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Edith Cutting Papers


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Cutting was a folklorist, author, 1938 graduate of State College for Teachers, and a high school English teacher in Johnson City, New York.


Cutting, Edith E.
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1.0 cubic ft. (about 1.0 boxes)

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.

Includes 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. Alo included are scrapbooks filled with clippings, letters, etc., giving insight into Miss Cutting's dual career as a folklorist and teacher.

The collection has no series, arranged alphabetically.

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

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Published: 2018-03-06 03:11:52 -0500

Converted to EAD, 2015 December

Encoded in EAD by Gregory Wiedeman, 2015

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Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Edith Cutting Papers, 1938-1977. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Cutting Papers).

Contents of Collection



1 1Annual Reports: English Department Johnson City High School, Johnson City, New York1950-1972


1 2Correspondence: family (Includes one letter from Louis circa Jones, New York area folklorist and historian)1944, 1977


1 3Correspondence: Harold W. Thompson1944-1958


1 4Manuscript: "The Codex Sinaiticus."Undated


1 5Manuscript: "The Douglass Manuscript" - article.Undated


1 6Manuscript: The Douglas Manuscript - E. Cutting M.A Thesis, Folder A. pp. 1-1751945


1 7Manuscript: The Douglas Manuscript - thesis, Folder B. pp. 176-2971945


1 8Manuscript: The Douglas Manuscript - thesis, unpaginated notes following pp. 297ca. 1945


1 9Manuscript: "I called this talk 'American folklore ...'"Undated


1 10Manuscript: Johnson City Our Local Heritage.Undated


1 11Manuscript: Lore of an Adirondack County.Undated


1 12Manuscript: "More Lore."Undated


1 13Manuscript: "New York Folklore Society."Undated


1 14Manuscript: "Peter Carrott."Undated


1 15Manuscript: "Society and folklore in the Champlain Valley."Undated


1 16Manuscript: Quilt for Bermuda.Undated


1 17Manuscript: "Whistling Girls and Jumping Sheep."Undated


1 18Miscellaneous: notes, workshop programs, etc.Undated


1 19Publication: "On Whistling Girls and Jumping Sheep."Undated


1 20Teaching Contracts: Edith Cutting1938-1974


1 21Yearbook: The Tioughmiogan, De Ruyter Central School1946


1 22Yearbook: The Tioughmiogan, De Ruyter Central School1947


2 1Large Black Scrapbook1958-1976


Item 1Harry S. Douglas. Wyoming County (New York) Historian. p. 38.1958 December 16


Item 2Karen Keefe. Editor of The Parlor City Review. p. 47.1976 July 21


Item 3G. Legman. From France: a request for Miss Cutting's help in locating ribald American and British ballads.Undated


2 3Small Brown Scrapbook1943-1951


Item 1Harold W. Thompson. p. 1.1943 December 9


Item 2Harold W. Thompson. p. 2.1944 January 6


Item 3Harold W. Thompson. p. 4.1943 June 23


Item 4Victor Reynolds. p. 6.1944 December 5


Item 5Wayland D. Hand. Editor, American Folklore Society, Inc. p. 10.1945 September 6


Item 6Jane Fennelly. Cornell University Press. p. 11.1944 January 11


Item 7Harold W. Thompson. p. 23.Undated


Item 8Henry W. Shoemaker. Director, Pennsylvania State Library and Museum. p. 28.1944 March 20


Item 9Henry W. Shoemaker. p. 32.1944 April 11


Item 10Robert W. Crooks. Staff, New York Folklore Quarterly. p. 51.1951 April 26


Item 11Harold W. Thompson. p. 52.1951 January 17


Item 12Harold W. Thompson. p. 55.1951 January 19


Item 13Robert W. Crooks. p. 58.1951 November 8


Item 14Victor Reynolds. p. 69.1951 August 8