Paul Ashford papers, 1890-1958  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Ashford, Paul
Title
Paul Ashford papers
Dates
1890-1958 (inclusive)
Quantity
4.45 cubic feet (5 boxes and 1 folder)
Collection Number
0785
Summary
Music reviews, articles, poetry, radio scripts, and correspondence of Paul Ashford, a song collector and folk singer in Washington State.
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Open to all users.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Paul Ashford (1906-1952) was a Seattle composer, folk singer, and song collector, as well as a music reviewer and prolific writer, who published many articles in the "Seattle Times" and "Seattle Post-Intelligencer," among other publications. Many of Ashford's musical compositions and writings reflect life in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest throughout the Great Depression and into the 1940s. During the Depression, when paid music reviews became scarce, Ashford worked briefly as a writer through the Works Progress Administration program, producing a guide to Washington State and other tourist materials. He attended the University of Washington and graduated with a Master's degree in musical composition in 1929. In the 1940s, Ashford (who also was an avid collector of jazz recordings) developed a particular interest in baroque recorder music, and composed many pieces for the instrument. He later founded both the Seattle and San Francisco Recorder Guilds, before his death from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 1952.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Paul Ashford papers contain mainly notes, lyrics, musical arrangements, and scores for a variety of folk music collected and compiled by Ashford from the 1920s through 1952. In particular, there is a large set of both temperance and drinking songs from the 1920s and 1930s. The collection includes a small amount of correspondence from notable folk musicians and enthuisasts, Ivar Haglund, Earl Robinson, and Pete Seeger. There are also manuscript scores of Ashford's own compositions, as well as manuscripts of his various writings, including radio broadcast scripts, drafts of a novel, and music criticism. A scrapbook in Box 5 contains clippings of music reviews written by Ashford, mainly for "The Town Crier," a Seattle publication, as well as some original artwork, correspondence, and recordings. A separate accession includes a single letter to Ashford from University of Washington professor, Glenn Hughes, dated 1929, in which he thanks Ashford for a favorable review and encourages him to continue writing poetry, along with offers to assist in getting Ashford's writing published.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Accession No. 0785-001: Letter from Glenn Hughes, 1929Return to Top

0.03 cubic feet (1 folder)

Scope and Content: Letter from Glenn Hughes, 23 Mar 1929

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Acquisition Info: Source: Mrs. Jean Ashford, 1967 September 15

Accession No. 0785-002: Paul Ashford papers, 1890-1958, 2010Return to Top

4.42 cubic feet (5 boxes)
Arrangement: Arranged according to the type of record

Scope and Content: Contains correspondence with fellow musicians and other champions of folk music, including Ivar Haglund, Earl Robinson, and Pete Seeger, collections of music, reviews, articles, poetry, and radio scripts.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Acquisition Info: Source: John Ashford, 2010 November 22

Processing Info: Processed by Deborah Hamilton in 2011.

Container(s) Description Dates
Correspondence
Box/Folder Accession
1/1 0785-002
Haglund, Ivar
1941; undated
1/2 0785-002
Robinson, Earl
circa 1930s; 1946; 1958
1/3 0785-002
Seeger, Pete
circa 1940s
1/4 0785-002
Miscellaneous
1928-1952
Drinking and Temperance Songs
Box/Folder Accession
1/5 0785-002
Lyrics- "One Stringed Lute"
undated
1/6 0785-002
Musical Scores- Arrangements and Originals
circa 1926
1/7 0785-002
Musical Score- "Gone, Gone, Gone"
undated
box-folder:oversize
4/1-4/2 0785-002
Musical Scores- "High and Dry" songbook
undated
Box/Folder
1/8 0785-002
Musical Scores- "High and Dry" songbook, miscellaneous pages
undated
1/9 0785-002
Musical Scores- "In the East and in the West"
undated
1/10 0785-002
Musical Score- "Jimmie Jinkins"
undated
1/11 0785-002
Musical Scores- " Liza Jane" and "Old Joe Clark"
undated
1/12 0785-002
Musical Score- "The Rubaiyat"
undated
1/13 0785-002
Publication- Choice Gospel Songs and Hymns
1951
1/14 0785-002
Publication- Evangel Songs
1931
1/15 0785-002
Publication- Filmore's Prohibition Songs
1903
1/16 0785-002
Publication- Hymns of Praise
1890
1/17 0785-002
Publication- Kingdom Songs
1914
1/18 0785-002
Publication- The One Hundred and One Best Songs
1919
1/19 0785-002
Publication- The School Song Book
1910
1/20 0785-002
Publication- Songs for School, Home, and Nation
1897
1/21 0785-002
Publication- Songs of Praise: Number Two
1905
1/22 0785-002
Publication- Songs of the Comforter: Number 2
1905
1/23 0785-002
Publication- The Temperance Songster
1904
1/24 0785-002
Publication- Waves of Glory
1905
1/25 0785-002
Publication- World Wide Revival Songs: Number Two
1921
Folk Music Collection
Box/Folder Accession
1/26 0785-002
List of billings
undated
1/27 0785-002
Lyrics- Miscellaneous
undated
1/28-1/31 0785-002
Musical Scores- Ballads
undated
1/32 0785-002
Musical Scores- Ballads, Early Songs, English, American, etc.
undated
1/33 0785-002
Musical Scores- Ballads, Scotch and Irish songs
undated
box-folder:oversize
4/3 0785-002
Musical Scores- "Bloody Ballad" and others
undated
Box/Folder
2/1 0785-002
Musical Scores- "Cost of Living"
undated
2/2 0785-002
Musical Scores- Dance Songs
undated
2/3 0785-002
Musical Score- "Dirge"
undated
2/4 0785-002
Musical Score- "Fare Thee Well- Babe, with Love"
undated
2/5 0785-002
Musical Scores- Folk Music/Songs, British Isles
undated
2/6 0785-002
Musical Scores- Folk Music/Songs, Chinese
undated
2/7 0785-002
Musical Scores- Folk Music/Songs, French, Spanish
undated
2/8 0785-002
Musical Scores- Folk Music/Songs, Jamaica
undated
2/9 0785-002
Musical Scores- Folk Music/Songs, Labor Protest (Labeled: "Cost of Living")
circa 1948
2/10 0785-002
Musical Scores- Folk Music/Songs, Scandinavian
undated
2/11 0785-002
Musical Scores- Jamaica
undated
box-folder:oversize
4/4 0785-002
Musical Scores- Jamaica
undated
Box/Folder
2/12 0785-002
Musical Scores- Lumberman Songs
undated
2/13 0785-002
Musical Scores- Negro
undated
2/14-2/17 0785-002
Musical Scores- Notebook
undated
2/18 0785-002
Musical Scores- Notebook labeled "Alto"
undated
2/19 0785-002
Musical Scores- Notebook labeled "Dick's Own"
undated
2/20 0785-002
Musical Scores- Notebook labeled "Fiddler's Best, Collected by Paul Ashford"
undated
2/21 0785-002
Musical Scores- Notebook labeled "Fiddler's Best"
undated
2/22 0785-002
Musical Scores- Notebook labeled "Harmonium"
undated
2/23 0785-002
Musical Scores- Notebook labeled "Rhythm Tunes"
undated
2/24 0785-002
Musical Scores- Notebook labeled "Songs and Dances"
undated
2/25 0785-002
Musical Scores- Spirituals and Carols
undated
2/26 0785-002
Musical Scores- Tunes without words
undated
2/27 0785-002
Musical Scores- untitled, "Moanin' Low," and "How Could Red Riding Hood"
circa 1929
2/28 0785-002
Musical Scores- Work Songs and Poetry
undated
2/29 0785-002
Musical Scores- Work Songs, etc. (Chanteys, Cowboy Songs)
undated
2/30-2/33 0785-002
Musical Scores- Miscellaneous
undated
2/34 0785-002
Publication- Deutlches Liederbuchby: Erlte Folge
1948
2/35 0785-002
Publication- Klavier Quintet in F minorby: Cesar Franck
undated
2/36 0785-002
Publication- JazzmenArmed Services Edition edited by: Frederic Ramsey, Jr. and Charles Edward Smith
1939
2/37 0785-002
Publication- The Happy Soldiercompiled, edited, and arranged by: Irmgard Lehrer
1942
box-folder:oversize
4/5 0785-002
Publication- Sonata in B Flatby: George McKay
1931
Box/Folder
2/38 0785-002
Publication- Treasure Chest of More Songs and Games for Children
1940
Original Compositions
box-folder:oversize Accession
4/6 0785-002
Composition Book
undated
Box/Folder
3/1 0785-002
Musical Scores- "17th - 18th Century Music
undated
3/2 0785-002
Musical Scores- Ballads from the Big Timber (photocopies)
undated
3/3 0785-002
Musical Score- Book III
undated
3/4 0785-002
Musical Score- "Broken Doll"
General Notes: Words by Joe McCloskey
undated
3/5 0785-002
Musical Score- "Broken Doll"
undated
3/6 0785-002
Musical Score- "Dust in my Shoes: A Pedestrian Wail"
General Notes: Words by Joe McCloskey
undated
3/7 0785-002
Musical Score- "Fiddle (D-D)"
undated
3/8 0785-002
Musical Score- "Forsaken"
undated
3/9 0785-002
Musical Score- "Gee! But I'm Blue"
General Notes: Words by Joe McCloskey
undated
box-folder:oversize
4/7 0785-002
Musical Score- "Ghost Walk: Panoramamerican"
undated
Box/Folder
3/10 0785-002
Musical Score- "Harbor Fog"
Undated
3/11 0785-002
Musical Score- "Harmonium"
Undated
3/12 0785-002
Musical Score- "I'll Follow the Sunset to You"
Undated
3/13 0785-002
Musical Scores- "Mountain Melody" and "Wind and Waves"
Undated
3/14 0785-002
Musical Score- "Nocturne: Poor one Pavan Defunct"
Undated
3/15 0785-002
Musical Scores- Notebook
Undated
3/16 0785-002
Musical Score- "Rondo Walzer"
Undated
3/17 0785-002
Musical Score- "Rubanik- Method for Recorder"
General Notes: With loose untitled compositions inside.
Undated
3/18 0785-002
Musical Score- "Scenario for an Imaginary Melodrama: Radio-Movie Style"
Undated
3/19 0785-002
Musical Score- "Since You Said We're Through"
Undated
3/20 0785-002
Musical Score- "Sitting in the Sunshine"
Undated
3/21 0785-002
Musical Score- "Situation Normal- (Snafu)"
Undated
3/22 0785-002
Musical Score- "South Tacoma Jump"
Undated
3/23 0785-002
Musical Score- "Sue"
Undated
3/24 0785-002
Musical Score- "That's All There Is- There Ain't No More"
Undated
3/25 0785-002
Musical Score- "Waves and Winds Westerly"
Undated
3/26 0785-002
Musical Score- "You and Me Both, Baby"
Undated
3/27-3/32 0785-002
Musical Scores- Untitled
Undated
Writings
Box/Folder Accession
3/33 0785-002
Article- "Big Bottom Country (WA)" (transcription)
circa 1930s
3/34 0785-002
Manuscript- "Ballads from the Big Timber" (Program #1)
undated
3/35 0785-002
Manuscript- "A Brief History of the Seattle Symphony"
1932
3/36 0785-002
Manuscript- "A Brief Interpretation of the History of Music in Washington State"
1937
3/37 0785-002
Manuscript- "Clambake"
undated
3/38 0785-002
Manuscript- "Clambake- Radio Script"
undated
3/39 0785-002
Manuscript- "Dr. Exner: Jazz Collector, Producer, Connoisseur"
General Notes: Article written for Jazzfinder
circa 1945-1946
3/40 0785-002
Manuscript- "Doctor Jazz- Radio Script"
undated
3/41 0785-002
Manuscript- "Lumber"
circa 1930s
3/42 0785-002
Manuscript- "Naked as Truth"
undated
3/43 0785-002
Manuscript- "Ninety Days"
undated
3/44 0785-002
Manuscript- "Old Settler's Song"
undated
3/45 0785-002
Manuscript- "The Pacific Traveler- Radio Script"
undated
3/46 0785-002
Manuscript- "A Pageant of Worms"
undated
3/47 0785-002
Manuscript- "Pen in Hand"
3/48 0785-002
Manuscript- "The Seattle Gazette- Radio Programs"
undated
3/49 0785-002
Manuscript- "The Washington Press: Past and Present"
circa 1937
3/50 0785-002
Manuscript- Untitled
undated
3/51 0785-002
Notes- re: the Depression
circa 1930s
3/52 0785-002
Notes- re: Labor
undated
3/53 0785-002
Notes- re: "Pioneer Literary Backgrounds, Seattle"
1938
3/54 0785-002
Notes- re: Radio Script for Big Timber
undated
3/55 0785-002
Notes- re: "Seattle Music I"
1938
3/56 0785-002
Notes- re: "The Seattle Theater 1"
1938
3/57-3/59 0785-002
Notes- re: "Storm Warning" (unfinished novel)
undated
3/60-3/61 0785-002
Notes- Miscellaneous
circa 1930s; circa 1938
Box/Folder Accession
5 0785-002
Scrapbook
General Notes: Includes: clippings of articles, reviews, poetry, and correspondence.
1927-1951
Miscellaneous
Box/Folder Accession
3/62 0785-002
Biographical Essay and Description of Materials
General Notes: Compiled by John Ashford.
2010
3/63 0785-002
Clippings and Miscellany
1937-1952
3/64 0785-002
Diploma
1920
3/65 0785-002
Ephemera- Seattle
circa 1930s
box-folder:oversize
4/8 0785-002
Poster- advertising "Acres of Clams"
undated
4/9 0785-002
Sign- Seattle Concert Band
undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Composers--United States--20th century
  • Drinking songs
  • Ethnomusicologists--United States--20th century
  • Folk music--United States--History and criticism
  • Folk singers--United States--20th century
  • Folk songs, English--United States istory and criticism
  • Music critics--Washington (State)--Seattle--20th century
  • Sound recordings--Collectors and collecting nited States
  • Temperance--Songs and music
  • Personal Names :
  • Ashford, Paul--Archives
  • Haglund, Ivar, 1905-1985--Correspondence
  • Hughes, Glenn, 1894-1964--Correspondence
  • Robinson, Earl, 1910-1991--Correspondence
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts for publication
  • Scores

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)