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Camp and the Cattle Trail (1919). N. Howard Thorp's Songs of the Cowboys, with an introduction by Alice Corbin Henderson, appeared in 1921. W. Roy-Mackenzie has printed a number of texts salvaged in Nova Scotia in The Quest of the Ballad (1919). Many-interesting texts have been published in the Journal of American Folk-Lore by such scholars as G. L. Kittredge, H. M. Belden, Phillips Barry, E. C. Perrow, A. H. Tolman, and Arthur Beatty. The late Professor H. G Shearin listed and analyzed the folk-songs of the Cumberland region in Kentucky; Phillips Barry has done the same thing for the North Atlantic states, and H. M. Belden for Missouri. Professor C. Alphonso Smith, as archivist of the Virginia Folk-Lore Society, has done much to preserve the oral verse of Virginia, and Professor John H. Cox has collected the traditional verse of West Virginia. The game and nursery songs of American children constitute a part of oral literature in America. The pioneer collector and editor of them is W. W. Newell, whose Games and Songs of American Children (1883) is a credit to American scholarship. Of late years his work has been supplemented by the studies of others in various volumes of The Journal of American Folk-Lore. A few ballad texts have been preserved in articles in popular periodicals. The general subject of balladry in America has been treated in the present writer's chapter on "Oral Literature in America," published in the Cambridge History of American Literature, Volume IV (1921), and in several sections of her Poetic Origins and the Ballad (1921). Professor H. M. Belden has written of balladry in America and of the relation of balladry to folk-lore in inaugural addresses as president of the American Folk-Lore Society. And Mr. Phillips Barry has written upon many special subjects connected with American folk-song in the same periodical (The Journal