The project to digitise the James Madison Carpenter Collection has just received funding for its next phase from the British Academy's Committee for Larger Research Grants. This phase will evaluate the content and significance of Carpenter's Dictaphone cylinder recordings and make concomitant transcriptions. As one might expect, most of the recordings are of songs and ballads, but there are also a few folk plays.
The collection is held by the Library of Congress, Washington DC, and the project is led by Dr.Julia Bishop of the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, with Eddie Cass looking after folk drama matters. For our review of the first fruits of the project - the online catalogue - see Traditional Drama Forum, No.7.