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William Alford Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0762
Overview This collection dating from 1923-1932 documents Mr. William Alford’s association with the Vanderbilt Glee Club and his time as a student of Vanderbilt University.
Dates: 1923 - 1932

Emma L. Ashford Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0027
Overview The Emma L. Ashford collection is comprised mostly of music composed by Mrs. Ashford, as well as by others. Mrs. Ashford’s music is in both manuscript and printed form. Most of her works contained in this collection pertain to Vanderbilt University. All the printed works of other composers in the collection relate to Vanderbilt.
Dates: 1890’s-1930

Alice Baldwin Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0638
Dates: multiple

Alfred H. Bartles Papers

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Identifier: MSS.MUS.0001
Overview The Alfred H. Bartles Papers (1874-2015) were donated to the Anne Potter Wilson Music Library from 2008-2015. A native of Tennessee and a former George Peabody College student, Bartles was active in New York, Germany, and Tennessee as a composer, arranger, cellist, pedagogue, and jazz pianist. His varied compositional output illustrates this mixture of influences, and reveals him as one of the first in a generation of composers equally at home in the Classical and jazz genres.
Dates: 1874 - 2015; Majority of material found within 1952 - 2006

George Boswell Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0049
Overview George Boswell was a Vanderbilt graduate, author, professor, and folklorist. The heart of the George Boswell collection consists of transcriptions of 1200 folk songs and ballads collected throughout Middle Tennessee between 1948 and 1952. Personal papers, commercial sheet music, choral arrangements, and student research papers round out the rest of the collection.
Dates: circa 1700s-1990s; Majority of material found within 1948 - 1953

Lee H. Bristol, Jr. Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0674
Overview This collection contains three pieces of sheet music written by Lee Hastings Bristol, Jr. while he was stationed at Vanderbilt in 1944.
Dates: 1944

James L. Britton III Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0053
Overview This collection contains 13 rare 19th Century imprints relating to the State of Tennessee.
Dates: 1836 - 1875

Bettye A. Brown Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0758
Scope and Content Note This collection is composed of .5 Hollinger box with ten folders inside. More specifically there is incoming correspondence to Brown, a press release and photo of Richard M. “Pek” Gunn, the Fulbright program from 1956 to 1957, a report of the Fulbright program, and the music program at Peabody College. Productions tied to Brown include the play “The Beautiful People,” sheet music to “My Homeland, Tennessee,” and various other performances. Finally, there are writings by Brown.
Dates: Undated

Charles Faulkner Bryan Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0058
Overview This collection contains materials relating to Charles Faulkner Bryan and it includes photocopies of correspondence between Bryan and Donald Davidson, with whom he collaborated on the musical Singin’ Billy. Also in this collection is sheet music of pieces by Bryan and includes the Songs for Children Series, the Bell Witch Secular Folk Cantata, Tennessee Folk Songs and other music by Bryan.
Dates: 1948 - 1983

Stanley Fisk Bryan Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0059
Overview This collection contains copies of the World War I letters of Captain Stanley Fisk Bryan to his mother, father, and brother. Most of the letters are typed, but several are handwritten. The collection also contains 3 newspaper clippings, 2 pamphlets, and song lyrics all relating to World War I.
Dates: 1917 - 1919

Edward Bugg Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0681
Overview This collection contains a letter written and signed by Albert Einstein on Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists letterhead in 1948 and newspaper clippings related to various music figures in the 1980s.
Dates: 1948; 1980s

Mary Bang Connell Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0087
Dates: multiple

Cortex and Ankle Manuscript Score

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0947
Overview This collection contains the musical score for Cortex and ankle: songs after texts of Christopher Middleton, by Michael Hersch.
Dates: circa 2016

Robert Craft Typescripts Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.MUS.0011
Overview The conductor/librettist Robert Craft (1923-2015) is most well-known for his associations with the composer Igor Stravinsky. This small collection consists of computer-printed drafts of what eventually would become Craft’s memoirs An improbable life (Vanderbilt University Press, 2002) and Places : a travel companion for music and art lovers (Thames & Hudson, 2000), as they were supplied to Mark Wait, Dean of the Blair School of Music.
Dates: 1996 - 1999

Francis Craig Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0091
Overview The Francis Craig Collection contains material ranging in date from 1919 to 1994 and makes up 2.51 linear feet. The papers include personal and biographical information, correspondence, memorabilia, and photographs. The major portion of the collection, however, dates from the 1930’s and 1940’s and consists of clippings, sheet music, and recordings.
Dates: 1919 - 1994; Majority of material found within 1930s-1940s

Cyrus Daniel Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0099
Overview The Cyrus Daniel Papers include compositions and arrangements by Daniel; miscellaneous programs 1944-1951; a bound copy of Vanderbilt University A Cappella Choir History, 1937-1967; and a selection of A Cappella Choir records, 1944-1965.
Dates: 1937 - 1967

Donald Davidson Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0002
Scope and Contents The Donald Davidson Papers (1906 - 1968) include correspondence and writings by Davidson as well as reviews, research materials, publications materials, publicity for books, legal and financial documents, family records, newspaper clippings and photographs, segregation materials, and manuscripts of writings by others. The bulk of the materials come from the 1920's through the 1960's. Davidson received his B. A. and M. A. degrees from Vanderbilt University and remained at the...
Dates: 1906 - 1968

Clarise DeQuasie Collection (Luciano Pavarotti)

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0108
Dates: multiple

Richard M. Dohrmann Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0707
Dates: multiple

Francis W. Emerson Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0130
Dates: mutliple

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