1400 Washington AveAlbanyNY
1400 Washington AveAlbanyNY

John Wolcott Papers

1954-1992

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Abstract

The John Wolcott Papers document the revival of the historic Pinxter Festival in Albany, New York between 1972-1992.

Summary

Creator:
Wolcott, John R.
Date Coverage:
1954-1992
Quantity:
0.7 cubic ft.  processed to date

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 Wolcott wrote several letters asking the 1811 law be repealed. The Whitsuntide Holiday Law was repealed in 2011, two hundred years after it was enacted.

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.

The collection is organized chronologically. There are no series.

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.

Processed by: Kathleen Broeder

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Published: 2017-04-14 11:23:50 -0400

Encoded in EAD by Kathleen Broeder, 2012

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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).

Contents of Collection

BoxFolderContentsDate

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1 1Tulip Fest1954

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1 2Pinxter Fest1972

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Oversized 11KITE News Clippings1972-1980

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1 3Pinxter Fest1973

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1 4Pinxter Fest1976

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Oversized 12Pinxter Fest Posters1976-1982, Undated

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1 5Niskayuna Folk Festival1977

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1 6Northeast Craft Fair1977

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1 7Pinxter Fest1977

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1 8Pinxter Fest1978

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1 9Pinxter Fest1979

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Oversized 13The Entertainer News Clippings1979-1980

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1 10Pinxter Fest1980

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1 11Pinxter Fest1981

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1 12Pinxter Fest1982

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1 13Pinxter Fest1983

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1 14Pinxter Fest1984

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1 15Pinxter Fest1985

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1 16Pinxter Fest1992

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1 17Albany City Special Event Policy StatementUndated

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1 18Craft Vendor Business Cards and FlyersUndated

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1 19Craft Vendor NotebookUndated

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1 20Loose Leaf NotesUndated

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1 21Pintxer FestUndated

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2 1Pinxter Fest PhotographsUndated

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2 2-3Planning NotebookUndated

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2 4RecipesUndated

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2 5Research MaterialsUndated

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2 6Treasures from Eleanor Skelton Cash, PoetryUndated