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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, Nadia Boulanger, Wilhelm Popp, and others. A variety of manuscript scores are included in this collection. All articles are in good condition. A few items are in foreign languages (with English translations), and the remainder items are in English.


  • Majority of material found in 1652-1985, undated



There are items in foreign languages, aas well as 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); American composer Augusta Read Thomas (b. 1964); Norwegian composer Cecilie Ore (b. 1954); Peruvian composer Rosa Mercedes Ayarza de Morales (1881-1969); Czech composer, violinist and composer Vojtěch Hřímalý (1842-1908); Brazilian composer, conductor, cellist, and classical guitarist Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959).


1.71 Linear Feet (2 boxes)


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. Accession number RB.2022.022 added December 2022.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Anita Elliott, December 2013. Additions by Trevor McKenzie, January 2016, July 2016, and February 2020. Additions by Anna Smith, August 2022, December 2022.

RB.8012: Music Manuscripts and Images Collection, 1652-1985, undated
Processed by Anita Elliott
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository