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Music Manuscripts and Images Collection,

Identifier: RB-8012

Scope and Contents

RB.8012 Music Manuscripts and Images Collection is an assortment of music-related items purchased with the Max Smith Endowment Fund. Included are autographed correspondence, black and white photographs, some autographed, programs, and postcards from individuals such as John Cage, Ethel Merman, Heinrich Scheidemann, and others. All articles are in good condition. A few items are in foreign languages (with English translations), and the remainder items are in English.


  • 1652-1985, undated



Three items are in foreign languages, and the remainder items are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

All materials in this collection are open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restriction.

Biographical/Historical note

This collection contains items from a number of well-known musicians and performers. Individuals represented in the collection include American composer and pianist Amy (Mrs. H.H.A.) Beach (1867-1944); American composer John Cage (1912-1992); Venezuelan pianist Teresa Carreno (1853-1917); French Composer Cecile Chaminade (1857-1944); French composer, Marguerite Debrie (1879-after 1917); American composer Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000); Soviet-Armenian composer Aram Khatchaturian (1903-1978); 'The Swedish Nightingale' Jenny Lind (1820-1887); singer Ethel Merman (1908-1984); composer Pauline Oliveros (born 1932); Mexican composer Manuel Ponce (1882-1948); Italian tragedienne Adelaide Ristori (1822-1906); and American composer Augusta Read Thomas (b. 1964)


1.5 Linear Feet (1 17'' flat box)


The RB.8012: Music Manuscripts and Images Collection contains a myriad of items relating to music, from correspondence to photographs to programs. The funding for this unique collection is provided by the Max Smith Endowment Fund.

Acquisitions Information

Some of these items were purchased from J and J Lubrano Music Antiquarians LLC from New York. Accession numbers include: RB.2013.002, RB.2013.003, RB.2013.004, and RB.2013.005.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Anita Elliott, December 2013. Additions by Trevor McKenzie, January 2016, July 2016, and February 2020.
RB.8012: Music Manuscripts and Images Collection, 1652-1985, undated
Processed by Anita Elliott
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Repository Details

Part of the Appalachian State University Special Collections Repository

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