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Charles Pickard Ware (1849–1921), was an American educator and music transcriber. An abolitionist, he served as a civilian administrator in the Union Army, where he was a supervisor of freedmen on plantations at Port Royal, South Carolina during the Civil War. It is here that he transcribed many slave songs with tunes and lyrics, later published in Slave Songs of the United States which is the first collection of American folk music. Charles Ware was also an educator in Boston, Massachusetts.


  • Slave Songs of the United States, by William Francis Allen, Charles Pickard Ware and Lucy McKim Garrison (1867, New York)
  • Manuscript Papers of Charles Pickard Ware, ca. 1862 - 1907 Resides at Howard University, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Washington D. C.

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