Collection MS-2-296 - Personal archives of William Roy MacKenzie

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Personal archives of William Roy MacKenzie

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  • 1911-1953 (Creation)
    Mackenzie, William Roy

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15 cm of textual records (1 box)

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William Roy Mackenzie (1883-1957) was a Canadian folklorist, literary critic, and author who collected songs and ballads in Nova Scotia in the early twentieth century. He was born in River John, Pictou County, Nova Scotia on February 14, 1883. He studied at Dalhousie University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1902 and a Master of Arts in 1903. He went on to study with George Lyman Kittredge at Harvard University, where he earned a Master of Arts in 1905 and a PhD in English in 1910.

In 1918, Mackenzie joined the faculty of the Department of English at Washington University. He wrote two books on Nova Scotia ballads and was considered by many to be one of the greatest authorities on Shakespeare. He died in 1957.

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Collection contains a manuscript of Ballads and Sea Songs from Nova Scotia and related material, including page proofs, research notes, off-print, and correspondence. Material primarily documents Mackenzie's interest in ballads from Nova Scotia.

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Washington University Archives in St. Louis, Missouri holds a collection of Mackenzie’s notes from courses that he taught at Washington University. The collection also contains some personal writings and materials that chronicle his interest in military matters from the first and second world wars.


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