McKernan, Michael, Papers, 1960-2000

Collection number: MC 298
Size: (2 boxes) (0.5 cu.ft.)

About Michael McKernan

Michael McKernan is a caller, fiddler, banjo player, and dance historian from Putney, VT. He was a member of the contra dance band Applejack, as well as the Brattleboro Brass Band, and completed many dance/music residencies in area schools. He has published widely on the history of New England contra dance, and organized the Brattleboro Dawn Dances in the late 1970s. McKernan also briefly served on the Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend Committee. Other interests include shape note (Sacred Harp) singing, Morris dancing, and rare books.

Many of the well-known names of 1970s New England contra dance are represented: Ralph Sweet, Molly Mason, Jay Unger, April Limber, Pete Colby, Bob McQuillen, Dudley Laufman, the Lamprey River Band, New England Tradition, NEFFA, Champlain Valley Festival, Ralph Page Legacy Weekend, Rod Miller, Randy Miller, Gordan Peery, Duke Miller, Tony Parkes, David Kaynor, Cammie Kaynor, Van Kaynor, and many others.

About the Michael McKernan Collection

The Michael McKernan papers consist of correspondence, posters, newsletters, and promotional material related to the Brattleboro Brass Band, Applejack, and many other events McKernan attended or in which he participated. Many posters reflect the fine calligraphy of David Kaynor, especially those from the Guiding Star Grange in Deerfield, MA.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Michael McKernan Papers, 1960-2000, MC 298, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Gift of the creator, ca. 2000

Separated Material

Approximately 6 cu. ft. of material, mostly consisting of dance posters and newsletters, was separated for preservation reasons.

Collection Arrangement

Original order was not discernable upon acquisition.

Collection Contents

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1Correspondence I
Box 1, Folder 2Correspondence II
Box 1, Folder 3Photos/Press Clippings
Box 1, Folder 4Music and Set Lists
Box 1, Folder 5Music for the Brattleboro Brass Band
Box 1, Folder 6Applejack with Bob McQuillen
Box 1, Folder 7Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend Materials
Box 1, Folder 8Brattleboro Dawn Dances
Box 1, Folder 9McKernan: Selected Events
Box 1, Folder 10Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Newsletter
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1Seacoast Country Dance Newsletter
Box 2, Folder 2Sampling of Posters I
Box 2, Folder 3Sampling of Posters II
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Letters & Postcards
Newspapers & Publications
Photographs, Slides & Negatives