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Eddie Cass collection of traditional drama material, circa 1990-2014.

Author/Creator:
Cass, Eddie, creator.
Publication:
circa 1990-2014.
Format/Description:
Manuscript
4 boxes (2.8 linear feet)
Subjects:
Folk drama, English.
Mumming plays.
Performing arts.
Theater.
Form/Genre:
Manuscripts, English -- 21st century.
Articles.
Correspondence.
Essays.
Reprographic copies.
Albums (Books)
Scripts.
Biography/History:
Born in Manchester, England on February 12, 1937, Edward Fletcher Cass was educated at Central High School, Manchester College of Commerce, Manchester Polytechnic, and Edge Hill University, from which he earned his PhD in 1996. His career was varied, and included employment in pharmacy, coal mining, and, for much of his working life, banking. Following his retirement from banking in 1993, Cass focused his time and energy on the history and literature of his home city, Manchester, and the surrounding region. From there, "his interests turned towards folklore, and in particular, the pace-egg plays of Lancashire," (Atkinson, page 113). His interests quickly turned to scholarship and he authored or co-edited a number of works. He was a research fellow at the National Centre for English Cultural tradition at Sheffield University, from 1997 to 2004, where he worked "initially on the history of nineteenth century folk play chapbooks and the pace-egg plays," (Oates, page 84). He was president of the Folklore Society from 2008 to 2011 and president of the Society for Folk Life Studies from 2011-2014. He was awarded the Folklore Society's Coote Lake Medal, not long before his death on September 17, 2014, at the age of 77.
Summary:
This collection consists of 22 bound volumes of photocopies of articles, periodicals, play scripts, manuscript essays, etc. relating to all aspects of traditional drama. The volumes, collectively titled "Traditional Drama" were bound and sub-titled as follows: Volumes I and II: Miscellaneous; Volumes III, IV, and V: Rochdale Plays; Volume VI: The Middleton Play; Volume VII: Manchester; Volumes VIII and IX: The Bury Play; Volume X: The Revesby Play; Volume XI: Chapbook Texts; Volume XII: Miscellaneous; Volume XIII: Seven Champions of Christendom; Volume XIV: Miscellaneous; Volume XV: Alderley Mummers; Volume XVI: Sword Plays; Volume XVII and XVIII: Southport Mummers; Volume XIX: Lancashire; Volume XIX: Helm at Keele; Volume XXI: Alex Helm-Miscellaneous material; and Volume XXII: Miscellaneous. When a table of contents existed, it was listed under each volume--researchers should be aware that the order of the lists is the order in which the contents are bound. Researchers should also be aware that almost all material is reprographic copies and not original material. Occasionally, there are copies of photographs and brochures in the volumes, but the overwhelming bulk of material is copied. Therefore, the dates of the material are significantly later than the dates of the original content which ranges from as early as 1878 (although much is undated). These volumes were probably compiled by Eddie Cass and certainly came from his library. The topical focus of the volumes is strongly tied to his studies and probably aided him in his own research.
Penn Provenance:
Sold by White Fox Rare Books and Antiques, 2018.
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