Guide to the Glenn F. Pease Manuscript Collection 1945-2000

Collection number: MS 268
Size: (1 folder) (0.01 cu.ft.)

About Glenn F. Pease (1906-1989)

Glenn F. Pease (1906-1989) of Orford, NH, was a square dance caller in the New England singing squares tradition. As a farmer and grange member and musician, he called dances in Orford, Warren, Piermont, and surrounding locations. He is particularly remembered for starting the Wentworth NH square dance at the Painted Barn in the 1950s, a dance which is currently in its seventh decade and is now held at the Wentworth Town Hall. Many younger dance callers were influenced Pease, including Dudley Laufman, Arthur Pease, and Lester Bradley. Glenn Pease is often associated with the quadrille Honest John, a unique version of which was collected from him by Ralph Page. This version is published in Page’s Northern Junket, Vol. 1 No. 10, pp. 17-19.

About the Glenn F. Pease Manuscript Collection, 1945-2000

The Glenn F. Pease Manuscript Collection consists of biographical articles, square dance calls, photographs, dance programs, and music notation from square dance caller Glenn Pease of Orford, NH. Contemporary musicians mentioned include Dudley Laufman, Lester Bradley and Pat McIssac’s Band, as well as the Orford and Wentworth NH square dances, 1950 New Hampshire Folk Festival, and 1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. A recording of an early 1970s dance is included and has been digitized for users to request.

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], [Box Number if available], [Folder Number if available], Glenn F. Pease Manuscript Collection, 1945-2000, MS 268, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Gift of Arthur Pease, 2000.

Collection Arrangement

Collection is in original order as received.

Collection Contents

Folder 1Articles:
  • Arthur Pease. “Glenn F. Pease: Old-Time Barn Dance Caller.” January 2000. Published in The Old-Time Herald, Spring 2001.
  • Arthur Pease. “Square Dance Calls as Done by Glenn F. Pease.” July 1999.
  • Anonymous. “Country Dance Series Begins in Wentworth.” Plymouth Record, 1/19/1994.
  • Robson, Betty. “Wentworth.” Plymouth Record, 2/2/1994.
  • Fenno, Marilyn. “Balance and Swing.” Vermont Life, Winter 1953-1954, pp. 38-41.
  • Fifth Annual New Hampshire Folk Festival program, 1950.
  • Menu/Program from the Lake Tarleton Club, Piermont NH, 9 July 1951. Calling by Glenn Pease.

Audio Recording:

“Old Time Square Dance” with Glenn Pease, caller, and Pat McIssac’s Band (Pat McIssac, saxophone/piano; Joe Libby, fiddle; Bud Ray, drums; Irv Cushing, accordion; Edna Perry, piano). Warren NH Town Hall, June 1973 or 1974. Calls are for My Little Gal, Red River Gal, Hinky Dinky Parlez Vouz, Honolulu Baby, Fairest Gal in Town (Wearing of the Green), Lady of the Lake, polkas. A digitized version of this tape is available upon request from the archive.