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Collection Number: 04561

Collection Title: Adolph Bregman Papers, 1920s-1940s

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 650 items)
Abstract Adolph Bregman, mettalurgist with a specialization in non- ferreous metals, whose avocation was collecting and performing folk songs from all parts of the United States. Chiefly words and music to songs collected by Adolph Bregman, many of which were published in "Songs of American Folk" (John Day Company, 1942), co-authored by Satis N. Coleman of the Lincoln School of Teachers College, N.Y. The book includes discussion of English folksongs in the United States, spirituals, and African-American music. Also included are notes on folk songs, scripts written by Bregman for a 1930s radio show about folk music, and a small number of photographs of Bregman, his friends, and family.
Creator Bregman, Adolph, 1890-1951.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
RESTRICTED: Pending processing, may be used only with special staff assistance.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Adolph Bregman papers #4561, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Cynthia Bregman King of Fripp Island, S.C., in April 1989.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Adolph Bregman, mettalurgist with a specialization in non- ferreous metals, whose avocation was collecting and performing folk songs from all parts of the United States.

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The collection has been divided into two series: Series 1 consists of the words and music to songs collected by Bregman; Series 2 consists of other materials as detailed below. Biographical information about Bregman may be found in folder 10, and an extensive sketch of his life, written by his daughter, Cynthia Bregman King, is available from the staff.

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Contents list

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About 500 items.

Handwritten and printed versions of songs collected by Bregman from various sources. Many of these songs, especially those in folders 8 and 9, appeared in Songs of American Folk.

Folder 1-9

Folder 1

Folder 2

Folder 3

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6

Folder 7

Folder 8

Folder 9

Collected songs, undated #04561, Series: "1. Collected Songs, Undated." Folder 1-9

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Processing Information

Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, September 1990

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Paper extremely fragile throughout.

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