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Helen Creighton collected songs and folklore in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management (NSARM) houses the Helen Creighton fonds, which include the bulk of her recordings, photographs, correspondence, manuscripts and notes etc. The Canadian Museum of Civilization and The Library of Congress (LOC) also have materials collected by Creighton while she worked under their sponsorship. In addition, Mount Allison University holds a collection of recordings. While NSARM and the LOC have separate searchable online catalogs, there does not yet exist any one master list of recordings, and other than by obtaining copies and listening, it is difficult to determine which entries are duplicates held by more than one archives.

Copies of selected recordings from the Nova Scotia Archives are available to the public in the non-circulating reference collection at the Alderney Gate branch of the Halifax Regional Library system. For information about using the other collections referenced here or obtaining copies of materials, contact the specific archives.

Canadian Museum of Civilization

Library of Congress Catalog Record: Helen Creighton collection of Nova Scotia recordings
Traditional Music and Spoken Word Catalog Search

Mount Allison University Archives

Nova Scotia Archives: Helen Creighton, Helen Creighton Fonds

Halifax Regional Library: Helen Creighton Collection



"From Acetate Disc to Digital Audio: Tracing the Copies of Helen Creighton’s Sound Recordings."
Barrett, Creighton. 2009. Canadian Folk Music, Vol 43, No 2.
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