William Wells Newell

William Wells Newell

William Wells Newell (1839 - 1907) was an American folklorist, school teacher, minister and philosophy professor.

Newell was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After trying his hand at ministry, he was a faculty member at the new philosophy department at Harvard University for a few years. However, the bulk of Newell's career was as a school teacher. Newell founded the American Folklore Society in 1888 where he edited the Journal of American Folklore. His best known work is "Games and Songs of American Children" (1883, Mineola, N. Y.). The songs included tunes with the lyrics, and is the first collection of folk music of American children.

References

*"Dictionary of American Biography"
*"William Wells Newell and the Foundation of American Folklore Scholarship", The Journal of Folklore Institute, authored by Michael Bell

External links

* [http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/information/biography/klmno/newell_william.html William Wells Newell]
* [http://afsnet.org American Folklore Society]


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