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  • Franklin Stewart Adams Collection of Dupré Memorabilia
    • Marked scores, programs, photographs, and letters of organist and composer Franklin Stewart Adams (1885-1964), a student of Marcel Dupré (1886-1971).
      • Adams and his wife Anna French Adams had a long-term friendship with Dupré and his wife. Mrs. Adams and Madame Dupré, an English teacher, corresponded in English. The collection includes Adams' marked copies of Dupré's organ music, photographs inscribed by Marcel Dupré, miscellaneous photographs, programs, clippings, and letters. Marcel Dupré and his daughter Marguerite performed in Westminster's Chapel in 1946. Talbott received the collection in 1998, shortly after the death of Mrs. Adams.
  • Nathaniel Burt Collection
    • Music manuscripts and books belonging to the Princeton poet, novelist, and composer Nathaniel Burt (1913-).
      • Burt, born into a Princeton family of writers, is probably best known for his book The Perennial Philadelphians. Burt taught theory at Westminster Choir College in 1950-51, served on the Board of Trustees, and has been a benefactor to Talbott Library. Upon the retirement of President Ray Robinson, Burt created an endowed fund in Robinson’s honor for the purchase of books.
  • Choral Octavo Reference File (CORF)
    • CORF is a growing collection of approximately 80,000 shorter choral works, including anthems, madrigals, motets, part songs, and other choral genres.
      • CORF began with the personal collection of John Finley Williamson, founder of Westminster Choir College. The oldest items are from the late 19th century, and the collection continues to grow as publishers' new issues are added. Cataloging of individual works is in progress; many titles can be searched in the library’s catalog or in Musica.
  • Richard Colwell Collection
    • Assessment materials from the collection of renowned music educator Richard Colwell.
      • Colwell is Professor Emeritus of Music Education at the University of Illinois and the New England Conservatory of Music. He is the founding editor of the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education and the Quarterly Journal of Music Teaching and Learning. He is also a Guggenheim scholar and a member of MENC's (Music Educators National Conference) Hall of Fame. In 2004, Dr. Colwell gave his “Test files,” his life-long collection of tests and measurements in music, to Talbott Library. This collection of assessment materials ranges from the work of Carl Seashore in the 19th century to recent tests found on the internet.
  • Hymnal 1982 Working Papers
    • Mmanuscripts, recordings, and correspondence related to the creation of the Episcopal Church's Hymnal 1982, elucidating how an important twentieth-century hymnal was created. After the publication of hymnal, the working papers were given to Talbott Library.
  • Douglas Jensen Organ Recording Collection
    • Douglas Jensen built a substantial collection of LPs, which he gave to Talbott Library in 1994. Many recordings feature notable instruments by renowned organ builders. Indexes sorted by performer and composer are available online and at the reference desk.
  • Warren Martin Compositions
    • Manuscript compositions by Warren Martin (1916-1982), Westminster Choir College class of 1936.
      • Martin was on Westminster's faculty from 1950 until his death. His compositions, in a variety of forms and styles, are part of the fabric of Westminster's musical history. While some of his choral music was published, most of his work remains in manuscript. One of Martin’s most popular works, The True Story of Cinderella, is available for rental in an updated edition. It has been performed throughout the country.
  • Carl F. Mueller Collection
    • Publications by composer, organist, choral conductor, and educator Carl F. Mueller (1892-1982).
      • Mueller was a student of John Finley Williamson and a Fellow of Westminster Choir College. He became a highly successful composer of choral music. This collection contains his copies of his publications, approximately 500 titles.
      • Finding aid
  • John P. Murnion Collection of Compact Discs
    • A diverse collection of approximately 13,000 CDs assembled by John P. Murnion (1936-2005), a successful writer of mystery fiction.
      • Murnion was an ardent audiophile whose knowledge of music was entirely self-taught. In July 2006, Kathleen Murnion donated her late husband’s personal collection of CDs to Talbott Library. The Murnion Collection includes repertoire from the Middle Ages through the late twentieth century, in a wide variety of musical genres. Mrs. Murnion characterized the collection—and honored her husband’s fervent commitment to researching and compiling it—with these words that appear on a commemorative plaque mounted near the collection: “A witness to the power, beauty and rich diversity of music.” Items in the collection can be found in the library catalog, or by clicking here.
  • Robert Shaw Collection of Marked Scores
    • Thirty-three scores marked by Robert Shaw during his workshops at Westminster Choir College.
      • Robert Shaw (1916-1999) directed a two-week choral workshop at Westminster Choir College each year from 1972 through 1985. A major choral work was performed at the end of each week at venues ranging from Mostly Mozart in New York to Princeton University Chapel. Choral singers and directors flocked to these intensely demanding and satisfying choral experiences. To facilitate the most efficient use of rehearsal time, a set of marked scores were put on Reserve in Talbott Library to enable the singers to transfer Shaw's interpretive marks into their scores. This collection includes the most beloved and often-performed major choral works.
      • Inventory of titles in the marked score collection
      • Index of repertoire performed under Robert Shaw
  • Leopold Stokowski Scores
    • Scores given to the college by the conductor Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977), who was awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Fine Arts by Westminster in 1963.
      • Although Talbott cannot boast of having the Stokowski Collection, which is now at the University of Pennsylvania, we do have a number of his "duplicate scores" which he gave to the library because of his long and fond association with Westminster's choirs. A highlight of the collection is the score for J. S. Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, marked up in Stokowski’s hand as part of the process of arranging this organ work for full orchestra.
      • An advanced search in the library catalog with the location “Talbott Library-Stokowski Collection” brings up items from this collection.
  • Tams-Witmark Collection
    • Full scores, vocal scores, and instrumental parts from the music rental library of the Tams-Witmark company.
      • Arthur W. Tams (1848-1927) was a singer, opera manager and collector of music. In the mid-1880s, he began to collect scores and parts for cantatas, oratorios, masses, and some operas. By the 1920s his rental library was one of the largest in the world. In 1925 Tams merged with its rival library built by Isidore Witmark (1871-1941). The resulting rental library remained in business until it was dispersed in 1969. The cantatas and oratorios were given to Westminster Choir College; the remainder of the collection is divided between the University of Wisconsin and the Library of Congress. See the December 1989 Choral Journal for an article by William Osborne listing the works by American composers in Westminster's Tams-Witmark Collection.
      • Full and vocal scores are cataloged; availability of orchestral parts is noted where applicable.
      • Index of instrumental parts.
  • Thomas Tiplady Collection
    • Publications and hymn-related memorabilia including a scrapbook and selected letters of poet and hymn composer Thomas Tiplady (1882-1967).
      • Tiplady was a Methodist minister well known for his work in creating the Lambeth Mission in London. The collection is searchable in the library catalog.
  • D. DeWitt Wasson Research Collection of Organ Music
    • A growing collection of approximately 20,000 organ scores and books given by D. DeWitt Wasson (1921-2009 ), a church musician and recitalist.
      • Wasson wrote for The American Organist for more than thirty years. During his long career, he amassed an enormous collection of organ scores, books, and other music pertaining to his work. In 1995 he gave his collection of scores and hymnals to Talbott Library.
      • A substantial portion is represented in the online catalog. Print finding aids are available at the reference desk.
  • Carl Weinrich Collection
    • Marked scores and recordings of Carl Weinrich (1905-1991), head of Westminster's Organ Department from 1934 to 1940. 
      • A student of Mark Andrews, Abram Chasins, Marcel Dupré, and Lynwood Farnam, Weinrich was known for his involvement in the organ reform movement in America, his recordings of Bach, and his première of Schoenberg's Variations on a Recitative. In addition to his career as a church musician and recitalist, he taught at Columbia University and was Director of Music at Princeton University Chapel from 1943 to 1974. Westminster Choir College awarded Weinrich an honorary Doctor of Music in 1973. His marked scores are of interest for what they reveal about Weinrich as a musician and also the instruments he played on campus and in Princeton. The collection also includes his copies of the recordings he made. See Ray Keck's article, which includes a discography, in The Diapason, February 2000.
  • Walter Williams Collection of Choral and Liturgical Music
    • Books, particularly on liturgical choral music, from the collection of Winfred Douglas (1867-1944) and Walter Williams (fl.1950).
      • Douglas is known for the classic text Church Music in History and Practice, and his work for the Plainsong Society and the music commission of the Episcopal Church. Williams was director of St. Dunstan's College of Sacred Music for which he edited the "St. Dunstan Edition of Sacred Music," a choral series published by E. C. Schirmer. Sorting and cataloging of the collection is in progress.

Erik Routley Collection

EXTENT: 8 linear feet (15 standard sized and 12 OS (oversized) boxes)
PROCESSED: April 2018
BY: Julia Telonidis

PROVENANCE Collection donated by Erik Routley. Some additional materials donated by Margaret Routley after Erik’s death.

LOCATION Special Collections shelves behind Circulation Desk

PROCESSING NOTES
This collection was initially processed by Nancy Wicklund. A second processing effort rehoused the materials and created the finding aid.

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
Erik Routley (1917–1982), a scholar, editor, educator, organist, and minister of the Congregational Church. He was born in Brighton, England and was educated at Oxford University and later became chaplain at Oxford’s Mansfield College. He later served as minister at various locations in Great Britain before he joined the Westminster Choir College faculty in 1975. He served as Professor of Church Music and Director of Chapel until his death. Dr. Routley’s years at Westminster resulted in a variety of creative projects, one of which was the work Christian Hymns, an introduction to their story, 1980. Ecumenical Praise, a supplemental hymnal, was also published during Routley’s time at Westminster. His most significant achievement was his work on the history of church music. The personal library he built to support his scholarship numbers more than 2,000 items and contains comprehensive holdings in English hymnody, including many volumes by Isaac Watts. Of particular interest is the 1719 edition of The Psalms of David inscribed by Watts to Thomas Bradbury. Routley died Oct 7, 1982 in his sleep in Nashville, TN.

SCOPE AND CONTENT
The Routley Papers include manuscripts of the following kinds: musical compositions, lectures, sermons, and books as well as programs, correspondence, and clippings. Together with the book and audio materials that were originally part of this collection, these items offer a glimpse into the creative life of a highly prolific and industrious man working in various settings over many years. A small portion of the collection consists of materials donated to the Talbott Library by Erik’s wife Margaret Routley after his death.

The books and hymnals can be searched in the library catalog. Christian Hymns has been digitized and is available for listening through Talbott Library’s Digital Collections: https://cdm15457.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p16471coll5/id/44

SERIES DESCRIPTIONS
Series I: Book length manuscripts and monographs
Series II: Lectures, articles, class notes, syllabi, clippings
Series III: Worship
Series IV: Hymnody (general)
Series V: Correspondence
Series VI: Prayers and Sermons
Series VII: Martin Shaw Papers
Series VIII: Music Manuscripts
Series IX: Miscellaneous items and Hymnals after 1982 (Received from Margaret Routley after Erik’s death)

ACCESS POINTS
The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.

Routley, Erik
Christian writings
Correspondence
Essays
Hymns
Manuscripts
Sermons


Folder Title Date Box Folder

Series I: Book length manuscripts and monographs

 

 

 

The Divine Formula

1976

1

1

Christian Hymns Observed (3rd copy)

1980

1

2

Essays on various subjects: Men and Women, Money, Asceticism, Morality, etc.

1960s?

1

3

The Christian Character--essay

No date

1

4

The Puritan Tradition--essay

No date

1

5

The Puritan Tradition--essay (second copy)

No date

1

6

The Puritan Tradition II

No date

1

7

The Puritan Tradition II (second copy)

No date

1

8

Music in Christian Hymnody--Oxford PhD Thesis (2 large bound volumes--thesis and examples)

1951

2

 

Saul Among the Prophets

1958-1965

3

1

English Speaking Hymnal Guide

1975

3

2

The Master at Work : A Study of the six miracle stories in St. John’s Gospel

1978

3

3

The Puritan Way

No date

3

4

Hymns Observed pages 1-399

No date

3

5

Hymns Observed (continued) pages 400-end

No date

3

6

Hymns Observed—music samples

No date

OS 1

1

The music of Christian hymns copy 3 examples volume 1

No date

OS 1

2

The music of Christian hymns copy 3 examples volume 2

No date

OS 1

3

What goes on in church?

No date

OS 1

4

Our Hymn Book : A Description Part 1

No date

OS 1

5

Our Hymn Book : A Description Part 2

No date

OS 1

6

Bachelor of Divinity Thesis “The Theology of Musical Criticism” rough draft

1943

OS 1

7

Series II: Lectures, articles, class notes, syllabi, clippings

 

 

 

Cyprian and the Unity of the Church

No date

4

3

The Theology of Major Choral Works

No date

4

4

Oxford class notes/ essays

1950s

4

5

Papers--various topics

1960-1964

4

6

Papers--various topics

1965-1967

5

1

Papers--various topics

1968-1969

5

2

Papers--various topics

1970-1974

5

3

Papers--various topics

Pre-1975 (date unknown)

5

4

Papers--various topics

1975-1982

6

1

Articles in “Reform”

1975-1979

6

2

Obituaries/ tributes, memorial service, bio, misc. clippings and journal issues

Ca. 1975-1983

6

3

Duty and Delight and Our Lives Be Praise

Ca. 1980s

6

4

Hymns and Hymnology includes dissertation by Mark
A. Dew

Ca. 1970s-1980s

6

5

“Church Music Here and There” various topics

1960s-1970s

6

6

Aesthetics  CM544 (class notes)

No date

6

7

The Poetry of Worship” by E.R.

No date

6

8

Newspaper and magazine articles

1960s

6

9

“What is a good tune” by E.R.

No date

6

10

Britain for Americans

No date

6

11

Bernard Gilpin Series Lecture Notes

No date

OS 2

1

On the Pneumatology of the Puritans

No date

OS 2

2

City of God--Church History Lectures

No date

OS 2

3

Lectures in the First Three Centuries--Introduction

No date

OS 2

4

Clippings

No date

OS3b

 

Series III: Worship

 

 

 

Programs--U.S.

1969-1981

7

1

Programs--U.K.

1950s

7

2

Programs--U.K./Germany (includes London Missionary Society

1960s

7

3

Programs--U.K./Germany

1970s-1981

7

4

Programs--Westminster Abbey--Come and Sing

1970s-1980

7

5

Programs--Bristol Chapel

1975-1980

7

6

Programs--Westminster “Vision of Judgement”

1977

8

1

Programs--Westminster Bristol Chapel

1978-1982

8

2

Worship--Miscellaneous  

No date

8

3

Who’s in town and other scripts

1950s-1970s

8

4

Vision : An Act of Praise

No date

8

5

Holy Week

1967

8

6

Victory of Life

1978

8

7

Newcastle Upon Tyne churches

1970s

8

8

Saint Nicholas Book of Worship

No date

8

9

Series IV: Hymnody (general)

 

 

 

Westminster Praise organ book

1970s

9

1

Westminster Organ book

1970s

9

2

Hymn Festivals

1970s-1980s

9

3

Unidentified notebook

No date

9

4

Out of “Hymnals”

No date

9

5

African Church Music

1960s

9

6

Carols, various hymns (including brass), etc.

No date

9

7

Hymns--Masters

No date

10

1

Hymn copyrights correspondence

1977-1979

10

2

Hymn writes and composers-- biographies

No date

10

3

Hymns in bound book

1976-1982

10

4

Hymn Tunes Book 1

1930-

OS3a large flat box

 

ER Hymns Copyright HOPE and OUP Book 2

1930-

OS3a large flat box

 

Hymn Tunes Hymn texts at the back book 3

1930-

OS3b large flat box

 

Hymn Tunes Hymn texts at the back—Copy book 4

1930-

OS3b large flat box

 

Cantate sampler

No date

OS4

1

Descants

No date

OS4

2

Dictionary of Hymn Writers

No date

OS4

3

Melodies of Christendom/Lutheran Chorales/Joseph Hart

No date

OS4

4

Tine/Tees Television “Gladsome Mind”

No date

OS4

5

Academy Music Folio

No date

OS4

6

Welsh Hymn Tunes and Sacred Melodies

No date

OS4

7

Chapel—Summer Session at Westminster

1982

OS4

8

Orpheus by Walter Spinney

1960-1961

OS4

9

Psalms---New College and Magdalen College

No date

OS4

10

Presbyterian Hymnals/General handwritten Hymn book

No date

OS4

11

Series V: Correspondence

 

 

 

Correspondence--General

1944-1967

10

5

Correspondence--General (some with hymn notation)

1970s-1980s

10

6

Correspondence--Adrienne Tindall

1980s

10

7

Correspondence--Fred Pratt Green- hymn related

1960s-1970s

11

1

Correspondence--Willcocks, David

1954-1970

11

2

Correspondence/documents Coventry/J. Poole

1970s

11

3

Correspondence/documents Ian M. Fraser

1970s

11

4

Australian Hymns--Wesley Milgate

 

11

5

Correspondence/documents pertaining to Congregational Praise

1950s

11

6

John Wilson Correspondence/Music/Documents

1950s-1980s

11

7

Correspondence to George Shorney (Hope Publishing Co.) from others

1982-1989

12

1

Margaret Routley--Shorney Correspondence (after Erik’s death)

1982-1986

12

2

Erik Routley--George Shorney Correspondence

1982

12

3

Erik Routley--George Shorney Correspondence

1979-1981

12

4

Erik Routley--George Shorney Correspondence Church Music and the Christian Faith

1978

12

5

Erik Routley--George Shorney Correspondence

1973-1977

12

6

Joan Lippincott correspondence (not part of original collection--donated by Lippincott in 2017)

1976

12

7

Series VI: Prayers and Sermons

 

 

 

Prayers for various occasions (also dedication service for Lee Hastings Bristol

1970s-1980s

12

8

Prayers from binder

1970s-1980s

12

9

Lectionary A—Luke through John

No date

13

1

Lectionary B

No date

13

2

Lectionary C

No date

13

3

Campus Addresses

No date

13

4

Sermons--Music

No date

13

5

Sermons--Gospels

No date

14

1

Sermons--Job to Ecclesiastes

No date

14

2

Sermons--Genesis to Esther

No date

14

3

Sermons--Acts Epistles

No date

14

4

Sermons--Campus Addresses

No date

14

5

Sermons--Isaiah and Malachi

No date

14

6

Sermons--General

No date

14

7

Series VII: Martin Shaw Papers

 

 

 

Martin Shaw notes and correspondence

No date

15

1

Typed manuscript on Martin Shaw in separate sections

Ca. 1960

15

2

Typed biographical manuscript on Martin Shaw (possibly for his book on Shaw A Centenary Appreciation)

1970s

15

3

Series VIII: Music Manuscripts

 

 

 

Christ in Glory

No date

OS 5

1

Anthems

No date

OS 5

2

International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) canticles

No date

OS 5

3

Vocal manuscripts

No date

OS 5

4

Misc. Music Manuscripts

No date

OS 5

5

Hymns and tunes

No date

OS 5

6

Old manuscript music books (juvenile)

No date

OS 5

7

Communion service music

No date

OS 5

8

Te Deum

No date

OS 5

9

Processional Psalms

No date

OS 5

10

Sarum Plainsong Tones/Psalms

No date

OS 5

11

Series IX: Miscellaneous items and Hymnals after 1982 (Received from Margaret Routley after Erik’s death)

 

 

 

1981 Quadrangle yearbook  with Erik Routley photo and memorial bio/other biographical

1980s

OS 6

1

The True Story of Cinderella by Warren Martin performance in 1978 script and music

1978

OS 6

2

Obituaries/Bios of various people/Ledger Book of expenses

1980s

OS 6

3

Various publications

1950s-1980s

OS 6

4

Clippings/Notes etc. removed from books

No date

OS 6

5

Hymn festivals and events, programs, etc. Rejoice in the Lord Hymnal events

1980s

OS 6

6

International Conference on Hymnody Bethlehem PA

1985

OS 6

7

The Journey with Jonah—a Chancel opera

No date

OS 6

8

Various inventory lists—Routley collection, misc. choral works, anthems modern

No date

OS 7

1

Published hymns/carols arranged by E. Routley

No date

OS 7

2

Routley as college instructor, essay by student, essay written by Routley containing advice to students, course assignment, possibly given by Routley

1950s-1970s

OS 7

3

Misc. scores/psalms (including Martin Shaw “Calderon”

No date

OS 7

4

The Hymn (serial)

1976-1979

OS 7

5

The Hymn (serial)

1980-1982

OS 7

6

Reformed Liturgy and Music

1975-1979

OS 7

7

Reformed Liturgy and Music

1980-1982

OS 7

8

Assorted publications (religious and music related)

1951-1980

OS 8

1

Writings--Puritan Pleasures of the Detective Story, On the making of hymn tunes, etc.

No date

OS 8

2

Scripts for plays—Who’s in town, Vision of judgements, Letter from prison, The fig tree

No date

OS 8

3

Musical notation and programs

Ca. 1960s-1980s

OS 8

4

Erik Routley’s best writings (Margaret Routley’s selections)

Ca. 1960s-1970s

OS 8

5

Correspondence to Margaret Routley

198401985

OS

6

Hope Publishing Co. Correspondence

1982-1987

OS

7

Talbott Library Routley Papers dedication and Westminster Routley tributes, etc.

1980s- 1990s

OS

8

Miscellaneous Music Manuscripts (mainly photocopies)

No date

OS9 small flat box

 

Miscellaneous Piano Manuscripts flat box

No date

OS10 small flat box

 

Miscellaneous Piano Manuscripts (for 2 pianos) flat box

No date

OS11 small flat box

 

Miscellaneous Organ Manuscripts

No date

OS 12 small flat box

 

Julia A. Perry Collection, ca. 1925-1979

Creator: Julia A. Perry

Title: Julia A. Perry Collection Finding Aid

Dates: ca. 1925-1979

Abstract: Contains papers related to Westminster Choir College alumna Julia Amanda Perry (1924-1979) (BM ’47, MM ’48). The collection illustrates her life as a music student, teacher, and composer, and includes photographs, clippings, official documents, notes, and other materials related to her life. Also included are Perry authored plays and spirituals. Additional materials on Julia Perry, including correspondence and additional biographical materials, can be found in her alumni file.

Provenance

Donated by Alycia Berry, Julia Perry’s sister, 2008.

Biographical Note

Julia Perry was born in 1924 in Lexington, KY to upper middle class African-American parents, Dr. Abe Perry and America Lois Heath Perry. She attended the University of Akron (Ohio) from 1942-1943. She attended Westminster Choir College from 1943 to 1947 for her Bachelor of Music degree and in 1948 completed her Master of Music degree. Her master’s thesis cantata was titled Chicago, a secular cantata based on the poems of Carl Sandburg.

After graduation, she studied with prominent conducting and composition instructors in Europe and the United States. She went on to additional graduate studies with Luigi Dallapiccola at the Berkshire Music Center and at the Juilliard School of Music. She also studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. She studied conducting in Siena, Italy and worked for the U.S. Information Service touring European cities, lecturing, and conducting orchestras.  She later worked in the United States, taught private piano instruction, worked at a college lecturer at Florida A&M, and continued to lecture, conduct, and compose.

In the 1950s and 1960s her work as a composer garnered her significant attention. She was a prolific composer who created a variety of music including full orchestra, band, solo voice, choral music, and dramatic music among others. Her works were performed by the New York Philharmonic, Clarion Concerts and other orchestras. Her recordings of her compositions Stabat Mater, Short Piece, and Homunculus C.F. were released by Composers Recordings in the 1960s. She won numerous awards for her work, including those of the National Association of Negro Musicians, the Boulanger Grand Prix, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and the National Institute of Arts and Letters award among others.

As an African-American woman Perry pushed the boundaries of race and gender during an era which saw few composers of her background gain recognition. Her career was severely hampered in 1970 when she had the first of several strokes, which left her paralyzed on the right side. She taught herself to write with her left hand and continued to compose in the 1970s while in and out of the hospital and in declining health. She died in 1979 at age 55 in Akron, Ohio. Her achievements were recognized posthumously in 1984 by Westminster Choir College, which awarded her the Alumni Merit Award.

Scope and Content Note

Materials included in this collection are biographical information and clippings, photographs, a diploma, a passport, a  typewritten dramatic play, music publishing correspondence and contract, musical transcriptions, and notes pertaining to the life and work of Julia A. Perry, Westminster Choir College graduate and established music composer and instructor. Additional materials, including hand written correspondence, can be found in the Julia A. Perry alumni file.

Subject Access Points
Perry, Julia A.
Perry, Lois A.
Westminster Choir College
African-American women composers
Composers (Music)
Clippings (Books, clippings, etc.)
Correspondence
Diplomas
Photographs

Folder Title Date Box Folder

Biographical/Clippings/Programs/Julia and Lois A. Perry (Julia’s mother) related correspondence

1940-1979

1

1

Photographs/Postcards

ca. 1925- ca.1960

1

2

Official Documents—includes diploma and passport

ca. 1936-1957

1

3

Play by Julia Perry titled Fisty, m-e!

1969

1

4

Copyright and Carl Fischer, Inc. music publishing documents

1968-1970

1

5

Transcriptions of spirituals (four movement spiritual for orchestra and Three Movement Spiritual for Orchestra, includes Stabat Mater composed by Julia Perry, and excerpts from unfinished Perry authored opera titled The Sympleglades or Mary Easty and Gallows Hill

ca. 1950s-1960s

1

6

Notebook and loose typed pages --bibliographical, program, and introductory notes

No date

1

7

“The Cask of Amontillado” full and piano vocal scores (two scores added to original manuscript collection)

No date

1

8

Marcel Dupré Collection, ca. 1890s-1994

Creator: Anna French Adams

Title: Marcel Dupré Collection compiled by Anna French Adams

Dates: ca. 1890s-1994 (Bulk 1920s-1930s)

Abstract: Contains papers related to organist Marcel Dupré, assembled by Franklin Stewart Adams and his wife Anna French Adams. Franklin was a pupil of Dupré and the Adamses had a long-term friendship with Dupré and his wife, Jeanne. Anna French Adams and Jeanne Dupré, an English teacher, corresponded in English. The collection includes Adams's marked copies of Dupré's organ music, photographs inscribed by Marcel Dupré, programs, clippings, scrapbooks and letters. Marcel Dupré and his daughter Marguerite performed in Westminster's Bristol Chapel in 1946. Westminster’s Talbott Library received the collection in 1998, shortly after the death of Anna French Adams.

Provenance

Donated on June 31, 1998 by Rev. Dr. Frederick J. Schumacher, representing the estate of Anna French Adams.

Biographical Note

Marcel Dupré, born in Rouen, France in 1886, was a noted organist and composer with a worldwide reputation as a virtuoso performer and improviser. He was the son of organist Albert Dupré. Marcel was recognized early as a young talent and in his formative years he studied under the direction of his father’s friend Alexandre Guilmant. In his prime he was famous, especially in the United States, and was recognized as a prolific recitalist with excellent improvisational skills. In 1896, at the age of 11, he was appointed organist of the church of Saint-Vivien in Rouen and in the following year he began study at the Paris Conservatoire. In the 1920s, he gained a reputation through performances in France, England, and the United States. In 1926 he returned to the Paris Conservatoire as professor of organ performance and improvisation, a position he held until 1954.

In the 1920s, Dupré performed more than 2000 organ recitals throughout Australia, the United States, Canada and Europe. In the United States, he was sponsored by the Wanamaker Department Store in Philadelphia and the company organized a nationwide tour which helped him to attain far reaching fame. He also played on the famous Wanamaker organ and composed his Symphonie-Passion (1921) based on his improvisational performances on this organ.

In 1934, Dupré became titular organist at the church of St-Sulpice in Paris and held this position until his death. He attracted a large following there and his performances attracted large crowds. He also wrote organ instruction textbooks as well instructional volumes about the works of other composers such as Bach, Handel, Mozart, Liszt, Mendelssohn, and Schumann. He was also a prolific composer in his own right: his most well-known works include the Symphonie-Passion, the Chemin de la Croix, the Preludes and Fugues, the Esquisses and évocation, and the Cortège et Litanie.

He married Jeanne (Jeannette) Pasouau in April 1924. She had previously been married to Marcel’s Uncle Henri Dupré. Their marriage was a happy one and lasted until Marcel’s death in 1971. They had one daughter, Marguerite (also a talented organist), and three grandchildren whom they helped raise after Marguerite’s untimely death in 1963 (followed by Marguerite’s husband Emmanuel’s death in 1964). Marcel was active well into his later years. He gave his final concert in Switzerland in 1970. He passed away in May 1971 after a sudden illness.

Scope and Content Note:

Contains letters, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, programs, scrapbooks, and photographs pertaining to organist and composer Marcel Dupré. Also contains published works by Dupré and various other composers, most of which contain markings by Franklin Stewart Adams.

Processing Note:

Original inventory list for this collection includes a listing for “Fantasia , part 1 and part 2, Adams, Frank Stewart” listed under the category “Scores by Various Composers.” These items are currently not present with the rest of the collection. Their location is unknown. Original inventory list and collection notes are in a separate folder in Box 1.

Subject Access Points:
Adams, Frank Stewart, 1885-1964
Dupré, Marcel, 1886-1971
Composers
Organ (Musical instrument)
Organ Music
Organists
Correspondence
Photographs
Scrapbooks

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SERIES I: LETTERS AND MEMORABILIA

Packet containing two letters from Marcel Dupré: A. single leaf, typed, dated 23 September 1931 pasted to verso, letter to Anna Adams from Jeannette [Dupré], 10 December 1939. B. single leaf, hand written as a recommendation for Frank S. Adams, 24 February 1937.

1931-1939

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Packet containing the Adams scores with programs inside, “In memory of Marcel Dupré 1886-1971” by Anna F. Adams, and miscellaneous clippings, programs and flyers (about 7 items).

ca. 1930s-1980s

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Packet of approximately 13 clippings programs, notes “In Remembrance of Marcel Dupré”, postcards, includes letter from David Pizarro

ca. 1930s-1992

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Packet containing approximately 13 picture post cards, 2 greeting cards, and about 70 letters some including a clipping or a program, primarily from Jeanette Dupré, but also from Marcel Dupré, Marguerite Dupré, E. Tollet, and Charles N. Henderson and possibly others

ca. 1920s-1980s

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Two scrapbooks in a wrapper labeled “Dupré – Historical” A.) 12 pages containing programs, journal clippings and a photograph of “Organist’s Midnight Supper at Angelo’s”, February 1, 1924, which contains 22 names. B.) 30 pages, 1920s-1970s, containing programs, clippings, letters, postcards, photographs, and family snapshots. Small packet enclosed containing 2 programs, photocopy of page in Anna Adams hand & a program fragment.

1920s-1970s

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Issue of The Grainger Journal, vol. 3 no 2, which contains a clipping from Gannett Westchester newspapers --an interview with Anna F. Adams. This issue has her article: “Remembered Years”

March 1981

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SERIES II: DUPRÉ WORKS-- PUBLISHED EDITIONS

Cortege et Litanie (a work by Marcel Dupré)-- conductor’s score, inscribed to Frank Adams from Marcel Dupré

1924

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Cortege et Litanie --Grand orgue part, signed Marcel Dupré (inscription [to Frank Adams] cut away) and organ part, violin and viola parts

1924

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Cortege et Litanie – contra bass, bassoon, bass clarinet, English horn, oboe, flute, bass violin, cello

1924

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Cortege et Litanie – trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba, harpe, celest Glockenspiel cymbal, kettle drum

1924

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Traite d’Improvisation a l’Orgue; signed Margaretta G. French; in pencil: Frank Stewart Adams

1925

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Psyche, for voices & piano; signed Margaretta French, with clipping from The American Organist

1914

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Vepres du Commun des Fettes de la Sainte Vierge, signed Margaretta French; Lamento pour orgue; signed Marcel Dupré ?; Le Chemin de la Croix; with clipping from The American Organist

1920-1932

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Variations Sur un Noel

Trois Preludes et Fugues; signed Margaretta French & Frank Stewart Adams

1920-1923

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Suite Bretonne; inscribed to Frank Adams by Marcel Dupré (2 copies)

Symphonie-Passion signed by Dupré

1924-1925

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SERIES III: SCORES BY VARIOUS COMPOSERS

Andrews, M. Sonata in A minore for organ, op. 17; Becker, R. First sonata for organ, in G minor, op. 40 and Second sonata for organ, in F, op. 41;

Buck, D. Grand sonata in Eb, op. 22;

Elgar, E. Sonate fur Orgel, op. 28

1896-1912

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Guilmant, A. Cantilene pastorale, op. 15, no. 3 ( 2 copies, one very fragile); Sonata 1 for organ, op. 42; Sonata 2, op. 50; Sonata 3, op. 50; Sonata 4, op. 61; Sonata 5, op. 80; Sonata in b minor, op. 86; Sonata 7, op. 89

1876-1941

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Jongen, J. Sonata Eroica, op. 94;

Lemmens, J., Sonate Pontificale, no. 1 of Trois Sonates pour Orgue;

Merkel, G. Sonata no. 2, op. 42;

Ritter, A.G. Sonate, Em, op. 19;

Whiting, G. E. Grand Sonata for organ, op. 25; Wilson, M.Sonata in C major, op. 17

1890-1932

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SERIES IV: PHOTOGRAPHS

M. Mauro-Cottone, inscribed to Frank Stewart Adams

January 29, 1923

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Marcel Dupré at Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia

1923

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Marcel Dupré, inscribed to Frank Adams,

March 19, 1923

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Marcel Dupré, inscribed to Margaretta French

August 16, 1927

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Marcel Dupré, inscribed to Margaretta French

February 1, 1929

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Marcel & Marguerite Dupré, inscribed to Frank & Anna Adams

December 8, 1937

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Garrick Ohlsson, framed newspaper clipping, March 10, 1994 (written on front--“ Garrick was in my Junior Choir for a very brief time in the 1930s at Trinity Lutheran Church, White Plains”

March 10. 1994

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