M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives


Finding Aid for the
PAPERS, 1938-1977


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M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives 
University Libraries / University at Albany / State University of New York 
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VOLUME: 1 linear foot

ACQUISITION: All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by Edith Cutting.

ACCESS: Access to this record group is unrestricted.

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Biographical Sketch

Series Descriptions

Box and Folder List:

Edith Cutting Papers
Biographical Sketch

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Edith Cutting was born March 31, 1918 at Elizabethtown, New York. She graduated from Elizabethtown High School in 1933, and from the New York State College for Teachers at Albany in 1938, where she received the degree of Bachelor of Science in Librarianship. She held numerous positions as librarian or English teacher, or both until her retirement in 1975. In 1941 she began work at Cornell University towards a Masters' degree, completing it in the summer of 1945.

As Miss Cutting was deeply interested in New York folklore, most of the materials in this collection are manuscripts dealing with this subject or correspondence relating to her publishing endeavors in the realm of folklore. Also there are some papers dealing with her teaching career annual reports, contracts, etc. The collection is rounded out with letters, and two scrapbooks dealing with all phases of her interest in folklore. There is also one bound folder filled with clippings, and two high school year books.

Edith Cutting Papers
Series Descriptions

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Series 1: Papers. 1938-1977. 1 cubic foot. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Correspondence, manuscripts, and other materials relating to the career of Miss Cutting and her interest in New York folklore. Of particular interest is the correspondence with Dr. Harold Thompson.

Series 2: Scrapbooks.

Scrapbooks filled with clippings, letters, etc., giving insight into Miss Cutting's dual career as a folklorist and teacher.

Edith Cutting Papers
Box and Folder List

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Series 1: Papers. 1938-1977.

Box 1

1. Annual Reports: English Department Johnson City High School, Johnson City, New York, 1950-1972.
2. Correspondence: family. 1944, 1977.

(Includes one letter from Louis circa Jones, New York area folklorist and historian).

3. Correspondence: Harold W. Thompson, 1944-1958.
4. Manuscript: "The Codex Sinaiticus."
5. Manuscript: "The Douglass Manuscript" - article.
6. Manuscript: The Douglas Manuscript - E. Cutting M.A. Thesis, 1945. Folder A., pp. 1-175.
7. Manuscript: The Douglas Manuscript - thesis, continued, 1945. Folder B., pp. 176-297.
8. Manuscript: The Douglas Manuscript - thesis, concluded, 1945. Folder circa, unpaginated notes following p. 297.
9. Manuscript: "I called this talk 'American folklore ...'"
10. Manuscript: Johnson City Our Local Heritage.
11. Manuscript: Lore of an Adirondack County.
12. Manuscript: "More Lore."
13. Manuscript: "New York Folklore Society."
14. Manuscript: "Peter Carrott."
15. Manuscript: "Society and folklore in the Champlain Valley."
16. Manuscript: Quilt for Bermuda.
17. Manuscript: "Whistling Girls and Jumping Sheep."
18. Miscellaneous: notes, workshop programs, etc.
19. Publication: "On Whistling Girls and Jumping Sheep."
20. Teaching Contracts: Edith Cutting, 1938-1974
21. Yearbook: The Tioughmiogan, 1946, De Ruyter Central School.
22. Yearbook: The Tioughmiogan, 1947, De Ruyter Central School.

Edith Cutting Papers
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Series 2: Scrapbooks.

Large Black Scrapbook

Important letters having to do with folklore in scrapbook.

1. Harry S. Douglas. Wyoming County (New York) Historian. December 16, 1958. p. 38.
2. Karen Keefe. Editor of The Parlor City Review. July 21, 1976. p. 47.
3. G. Legman. From France: a request for Miss Cutting's help in locating ribald American and British ballads.

Small Brown Scrapbook

Important letters having to do with folklore in scrapbook.

1. Harold W. Thompson. December 9, 1943. p. 1.
2. Harold W. Thompson. January 6, 1944. p. 2.
3. Harold W. Thompson. June 23, 1943. p. 4.
4. Victor Reynolds. December 5, 1944. p. 6.
5. Wayland D. Hand. Editor, American Folklore Society, Inc. September 6, 1945. p. 10.
6. Jane Fennelly. Cornell University Press. January 11, 1944, p. 11.
7. Harold W. Thompson. October 17, 19??, p. 23.
8. Henry W. Shoemaker. Director, Pennsylvania State Library and Museum.
March 20, 1944, p. 28.
9. Henry W. Shoemaker. April 11, 1944, p. 32.
10. Robert W. Crooks. Staff, New York Folklore Quarterly. April 26, 1951, p. 51.
11. Harold W. Thompson. January 17, 1951, p. 52.
12. Harold W. Thompson. January 19, 1951, p. 55.
13. Robert W. Crooks. November 8, 1951, p. 58.
14. Victor Reynolds. August 8, 1951, p. 69.

Light Blue Loose Leaf Folder

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