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|Abstract||Musician, folklorist, and professor of religion at Franklin and Marshall College and the University of Pennsylvania. Correspondence, writings, notes, sheet music, open-reel tapes (FT 5505-5510), and other materials, chiefly relating to the collection of texts of German and Pennsylvania Dutch hymns for Yoder's book, "Pennsylvania Spirituals" (1962). Also included are materials about Yoder's other chief interest, the Evangelical United Brethren Church, and other items of general interest to folklorists.|
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Don Yoder is a musician and folklorist. In the 1950s, he was on the faculty of Franklin and Marshall College. In the 1960s, he moved to the University of Pennsylvania, where he was initially on the faculty of the Department of Religious Thought and later in the Department of Folklore and Folklife
Yoder is the author of several books, many of them having to do with the lives of German immigrants in Pennsylvania. One of his prime research interests is the Evangelical United Brethren Church. Yoder's works include: Songs Along the Mahantongo: Pennsylvania Dutch Folk-Songs (with Walter E. Boyer and Albert F. Buffington, 1951); Pennsylvania Spirituals (1962); American Folklife (ed., 1976); Pennsylvania German Immigrants, 1709-1786 (1980); Rhineland Emigrants: Lists of German Settlers in Colonial America (ed., 1981); Decorated Furniture of the Mahantongo Valley (essay contributed, 1987); Discovering American Folklife: Studies in Ethnic, Religious, and Regional Culture (1990).Back to Top
Correspondence, writings, notes, sheet music, open-reel tapes (FT 5505-5510), and other materials, chiefly relating to the collection of texts of German and Pennsylvania Dutch hymns for Yoder's book, "Pennsylvania Spirituals" (1962). Also included are materials about Yoder's other chief interest, the Evangelical United Brethren Church, and other items of general interest to folklorists.Back to Top
Professional correspondence of Don Yoder, chiefly with other folklorists and with members of local history associations and churches, particularly in areas heavily influenced by Pennsylvania Dutch culture. Many of the letters relate to gathering information for several of Yoder's books, especially Pennsylvania Spirituals (1962).
Miscellaneous writings, many on Pennsylvania Dutch hymns, but also reviews of works on folklore by others and symposium papers on various topics. Included are corrected galley proofs of several of Yoder's publications.
Handwritten and typed notes relating to various folklore topics, including a group of notes documenting research on the lyrics to specific Pennsylvania Dutch songs. Also included are several bibliographies on various aspects of folklore study.
Printed and handwritten sheet music, chiefly of Pennsylvania Dutch songs.
Writings by others on folklore topics, clippings and newsletters from various organizations, and other materials relating to folklore, folksongs, and other of Yoder's research interests.
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