Welcome to the Take Six website, a searchable database of the manuscript archives of several of the UK's most prominent folksong collectors.
Each of the archives has been completely catalogued and digitised, and you can search the catalogues and view the digitised documents here. Most of the documents are songs and tunes, but you can also access other manuscript items such as dances or correspondence.
From February 2011 this website also includes the Baring-Gould Folk Song archive, which was created by Wren Music as part of the Devon Tradition project. This was a Heritage Lottery funded project that ran from July 2009 to February 2011. The collection was designed to fit alongside the Take 6 website, and can be searched and used in the same way.
For more information about the Devon Tradition project, see... www.devontradition.org.
Using the site
The Take 6 site allows you to search and view 'archival' records. An archival catalogue is structured in a different way to normal library catalogues or online databases, and to get the best out of the site we suggest you start by reading our help pages: About archive catalogues and Help with the website.
If you know what you're looking for the easiest way is to type its name in the simple search box. This will show you a list of records matching the search, and if you click on one you will be able to see the whole record and clicking on its thumbnail will bring up a digitisation of the item.
If you're not sure what you're looking for, click on 'Open Tree View'. This opens a hierarchical view of the catalogues which you can browse through.