Catalogs of Song Sources

The list below catalogs the informants for the songs in the Heritage Songbook. The emphasis is on lyrics, but where tunes were found in the Upper Midwest, I have listed sources for those also. Note: I have not tried to catalog all the “pop” songbooks I consulted; the books cited here are only those consisting of field collections or publications of early sheet music.

Catalog of Song Informants

Informant Home Song(s) Collection
William N. Allen Wausau, WI The Banks of the Little Eau Pleine Rickaby
Anne B. Anderson Bemidji The Red River Valley Supplied by Margaret Anderson
Odell Bjerkness Edina, MN Oleana (Waltz collection)
M(ichael) C(assius) Dean Virginia, MN The Bigler’s Crew Rickaby
Billie Johnson of Lundy’s Lane Dean
Caroline of Edinboro Town Dean
The Croppy Boy Dean
The Cumberland’s Crew Dean, Rickaby (tune)
Darling Nelly Gray Dean
The Day That I Played Baseball Dean
The Flying Cloud Dean
Heenan and Sayers Dean
The Last Fierce Charge Dean
The House Carpenter Dean
Last Winter Was a Hard One Dean
Lost on the Lady Elgin Dean
Marching Through Georgia Dean
O’Shaughanesey Dean
On the Banks of the Wabash Dean
The Persian’s Crew Dean, Rickaby (tune)
Red Iron Ore Dean, Rickaby (tune)
Skibbereen Dean
Young Charlotte Dean
Austin Faricy Austin, MN Mary Hamilton recorded by Sam Hinton
Laina Haavisto Ely, MN Pium Paum Edgar/Hakala
A. C. Hannah Bemidji, MN (The Jam on) Gerry’s Rocks Rickaby
James Whalen Rickaby
George M. Haskins Gordon, WI James Bird (tune) Rickaby
John Healy Saint Paul, MN In Good Old Colony Days (partial text) (Waltz collection)
John James Johnson (Ohio/Indiana border) James Bird (tune) (Doris Chriswell, Palmyra, NY)
Rose Wilder Lane (Mansfield, MO) The Merry Golden Tree Randolph
Sweet Bessie from Pike Randolph
Elma Snyder McDowell Saint Cloud, MN Old Granny Wales (Stanchfield collection, MHS)
Olga and Sue Simi Cloquet, MN Pium Paum Edgar/Hakala
Ed Springstad Bemidji, MN The Shanty-Boy and the Farmer’s Son Rickaby
W. H. Underwood Bayport, MN Jack Haggerty Rickaby
Robert B. Waltz Saint Paul, MN Lord Randall (Waltz Collection)
Mrs. W. J. Whipple Winona, MN In Good Old Colony Days Belden
Laura Ingalls Wilder Walnut Grove, MN/ Uncle John is Sick Abed On the Banks of Plum Creek
Mansfield, MO Polly, Put the Kettle On On the Banks of Plum Creek
Weevily Wheat On the Banks of Plum Creek

Catalog of Source Books

Book Song Informant
H. M. Belden, Ballads and Songs Collected by the Missouri Folk-Lore Society (1955) The Maid of Prairie du Chien (text) unnamed, Clinton County, MO(?)
In Good Old Colony Days (partial text) Mrs. W. J. Whipple
Theodore C. Blegen and Martin B. Ruud, Norwegian Emigrant Songs and Ballads (1936) Oleana
M(ichael) C(assius) Dean, The Flying Cloud (1922) Billie Johnson of Lundy’s Lane M. C. Dean
The House Carpender M. C. Dean
Lost on the Lady Elgin M. C. Dean
Darling Nelly Gray M. C. Dean
Marching Through Georgia M. C. Dean
O’Shaugahanesey M. C. Dean
Skibbereen M. C. Dean
Last Winter Was a Hard One M. C. Dean
Red Iron Ore (text) M. C. Dean
The Day That I Played Baseball M. C. Dean
On the Banks of the Wabash M. C. Dean
Caroline of Edinboro Town M. C. Dean
The Croppy Boy M. C. Dean
The Cumberland’s Crew M. C. Dean
The Flying Cloud M. C. Dean
Heenan and Sayers M. C. Dean
The Last Fierce Charge M. C. Dean
The Persian’s Crew M. C. Dean
Young Charlotte M. C. Dean
Edith Fowke & Richard Johnston, Chansons de Québec/Folk Songs of Quebec (1957) C’est L’aviron
Edith Fowke, Alan Mills, Helmut Blume, Canada’s Story in Song (1960?) Brave Wolfe
Joyce E. Hakala, The Rowan Tree: The Lifework of Marjorie Edgar (2007) Pium Paum Laina Haavisto, Olga and Sue Simi
Vera Brodsky Lawrence,
Music for Patriots, Politicians, and Presidents: Harmonies and Discords of the First Hundred Years (1975)
Jefferson and Liberty
Grace Lee Nute, The Voyageur (1931) A la claire fontaine
Vance Randolph, Ozark Folksongs (1946-1950) The Merry Golden Tree Rose Wilder Lane
Sweet Bessie from Pike Rose Wilder Lane
Franz Rickaby, Ballads and Songs of the Shanty-Boy (1926) James Bird (tune) George M. Haskins
Red Iron Ore (tune) M. C. Dean
The Bigler’s Crew M. C. Dean
The Cumberland’s Crew M. C. Dean
The Persian’s Crew M. C. Dean
(The Jam on) Gerry’s Rocks A. C. Hannah
James Whalen A. C. Hannah
The Banks of the Little Eau Pleine William N. Allen
Jack Haggerty W. H. Underwood
The Shanty-Boy and the Farmer’s Son Ed Springstad
Carl Sandburg, The American Songbag (1927) The Day That I Played Baseball (tune)
The Colorado Trail (“a hoss wrangler” in Duluth)
Leah Jackson Wolford, The Play-Party in Indiana (1916) Uncle John is Sick Abed

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