Fonds D18 - Papers of Shetland Folk Society.

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Papers of Shetland Folk Society.


  • 1740 - 1979 (Creation)

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Material relating to Shetland folk history, including notes, letters, essays, photographs, questionnaires, dramatic sketches, poems, folk tales, music, newscuttings, printed material, 1663 - 1972; Records collected by E.S. Reid Tait, 1663 - 1960; Papers of Christina Jamieson, 1863 - 1917.

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  • English

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    See 'Foreword' in 'Shetland Folk Book', volume 9, edited by John J. Graham and Brian Smith, 1995.

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    The Shetland Folk Society was formed in May 1945 by members of the Shetland Musical Festival Committee who felt an organisation was needed to promote Shetland's traditional heritage. The aims of the Society are to collect and preserve Shetland's folk lore, folk songs, fiddle tunes, traditions, customs, place-names and dialect and to bring them to the attention of the public. The Society has produced regular concerts, lectures and publications including 'The Folk Book'. The first President was Neil Matheson in 1945. E.S. Reid Tait (c 1884-1960) was President from 1946 to 1956, John J. Graham (born 1921) from 1956 to 1967, and George M. Nelson from 1967 to 1976. Andrew Nicolson became President in 1974.

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