By request from wheninmusicology!

The Iowa Song from the Edwin Ford Piper Folklore Collection.  

Piper was a poet and English department professor from 1905-1939. He was in great demand as a reader of poetry and his habit of breaking into song when the poem demanded it earned him the nickname “the singing professor.”

In 1897, Piper began transcribing ballads and songs remembered from his childhood. In 1909 he became more systematic about this endeavor, gathering songs printed in newspapers and magazines, collecting them from older singers, exchanging them with other scholars. Eventually, indexes were made for the songs he had collected. These materials now comprise the Piper Collection. 

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Edwin Ford Piper Folklore Collection Guide

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