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Opie, Iona, 1923-2017



  • Existence: 1923 - 2017

Biographical History

Iona Opie (1923-2017) was a folklorist and expert in children's language.

Iona Archibald Opie was born in 1923. In 1944, she married Peter Opie. They worked together researching children's folklore until Peter's death in 1982. After Peter's death, Iona continued her research. She is considered the authority on children's rhymes, street and playground games, and the tradition of Mother Goose.

Author's I saw Esau, 1947 : t.p. (Iona Opie)

Her Children’s games in the street and playground, 1984: CIP t.p. (Iona Opie)

BLNAL, July 11, 2002 (hdg.: Opie, Iona, 1923-)

LC database, Oct. 26, 2017 (heading: Opie, Iona Archibald; usage: Iona Opie)

Guardian (online), viewed Oct. 26, 2017 (Iona Opie; Iona Margaret Balfour Opie; b. Oct. 13, 1923; daughter of Sir Robert and Olive (née Cant) Archibald; family house was in Colchester, Essex; m. Peter Opie (d. 1982); they lived in Hampshire, first at Alton, then West Liss; d. Oct. 23, 2017; folklorist who collected, codified, and published children’s rhymes, riddles, and street culture)

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Monroe J. and Shirley Brockbank Paxman collection on Iona Archibald and Peter Opie, 1988-1992

 Series — Box 4: Series 5 [Barcode: 31197230352871]
Identifier: MSS 7011 Series 5
Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence, newsclippings, newsletters, and related ephemera collected and created by the Opies. Materials dated 1988 to 1992.

Dates: 1988-1992