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Carnegie Ceilidh records

Identifier: MC-111

Scope and Contents

Collection includes fliers, tickets, advertisements, reviews (newspaper clippings) and audio recordings.


  • 1961-1968

Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English

Conditions Governing Access

Audio recordings have been digitized. They are available for listening in the Archives and Special Collections. There is a restriction on obtaining copies. There are no restrictions on obtaining reference copies of the printed material.

Biographical / Historical

Howard T. Glasser became Assistant Professor of Graphic Arts at Carnegie-Mellon University in 1961. Soon after, he founded the Carnegie Ceilidhs (pronounced “kaylees”), Friday night gatherings in which participants explored traditional folk music through musical performances, speakers and film. The Carnegie Ceilidh, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Folklore Society, sponsored an annual concert starting in 1962 (in 1966, 1967 and 1968 concerts were staged several times per year). The weekly Ceilidhs, which came at a time when folk music achieved great popularity, became a sensation throughout Pittsburgh. These concerts would feature not only local favorites but folk superstars from all over the world. After the 1968 season of Carnegie Ceilidh concert series, Glasser left Carnegie-Mellon University for a new teaching position at the University of Rhode Island.


0.8 Linear Feet (.8 linear feet (2 boxes))

18.01 Gigabytes (70 computer files (18.01 GB))

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Howard T. Glasser.

Carnegie Ceilidh records
Kaitlyn Asam ‘12
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Repository Details

Part of the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Repository

285 Old Westport Rd.
N. Dartmouth MA 02747 USA