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Title: Music and Performing Arts Library Small Special Collections, 1911-1981
Primary Creator: Dorothy E. Bowen (c. 1900-1980)
Other Creators: Haussermann, John (1909-1986), Howenstein, Marshall, Lawrence Tibbett (1896-1960), Magyar, Gabriel (1914-2011), Mickel, Jere C. (1905-1985), Smith, Carleton (d. 1984), Songs of France (ca. 1960s), Ward, Harriet B. (ca. 1900-1950), Wilkey, Lucille V.
Extent: 3.0 cubic feet
Arrangement: Organized in three series: Series 1, Small Special Collections, Series 2, Lawrence Tibbett Music and Papers, 1919-1929, and Series 3, Jere C. Mickel Scrapbook and Opera Program Collection, 1920-1970. Content of each series is arranged alphabetically.
Date Acquired: 02/23/2010. More info below under Accruals.
Subjects: Biography, Jazz, Music, School of, Photographs, Radio Broadcasting
Formats/Genres: Newspaper Clippings, Sheet music
Languages: English, French, Hungarian
Scope and Contents of the Materials
Consists of small collections of newspaper clippings, sheet music, correspondence, concert programs, biographical sketches, photographs, and radio show scripts documenting music performances by School of Music student ensembles and other nineteenth- and twentieth-century performers and composers. Of particular significance is an original published piano-vocal score of A. Dvorak's Stabat Mater with his hand-written dedication to J. Mandel-Merei.
Collection Historical Note
These small special collections were acquired by the University of Illinois Music and Performing Arts Library (formerly Music Library), a unit of the University Library, by librarians Jay Allen, William McClellan and Jean Geil. All accessions were gifted to the library. In some cases, published music was gifted to the library, cataloged and dispersed among the circulating library collection, with special collections material remaining unprocessed.
Lawrence Tibbett (November 16, 1896--July 15, 1960) was an American opera singer and recording artist that also dabbled in film as a Hollywood actor and radio personality. A natural baritone, Tibbett sang with the New York Metropolitan Opera company more than 600 times between 1923 to 1950. Tibbett was known for his outstanding voice, immaculate musicianship and strong stage presence. Tibbett, along with violinist Jascha Heifetz, founded the American Guild of Musical Artists in 1936 and acted as president for 17 years. Tibbett later died plagued by severe arthritis and a severe drinking problem.
Marshall Howenstein was the second music instructor at West Lafayette High School in Indiana from 1935 to 1965. Howenstein wrote the "West Lafayette Hymn and Victory Song." Howenstein was a graduate and alum of the University of Illinois.
Lew Williams (January 12, 1934- ) was an American rockabilly singer and songwriter known as the "Cab Calloway of Rockabilly." Lew's musical tastes were influenced by a variety of musical styles, including the blues, gospel music, and jazz. Lew eventually left the music life for good in January 1959 by giving his last appearance as a performer. He focused instead on song writing and talent management.
The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
Ca. 1970 - Dorothy Bowen papers acquired; Ca. 1985 - Hausserman papers acquired from John W. Hausserman, Jr.; 1990 - Marhall Howenstein collection acquired; Ca. 1977 - Gabriel Magyar collection acquired; Ca. 1965 - Songs of France records acquired; Ca. 1980 - Harriet Ward programs acquired; Ca. 1960 - Lucille V. Wilkey music acquired; Ca. 1970 - Lew Williams Jazz Collection acquired. March 20, 2015 - The dePeaux collection (Unisonics score) acquired from Music and Performing Arts Library. May 13, 2015 - The Festival of Contemporary Arts Collection of programs, brochures, and clippings was acquired from the Music and Performing Arts Library.
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Technical Access Note:
Music and Performing Arts Library
Box and Folder Listing
- Series 1: Small Special Collections
- Box 1
- Folder 1: Dorothy Bowen newspaper clippings, 1926-1960
- Folder 2: Dorothy Bowen concert programs, 1926-1960
- Folder 3: Dorothy Bowen photographs, 1926-1960
- Includes photographs of other performers signed and dedicated to Bowen.
- Folder 4: John W. Hausserman biographical sketches, 1979-1981
Includes concert program for the Seventieth Birthday Recital of The Organ Works of John Haussermann, performed by Susan Summerfield, September 7, 1979, First Unitarian Church, San Francisco, as well as other biographical sketches and news paper clippings on the composer.
See also record series number 35/3/68.
- Folder 5: Marshall Howenstein collection - Maud Powell photograph, undated
- Folder 6: Marshall Howenstein collection - Maud Powell newspaper clippings, undated
- Folder 7: Marshall Howenstein collection - Maud Powell concert programs and advertisements, 1905-1907/1921/1994
- Folder 8: Marshall Howenstein collection - correspondence and photocopy of "Caprice on Dixie" as played by Maud Powell, undated
- Correspondence from Maud Powell's cousin Mabel Love to Howenstein
- Folder 9: Marshall Howenstein collection - American String Teacher magazine, vol. 24, no. 4, 1974
- Features Maud Powell on cover, 1974
- Folder 10: Marshall Howenstein Collection - Maud Powell biographical information, undated
- Folder 11: Gabriel Magyar collection, ca. 1900-1910
- Includes a photograph of J. Mandel-Merei, an autographed portrait of the violinist Amely Heller, along with Mandel-Merei correspondence, including an autographed publication of A. Dvorak's Stabat Mater dedicated to Mandel-Merei.
- Folder 12: Lew Williams collection - newspaper and magazine clippings, 1948-1989
- Articles from New Yorker and other magazines on jazz
- Folder 13: Lew Williams Collection - Star Course concert program with Duke Ellington, 1948
- University of Illinois Star Course program, "Duke Ellington and his Orchestra" (Jan 23 and 24, 1948)
- Folder 14: Lew Williams collection - Duke Ellington Biographical information and research file, 1950-1989
- Includes undated copy of letter from Lew Williams to Crawford concerning loan of Ellington materials
- Folder 15: Lew Williams collection - photographs of Duke Ellington and other jazz performers, undated
- Folder 16: Lucille V. Wilkey music, 1930-1952
Contains Certificate of Copyright Registration for Wikley's "You'll Never Know;" an article entitled "Music In the Twenties" written by Wilkey; "Sentimental Songs: Words and Music by Lucille Wilkey"; and Wilkey's "Spring's Again in the Heart of Me."
See also record series number 35/3/68.
- Folder 17: Frank Scheibenreif Photographs, ca. 1930s-1950s
- Folder 18: Kitty Cheatham collection, ca. 1900
- Folder 19: Lawrence King Photographs and autographed opera programs, undated
- Folder 20: George Reeves newspaper clipping/photgraphs, 1949-1959
- Includes newspaper clipping from 1959 with photo of Reeves and University of Illinois violinist Homer Schmitt and autographed photograph from Ruth Ball, January 25, 1949
- Folder 21: Harriet B. Ward University of Illinois Concert Program Collection (Choral Society programs), 1910-1929
- Programs of the Choral and Orchestral Society of the University of Illinois (formerly University of Illinois Choral Society) , J. Lawrence Erb, conductor
- Folder 35: Harry Partch BMI Brochure, 1968
- Folder 36: John Cage Newspaper Clippings, 1952-1973
- Box 3
- Folder 6: Carleton Smith Photograph and Clipping Collection, c. 1940-1990
- Folder 8: Festival of Contemporary Arts Collection - Programs, brochures, and clippings, 1948-1959
- Contents: Works performed on U of Ill. Festival, 1948-1956, inclusive; March 1948 Brochure; March 10-14, 1948 Program, 2 copies; February 24, 1949 Brochure; Spring 1949 Brochure; February-March 1949 Program; 1950 Music in Painting Brochure; "British Compose Hails U. of I. Music School" (Irving Sablosky, Chicago Daily News), 1951 article; March-April 1951 Program; "Modernism in Illinois" (VirgilThompson, New York Herald Tribune, April 4, 1951) article; 1952 Brochure; 1953 Brochure; 1954 Brochure; 1955 Brochure, 2 copies; 1959 Brochure; March 1, 1959 program for "The Rape of Lucretia"
- Folder 9: Festival of Contemporary Arts Collection - Programs, brochures, and clippings, 1961-1973
- Spring 1961 Collection of Concert Programs; 1961 Brochure; 1963 Music Programs and Notes; 1963 Brochure; Spring 1963 Collection of Concert Programs; 1965 Music Programs and Notes; 1965 Brochure; Phoenix 73, includes notes on visiting artists, 1973
- Box 5
- Folder 1: Stabat Mater fur Soli, Chor, und Orchester, Op. 58 -- Anton Dvorak, 1881
- Full score. Published by Simrock in Berlin, 1881. Dedicated and autographed to Mandel-Merei by Antonin Dvorak on May 13, 188-. Evaluation of the score and Dvorak's signature by Donald Krummel can be found in the MPAL Small Special Collections control file. A copy has been placed with the score. Donated by Gabriel Magyar and part of the Gabriel Magyar Collection.
- Box 6
- Item 1: Frank Skinner Collection - "Music" by Dr. Bruno David Ussher, June 5, 1939
- Newspaper article about music at Universal Studios that mentions Skinner.
- Folder 2: Frank Skinner Collection - Variety Daily newsletters, undated, 1939-1954
- Includes Variety newsletters of January 13, 1939, February 25, 1939, March 17, 1939, November 1, 1939, July 21, 1954, and an undated issue.
- Folder 3: Frank Skinner Collection - The Orchestra World newsletter, 1937-1939
- Includes The Orchestra World newsletters from October 1937, May 1938, September 1939, and December 1939.
- Folder 4: Frank Skinner Collection - The Hollywood Reporter newsletters, 1939-1941
- Includes The Hollywood Reporter from January 13, 1939, February 25, 1939, November 1, 1939, and October 23, 1941.
- Folder 5: Frank Skinner Collection - Undated clippings, undated
- Includes Variety Daily clippings and unknown clippings.
- Folder 6: Frank Skinner Collection - Newsletter Clippings, 1939-1963
- Includes Tempo from January 1939, Revue Studios Club News from March 1963, and Christian Science Sentinel from October 14, 1939.
- Folder 7: Frank Sinner Collection - Mementos from Universal Studios, undated, 1940
- Includes dinner program from Universal Pictures Press Preview Dinner of "It's a Date" (March 19th), Studio Club Cafe menu from June 20, 1940.
- Folder 8: Frank Skinner Collection - Hollywood Spectator newsletters, 1939-1940
- Includes Hollywood Spectator clippings from February 4, 1939, March 18, 1939, June 10, 1939, September 2, 1939, September 30, 1939, October 28, 1939, November 11, 1939, November 25, 1939, January 20, 1940, and March 1, 1940.
- Item 9: Frank Skinner Collection - Music Manuscript sketch of "Old Timer", undated
- Item 10: Frank Skinner Collection - Scrapbook, 1937-1941
- Scrapbook of mostly newsclippings relating to Frank Skinner. Includes a few photographic images of Skinner. Also includes sheet music to "It Happened in Kaloha by Ralph Freed and Frank Skinner, a ticket stub to Gala World Premiere of "100 Men and a Girl" on September 10, 1937, and a Studio Cafe Menu.
- Oversize Portfolio Case 2: Richard De Peaux collection -- Unisonics score and artwork, 1978
- Portfolio of "Unisonics" for saxophone and piano by Curtis C. Smith, hand printed (serigraphy) score and two pages of artwork depicting the composer. Number 22 of 40 limited edition copies. Printed on 100% rag Stonehenge, deckled edge paper. 19 pages of score, 2 pages of artwork. Includes description of edition by De Peaux. Recording can be found in the Music and Performing Arts Library.
- Series 2: Lawrence Tibbett Music and Papers, 1919-1929
- Consists of 90 items of music from Tibbett's personal library (75 published songs or other vocal works and 15 unpublished items in manuscript or various forms of photo-duplication). Many items have Tibbett's signature and/or performance annotations, with occasional indications of where or when they were performed. One item of sheet music has a handwritten inscription to Tibbett from the composer Deems Taylor. Of special note is a large photograph of Tibbett performing before an audience in San Francisco, as well as three copies of a flyer displaying Tibbett's photograph and excerpts from several frequently-performed songs.
- Box 1
- Folder 22: Beethoven "Ninth Symphony" for alto, 1943
- Manuscript version in German and Spanish (from Cuba)
- Folder 23: Frank Bridge (lyrics by Robert Bridges) "So Perverse", 1916
- Folder 24: Tchaikovsky (English lyrics by Nathan Haskell Dole) "Tell me why" for mezzo-soprano or baritone, 1893
- In English, French and German. With Tibbett's hand-written annotations
- Folder 25: Liza Lehmann (English lyrics by Edward Fitzgerald) "Myself When Young", 1910
- Folder 26: R. Leoncavallo (English lyrics by Henry Grafton Chapman) "Pagliacci: Prologue", 1906
- With hand-written annotations
- Folder 27: Egidio Romoaldo Duni (Harmony by Alfred Pochon; English lyrics by Alice Mattullath) "Trois Chansons Anciennes" for Soprano, 1922
- In English and French
- Folder 28: Chaliapine and Koeneman (English lyrics by H.M. Buck) "El Ukhnem: The Song of the Volga Boatmen" for bass or baritone, 1924
- In Russian, English and French. With hand-written annotations
- Folder 29: David W. Guion "All Day on the Prairie: Texas Cowboy Song", 1930
- Folder 30: Gladys Rich "American Lullaby" for low voice, 1932
- Folder 31: Jacques Wolfe (lyrics edited by Clement Wood) "Short'nin' Bread", 1928
- with hand-written annotations
- Folder 32: Howard D. McKinney (lyrics by Nancy Byrd Tuner) "The Bagpipe Man" for range d-g, 1920
- Folder 33: Walter Damrosch (lyrics by Rudyard Kipling) "Danny Deever: Ballad" for Baritone and Male Chorus, 1897
- Folder 34: Oley Speaks (lyrics by Rudyard Kipling) "On the Road to Mandalay", 1907
- Also contains 1908 version for medium voice
- Box 2
- Folder 1: Schubert, Schuman and Oley Speaks, 1912/1914
- Franz Schubert (English lyrics by Alice Mattullath) "Night and Dreams", 1912, In German and English; R. Schuman "Traumerei", undated, For piano only, no voice; Oley Speaks (lyrics by Clinton Scollard) "Sylvia", 1914
- Folder 2: Handel and Guion, 1914/1930/1928
- G.F. Handel (edited by Max Heinrich) "Where'er you walk" for low voice, 1914; David W. Guion "Home on the Range: Texas Cowboy Song" for low voice, 1930; G.F. Handel (arr. Arthur Somervell) "Silent Worship" for a low voice, 1928, In English and Italian
- Folder 3: Hughes, Wolfe and Hely-Hutchinson, 1920/1928/1929
- Rupert Hughes (lyrics by Berton Braley) "The Roustabout" for medium or high voice, 1920; Jacques Wolfe (lyrics by Clement Wood) "De Glory Road", 1928; Victor Hely-Hutchinson "Old Mother Hubbard", 1929
- Folder 4: Weatherly, Handel and Aikin, 1918, 1922 and 1911
- Fred E. Weatherly "Danny Boy : Eily Dear", 1918; Handel (lyrics by Theo Marzials) "Hear Me, Ye Winds and Waves!", 1922; W.A. Aikin (lyrics by Shakespeare) "Sigh No More", 1911
- Folder 5: Wagner and Brahms, ca. 1915
- R. Wagner "Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg" for bass voice, undated, In English and German; R. Wagner "Wotan's Abschied: Wotan's Farewell", 1915, In English and German; Johannes Brahms "Minnelied" opus 71, number 5, In German, English and French
- Folder 6: Youmans, Schubert and Somervell, 1939 and 1904
- Vincent Youmans (lyrics by William Rose and Edward Eliscu) "Without a Song", 1939, For voice, piano and ukulele; Franz Schubert (lyrics by Ludwig Rellstab; English lyrics by Arthur Westbrook) "Serenade: Standchen", 1904, Arthur Somervell (lyrics by Edgar Allen Poe) "A Kingdom by the Sea" "sung by Lawrence Tibbett,? Includes Tibbett's manuscript scoring
- Folder 7: Robinson and Brahms, 1922 and 1937
- Avery Robinson "Water Boy: A Negro Convict Song", 1922; Johannes Brahms "One Thing Befalleth the Beasts" for low voice, undated, In English and German; Johannes Brahms (edited by Max Spicker; English lyrics by Henry G. Chapman) "Wir Wandelten", 1937, In English and German
- Folder 8: d'Hardelot, Kern and Guion, 1902/1933/1930
- Guy d'Hardelot (English lyrics by Edward Teschemacher) "Because", 1902, In English and French; Jerome Kern (lyrics by Otto Harbach) "When Your Heart's On Fire Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", 1933; David W. Guion "Home on the Range: Texas Cowboy Song" for low voice, 1930
- Folder 9: Wolfe, Taylor and Rachmaninoff, 1933/1920 and 1917
- Jacques Wolfe (lyrics by Elias Lieberman) "The Hand-Organ Man" for medium voice, 1933; Deems Taylor (lyrics by James Stephens) "A Song for Lovers" for medium voice, 1920; Sergei Rachmaninoff (lyrics by Fet; English lyrics by George Harris, Jr. and Deems Taylor) "In the Silence of Night", 1917, English lyrics only
- Folder 10: Rachmaninoff, Kern and Tchaikovsky, 1927/1894
- Sergei Rachmaninoff (lyrics by Khomiakoff; English lyrics by Rosa Newmarch) "To the Children", undated, English lyrics only; Jerome Kern (lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein) "Ol' Man River" for Joe and Male Chorus, 1927, Contains ukulele part; Tchaikovsky (lyrics by Fred J. Whishaw) "To the Forest", 1894
- Folder 11: Campbell-Tipton, Schubert and Brahms, 1908 and 1901
- Campbell-Tipton "A Spirit Flower", 1908; Franz Schubert (lyrics by Beranger) "The Wanderer", undated, Lyrics in English, German and French; Johannes Brahms (lyrics by Hans Schmidt; English lyrics by Arthur Westbrook) "Sapphic Ode", 1901
- Folder 12: Franz, Tchaikovsky and Leoncavallo, 1902/1906
- Robert Franz "Widmung: Dedication", undated, In English and German; Tchaikovsky (lyrics by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; English lyrics by Arthur Westbrook) "None but the Lonely Heart" 1902; R. Leoncavallo (English lyrics by Henry Grafton Chapman) "Pagliacci: Arioso", 1906
- Folder 13: Moussorgsky, Messager and Wille, 1922/1901/1931
- Moussorgsky (lyrics by Robert Godet; English lyrics by M.C.H. Collet) "Chanson de la Puce: Song of the Flea", 1922, In Russian, English and French; Andre Messager (lyrics by F.W. Weatherly and Adrian Ross) "Long Ago in Alcala", 1901; Negro spiritual arranged by Stewart Wille "Lord, I Want to Be", 1931, "Dedicated to Lawrence Tibbett"
- Folder 14: Dvorak, Arlen and Tibbett, ca. 1922
- Anton Dvorak (lyrics by William Arms Fisher) "Goin' Home" for medium voice, 1922; Harold Arlen (lyrics by E.Y. Harburg) "Last Night When We Were Young,? From 20th Century Fox production of "Metropolitan." Sung by Lawrence Tibbett. Manuscript version; Lawrence Tibbett and Hit Paraders "Lucky Strike: Drums in My Heart," manuscript version
- Folder 15: Charles and Brahms
- Ernest Charles "When I Have sung my Songs", undated, manuscript version; Johannes Brahms (English lyrics by Frank La Forge) "Treachery: Verrath", undated, manuscript version
- Folder 16: Lehar, Rodgers and Tibbett
- Franz Lehar (lyrics by Clifford Grey) "The White Dove", undated, manuscript version; Richard Rodgers (lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein) "You'll Never Walk Alone", 1945, manuscript; Lawrence Tibbett (G. Rossini) "Il Barbiere di Siviglia : Cavatina", undated, manuscript
- Folder 17: Cavallo and Handel, undated
- Leon Cavallo "Prologue to Papliacci", undated, manuscript; G.F. Handel "The Land of Dreams: S'ei non mi Vuol Amar", undated, manuscript in English and Italian
- Folder 18: Tibbett advertisements and Photograph
- Lawerence Tibbett "Concert and Radio Repertoire" advertisement, undated, Three copies; Performance candid, San Francisco, October 19, Black and white photograph
- Box 3
- Folder 1: Taylor and Brahms
- Deems Taylor "The Colonel's Air (You ask in Vain) from Peter Ibbetson", 1938, Lyrics by Alfred de Musset; English lyrics by Deems Taylor. Contains autograph of Deems Taylor and hand-written dedication to "Larry Tibbett"; Deems Taylor "Le Depart de L'Ame (The Soul's Departure)", 1923, Text in French and English, with French lyrics by Francois Coppee; Johannes Brahms (English lyrics by Frank La Forge) "Treachery: Verrath", undated, manuscript version
- Folder 2: Respighi, Giordano and Hume, 1925/1896/1927
- Ottorino Respighi "Four Scotting Songs", 1925, In German and English. Songs include "When the kye come hame"; "Within a Mile of Edinburgh town"; "My Heart's in the Highlands"; "The Piper of Dundee"; Umberto Giordano "Andrea Chenier" for Baritone, 1896, It Italian and French; Tobias Hume "Tobacco", 1927
- Folder 3: Aikin, Gershwin and Strauss, 1911/1935/1896-1897
- W.A. Aikin (lyrics by Shakespeare) "Sonnet XVIII", 1911; George Gershwin (lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward) "I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'", 1935; Richard Strauss (English lyrics by John Bernhoff) "Morgen! : To-morrow!" for a low voice, 1896/1897, In English and German
- Folder 4: Handel, Porter and Romberg, 1923/1932/1944
- G.F. Handel (English lyrics by Th. Baker) "Ombra mai fu", 1923; Cole Porter "Night and Day", 1932; Sigmund Romberg (lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein) "Wanting You: Duet" for Soprano and Tenor, 1944
- Folder 5: Youmans, Porter and Romberg, 1931/1935/1928
- Vincent Youmans (lyrics by Edward Heyman) "Drums in My Heart", 1931, For piano, voice and ukulele; Cole Porter "Begin the Beguine", 1935; Sigmund Romberg (lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein) "Wanting You: Duet", 1928
- Box 4
- Folder 1: La Boheme, Musetta's Waltz, Undated
- Folder 2: Sir Frog, Johnny Comes Marching Home,Katie My Southern Rose, Swanne River, Undated
- Folder 3: Frederika, Undated
- Folder 4: Gypsy Baron, Undated
- Folder 5: Mignon, Connais-Tu le Pays, Undated
- Folder 6: Faufare, Undated
- Series 3: Jere C. Mickel Scrapbook and Opera Program Collection, 1920-1970
Consists of programs and newspaper clippings documenting Mickel's career as Speech Professor as a Theater director at Millikin University, and elsewhere. Also includes opera newspaper clippings and programs from Chicago and the Midwest during the 1920s and 1930s, some of which were given to Mickel from John Call. Of special note are clippings and programs related to Mickel's founding and directing of the Illinois Pioneer Heritage Center Theater at Millikin University.
See also record series number 35/3/68.
- Box 3
- Folder 7: Illinois Pioneer Heritage Theatre clippings, 1967
- Includes programs and scripts from productions at the Monticello theater
- Box 4
- Folder 1: Scrapbook, 1940-1960
- Contains programs and clippings related to Jere C. Mickel's involvement with various theatrical productions at the college campuses where he taught. Also includes correspondence relating to a fellowship Mickel received from the University of Chicago.
- Folder 2: Chicago and Midwest opera programs and clippings, 1920-1940
- Folder 3: John Call Opera scrapbook (1 of 2), 1920-1950
- Contains a listing of Midwestern opera performers and their repertoire. Also includes clippings and programs on related performances.
- Folder 4: John Call Opera Scrapbook (2 of 2)