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T O ALL of the many people who have had a part in the preparation of this book we wish to express our gratitude. Some of those to whom we are the most deeply indebted are the following: Professor Warner G. Rice, of the University of Michigan, who read the entire manuscript and offered many helpful suggestions; Professor George Lyman Kittredge, of Harvard University, and Dr. Martha Warren Beckwith, of the Vassar Folk-Lore Foundation, both of whom from time to time encouraged us in our project; Professor Katherine Chamberlain, of Wayne University, who made the excellent photographs used by our illustrator, Mr. Wilfred B. Shaw, of the University of Michigan; Professor Louise W. Conkhn, head of the Department of Music of Wayne University; and Professor Earl V. Moore, director of the School of Music of the University of Michigan, for scholarly aid in preparing for publication the tunes, which had been recorded from the singing of informants by Miss Gloryn Eichkern, of Wayne University; Dr. Frank E. Robbins, managing editor of the University of Michigan Press, for his interest in the manuscript; Dr. Eugene S. McCartney, a most patient and painstaking editor; Miss Grace Potter, his able assistant editor; and Laurence G. Chickering and Lucy M. C. Gardner, who cheerfully bore with the collectors, aiding in every way they could, through many summers of intensive study.
We are thankful to authors, editors, and publishers for gracious permission to use printed material. We have quoted from Mr. James Cloyd Bowman's article "Life in the Michigan Woods," Michigan History Magazine, Volume XXI, and from Mr. George Fuller's Economic and Social Beginnings of Michigan. Mr. W. S. Gilmore, editor of The Detroit News, gave us the privilege of reprinting three songs from a feature story by Mr. Russell Gore; and Dr. Ruth Benedict, editor of The Journal of American Fol\-Lore, permitted us to use a passage in "William Carter, the Bensontown Homer," by Phillips Barry. With the consent of the publishers wc have made brief quotations from Dorothy Scarborough's A Song Catcher in Southern Mountains, Columbia University Press; Reed Smith's South Carolina Ballads, Harvard University Press; and Cecil Sharp's English Fol\ Songs from the Southern Appalachians, Oxford University Press.
Many librarians were ever ready to assist us and to put their time and knowledge at our disposal. We particularly thank Mr. Gordon