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Photographs from the Milman Parry Collection

Albert B. Lord's Photo Album

While traveling in the former Yugoslavia a young Albert B. Lord put together a photo album of the the things he saw and people he met, along with typewritten captions.

View Albert B. Lord Photo Album.


Additional photos from the Milman Parry Collection

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Photos of Béla Bartók Transcriptions

In 1940, the great composer and musicologist Béla Bartók came to the United States and transcribed many of the melodies of the songs in the Milman Parry Collection.

Read Bartók's 1942 letter to the New York Times about the importance of the Collection.

View a selection of Bartók's hand written transcriptions.


Film Clips from the Milman Parry Collection

Albert B. Lord lecture

Performance and Performer: The Role of Tradition in Oral Epic Song: Clips from two lectures delivered by the late Harvard professor and pioneer in the field of oral traditional literature Albert B. Lord with accompanying commentary

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Avdo Mededovic film clips

See and hear Parry and Lord's star singer, Avdo Mededovic, composing in performance.

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All materials in the photo and film archive are ©2004 by the Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature and the President and Fellows of Harvard College. Please contact the curators at mpc@fas.harvard.edu with questions about the use of these materials.


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