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Margaret MacArthur collection

Identifier: C-165

Scope and Contents

Five boxes, one containing an LP album, four containing reel-to-reel tapes, primarily recorded by MacArthur between 1948-1965. Tapes contain performances by various folk singers as well as lectures by Helen Hartness Flanders.
Note that not all tapes are labeled.


  • Creation: 1948-1965


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish materials, contact: Special Collections & Archives Middlebury College Phone: (802) 443-2387 Email:

Biographical / Historical

Margaret MacArthur (1928-2006) was an American singer and player of the Appalachian dulcimer. In 1948, MacArthur and her husband moved to Vermont, where she lived for the rest of her life. She became interested in recordings of folk singers made by Helen Hartness Flanders and subsequently learned, sang, and recorded a number of those songs. In 1962, MacArthur signed to Folkways Records and recorded nine albums throughout her life. MacArthur served as artist-in-residence with the Vermont Council of the Arts from 1990-1991.

MacArthur taught music, performed concerts, collected folk-song recordings, and was ultimately an important figure in preserving and publicizing traditional music in Vermont.


5 Boxes

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Please contact Special Collections for access to audio materials.

Physical Location

B1 17 7.4/5

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given to the College [1994?] to complement the Helen Hartness Flanders ballad collection and Chelsea House Folklore Center collection.

Related Materials

For other materials pertaining to traditional folk music in Vermont, see the Helen Hartness Flanders ballad collection, and C-163 Chelsea House Folklore Center collection.

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Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

Middlebury College
Davis Family Library
110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury Vermont 05753 United States