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Albert and Mary Louise Lord Collection.


Lord, Albert Bates.
Lord, Mary Louise, 1916-2009.


Albert and Mary Louise Lord Collection.


Holdings: 614 titles.


Biographical Note

Albert Bates Lord and Mary Louise Lord’s private libraries were donated by the Lord family to the University of Missouri Libraries in 2010. John Miles Foley, a University of Missouri Classics and English Professor and former student of Albert Lord, secured the collection for use in the University Libraries. 

Albert Bates Lord (September 15, 1912 – July 29, 1991) was a professor of Slavic and comparative literature at Harvard University. Lord authored the book The Singer of Tales, first published in 1960. Albert Lord documented oral tradition world-wide; he was specifically interested in oral performance and composition. He specialized in recording Serbian heroic poems, but also studied Homeric epics, Beowulf and Gilgamesh.  

Mary Louise Lord was a professor of Classics for many years at Connecticut College. She also contributed to her husband’s work through editing and helping him reflect on his work. She completed and edited his manuscript of a posthumous sequel The Singer Resumes the Tale (published 1995).

Scope and Contents

The collection reflects the working interests of Albert and Mary Louise Lord and focuses on oral history, folklore, mythology, and classical literature. 

Table Of Contents

All titles are cataloged and available through the University’s online catalog. Records can be searched through the heading Lord Collection (University of Missouri--Columbia).


The University of Missouri Libraries do not hold copyright on most collection materials, and therefore we do not charge usage fees or require permission to publish scanned images. The libraries encourage use of reproductions of Special Collections materials in publications, broadcasts, public displays and on web pages. However, please be aware that the user is responsible for determining copyright status and applying for permission to copyright holders.

Access Rights

Materials in this collection are divided into two groups: circulating materials housed in the Ellis Library stacks, and Special Collections materials.

Special Collections materials are open to all users, but they do not circulate. Books must be used in Special Collections’ reading room during service hours or by appointment.

Special Collections items in this collection are stored offsite. Please request materials at least 48 hours in advance.

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