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Collections - MF 008 Norman Cazden Collection

Number of Accessions: 12
Dates when interviews were conducted: 1960-1980
Time period covered: 1960-1980
Principal interviewers:
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Access Restrictions:
Accession 857: in-house use only; Accession 2581: copyright retained by Cazden estate.

Description: Norman Cazden was a composer, musicologist, and faculty member of the University of Maine who had a longstanding interest in traditional American folk music. This collection reflects his career as both collector and composer. See also Norman Cazden Papers in Folger Library Special Collections which also include tape recordings of Cazden’s own compositions and teaching tapes. For materials relating to Cazden’s work collecting folksongs in the Catskill Mountain region, see MF 112 Norman Studer/Camp Woodland Papers. The Norman Cazden Collection includes songs collected from George Edwards in the Catskills; square dance tunes; dubbings of Penobscot and Passamaquoddy Indian songs; collection of tunes sung at the Ninth Annual Miramichi Folksong Festival, August 15 – 17, 1966; recording of Catskill Folk Festival held at Andes, New York in 1977, 1978, and 1979; folk songs and ballads compiled by Edith Fowke, an eminent Canadian collector, from her own collection; unpublished(?) Woody Guthrie recordings from a private collection; Adirondack woods songs compiled by folklorist Bob Bethke in conjunction with Bethke’s book on Ted Ashlaw, a singer; Scottish bagpipe music; Negro convict songs collected by Bruce Jackson; Native American songs from the David McAllester Collection at Wesleyan University; and an interview with Edward D. “Sandy” Ives about Norman Cazden’s life and teaching at University of Maine, also circumstances of the symphony recital of July, 1980.

665 Cazden, Norman. New York: Catskills. 24 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Songs collected by donor from George Edwards in the Catskills; also other singers from that area. T363

666 Cazden, Norman. July 1969. N. H.: Peterborough. 1 p. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. w/ brief cat. Square dance tunes played on violins, accordion, and piano. T364 – T366

857 Cazden, Norman. 1974. Conn.: Woodville, Waterbury. 8 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ notes & index. Dub of Penobscot and Passamaquoddy Indian songs. RESTRICTED. T808

1008 Cazden, Norman. August 1966. New Brunswick: Miramichi. 27 pp. No Tape. Brief cat, of songs sung. Collection of tunes sung at the Ninth Annual Miramichi Folksong Festival, August 15 – 17, 1966. 21 pages of handwritten notations of tunes with notes.

1119 Cazden, Norman. August 1977. New York: Andes. 3 pp. Tape: 5 hrs. w/ index of performers and songs sung. Recording of Catskill Folk Festival held August 13-14, 1977 at Andes, New York. T1167 -T1171

1218 Cazden, Norman. Summer 1978. New York: Andes. 11 pp. Tape: 16 hrs. w/ brief cat. of song titles and performers. Recording of the Catskill Folk Festival held August 12-13, 1978 at Andes, New York. T1278 – T1285

1287 Cazden, Norman. August 1979. New York: Andes. 6 pp. Tape: 5 hrs. w/ brief cat. of song titles and performers. Recording of the Catskill Folk Festival held August 11-12, 1979 in Andes, New York. T1358 – T1362

1395 Ives, Edward D. Fall 1980. Maine: Orono. 33 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. Dub of songs from the Catskill Folksong Festivals made by Norman Cazden. T1531

2578 Cazden, Norman. ca. 1960-1978. 24 tape reels The tapes, which had belonged to Cazden, appear to contain dubs of commercially recorded LPs but also other material which is very diverse and possibly unique and significant. Several reels contain folk songs and ballads compiled by Edith Fowke, an eminent Canadian collector, from her own collection; one reel contains unpublished(?) Woody Guthrie recordings from a private collection; two reels contain Adirondack woods songs compiled by folklorist Bob Bethke in conjunction with Bethke’s book on Ted Ashlaw, a singer; several reels contain Scottish bagpipe music not from LPs; two reels contain Negro convict songs collected by Bruce Jackson; one reel features Native American songs from the David McAllester Collection at Wesleyan University. Each tape box contains a typed contents listing prepared by Norman Cazden; these have been photocopied and placed in the accession folder. T2026 – T2049

2581 Maine Folklife Center. 1980. Maine: Orono. Accession consists of four 7” tape reels documenting the July, 1980 rehearsal and performance of an orchestral symphonic work composed by Norman Cazden. Cazden was ill at the time, and the performance allowed him to hear the symphony he had composed. For information about this performance see accession NA 2583. At time of writing, there is no other documentation for this accession. RESTRICTED: Composition and/ or performance may be governed by copyright restrictions. Permission to copy the recording does not imply permission to publish or perform the work. For more information on Cazden’s life, career, and music consult the Cazden Collection in Fogler Library Special Collections. 2581.1 – 2581.4

2582 Maine Folklife Center. 1980-1999. Maine: Orono. Accession consists of two cassette tapes relating to the life and music of Norman Cazden, composer, musicologist and folk music scholar. The two cassettes are as follows: Cassette dub of Cazden Symphony performed July 20, 1980. Cassette recording of Cazden Memorial concert performed November 16, 1980. C1786 – C1787

2583 Maine Folklife Center. 1980-1999. Maine: Orono. Accession consists of cassette interview with Edward D. “Sandy” Ives about Norman Cazden’s life and teaching at University of Maine, also circumstances of the symphony recital of July, 1980, recorded by Steve Green at Orono, Maine, February 18, 1999. C1788


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