
Burg, David. John Jacob Niles. The Kentucky Review, 1980
[Box: 55, Folder: 8]
John Jacob Niles Sing Out!, 1980
[Box: 55, Folder: 9]
Kidd, Andrew Jason. John Jacob Niles: A True Son of Kentucky. Kentcuky Heritage, 1981 Spring
[Box: 55, Folder: 10]
Nash, Alanna. John Jacob Niles: A Song from the Heart. Beaux Arts, 1981 Summer
[Box: 55 A, Folder: 1]
John Jacob Niles St. Martins Press, 1981
[Box: 55 A, Folder: 2]
Blomstedt, Erik. John Jacob Niles, Dean of American Balladeers. Dulcimer Players News, 1982 Summer
[Box: 55 A, Folder: 3]
Niles, Rena Lipetz. The Songs of John Jacob Niles. NATS Bulletin, 1983 March/April
[Box: 55 A, Folder: 4]
The Niles-meron Songs NATS Bulletin, 1983 March/April
[Box: 55 A, Folder: 5]
Article for New Harmon Festival of Music, 1983 August
[Box: 55 A, Folder: 6]
John Jacob Niles the Kentucky Review, 1983 Autumn
[Box: 55 A, Folder: 7]
Niles, Rena. On the Road with John Jacob Niles. High Roads Folio, 1986
[Box: 55 A, Folder: 8]
Two Kentucky Folk Singers: John Jacob Niles and Jean Ritchie Focus on Folk Songs, undated
[Box: 55 A, Folder: 9]
Subseries D. Papers on John Jacob Niles, 1951-1975
Draft of an article on the oratorio Lamentation by William R. Moody, 1951
[Box: 56, Folder: 1]
Essays by school children, 1961-1968
[Box: 56, Folder: 2]
Essays by school children, 1972-1973
[Box: 56, Folder: 3]
Gobar, Ash. Letter on the Philosophy of Being, 1973 December
[Box: 56, Folder: 4]
Essays by school children, 1974 March 13
[Box: 56, Folder: 5]
Gobar, Ash. Notes on the Poetry of John Jacob Niles, 1975 April
[Box: 56, Folder: 6]
Student term papers, 1975 April 17, July 7
[Box: 56, Folder: 7]
Students' impression of John Jacob Niles concert, undated
[Box: 56, Folder: 8]
Burg, David. A Tribute to John Jacob Niles, undated
[Box: 56, Folder: 9]
Subseries E. Personal memorabilia, 1918-1967
Certificate of appoinment to First Lt. in Air Service, 1918 May
[Box: 57, Folder: 1A]
Large map showing French front lines, 1918 July-September
[Box: 57, Folder: 1B ]
Reproduction of map showing Meuse-Argonne offensive, 1st American Army and reproduction of a map showing Aisne-marine and St. Mihail offensives, 1st American Army, 1918, 1937
[Box: 57, Folder: 2]
Honorable discharge and service record, 1919
[Box: 57, Folder: 3]
The Wing Slip, 1925, 1930
[Box: 57, Folder: 4]
Roster of World War I overseas flyers and revised booklet, 1972, 1978
[Box: 57, Folder: 5]
Aviators Post Directory of members, 1945
[Box: 57, Folder: 6]
Masonic demit, 1921
[Box: 58, Folder: 1]
Engraved business card used early in John Jacob Niles' career and original engraving plate, 1920s
[Box: 58, Folder: 2]
Notes of introduction to England, circa 1930s
[Box: 58, Folder: 3]
Handwritten will by John Jacob Niles, 1937 June 15
[Box: 58, Folder: 3A]
Announcement of John Edward Niles' birth, 1945 May 21
[Box: 58, Folder: 4]
Pamphlet on Victor Hammer; works printed in Hammer-designed type, undated
[Box: 58, Folder: 5]
Piano solo, The Dulcimer dedicated to John Jacob Niles, undated
[Box: 58, Folder: 6]
Published music owned by John Jacob Niles, undated
[Box: 58, Folder: 7]
Poetry sent to or written for John Jacob Niles, including poem by Henrietta Child, 1936-1938; 1974; 1980
[Box: 58, Folder: 8]
Recipes collected by John Jacob Niles, undated
[Box: 58, Folder: 9]
Postcard collection, undated
[Box: 58, Folder: 10]
Jacqueline Roberts repertoire of John Jacob Niles's music, undated
[Box: 58, Folder: 11]
Blueprint of pony barn, 1973 October 3
[Box: 59, Folder: 1]
Brown paper pattern for dulcimer parts, dulicmer strings, undated
[Box: 59, Folder: 2]
Case knife used in dramatic presentation of ballads, undated
[Box: 59, Folder: 3]
Woodcuts by John Jacob Niles, 1930, 1938, undated
[Box: 60]
Various hand stamps, undated
[Box: 60]
Letter from Joseph Mayer to Mr. Smith, 1887 October 8
[Box: 61, Folder: 1]
New Testament, 1917
[Box: 61, Folder: 1A]
Promissory note to John Jacob Niles, 1925 June 2
[Box: 61, Folder: 2]
Placecard, 1933 July 10
[Box: 61, Folder: 3]
Handwritten music manuscript book inscribed by Andrew Murdock. Cover letter to JJN, 1824, 1937 October 12
[Box: 61, Folder: 4]
Passports, 1930, 1936
[Box: 61, Folder: 4A]
Large map of London underground system, circa 1930s
[Box: 61, Folder: 5]
Kentucky is my Land by Jesse Stuart, 1950
[Box: 61, Folder: 6]
WFMT program guide, 1956
[Box: 61, Folder: 7]
Script for children's play, 1965
[Box: 61, Folder: 8]
The Anglican Breviary. Gift of Burrel Farmley, 1967
[Box: 61, Folder: 8A]
Promotional material and sample program fo the Misses Fuller, English folksingers, undated
[Box: 61, Folder: 9]
Placecard for Mr. and Mrs. Frank McVey, undated
[Box: 61, Folder: 10]
Veda, undated
[Box: 61, Folder: 11]
Clippings
[Box: 62, Folder: 1]
Clippings of man who resembled John Jacob Niles' father, undated
[Box: 62, Folder: 2]
Maps, undated
[Box: 62, Folder: 3]
Miscellaneous, undated
[Box: 62, Folder: 4-10]
Publication dates of John Jacob Niles' music, 1929-1946
[Box: 63, Box: File Box A]
Publication dates of John Jacob Niles' music, 1947-1951
[Box: 63, Box: File Box B]
Copyrights for Gambling Songs and other compositions, 1933-1934
[Box: 63, Folder: 1]
Subseries F. Christmas cards, 1938-1980
1938
[Box: 64, Folder: 1]
1940
[Box: 64, Folder: 2-3]
1941
[Box: 64, Folder: 4-7]
1950-1952
[Box: 64, Folder: 8]
1953
[Box: 65, Folder: 1-3]
1955
[Box: 65, Folder: 4]
1956
[Box: 65, Folder: 5]
1957
[Box: 66, Folder: 1-3]
1959
[Box: 67, Folder: 1-3]
1960
[Box: 68, Folder: 1-3]
1961
[Box: 69, Folder: 1-4]
1962
[Box: 70, Folder: 1-4]
1963
[Box: 71, Folder: 1-4]
1964
[Box: 72, Folder: 1-5]
1965
[Box: 73, Folder: 1-5]
1966
[Box: 74, Folder: 1-5]
1967
[Box: 75, Folder: 1-4]
1968
[Box: 76, Folder: 1-4]
1969
[Box: 77, Folder: 1-5]
1970
[Box: 78, Folder: 1-3]
1971
[Box: 79, Folder: 1-5]
1972
[Box: 80, Folder: 1]
1973
[Box: 80, Folder: 2-5]
1974
[Box: 81, Folder: 1-4]
1975
[Box: 82, Folder: 1-3]
1976
[Box: 83, Folder: 1-4]
1977
[Box: 84, Folder: 1-3]
1978
[Box: 85, Folder: 1-5]
1979
[Box: 86, Folder: 1-3]
1980
[Box: 86, Folder: 4-5]
undated
[Box: 87, Folder: 1-4]
Christmas cards designed by John Jacob Niles, 1934-1973
[Box: 88, Folder: 1]
Plate for offset printing, 1964
[Box: 88]
Christmas card lists, undated
[Box: 88, Folder: 2]
Subseries G. Greeting cards, 1953-1979
Subseries i. Birthday, 1963-1979
1963, 1967
[Box: 89, Folder: 1]
1969
[Box: 89, Folder: 2]
1972
[Box: 89, Folder: 3-6]
1973
[Box: 90, Folder: 1-2]
1974
[Box: 90, Folder: 3]
1975
[Box: 90, Folder: 5]
1977
[Box: 90, Folder: 6]
1979
[Box: 90, Folder: 6]
Get-well; general, 1953, 1979
Get well notes, 1953
[Box: 91, Folder: 1]
Get well notes, 1979
[Box: 91, Folder: 2-3]
Notes, cards, etc, 1979
[Box: 91, Folder: 4-5]
Notes, cards, undated
[Box: 91, Folder: 6]
Subseries H. Obituaries and related materials, 1980
Subseries i. Obituaries, 1980
Lexington Herald Leader, 1980 March 2
[Box: 92, Folder: 1]
Louisville Courier Journal, 1980 March 2
[Box: 92, Folder: 2]
1980 March 3
[Box: 92, Folder: 3]
1980 March 4
[Box: 92, Folder: 4]
1980 March 9, 14, 16
[Box: 92, Folder: 5]
1980 Spring
[Box: 92, Folder: 6]
Subseries ii. Sympathy notes, 1980
1980 March 2
[Box: 93, Folder: 1]
1980 March 3
[Box: 93, Folder: 2]
1980 March 4
[Box: 93, Folder: 3-4]
1980 March 5
[Box: 93, Folder: 5]
1980 March 6
[Box: 94, Folder: 1]
1980 March 7
[Box: 94, Folder: 2]
1980 March 8-9
[Box: 94, Folder: 3]
1980 March 10
[Box: 94, Folder: 4]
1980 March 11
[Box: 94, Folder: 5]
1980 March 12
[Box: 95]
1980 March 13
[Box: 95, Folder: 2]
1980 March 14-15
[Box: 95, Folder: 3]
1980 March 17-19
[Box: 95, Folder: 4]
1980 March 20, 22, 24-25
[Box: 95, Folder: 5]
1980 March 26-29
[Box: 95, Folder: 6]
1980 April 1, 5
[Box: 96, Folder: 1]
1980 April 7, 30
[Box: 96, Folder: 2]
1980 May 1, 12-13, 16
[Box: 96, Folder: 3]
undated
[Box: 96, Folder: 4]
Subseries iii. Related materials, 1980
Letters of condolence, 1980 March 27-November 20
[Box: 97, Folder: 1]
Correspondence acknowledging contributions to John Jacob Niles scholarship fund, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, list of contributors, 1980 March 7-November 14
[Box: 97, Folder: 2]
Notes accompanying gifs and flowers, 1980 March
[Box: 97, Folder: 3]
Guest book and order for funeral service, 1980 March 3
[Box: 97, Folder: 4]
Memorial programs, 1980 March 9-April 28
[Box: 97, Folder: 5]
Acknowledgment card printed by King Library Press, undated
[Box: 97, Folder: 6]
Lists of those who sent notes, food, flowers, undated
[Box: 97, Folder: 7]
Dried flowers, undated
[Box: 97, Folder: 8]
Series III. Career, 1914-1984
Scope and Content Note:

The Career series contains twenty-nine boxes of concert programs, newspaper clippings, and promotional material documenting Niles' life as a performer.

Subseries A. Concert programs, 1914-1983
1914, 1920-1921
[Box: 98, Folder: 1]
1931-1939
[Box: 98, Folder: 2]
1940
[Box: 98, Folder: 3]
1941
[Box: 98, Folder: 4]
1942
[Box: 98, Folder: 5]
1943
[Box: 98, Folder: 6]
1944
[Box: 98, Folder: 7]
1945
[Box: 98, Folder: 8]
1946
[Box: 98, Folder: 9]
1947
[Box: 99, Folder: 1]
1948
[Box: 99, Folder: 2]
1949
[Box: 99, Folder: 3]
1950
[Box: 99, Folder: 4]
1951
[Box: 100, Folder: 1]
1952
[Box: 100, Folder: 2]
1953
[Box: 100, Folder: 3]
1954
[Box: 100, Folder: 4]
1955
[Box: 100, Folder: 5]
1956
[Box: 100, Folder: 6]
1957
[Box: 100, Folder: 7]
1958
[Box: 101, Folder: 1]
1959
[Box: 101, Folder: 2]
1960
[Box: 101, Folder: 3]
1961
[Box: 101, Folder: 4]
1962
[Box: 101, Folder: 5]
1963
[Box: 101, Folder: 6]
1964
[Box: 101, Folder: 7]
1965
[Box: 101, Folder: 8]
1966
[Box: 102, Folder: 1]
1967
[Box: 102, Folder: 2]
1968
[Box: 102, Folder: 3]
1969
[Box: 102, Folder: 4]
1970
[Box: 103, Folder: 1]
1971
[Box: 103, Folder: 2]
1972
[Box: 103, Folder: 3]
1973
[Box: 103, Folder: 4]
1974
[Box: 103, Folder: 5]
1975
[Box: 103, Folder: 6]
1976
[Box: 104, Folder: 1]
1977
[Box: 104, Folder: 2]
1978
[Box: 104, Folder: 3]
1979
[Box: 105, Folder: 1]
1980
[Box: 105, Folder: 2]
1981
[Box: 105, Folder: 3]
1982
[Box: 105, Folder: 3a]
1983
[Box: 105, Folder: 3b]
Program inserts, undated
[Box: 105, Folder: 4]
Song lists for John Jacob Niles' concerts, undated
[Box: 105, Folder: 5]
Concert programs with John Jacob Niles' handwritten notes, undated
[Box: 106, Folder: 1]
undated
[Box: 106, Folder: 2-5]
Prompt sheets, circa 1930s-present
[Box: 106, Folder: 6]
Subseries B. Programs from events attended, 1941-1979
1941-1942, 1947, 1961
[Box: 107, Folder: 1]
1962
[Box: 107, Folder: 2]
1963
[Box: 107, Folder: 3]
1964
[Box: 107, Folder: 4]
1965
[Box: 108, Folder: 1]
1966
[Box: 108, Folder: 2-3]
1967
[Box: 108, Folder: 4]
1968
[Box: 109, Folder: 1]
1969-70
[Box: 109, Folder: 2]
1971
[Box: 109, Folder: 3]
1972
[Box: 109, Folder: 4]
1973
[Box: 109, Folder: 5]
1974
[Box: 110, Folder: 1]
1975
[Box: 110, Folder: 2]
1976
[Box: 110, Folder: 3]
1977-1979
[Box: 110, Folder: 4]
undated
[Box: 110, Folder: 5-8]
Subseries C. Tour and itineraries, 1937-1979
Fall concert tour, 1937 October-December
[Box: 111, Folder: 1]
1944-1979
[Box: 111, Folder: 2]
Clippings, schedules, programs from Alaskan tour, 1962
[Box: 111, Folder: 3]
Notes on Canadian tour, undated
[Box: 112, Folder: 1]
Notes, rough itineraries, undated
[Box: 112, Folder: 2]
Names and addresses obtained while on tour, undated
[Box: 112, Folder: 3]
Subseries D. Newspaper clippings, 1928-1984
1928, 1931-1942
[Box: 113, Folder: 1]
1943
[Box: 113, Folder: 2]
1944
[Box: 113, Folder: 3]
1945
[Box: 113, Folder: 4]
1946
[Box: 113, Folder: 5]
1947
[Box: 113, Folder: 6]
1948
[Box: 113, Folder: 7]
1949
[Box: 113, Folder: 8]
1950
[Box: 114, Folder: 1]
1951
[Box: 114, Folder: 2]
1952
[Box: 114, Folder: 3]
1953
[Box: 114, Folder: 4]
1954
[Box: 114, Folder: 5]
1955
[Box: 114, Folder: 6]
1956
[Box: 114, Folder: 7]
1957
[Box: 114, Folder: 8]
1958
[Box: 114, Folder: 9]
1959
[Box: 114, Folder: 10]
1960
[Box: 115, Folder: 1]
1961
[Box: 115, Folder: 2]
1962
[Box: 115, Folder: 3]
1963
[Box: 115, Folder: 4]
1964
[Box: 115, Folder: 5]
1965
[Box: 115, Folder: 6]
1966
[Box: 116, Folder: 1]
1967
[Box: 116, Folder: 2]
1968
[Box: 116, Folder: 3]
1969
[Box: 116, Folder: 4]
1970
[Box: 117, Folder: 1]
1971
[Box: 117, Folder: 2]
1972
[Box: 117, Folder: 3]
1973
[Box: 117, Folder: 4]
1974
[Box: 117, Folder: 5]
1975
[Box: 117, Folder: 6]
1976
[Box: 117, Folder: 7]
1977
[Box: 118, Folder: 1]
1978
[Box: 118, Folder: 2]
1979
[Box: 118, Folder: 3]
1980
[Box: 118, Folder: 4]
1981
[Box: 118, Folder: 5]
1982
[Box: 118, Folder: 5A]
1983
[Box: 118, Folder: 5B]
1984
[Box: 118, Folder: 5C]
undated
[Box: 118, Folder: 6]
Subseries E. Scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, 1927-1943
1927-1928
[Box: 119, Folder: 1]
1937-1941
[Box: 119, Folder: 2]
Scrapbook of newspaper clippings, 1940-1943
[Box: 120, Folder: 1]
Subseries F. Promotional material, 1961-1982
Promotional play, 1961 April
[Box: 121, Folder: 1]
Concert tours managed by Boo Hill Farm, 1972
[Box: 121, Folder: 2]
Oversize publicity posters, 1976-1977
[Box: 121]
Benefit concert for University of Kentucky Art Museum, 1978 March 28
[Box: 121, Folder: 3]
Concert tours managed by various agencies, undated
[Box: 121, Folder: 4]
Boone Tolliver Record Company, undated
[Box: 121, Folder: 5]
Disc records, undated
[Box: 121, Folder: 6]
RCA Victor, undated
[Box: 121, Folder: 7]
Tradition Records, undated
[Box: 121, Folder: 8]
Appalshop Films, undated
[Box: 121, Folder: 9]
Carl Fischer, Inc, undated
[Box: 122, Folder: 1]
Mark Foster Music Company, undated
[Box: 122, Folder: 2]
G. Shirmer, Inc, undated
[Box: 122, Folder: 3]
Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, undated
[Box: 122, Folder: 4]
Subseries G. Special events and awards, 1955-1984
Kentucky Colonels Derby eve dinner, program and tickets, 1955
[Box: 123, Folder: 1A]
Transylvania College performance: clippings and programs, 1966 November 30
[Box: 123, Folder: 1B]
Niles-Merton Song Cycle; correspondence, clippings, and performances, 1968-1975
[Box: 123, Folder: 2]
World premiere program, Golgotha, 1971 March 30
[Box: 123, Folder: 3]
Commencement program, University of Louisville, honorary doctor of Humanities, 1971 May 16
[Box: 123, Folder: 4]
Commencement program from University of Kentucky, honorary doctor of letters, 1973 May 12
[Box: 123, Folder: 5]
Honorary Certificate of Citizenship for Boonesborough Bicentennial Celebration, undated
[Box: 123, Folder: 5A]
Lexington Opera House grand opening, correspondence, contracts, programs, 1976 May 18
[Box: 123, Folder: 6]
Invitation to dedication of JJN collection, University of Kentucky, 1983 April 28
[Box: 123, Folder: 6A]
Exhibition schedule at University of Kentucky Art Museum, undated
[Box: 123, Folder: 6B ]
Certificates of appreciation, undated
[Box: 123, Folder: 7]
Kentucky Center for the Arts opening night, program, 1983 November 19
[Box: 123, Folder: 8]
10th Annual Celebration of traditional music, schedule, poster, 1984 November 1-4
[Box: 123, Folder: 9]
Subseries H. Notices and announcements of work and biographical material, 1943-1984
Notices and announcements of work, 1943, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1965, 1967, 1970
[Box: 124, Folder: 1]
Notices and announcements of work, undated
[Box: 124, Folder: 2]
Biographical material, 1984 September 23
[Box: 124, Folder: 3]
Subseries I. Instructional material, 1942-1951
Indiana University catalogues, 1942 June-August
[Box: 125, Folder: 1]
University of Denver catalogue, 1943 July
[Box: 125, Folder: 2]
Julliard School catalogue, bibliography, 1945 Summer
[Box: 125, Folder: 3]
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music catalogue, 1950
[Box: 125, Folder: 4]
Boston University catalogue, 1951
[Box: 125, Folder: 5]
Alice Lloyd College bulletin, undated
[Box: 125, Folder: 6]
University of Missouri progress report, undated
[Box: 125, Folder: 7]
University of Kansas City course description, bibliography, undated
[Box: 125, Folder: 8]
History of Folk Ballad and Carol, bibliography, undated
[Box: 125, Folder: 9]
Series IV. Manuscripts, 1926-1980
Scope and Content Note:

John 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.

Subseries A. Music, undated
Subseries i. Works for voice and piano, undated
Advice to Lovers
[Box: M1, Folder: 1]
Alone
[Box: M1, Folder: 2]
American Street, Field and Jailhouse Cries
[Box: M1, Folder: 3]
And It Shall Come to Pass
[Box: M1, Folder: 4]
Bethlehem, Fair City
[Box: M1, Folder: 5]
Beware of the Wind
[Box: M1, Folder: 6]
Billy Boy
[Box: M1, Folder: 7]
Bird Song
[Box: M1, Folder: 8]
The Black Dress
[Box: M1, Folder: 9]
Black is the Color
[Box: M1, Folder: 10]
The Black Oak Tree
[Box: M1, Folder: 11]
Bridge Across the Stars
[Box: M1, Folder: 12]
By-Loe Babe
[Box: M1, Folder: 12A]
Cajun Song
[Box: M1, Folder: 13]
Calm is the Night
[Box: M1, Folder: 14]
Careless Love
[Box: M1, Folder: 15]
The Carol of the Bells
[Box: M1, Folder: 16]
The Carrion Crow
[Box: M1, Folder: 17]
The Cherry Tree
[Box: M1, Folder: 18]
Chickens A'Crowin' on Sourwood Mountain
[Box: M1, Folder: 19]
Choose Your Seat and Sit Down
[Box: M1, Folder: 20]
Come By Here Lord
[Box: M1, Folder: 21]
Come Gentle Dark
[Box: M1, Folder: 22]
Country Nightfall
[Box: M1, Folder: 23]
Courting Time
[Box: M1, Folder: 24]
The Cypress Tree
[Box: M1, Folder: 25]
Death in the Hot Sand
[Box: M2, Folder: 1]
Death in the Tide
[Box: M2, Folder: 2]
Death of a Maiden
[Box: M2, Folder: 3]
December Morning
[Box: M2, Folder: 4]
Distance
[Box: M2, Folder: 5]
Don't Roll Your Eye
[Box: M2, Folder: 6]
Down by a Cornshock
[Box: M2, Folder: 7]
Down in the Valley
[Box: M2, Folder: 8]
Epitaph
[Box: M2, Folder: 9]
Every Time I Feel the Spirit
[Box: M2, Folder: 10]
Farmer's Song
[Box: M2, Folder: 11]
Father Grumble
[Box: M2, Folder: 12]
Figures on the Hill
[Box: M2, Folder: 13]
Five Negro Folk Poems
[Box: M2, Folder: 13A]
Flame Within
[Box: M2, Folder: 14]
Folk Carol from Tennessee
[Box: M2, Folder: 15]
Fond Affection
[Box: M2, Folder: 16]
For My Lord
[Box: M2, Folder: 17]
Found My Lost Sheep
[Box: M2, Folder: 18]
The Fox and the Black Duck
[Box: M2, Folder: 19]
Frog in the Spring
[Box: M2, Folder: 20]
Frog Went A' Courtin'
[Box: M2, Folder: 21]
Funeral March
[Box: M2, Folder: 22]
Gambler Don't You Lose Your Place at God's Right Hand
[Box: M2, Folder: 22A]
God Said Unto His Only Son
[Box: M2, Folder: 23]
Go Tell Aunt Rhodie
[Box: M2, Folder: 24]
Good Old Man
[Box: M2, Folder: 25]
Grandma Grunts
[Box: M2, Folder: 26]
The Haunting of Pilate
[Box: M3, Folder: 1]
The Hebrew Children
[Box: M3, Folder: 2]
He's Goin' Away
[Box: M3, Folder: 3]
He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
[Box: M3, Folder: 4]
Hold On
[Box: M3, Folder: 5]
How Firm a Foundation
[Box: M3, Folder: 6]
I Dare Not Ask Your Love My Dear
[Box: M3, Folder: 7]
I Got Two Wings
[Box: M3, Folder: 8]
I have a God to Glorify
[Box: M3, Folder: 9]
I Know a Wide River
[Box: M3, Folder: 10]
I Love You I Love You and I Love You
[Box: M3, Folder: 11]
I Never Had But One Love
[Box: M3, Folder: 12]
If What I Have Known is Love
[Box: M3, Folder: 13]
I'm A-Searchin' for a City
[Box: M3, Folder: 14]
I'm So Glad
[Box: M3, Folder: 15]
In Love Again
[Box: M3, Folder: 16]
In My Dyin' Hour
[Box: M3, Folder: 17]
In My Little Cabin
[Box: M3, Folder: 18]
The Irish Girl
[Box: M3, Folder: 19]
It's I Have Lived Constantly With Sorrow
[Box: M3, Folder: 20]
I've Been Working on the Railroad
[Box: M3, Folder: 21]
I've Got Seven Stars in My Right Hand
[Box: M3, Folder: 22]
Jacob's Ladder
[Box: M3, Folder: 23]
The Jaybird
[Box: M3, Folder: 24]
Jaybird Song
[Box: M3, Folder: 25]
Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head
[Box: M3, Folder: 26]
Johnnie Pleased the Ladies
[Box: M3, Folder: 27]
Kitty Alone and I
[Box: M3, Folder: 28]
The Lass from the Low Countriee
[Box: M4, Folder: 1]
Let the Church Roll On
[Box: M4, Folder: 2]
Little Black Star
[Box: M4, Folder: 3]
The Little Family
[Box: M4, Folder: 4]
Liza Jane Blues or Railroad Ridin' Mama
[Box: M4, Folder: 5]
Locusts
[Box: M4, Folder: 6]
Lone Light
[Box: M4, Folder: 6A]
Lonely Nancy
[Box: M4, Folder: 7]
Lost Love
[Box: M4, Folder: 8]
The Lotus Bloom
[Box: M4, Folder: 9]
March Love Song
[Box: M4, Folder: 10]
Mary's Newborn Boy
[Box: M4, Folder: 11]
Mary Sweet Mary
[Box: M4, Folder: 12]
Mary, Tell Me How to Woo Thee
[Box: M4, Folder: 13]
Moses and Pharoh's Daughter
[Box: M4, Folder: 14]
My Horses Ain't Hungry
[Box: M4, Folder: 15]
My Little Mohee
[Box: M4, Folder: 16]
My Lover is a Farmer Lad
[Box: M4, Folder: 17]
The 19th Day of May
[Box: M4, Folder: 18]
Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
[Box: M4, Folder: 19]
The Old Woman and the Pig
[Box: M4, Folder: 20]
On Top of Old Smokey
[Box: M4, Folder: 21]
A Paper of Pins
[Box: M4, Folder: 22]
the Paw-Paw Patch
[Box: M4, Folder: 23]
Perhaps
[Box: M4, Folder: 24]
Pray On, Brother
[Box: M4, Folder: 25]
Pretty Little Miss
[Box: M4, Folder: 26]
Rabbit Song
[Box: M5, Folder: 1]
The Rambling Boy
[Box: M5, Folder: 2]
Redeemed
[Box: M5, Folder: 3]
Red River Valley
[Box: M5, Folder: 4]
Religion is a Fortune
[Box: M5, Folder: 5]
Reward
[Box: M5, Folder: 6]
Ribbon Bow
[Box: M5, Folder: 7]
The Robin and the Thorn
[Box: M5, Folder: 8]
Rock-a-bye Baby
[Box: M5, Folder: 9]
Rosy Peach
[Box: M5, Folder: 10]
The Rovin' Gambler
[Box: M5, Folder: 11]
The Sea Witch
[Box: M5, Folder: 12]
Shenandoah
[Box: M5, Folder: 13]
Skip to My Lou
[Box: M5, Folder: 14]
Softly Blew the East Wind
[Box: M5, Folder: 15]
Song Cycle-Courtship
[Box: M5, Folder: 16]
Song of the Earth
[Box: M5, Folder: 17]
Song Weary Night Bird
[Box: M5, Folder: 18]
Sourwood Mountain
[Box: M5, Folder: 19]
Speak Gently to my Heart
[Box: M5, Folder: 20]
The Story of Noah and the Ark
[Box: M5, Folder: 21]
Sunday Mornin' Band
[Box: M5, Folder: 22]
The Swapping Song
[Box: M5, Folder: 23]
Sweet Jane
[Box: M5, Folder: 24]
Sweet Mama Blues
[Box: M5, Folder: 25]
Sweet One When I Saw Your Name
[Box: M5, Folder: 26]
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
[Box: M5, Folder: 27]
Three Little Pigs
[Box: M6 , Folder: 1]
To Wake at Dawn
[Box: M6 , Folder: 2]
Trip to Raleigh: A Reel from the Carolinas
[Box: M6 , Folder: 3]
Two Love Songs
[Box: M6 , Folder: 3A]
The Turtle Dove
[Box: M6 , Folder: 4]
Unused I Am to Lovers
[Box: M6 , Folder: 5]
Wake, Oh Wake My Little Sheperd
[Box: M6 , Folder: 6]
Weepin' Days for Jesus
[Box: M6 , Folder: 7]
Weep No More for Me
[Box: M6 , Folder: 8]
What is Beauty
[Box: M6 , Folder: 9]
What Songs Were Sung
[Box: M6 , Folder: 10]
What Should You Have Done
[Box: M6 , Folder: 11]
When the Curtains of the Night are Pined Back by the Stars
[Box: M6 , Folder: 12]
When I Lay Down and I Do Die
[Box: M6 , Folder: 13]
When Our Lord Jesus
[Box: M6 , Folder: 14]
Where is the Spring
[Box: M6 , Folder: 15]
Whistle Daughter Whistle
[Box: M6 , Folder: 15A]
The Wild Rider
[Box: M6 , Folder: 16]
Wild Roses
[Box: M6 , Folder: 17]
The World is Wide
[Box: M6 , Folder: 18]
Written in the Stars
[Box: M6 , Folder: 19]
Subseries ii. Duets for voice, undated
Advice to Lovers
[Box: M7, Folder: 1]
Ain't It a Shame
[Box: M7, Folder: 2]
The Bitter Withy
[Box: M7, Folder: 3]
Chickens A-Crowin' on Sourwood Mountain
[Box: M7, Folder: 4]
Deep River
[Box: M7, Folder: 5]
Disconsolate Lover
[Box: M7, Folder: 6]
Don't You Let Nobody Turn You Around
[Box: M7, Folder: 7]
I Got Two Wings
[Box: M7, Folder: 8]
Not Made By Hands
[Box: M7, Folder: 9]
Poor Mourner
[Box: M7, Folder: 10]
The Roving Gambler
[Box: M7, Folder: 11]
Starlight
[Box: M7, Folder: 12]
There's a Man Goin' Round Takin' Names
[Box: M7, Folder: 13]
When I Gets Up Into Heaven
[Box: M7, Folder: 14]
Who's Me For Prince Charlie
[Box: M7, Folder: 15]
You Better Run
[Box: M7, Folder: 16]
'Zekiel Saw the Wheel
[Box: M7, Folder: 17]
Untitled Chirstmas Song
[Box: M7, Folder: 18]
Untitled
[Box: M7, Folder: 19-20]
Subseries iii. Choral works: mixed chorus, undated
Amazing Grace
[Box: M8, Folder: 1]
Away, Away With time of Day
[Box: M8, Folder: 2]
The Bird Song or The Blackbird
[Box: M8, Folder: 3]
Birthday Party for Jesus
[Box: M8, Folder: 4]
Black is the Color of my True Love's Hair
[Box: M8, Folder: 5]
Carol of Welcome
[Box: M8, Folder: 6]
Charity
[Box: M8, Folder: 7]
Chorus of the Drivers
[Box: M8, Folder: 8]
Come Sit Down in the Dust
[Box: M8, Folder: 9]
Cry, Cry Where is the Promised Messiah
[Box: M8, Folder: 10]
Down in Yon Forest
[Box: M8, Folder: 11]
Edward
[Box: M8, Folder: 12]
The Flower of Jesse
[Box: M8, Folder: 13]
Fond Affection
[Box: M8, Folder: 14]
From God, Our Heavenly Father
[Box: M8, Folder: 15]
Garden Hymn
[Box: M8, Folder: 16]
A God to Glorify
[Box: M8, Folder: 17]
Greenfield
[Box: M8, Folder: 18]
He that Leadeth
[Box: M8, Folder: 19]
I Know a Rose Tree Springing Forth
[Box: M8, Folder: 20]
I Never Had But One Love
[Box: M8, Folder: 21]
In That Lovely Far Off City
[Box: M8, Folder: 22]
Jack O'Diamonds
[Box: M8, Folder: 23]
Jesus was a Weary Wanderer
[Box: M8, Folder: 24]
Lady in Distress
[Box: M9, Folder: 1]
Lady of All Time Mariee
[Box: M9, Folder: 2]
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
[Box: M9, Folder: 3]
The Little Family
[Box: M9, Folder: 4]
Lo, How the City
[Box: M9, Folder: 5]
The Lonesome Road
[Box: M9, Folder: 6]
Mary Birthed Her Own Sweet Son
[Box: M9, Folder: 7]
Mary, Mary, Sweet Mary
[Box: M9, Folder: 8]
The May Carol
[Box: M9, Folder: 9]
Moses and Pharoah's Daughter
[Box: M9, Folder: 10]
Night in Bethlehem
[Box: M9, Folder: 11]
O Come, O Come Emanuel
[Box: M9, Folder: 12]
Oh Bethlehem, Fair City
[Box: M9, Folder: 13]
Old Father Grumble
[Box: M9, Folder: 14]
Prayer for the Innocents
[Box: M9, Folder: 15]
Pretty Polly
[Box: M9, Folder: 16]
Primrose
[Box: M9, Folder: 17]
Psalm 126-From the Oratorio Lamentation
[Box: M9, Folder: 18]
Queen of Heaven
[Box: M9, Folder: 19]
Queen of Pity
[Box: M9, Folder: 20]
The Robin and the Thorn
[Box: M9, Folder: 21]
The Roper
[Box: M9, Folder: 22]
Santus
[Box: M9, Folder: 23]
The Shepherd's Carol
[Box: M9, Folder: 24]
Sing We to Christ the King
[Box: M9, Folder: 25]
Softly Blew the East Wind
[Box: M9, Folder: 26]
Sourwood Mountain
[Box: M9, Folder: 27]
Sweet Marie and her Baby
[Box: M9, Folder: 28]
There is No Rose
[Box: M9, Folder: 29]
The TWA Corbies
[Box: M9, Folder: 30]
The Weep Willow Tree
[Box: M9, Folder: 31]
What is Beauty but a Breath
[Box: M9, Folder: 32]
What Songs Were Sung
[Box: M9, Folder: 33]
Where Can We Rejected Ones
[Box: M9, Folder: 34]
The Yellow Rose of Texas (photocopy)
[Box: M9, Folder: 34A]
Untitled Adaptation of 15th century poem
[Box: M9, Folder: 35]
Subseries iv. Choral works: women's chorus, undated
And God Shall Wipe Away All Tears
[Box: M10, Folder: 1]
By the Side of the River
[Box: M10, Folder: 2]
Courting Time
[Box: M10, Folder: 3]
Flower of Jesse
[Box: M10, Folder: 4]
Good Morning, Father Christmas
[Box: M10, Folder: 5]
I Love Little Willie
[Box: M10, Folder: 6]
In that Lovely Far-Off City
[Box: M10, Folder: 7]
The Little Family
[Box: M10, Folder: 8]
The Lotus Bloom
[Box: M10, Folder: 9]
Man Be Joyful
[Box: M10, Folder: 10]
The May Carol
[Box: M10, Folder: 11]
Night in Bethlehem
[Box: M10, Folder: 12]
Oh Bethlehem Fair City
[Box: M10, Folder: 13]
Primrose
[Box: M10, Folder: 14]
See-Saw Marjorie Daw
[Box: M10, Folder: 15]
The Shepherd's Carol
[Box: M10, Folder: 16]
Sister Suzan
[Box: M10, Folder: 17]
Song Cycle
[Box: M10, Folder: 18]
Where Can We Rejected Ones
[Box: M10, Folder: 19]
Subseries v. Choral works: men's chorus, undated
The Bird Song
[Box: M11, Folder: 1]
Black is the Color of my True Love's Hair
[Box: M11, Folder: 2]
The Lass from the Low Countriee
[Box: M11, Folder: 3]
The May Carol
[Box: M11, Folder: 4]
Primrose
[Box: M11, Folder: 5]
Sourwood Mountain
[Box: M11, Folder: 6]
Venezuela
[Box: M11, Folder: 7]
Subseries vi. Choral works: miscellaneous, undated
Frog Went A-Courtin'
[Box: M12, Folder: 1]
The Kentucky Nativity Play
[Box: M12, Folder: 2-3]
The Promised Land
[Box: M12, Folder: 4]
The Twelve Apostles
[Box: M12, Folder: 5]
Subseries vii. Niles-Merton Song Cycle, undated
Autumn
[Box: M13, Folder: 1]
Bird Cage Walk
[Box: M13, Folder: 2]
Cana
[Box: M13, Folder: 3]
Carol
[Box: M13, Folder: 4]
Evening
[Box: M13, Folder: 5]
Flocks Feed by Darkness
[Box: M13, Folder: 6]
For my Brother
[Box: M13, Folder: 7]
The Greek Woman
[Box: M13, Folder: 8]
Jesus Weeps into the Fire
[Box: M13, Folder: 9]
Lament of the Maiden for Warrior's Death
[Box: M13, Folder: 10]
Love Winter When the Planet Says Nothing
[Box: M13, Folder: 11]
The Messenger
[Box: M13, Folder: 12]
Mirror's Mission
[Box: M13, Folder: 13]
The Nativity of Our Lord
[Box: M13, Folder: 14]
The Ohio River
[Box: M13, Folder: 15]
Original Sin
[Box: M13, Folder: 16]
Prayer
[Box: M13, Folder: 17]
A Responsory
[Box: M13, Folder: 18]
Sundown
[Box: M13, Folder: 19]
Sweet Brother
[Box: M13, Folder: 20]
Sweet Irrational Worship
[Box: M13, Folder: 21]
The Weathercock on the Cathedral of St. Quito
[Box: M13, Folder: 22]
When You Point Your Finger
[Box: M13, Folder: 23]
Wisdom
[Box: M13, Folder: 24]
Song fragments
[Box: M13, Folder: 25]
Front cover of folio
[Box: M13, Folder: 26]
Opus 171 and 172, published
[Box: M13, Folder: 27]
Subseries viii. Published music, undated
The Bells of Heaven; mixed chorus
[Box: M14]
Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair; voice, piano, women's chorus, and string quartet
[Box: M14, Folder: 1]
The Black Oak Tree; voice, piano, and mixed chorus
[Box: M14, Folder: 2]
The Blessed Bird; mixed chorus and women's chorus
[Box: M14, Folder: 2A]
The Blue Madonna; voice and piano
[Box: M14, Folder: 2B]
Boundless Mercy
[Box: M14, Folder: 2C]
Cantata on Appalachian Christmas Carols; women's chorus
[Box: M14, Folder: 2]
The Carol of the Angels; mixed chorus, women's chorus, piano, and four hands
[Box: M14, Folder: 3]
The Carol of the Birds; voice and piano, mixed chorus, women's chorus
[Box: M14, Folder: 4]
Carol of the Polish Grenadiers; mixed chorus
[Box: M14, Folder: 4A]
The Carrion Crow; mixed chorus, women's chorus
[Box: M14, Folder: 5]
Charity; mixed chorus
[Box: M14, Folder: 6]
The Cherry Tree; voice and piano, mixed chorus
[Box: M14, Folder: 7]
The Cuckoo; voice and piano
[Box: M14, Folder: 8]
Curtains of the night; mixed chorus
[Box: M14, Folder: 9]
The Devil's Questions; mixed chorus
[Box: M14, Folder: 9A]
Down in Yon Forest; voice and piano, mixed chorus, women's chorus
[Box: M14, Folder: 10]
The Dreary Dream; mixed chorus
[Box: M14, Folder: 10 A]
Ef I Had a Ribbon Bow; women's chorus
[Box: M14, Folder: 10 B ]
Evening; voice and piano
[Box: M14, Folder: 11]
Fee Simple; voice and piano
[Box: M14, Folder: 12]
Five Gambling Songs; voice and piano
[Box: M14, Folder: 13]
Flower of Jesse; women's chorus
[Box: M14, Folder: 13A]
Fond Affection; mixed chorus
[Box: M14, Folder: 14]
Frog in the Spring; mixed chorus, women's chorus
[Box: M14, Folder: 15]
Frog Went Courtin'; mixed chorus and women's chorus
[Box: M14, Folder: 16]
Gabriel's Message; mixed chorus
[Box: M14, Folder: 16A]
Gambler Don't You Lose Your Place; men's chorus
[Box: M14, Folder: 16B]
Garden Hymn; mixed chorus
[Box: M14, Folder: 16C]
Go 'Way From My Window; voice and piano, mixed chorus
[Box: M14, Folder: 17]
God Send Us Peace in Good Time; mixed chorus
[Box: M14, Folder: 18]
Green Beds; two pianos
[Box: M14, Folder: 19]
How Firm a Foundation; mixed chorus, women's chorus
[Box: M14, Folder: 19A]
I Had a Sister Suzan; voice and piano
[Box: M14, Folder: 20]
I Love Little Willie; women's chorus
[Box: M14, Folder: 20 A]
I'm In the Notion Now; women's chorus
[Box: M14, Folder: 20B ]
I'm So Glad Trouble Don't Last Alway; mixed chorus and women's chorus
[Box: M14, Folder: 21]
In Bethlehem That Fair City; mixed chorus, women's chorus
[Box: M14, Folder: 21A]
In That Lovely Far-Off City; women's chorus
[Box: M14, Folder: 21B]
I Wash My Face in the Golden Vase; women's chorus
[Box: M14, Folder: 21C]
I Wonder As I Wander; voice and piano, mixed chorus, women's chorus, men's chorus, piano,four hands, piano solo
[Box: M14, Folder: 22]
Jack O'Diamonds; women's chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 1]
Jesus Born in Beth'ny; mixed chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 1A]
Jesus The Christ is Born; mixed chorus, women's chorus, piano, four hands
[Box: M15, Folder: 2]
Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head; voice and piano, mixed chorus, women's chorus, piano, four hands
[Box: M15, Folder: 3]
John Henry; mixed chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 4]
Kedron; mixed chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 4A]
The Kentucky Wassail Song; voice and piano, mixed chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 5]
The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns; mixed chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 6]
King William's Son; mixed chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 6A]
The Lass from the Low Countree; voice and piano, women's chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 7]
Little Brother Jesus; mixed chorus, women's chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 7A]
The Little Family; mixed chorus, women's chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 7B]
The Little Lyking; voice and piano
[Box: M15, Folder: 7C]
Lost Love; mixed chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 8]
The Lotus Bloom; voice and piano, women's chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 8A]
Lulle Lullaby; mixed chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 9]
Mary Mary; mixed chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 9aA]
The May Carol; mixed chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 9A]
The Milk Maid; mixed chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 9B]
The Miraculous Harvest; mixed chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 9C]
Moses and Pharaoh's Daughter; women's chorus, mixed chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 9]
My Little Mohee; two pianos
[Box: M15, Folder: 10]
A National Hymn of Victory; mixed chorus, men's chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 11]
The Nativity; women's chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 11A]
Never was a Child so Lovely; mixed chorus, women's chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 12]
Night in Bethlehem; women's chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 12aA]
Oh, Judy, My Judy; mixed chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 12A]
Oh Wally, Wally; mixed chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 12B]
Once a Fair Maiden; mixed chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 12C]
One Morning in May; mixed chorus, women's chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 13]
Our Lovely Lady Singing; voice and piano, mixed chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 14]
Primrose; women's chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 14A]
Rejoice All Men; mixed chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 14B]
The Robin and the Thorn; mixed chorus, wome's chorus, unison chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 15]
See Jesus the Saviour; mixed chorus, women's chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 16]
Seven Joys of Mary; mixed chorus, women's chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 17]
The Seven Virgins; mixed chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 17A]
The Shepherd on the Hill; mixed chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 17B]
The Silent Stars; voice and piano, mixed chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 17C]
Sing All Men; mixed chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 17]
Sing We the Virgin Mary; mixed chorus, women's chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 18]
Sister Suzan; women's chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 18A]
Star in the East; women's chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 18B]
The Story of the Bee; two pianos
[Box: M15, Folder: 19]
The Story of Noah; mixed chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 20]
The Swapping Song; mixed chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 20A]
Sweet Little Boy Jesus; voice and piano, mixed chorus, women's chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 21]
Sweet Marie and Her Baby; voice and piano, mixed chorus, women's chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 22]
Symbol; voice and piano
[Box: M15, Folder: 22A]
The TWA Corbies; voice and piano
[Box: M15, Folder: 23]
Three Little Pigs; women's chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 23A]
Tirani, My Love; mixed chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 23B]
Turtle Dove; mixed chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 23C]
The Twelve Days of Christmas; voice and piano
[Box: M15, Folder: 23]
Waken, Little Shepherd; mixed chorus, women's chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 23E]
Wayfaring Stranger; voice and piano, mixed chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 23]
What Songs Were Sung; mixed chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 23G]
When Jesus Lived in Galilee; mixed chorus, women's chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 24]
Whistle, Daughter Whistle; voice and piano
[Box: M15, Folder: 25]
Who Killed Cock Robin; mixed chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 25A]
Wild Roses; men's chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 25B]
Wondorous Love; mixed chorus, women's chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 25C]
You Got to Cross that Lonesome Valley; mixed chorus
[Box: M15, Folder: 25]
Songs of the Hill-Folk, Set 14; voice and piano
[Box: M15, Folder: 26]
Ten Christmas Carols, Set 16; voice and piano
[Box: M15, Folder: 26A]
More Songs of the Hill-Folk, Set 17; voice and piano
[Box: M15, Folder: 27]
Ballads, Carols, and Tragic Legends, Set 18; voice and piano
[Box: M15, Folder: 27A]
Ballads, Love-Songs, and Tragic Legends, Set 20; voice and piano
[Box: M15, Folder: 27B]
The Anglo-American Ballad Study Book, Set 24; voice and piano
[Box: M15, Folder: 27C]
The Anglo-American Carol Study Book, Set 26; voice and piano
[Box: M15, Folder: 27]
The Shape-Note Study Book, Set 27; voice and piano
[Box: M15, Folder: 27E]
Four American Carols for Organ; organ
[Box: M15, Folder: 27]
John Jacob Niles' Song Book for Guitar; voice and guitar
[Box: M15, Folder: 27G]
Seven Kentucky Mountain Songs; voice and piano
[Box: M15, Folder: 27H]
Seven Negro Exaltations; voice and piano
[Box: M15, Folder: 27I]
The Singing Campus; voice and piano
[Box: M15, Folder: 27J]
The Songs of John Jacob Niles; voice and piano
[Box: M15, Folder: 27K]
Subseries ix. Instrumental works, undated
Appalachian String Serenade; parts only
[Box: M16, Folder: 1]
Cumberland Carols for Strings; double bass parts
[Box: M16, Folder: 2]
Dream Ballet--Star Crossed; piano score
[Box: M16, Folder: 3]
I Heard a Maiden Sing; piano score
[Box: M16, Folder: 4]
I'm Goin' Away; two pianos
[Box: M16, Folder: 5]
Indian Summer Afternoon; piano solo
[Box: M16, Folder: 6]
Indian Summer Suite; piano solo
[Box: M16, Folder: 7]
Little Concerto For Sayre; varied parts
[Box: M16, Folder: 8]
The Little Lyking; piano solo
[Box: M16, Folder: 9]
Meditation; violin and piano
[Box: M16, Folder: 10]
Sweet Marie and Her Baby; piano solo
[Box: M16, Folder: 11]
Subseries x. Large-scale works, undated
Chorus and orchestra full score
[Box: M17, Folder: 1]
Chorus and orchestra draft
[Box: M17, Folder: 2-3]
Cities; The Death of Thomas Canterbury; and Earl Brand
[Box: M18, Folder: 1-5]
From Africa to Harlem; Get Up and Bar the Door
[Box: M19, Folder: 1-3]
Golgotha
[Box: M20, Folder: 1-3]
Jimmy Randal; The King and the Common Man
[Box: M21, Folder: 1-2]
The King of Little Italy
[Box: M22, Folder: 1-3]
Lamentation
[Box: M23, Folder: 1-4]
Mary the Rose
[Box: M24, Folder: 1-2]
Rhapsody for the Merry Month of May
[Box: M25, Folder: 1-3]
Star Crossed
[Box: M26, Folder: 1]
Symphony No. 1, 1st movement, full score
[Box: M26, Folder: 2]
Subseries xi. Untitled works, 1950, undated
Subseries a. Miscellaneous, 1950, undated
Orchestral score. Incomplete, undated
[Box: M27, Folder: 1]
Piano score from ballet. Incomplete, undated
[Box: M27, Folder: 2]
Song collection, undated
[Box: M27, Folder: 3]
Folio containing The Rovin' Gambler, piano, four hands; The Hebrew Children, voice and piano; Poor Wayfaring Stranger, voice and piano; and miscellaneous sketches, undated
[Box: M27, Folder: 4]
First proofs of songs published by G. Schirmer, Inc, 1950 March 23
[Box: M27, Folder: 5]
Work for mixed chorus, undated
[Box: M27, Folder: 6]
Subseries b. Incomplete sketches, undated
[Box: M28, Box: M29]
Subseries B. Books, 1928-1976
Subseries i. Songs My Mother Never Taught Me draft, 1928
[Box: M30, Folder: 1]
Subseries ii. A Hinky Dinky Barley Brew: A Cry from the Heart, 1932
A Hinky Dinky Barley Brew: A Cry from the Heart paste-up, 1932
[Box: M30, Folder: 1A]
A Hinky Dinky Barley Brew: A Cry from the Heart, 1932
[Box: M30, Folder: 1B]
Subseries iii. Anglo-American Carol Study Book draft, 1948 April 29
[Box: M30, Folder: 2]
Subseries iv. A. Wince of Winkydoodle, 1952, undated
Drafts, 1952 February 20
[Box: M31, Folder: 1-4]
Drafts, undated
[Box: M31, Folder: 5, Box: M31A, Folder: 1-6]
Sbuseries v. The Ballad Book, 1952-1970
Early draft, undated
[Box: M32, Folder: 1-6]
Early draft, music, undated
[Box: M32, Folder: 7]
Second draft, undated
[Box: M33, Folder: 1-5]
Carbon copy of second draft, undated
[Box: M34, Folder: 1-5]
Manuscript draft, undated
[Box: M35, Folder: 1-6]
Manuscript draft, 1952 September
[Box: M36, Folder: 1-5]
Manuscript draft, 1959 April
[Box: M37, Folder: 1-5]
Edited typescript, undated
[Box: M38, Folder: 1-11]
Edited typescript marked for printer, undated
[Box: M39-40]
Marked galley proofs, undated
[Box: M41-43, Box: M44-47]
Page dummy, undated
[Box: M48, Folder: 1-5]
Signatures, undated
[Box: M49, Folder: 1-2]
Printed proofs, undated
[Box: M49, Folder: 3-4]
Page proofs, undated
[Box: M50-52]
Paste-up, undated
[Box: M53, Folder: 1-8]
Music proofs, first drafts, undated
[Box: M54, Folder: 1-6]
Music proofs, first revision, undated
[Box: M55, Folder: 1-8]
Music proofs, second revision, undated
[Box: M56, Folder: 1-3]
Music proofs, final revision, undated
[Box: M57, Folder: 1-3]
First verses of ballads, undated
[Box: M57, Folder: 4]
Music proofs, miscellaneous, undated
[Box: M58, Folder: 1-2]
Source material, undated
[Box: M59, Folder: 1-2]
Promotional material, reviews, undated
[Box: M59, Folder: 3]
Correspondence, 1958-1959
[Box: M60, Folder: 1]
Correspondence, 1960-1970, undated
[Box: M60, Folder: 2]
Royalty statements, 1961-1970
[Box: M60, Folder: 3]
Subseries vi. Folk Carols for Young Actors and Folk Ballads for Young Actors, 1961-1974
Source material, draft/notebook, drafts, 1961, undated
[Box: M61, Folder: 1]
Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc. correspondence, 1961 July-December
[Box: M61, Folder: 2]
Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc. correspondence, 1962-1963
[Box: M61, Folder: 3]
Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc. financial agreements and royalty statements, 1961-1974, undated
[Box: M61, Folder: 4]
Subseries vii. Autobiography, 1968-1976
Early notes, undated
[Box: M62-65]
Typescript edited by John Jacob Niles, undated
[Box: M66-67, Box: M68]
Typescript edited by David Burg, undated
[Box: M69-70]
Final draft, undated
[Box: M71-72]
European research tour - Correspondence, papers, itineraries, 1968 January-March
[Box: M73, Folder: 1]
National Endowment for the Humanities Grant - correspondence, papers, 1970-1972
[Box: M73, Folder: 2]
National Endowment for the Humanities Grant - correspondence, papers, 1973-1976
[Box: M73, Folder: 3]
National Endowment for the Humanities Grant - correspondence, papers, undated
[Box: M73, Folder: 4]
Subseries C. Plays, 1944-1983
Subseries i. Grannie Carries On, 1944
[Box: M74, Folder: 1]
Subseries ii. As I Wander, 1947-1948
[Box: M74, Folder: 2, Box: M77, Folder: 1-3A]
Subseries iii. 1956
[Box: M74, Folder: 3]
Subseries iv. My Days as a Youngling, 1978-1983
[Box: M75-76]
Play scripts, 1978-1979
[Box: M75, Folder: 1]
Piano/vocal score, 1978-1979
[Box: M75, Folder: 2]
Clippings, 1978-1983, undated
[Box: M76, Folder: 1]
Correspondence, 1978-1980
[Box: M76, Folder: 2]
Contracts, 1979 April
[Box: M76, Folder: 3]
Papers, undated
[Box: M76, Folder: 4]
Promotional materials, undated
[Box: M76, Folder: 5]
Subseries v. The Carrion Crow, undated
[Box: M77, Folder: 4]
Subseries vi. Get Up and Bar the Door, undated
[Box: M78, Folder: 1]
Subseries vii. Hell on Wheels, undated
[Box: M78, Folder: 2]
Subseries viii. Jack O'Diamonds, undated
[Box: M78, Folder: 3]
Subseries ix. Kentucky Juliet, undated
[Box: M78, Folder: 4-5]
Subseries x. Star-Crossed, undated
[Box: M78, Folder: 6]
Subseries xi. The Promised Land, undated
[Box: M79, Folder: 1]
Subseries xii. Robin and the Thorn, undated
[Box: M79, Folder: 2]
Subseries xiii. The Tailor and the Crow, undated
[Box: M79, Folder: 3]
Subseries xiv. Them That Has, undated
[Box: M79, Folder: 4-6]
xv. Miscellaneous portions of scripts, undated
[Box: M80, Folder: 1-4]
Subseries D. Radio Programs, 1937-1946
Forty-five minutes of Model Educational Broadcasting, 1937 June 26
[Box: M81, Folder: 1]
Salute to the Hills, 1937-1938
[Box: M81, Folder: 2-4]
The Nativity Play, 1938
[Box: M81, Folder: 5-6]
The Robin and the Thorn, 1939 April 6
[Box: M81, Folder: 7]
A Promise to Grannie Tolliver, 1939 November 11
[Box: M81, Folder: 8]
Eleven A.M, 1939 November 11
[Box: M81, Folder: 9]
The Kentucky Nativity Play, 1939 December 21
[Box: M81, Folder: 10]
The Kentucky Nativity Play, 1940
[Box: M82, Folder: 1]
Get Up and Bar the Door, 1940
[Box: M82, Folder: 2]
Against the Storm, 1941 February 6
[Box: M82, Folder: 3]
The Kentucky Nativity Play, 1943 December 24
[Box: M82, Folder: 4]
Musical Favorites, 1946 December 20
[Box: M82, Folder: 5]
Music Round the World, undated
[Box: M82, Folder: 6]
Untitled, undated
[Box: M82, Folder: 7]
Related materials, 1937-1938
[Box: M82, Folder: 8]
Subseries E. Articles, 1927-1971
Hill Billies Scribner's, 1927 November
[Box: M83, Folder: 1]
In Defense of the Backwoods Scribner's, 1928 June
[Box: M83, Folder: 2]
The Sixth Hanger Scribner's, 1928 July
[Box: M83, Folder: 3]
Hedge Hoppers Scribner's, 1929 March
[Box: M83, Folder: 4]
The Passing of the Street Cry Scribner's, 1929 September
[Box: M83, Folder: 5]
Eleven A.M Scribner's, 1930 January
[Box: M84, Folder: 1]
Faire I'Ecole Buissoniere The Seven Seas, 1931 April
[Box: M84, Folder: 1Aa]
Gossip from the English Inns The Seven Seas, 1931 July
[Box: M84, Folder: 1Ab]
Traveling Carpeters The Seven Seas, 1931 October
[Box: M84, Folder: 1B]
Villeneuve les Avigon The Cunardner, 1932 February
[Box: M84, Folder: 1C]
The Caledonia Market The Seven Seas, 1932 February
[Box: M84, Folder: 1]
Perfumed Dew for the Little Folk, 1932
[Box: M84, Folder: 2]
Book reviews Courier Journal, 1944-1965
[Box: M84, Folder: 2A-3M]
My Precarious Life in the Public Domain The Atlantic Monthly, 1948 December
[Box: M84, Folder: 3]
Identification of people pictured in The Appalachian Photographs of Doris Ulmann, circa 1971
[Box: M84A, Folder: 1, Box: M84A, Folder: 4]
Art Treasures of the Old World: the Barberini Vase typescript, undated
[Box: M84A, Folder: 5]
Fairy Spinner of the South newspaper article, undated
[Box: M84A, Folder: 6]
Mr. Phouff Does the Churning newspaper article, undated
[Box: M84A, Folder: 7]
Pansy Gets a Permanent Face newspaper article, undated
[Box: M84A, Folder: 8]
When Noah Failed typescript, undated
[Box: M84A, Folder: 9]
Where the Sugar Cane Grows newspaper, undated
[Box: M84A, Folder: 10]
Book Review by JJN typescript, undated
[Box: M84A, Folder: 11-12]
Subseries F. Miscellaneous, 1926-1980
Prose and Poetry, undated
[Box: M85-87]
Poetry, 1926, undated
[Box: M88, Folder: 1-7]
The Cycle of the Weed, A sonnet cycle for the tobacco plant, 1939
[Box: M88, Folder: 8]
John Jacob Niles' poetry Kentucky Poetry Review, 1979 Fall
[Box: M88, Folder: 9]
Sonnet printed by A. Graham, 1980 December 17
[Box: M88, Folder: 10]
Rhapsody for the Very Month of May, undated
[Box: M88, Folder: 11]
Brick Dust and Buttermilk; drafts, gallery proofs, and cover, undated
[Box: M89, Folder: 1-5]
Series V. Instruments, undated
Scope and Content Note:

The 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.

Series VI. Oversized materials, 1917-1982
Scope and Content Note:

The 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 Niles, 1932-1968
[Box: O1, Folder: 1-2]
Section of Louisville Courier Journal, 1959 May 25
[Box: O2, Folder: 1]
75th Anniversary Issue of Lexington Herald Leader, 1963 May 19
[Box: O2, Folder: 2]
Order of Kentucky Colonels, 1980 January 29
[Box: O2, Folder: 3]
Template for design on St. Hubert's church doors, undated
[Box: O2, Folder: 4]
World War I scrapbook, 1917-1919
[Box: O3, Folder: 1]
Scrapbook of clippings, reviews about The Ballad Book, 1961
[Box: O3, Folder: 2]
Plate of offset printing, 1964
[Box: O3, Folder: 3]
Newspaper composite, 1970
[Box: O3, Folder: 4]
Centennial issue of the Winchester Sun, 1978
[Box: O3, Folder: 5]
Christmas card/photo from Louisville Dulcimer Society, undated
[Box: O3, Folder: 6]
Drawing of Dulcimer, undated
[Box: O3, Folder: 7]
The Ballad Book paste-up, undated
[Box: O4, Box: O5]
Publicity posters, 1944-1982
[Box: O11]
Publicity posters, 1962-1970
[Box: O12]
Publicity poster
[Box: O12A]

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