The Flanders Collection is housed at Middlebury College’s Special Collections & Archives, in the Davis Family Library.

The Collection consists of field recordings on cylinder, disc and tape of traditional song and dance music recorded in all the New England States between 1930 and 1966. Other materials in the collection includes photographs, manuscripts, letters, broadsides, books and journals.

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Digital archives

View and search for photographs, music, and broadsides from the Flanders archives through the Digital Collections at Middlebury Archive.

Our collection of wax cylinders and other field recordings are available for free online via the Internet Archive.

Index to Field Recordings

Full-text, searchable .pdf version of Jennifer Post’s An Index to the Field Recordings in the Flanders Ballad Collection at Middlebury Collection.

Full-text searchable .pdf of Stephen Green’s Instrumental Folk Music in the Flanders Ballad Collection.

Finding Aids

Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection Manuscript Collection Finding Aid (pdf)

Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection Papers Collection Finding Aid (pdf)


What’s a Finding Aid? Wikipedia has a helpful definition.