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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
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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.


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English Ritual Drama, a Geographical Index, and The Chapbook Mummers' Plays; typescript drafts for lectures and unpublished works; material for proposed publication on English traditional ceremonial costume, includes photographs; correspondence; collected source and published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.

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Open.The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

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Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

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

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