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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Information

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Subject and Genre Headings

Administrative Information

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JOHN WOLCOTT PAPERS, (APAP-294), 1954-1992




Descriptive Summary

Title: John Wolcott Papers
Date: 1954-1992
Physical Characteristics: 0.7 cubic ft. processed to date
Abstract: The John Wolcott Papers document the revival of the historic Pinxter Festival in Albany, New York between 1972-1992.
Storage: The materials are located onsite in the department.
Language: The materials in the collection are in English.
Repository: M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University at Albany, SUNY

Biographical Sketch

John Wolcott was chairman of the Pinxter Committee of Albany, also called the People’s Pinxter Festival Committee, which coordinated the annual Pinxter Festival. The festival is known as Pinxter, Pinxter Sunday or Pinkster, Dutch for Pentecost, and as Whitsuntide, the English term for Pentecost.

During the colonial period, Pinxter celebrations were held throughout eastern New York in communities of Dutch origins. Africans played a major role in organizing Pinxter, adding African music and dance to the festivities. In 1811 the Common Council of the City of Albany passed a Whitsuntide Holiday law which banned the essential elements of the festival and, as a result, the festival died out.

In 1971, Pinxter was revived in Albany and celebrated on Sundays during Tulip Fest in Washington Park with craft vendors and musicians. It was often advertised as an illegal festival. Wolcott wrote several letters asking the 1811 law be repealed. The Whitsuntide Holiday Law was repealed in 2011, two hundred years after it was enacted.

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Scope and Content Information

The John Wolcott Papers contain materials related to the planning and advertising of Pinxter Festivals in Albany, New York. The collection includes festival posters, fliers, photographs, news clippings, hand written notes, correspondence and programs of similar festivals, including a early souvenir Tulip Fest envelope. Craft vendors were a major part of the festivities and the contact information for many of them is included. Information about historic Pinxter festivals, Albany’s relevant laws and policies, and a small collection of colonial Dutch recipes were used in the planning process.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized chronologically. There are no series.

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Restrictions

Access

Access to this record group is unrestricted.

Copyright

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

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Subject Headings

Persons

Wolcott, John R.

Subjects

Folk festivals New York (State)
Pentecost Festival

Places

Albany (N.Y.)

Genres and Forms

Black-and-white photographs
Clippings (information artifacts)
Correspondence
Fliers (printed matter)
Newspapers
Posters
Programs (documents)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, John Wolcott Papers, 1954-1992. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the John Wolcott Papers).

Acquisition Information

John Wolcott donated his materials in 2007 to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives. In 2013 Wolcott donated an additional 26 cubic feet of materials which will be processed at a later date.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Kathleen Broeder
Date: © 2012 By the University at Albany, SUNY. All rights reserved.
Revision history: -

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Container list

Box Folder
1 1 Tulip Fest, 1954
2 Pinxter Fest, 1972
Oversized Folder
1 1 KITE News Clippings, 1972-1980
Box Folder
1 3 Pinxter Fest, 1973
4 Pinxter Fest, 1976
Oversized Folder
1 2 Pinxter Fest Posters, 1976-1982, Undated
Box Folder
1 5 Niskayuna Folk Festival, 1977
6 Northeast Craft Fair, 1977
7 Pinxter Fest, 1977
8 Pinxter Fest, 1978
9 Pinxter Fest, 1979
Oversized Folder
1 3 The Entertainer News Clippings, 1979-1980
Box Folder
1 10 Pinxter Fest, 1980
11 Pinxter Fest, 1981
12 Pinxter Fest, 1982
13 Pinxter Fest, 1983
14 Pinxter Fest, 1984
15 Pinxter Fest, 1985
16 Pinxter Fest, 1992
17 Albany City Special Event Policy Statement, Undated
18 Craft Vendor Business Cards and Flyers, Undated
19 Craft Vendor Notebook, Undated
20 Loose Leaf Notes, Undated
21 Pintxer Fest, Undated
Box Folder
2 1 Pinxter Fest Photographs, Undated
2-3 Planning Notebook, Undated
4 Recipes, Undated
5 Research Materials, Undated
6 Treasures from Eleanor Skelton Cash, Poetry, Undated

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