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Rosemary MacAulay
Fonds · 1986-2008, predominantly 1990-1995
Consists of video recordings and research notes of children’s skipping rhymes and other game rhymes collected and compiled by Rosemary MacAulay from 1990 to 1994. Her methodology was to visit elementary schools across Nova Scotia and talk with and record the children’s rhymes. These field recordings were then used by MacAulay to create her compilation tape on this area of folklore study. School locations captured on film include Amherst, Antigonish, Baddeck, Bridgetown, Dartmouth, Digby, Eastern Passage, Glace Bay, Halifax, Kentville, Liverpool, Lower Sackville, New Germany, New Glasgow, Newport Station, Parrsboro, Petit de Grat, Pictou, Point-de-l’Eglise, Port Hawkesbury, Pugwash, Shelburne, Sherbrooke, Shubenacadie, Sydney, Three Mile Plains, Truro, Wagmatcook, and Yarmouth NS. Video recordings also include a tape of children at Gold River NS recorded by Sharon MacDonald (1986) and given to MacAulay for her research. MacAulay’s research notes include Rhymes grouped by school (1990-1993), Skipping rhymes (1990?), Field notes of recording sessions (1991-1994), Rhymes from other sources (collected 1992?), Rhymes taken from the video tapes (1994?), Partial bibliography and permission slips (between 1990 and 1994), and MacAulay’s Curriculum vitae (also called resume) (2008?). The contents of the fonds were created in response to a Centre for Art Tapes course that aimed to introduce artists to video, audio and computer technology. Ms. MacAulay’s idea came from a Nova Scotia Women Artist’s Network performance piece in 1990 which protested cuts to women’s centres by the federal government.