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Helm Papers

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0103 HELM
Held at: University College London
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Full title: Helm Papers
Date(s): c1950-1970
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 8 boxes, 86 volumes
Name of creator(s): Helm | Alex | 1920-1970 | folklore writer

Context

Administrative/Biographical history:

Alex Helm was a writer and Fellow of the Folk Lore Society. Starting in 1955, he collected together material relating to British folk drama, which he hoped to publish as a complete geographical index. Later, joined by Dr E C Cawte and N Peacock, Helm produced the first part of this work, A Geographical Index of the Ceremonial Dance in Great Britain, in 1960, and the second, English Ritual Drama, a Geographical Index, in 1967.

Content

Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Alex Helm, c1950-1970, comprising manuscript notebooks and working papers for the published works A Geographical Index of the Ceremonial Dance in Great Britain, English Ritual Drama, a Geographical Index, and The Chapbook Mummers' Plays; typescript drafts for lectures and unpublished works; material for proposed publication on English traditional ceremonial costume, includes photographs; correspondence; collected source and published material; and offprints of related published works of co-authors.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Open.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Normal copyright restrictions apply.

Finding aids:

Handlist.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Bequeathed to University College London Library in 1970 and received in two deposits in 1975 and 1980.

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Date(s) of descriptions:
1999

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