StorageSiteUCL Special Collections
Reference Number HELM
TitleHelm Papers
DescriptionPapers of Alex Helm, c1950-1970, comprising manuscript notebooks and working papers for the published works 'A Geographical Index of the Ceremonial Dance in Great Britain', 'English Ritual Drama, a Geographical Index', and 'The Chapbook Mummers' Plays'; typescript drafts for lectures and unpublished works; material for proposed publication on English traditional ceremonial costume, includes photographs; correspondence; collected source and published material; and offprints of related published works of co-authors.
Extent8 boxes, 86 volumes
AdminHistoryAlex Helm was a writer and Fellow of the Folklore Society. Starting in 1955, he collected together material relating to British folk drama, which he hoped to publish as a complete geographical index. Later, joined by Dr E C Cawte and N Peacock, Helm produced the first part of this work, 'A Geographical Index of the Ceremonial Dance in Great Britain', in 1960, and the second, 'English Ritual Drama, a Geographical Index', in 1967.
AcquisitionBequeathed to University College London Library in 1970 and received in two deposits in 1975 and 1980.
AccessConditionsThe papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.
FindingAidsA detailed catalogue is available on the online catalogue.
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