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Record: National Trust for Scotland – Canna House

National Trust for Scotland – Canna House

Canna House
Isle of Canna
PH44 4RS

Tel: 01687 462473
E-mail: fmackenzie@nts.org.uk
Web: http://www.nts.org.uk/Canna-House/

Organisation type
Educational / Research Institution / Archive
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Our collections The John Lorne Campbell Sound Archive of Hebridean and Nova Scotian recordings of songs and stories, recorded in the 1930s and 40s.
The Margaret Fay Shaw Campbell Collection of Film and Photography taken in the Hebrides and Nova Scotia in the 1930s and 40s.
Recordings (duration, dates & recording formats) Duration: 101-500
Other info: Approximately 70% of the Sound Archive Collection is available online at Tobar an Dualchais

Format: Reel, CD / DVD, Digital Storage, DAT, Video
Other format(s): All of the format except the wax cylinders are housed in Canna House. The wax cylinders are on deposit with the British Library.

Date(s): Before 1950, 1950-59
Other info: The Nova Scotian recordings were principally recorded in 1937.
Geographical locations Ireland: n/a
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Scotland: Outer Hebrides, Argyll and the Isles
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Canada: Nova Scotia
Other info: The Nova Scotian recordings were principally recorded on Cape Breton Island.

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Other information Content types: Speech (including oral history, folktales and so on), Song, Instrumental Music
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Access: Most of the collections are available online at Tobar an Dualchais. The recordings not available online are all available in Canna House . Access to these recordings is by arrangment with the archivist.

Completion status: 100% digitised
Other info: There is a tiny amount of material undigitised but this has not been entirely quantified. The original formats may now be unuseable

Background info: Canna House contains Dr John Lorne and Dr Margaret Campbell's cultural works: firstly, a very substantial library and cultural archive for Celtic and Norse Studies, Gaelic language, philology, music, literature and Scottish history; secondly, a sound archive collection of some 1,500 Gaelic folksongs and 350 folk tales. The recordings of songs and tales from monoglot Gaelic speakers in Scotland and Nova Scotia, preserve an ancient tradition and an otherwise neglected lexicography of international significance. About one tenth of the recordings were published by Dr Campbell himself and much of the collection has now been digitised for Tobar an Dualchais.

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