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The Margaret MacAruthur Collection Fund

On Tuesday May 23, 2006 Vermont traditional musician, music scholar and our long-time friend and collaborator Margaret MacArthur passed away.

At the request of the MacArthur family, to honor Margaret's memory we have established the Margaret MacArthur Collection Fund at the Vermont Folklife Center. The Fund was created to achieve the following goals:

  • To support the preservation of the Margaret MacArthur Collection held by the Vermont Folklife Center Archive.
  • To expand the Collection through future, relevant acquisitions.
  • To perpetuate Margaret's work with traditional songs and music in Vermont.

The Margaret MacArthur Collection consists of 16 open reel audiotapes of traditional songs and interviews with singers recorded by Margaret primarily in southwestern Vermont from 1963 through 1968; commercial recordings made by Margaret and her family on vinyl LP and compact disc; and related papers, photographs and ephemera.

Financial resources collected through the Fund will be used to stabilize, catalog and provide access to items in the Margaret MacArthur collection; provide a source of funding to purchase additional related materials as they become available; and to support additional research and public programming into traditional music in Vermont.

Tax-deductible donations to the Fund can be made to:

The Vermont Folklife Center
Margaret MacArthur Collection Fund
P.O. Box 422
Middlebury, VT 05753

If you would like to contact a Vermont Folklife Center staff member to discuss the Fund or to make a donation, please contact us at (802) 388-4964.

Additional Links:

Margaret's official obituary :: link

The Brattleboro Reformer article on her passing :: link

Mark Greenberg's memorial to Margaret in the Times Argus :: link

Vermont Public Radio piece on Margaret :: link

To listen to audio of Margaret, please see :: here

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