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R alph Page was a collector of dance-related materials, and also generated quite a bit of important dance materials including several books.
After he died in 1985, the University of New Hampshire Library and the New England Folk Festival Association (NEFFA) bought his collection from his wife Ada Page. It became a part of UNH Special Collections. The Manuscript Collection is in 82 boxes and 4 oversize boxes, and contains a huge variety of music and dance related materials.
It also had the effect of turning the UNH Milne Special Collections into a desirable place for other collections to reside. In 1992 they were all consolidated into the New Hampshire Library of Traditional Music & Dance. It now includes Ted Sannella's extensive collection, the Country Dance & Song (CDSS) collection, and collections from Chip Henderson, Larry Jennings, Dudley Laufman, Bob McQuillen, NEFFA, Marianne Taylor, Louise Winston and many others, for a total of about 60, large and small. It's the largest collection of materials related to New England contras and squares in the world.
The Ralph Page Manuscript Collection is a tremendous and fascinating resource. Below I will try to summarize some of the variety and more interesting contents of the collection. Here is some of what is to be found in it.
Overall it's a fascinating collection! The digitized Northern Junket collection is accessible online. If you haven't read any of the Northern Junket I highly recommend leafing through random issues; you'll almost certainly find things of interest.