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Patrick Ward Gainer (1904-1981), Collector, Papers

Collection Number: A&M 3003


Archives of an eminent folklorist and professor of English at West Virginia University. Manuscripts include field folklore collections, lecture notes, book manuscripts, correspondence, student papers, and folksong arrangements. There are also materials regarding Gainer's position as director of South Atlantic USO activities during World War II and a journal of a folksong collecting trip to Ireland in 1961. Also one hundred and fifty-three audio tapes containing vocal and instrumental folk music, folklore and oral history, recorded in West Virginia and in Scotland and Ireland. Nearly half of the material is performed by Gainer himself. The collection also includes news clippings relating to folklore and Gainer's career, as well as a variety of photographs, film clips and personal awards and memorabilia.


  • Creation: 1890-1981


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10 Linear Feet (Summary: 10 ft. (21 document cases, 5 in. each); (1 records carton, 15 in.))

Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL:

Separated Materials

Hymnals separated to the rare book collection:

Baxter, J. R., W. W. Combs, Homer F. Morris, and Virgil O. Stamps, compilers. Favorite Songs and Hymns: A Complete Church Hymnal. Dallas, Texas: Stamps-Baxter Music and Printing Co., 1939.

Baltzell, Isaiah and E. S. Lorenz. The Master's Praise. Dayton, Ohio: W. J. Shuey, 1891.

Black, James M. The Chorus of Praise. Chicago: Jennings and Pye.

Byers, A. L., C. E. Hunter, D. O. Teasley, and B. E. Warren, editors. Truth in Song. Anderson, Indiana: Gospel Trumpet Co., 1907.

Elderkin, George D., editor. The Finest of the Wheat. Chicago: R. R. McCabe and Co., Publishers, 1890.

Elderkin, George D., editor. The Finest of the Wheat No. 2. Chicago: R. R. McCabe and Co., Publishers, ca. 1908. [two copies, one with missing boards]

Hall, J. H., E. T. Hildebrand and J. H. Ruebush. The Messenger of Song. Dayton, Virginia: The Ruebush-Kieffer Co., 1893.

Holsinger, George B. Gospel Songs and Hymns No. 1. Mount Morris, Illinois: Brethren Publishing House, 1899.

Lincoln, H. N. Sacred Song King. Dallas, Texas: Songland Company, 1901.

Myers, A. F. The New Century Carols. Dayton, Ohio: The United Brethren Publishing House, 1899.

Siedleckiego, X. J. Spiewniczek Koscielny. Krakow, Poland: XX Misyonarzy Na Kleparzu, 1908.

Randall, R. H. The Key-Letter. Marion, Ohio: R. H. Randall, ca. 1891.

Ravanello, Orestes, editor. Secunda Anthologia Vocalis. Torino, Italy: Societa Tipografico-Editrice Nazionale.

Rodeheaver, Charles A., compiler. Rodeheaver's Gospel Songs. Edited by Charles H. Gabriel. Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1922.

[hymnal and instruction book] 123 pages. 6 in. x 9 1/2 in. First page: "Elementary Department".

[hymnal] 214 pages. 7 3/4 in. x 5 1/4 in. ca. 1893. First page: "No. 11 The Holy of Holies".

[hymnal] 193 pages. 5 1/4 in. x 6 3/4 in. First page: "Index of Subjects".

Patrick Ward Gainer (1904-1981), Collector, Papers, 1890-1981
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Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US