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This collection is arranged in 6 series.
The reaserach files of Mary Frances Dunham include musical examples with notations, audio cassettes, notes, maps, charts, slides, photographs, and printed material.
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Restrictions on Access
This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
This collection has no restrictions.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Mary Frances Dunham Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Ownership and Custodial History
Transfer from Music Library.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers Processed PTL 3/2014.
2014-03-11 File created.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Mary Frances Dunham worked as an ethnomusicologist at Columbia University. She studied music composition in New York and Paris. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Teaching Classical Languages from Harvard University and one in Indic Studies from Columbia University. Dunham wrote articles and co-edited works specializing in the music of South Asia. During the 1960s, Dunham was introduced to jarigan songs when Jasimuddin, an eminent Bangladeshi poet and collector of folk song texts, asked her to make musical notations of songs he was gathering for his book, Jarigan (1968). She received a grant from the Ford Foundation for further field work and research in order to prepare material for her book on Jarigan.