Fonds - Robert Cosbey fonds

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Robert Cosbey fonds

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  • 1959-1981 (Creation)

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66 cm of textual records and other material

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Robert C. Cosbey received his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University and his Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He joined the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus, as Professor of English in 1966. From 1969 to 1974 he served as Associate Dean of Arts and Science. Dr. Cosbey's chief area of interest was in folklore, oral history, and oral tradition. He conducted research on the history of folk music for a radio program in Chicago and for the CBC, and participated in several oral history organizations and projects. The culmination of his investigations into how skipping songs are transmitted from generation to generation was his book 'All in Together Girls: Skipping in Regina, Saskatchewan', published in 1980. Dr. Cosbey retired from the University of Regina in 1982 and was named Professor Emeritus.

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Fonds consists of professional papers of English Professor Robert C. Cosbey, 1959-1981. The records are arranged in five series: Associations; Oral History Projects; 'All in Together Girls'; Teaching; and Sound Recordings. Within the latter series, the audio tapes have been organized as follows: Folk Songs, including radio programs and related research material; Oral History; Skipping Songs; and Student Projects. The textual records consists of conference and workshop materials, correspondence and general files pertaining to oral history associations; guides, manuals, correspondence, reports, conference material, grant files and reference files concerning oral history; reports, text, and transcripts relating to Cosbey's book 'All in Together Girls'; and course descriptions and student papers. Photographs found in the student papers chiefly relate to old-time musicians and dancing, square dancers, farm life in Saskatchewan, and school yard games. Also included are slides of quilts made by various women.

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Open for research; one file containing student papers is restricted.

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Inventory is available for 90-16.

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Includes 88 sound reels, 53 sound cassettes, 41 photographs, and 15 slides.

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