Lincolnshire folk song is the main focus of the collection but there is also material relating to Lincolnshire plough plays, folk music and dialect, as well as English folk song in general. The collection will also be of use to researchers interested in the life and work of Percy Grainger.
The collection comprises:
Correspondence and research material including newspaper cuttings, photocopies of musical scores and transcriptions of Lincolnshire folk songs, and copies of articles, relating to Patrick O'Shaughnessy's publications concerning Lincolnshire and English folksong (LFS 1)
Material relating to Patrick O'Shaughnessy's interest in the life and work of Percy Grainger (LFS 2)
The Grainger-related material includes copies of the transcriptions of English folk song which were made by Grainger and his mother as a means of anotating or noting down the recordings or performances, with accompanying indexes to the transcriptions and recordings. There are also copies of some of Grainger's correspondence held by other individuals or institutions, and photographs of Grainger, which were gathered by Patrick O'Shaughnessy as part of his research for his own publications; also present are ephemera such as concert bills and reviews of books and articles about Grainger.
Sound recordings in analogue format include radio broadcasts, folk songs, and interviews recorded on reel to reel magnetic tape in the 1960s-1970s. The collection includes a copy set on magnetic tape of Grainger's folksong recordings held on phonograph cylinders at the Library of Congress, Washington, America. Many of these songs have been published in some form or another beginning in 1908 when the Gramophone Company (now HMV) began to issue records of genuine folk singers. Also present is a tape supplied by the BBC record library of songs recorded by Joseph Taylor in 1908, and songs obtained by more recent collectors such as O'Shaughnessy, including songs associated with the Haxey Hood Game (LFS 3).
The collection contains no material dated post-1991.