Guide to the Music Manuscripts and Images Collection,1652-1985, undated

Summary Information

Title: Music Manuscripts and Images Collection,1652-1985, undated
Collection: RB.8012
Extent: 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.

Creator: various

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); Mexican composer Manuel Ponce (1882-1948); Italian tragedienne Adelaide Ristori (1822-1906); and American composer Augusta Read Thomas (b. 1964).

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 names such as John Cage, Ethel Merman, Heinrich Scheidemann, and others.  A few items are in foreign languages (with English translations), and the remainder items are in English.


This collection is arranged alphabetically by last name. 

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

Some of these items were purchased from J & 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 and July 2016.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], RB.8012: Music Manuscripts and Images Collection, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Beach, Amy (Mrs. H.H.A.), Autographed Letter Signed to Mr. (John James) Hattstaedt, Founder of the American Conservatory of Music, February 11, 1892

1 1

Cage, John, Autographed Letter Signed with Envelope, June 16, 1977

1 2

Cage, John, Signed Program, "Mushrooms et Variationes", Koln, April 2, 1985

1 3

Cage, John, Signed Postcard Photograph, undated

1 4

Carreno, Teresa, Autographed Letter Signed to a Friend, August 1, 1900

1 5

Chaminade, Cecile, Autographed musical quotation and photograph, 1907

1 14

Debrie, Marguerite, Barcarolle [for piano solo], circa 1910

1 15

Debrie, Marguerite, Odelette [for voice and piano], circa 1910

1 16

Hovhaness, Alan, Autographed Letter Signed and Musical Quotation, undated

1 12

Khatchaturian, Aram, Autograph Musical Quotation Signed, 1977

1 13

Lind, Jenny, Autographed Letter Signed, November 14

1 6

Merman, Ethel, Signed Photograph, circa 1940

1 7

Ponce, Manuel, Autographed Letter Signed to Guillermo, Founder of the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional in Bogota, Colombia, December 17, 1940

1 8

Ristori, Adelaide, Autographed Letter Signed [in Italian with English translation], September 8, 1872

1 9

Scheidemann, Heinrich, Half-length Portrait engraved by J.F. Fleischberger, 1652

1 10
  Oversize Drawer

Thomas, Augusta Read, "Selene (Moon Chariot Rituals)" (Octet for Percussion Quartet and String Quartet), "Venus Enchanted" (for solo violin), "Words of the Sea" (autograph sketchleaf for Orchestra), signed, 2015-2016, undated

E2 22
  Box Folder

Woodward, J.S., Autographed Letter Signed, September 1, 1899

1 11