- Roberts, Helen H. (Helen Heffron), 1888-1985
- The papers include correspondence, research materials, notebooks, musical scores and transcripts, photographs, and writings documenting the career of Helen Heffron Roberts as an ethnomusicologist.
- 8 Linear Feet
- Acquisition information:
- Gift of Jane B. Brown, 1986.
- Rules or conventions:
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Scope and Content:
The papers include correspondence, research materials, notebooks, musical scores and transcripts, photographs, and writings documenting the career of Helen Heffron Roberts as an ethnomusicologist.
- Biographical / Historical:
Helen Heffron Roberts, ethnomusicologist, was born in Chicago on June 12, 1888. She studied at the Chicago Musical College (1907-1909) and the American Conservatory of Music (1910-1911). Roberts continued her studies at Columbia University from 1916 to 1919, and received an M.A. in 1919. After doing fieldwork in Jamaica (1920-1921), she worked in Hawaii (1923-1924), northern and southern California (1926-1928), and in the Rio Grande pueblos (1930). Roberts was an assistant (1924-1925) and a research assistant (1925-1936) in anthropology at Yale. She was founder and later secretary (1934-1937) of the American Society for Comparative Music. In 1936, when financial support for her work was discontinued, Roberts left her musical research, and later became a nationally known gardening specialist.
Arranged in four series: I. Personal and Subject Files, 1870-1982, n.d. II. Musicology Files, 1898-1945, n.d. III. Photographs, 1909-1964, n.d. Series IV. Writings, 1924-1938, n.d.