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Music (excluding jazz)

Adler, Max. Collection

Max Adler (1866–1952) was an Illinois-born executive, concert violinist, and philanthropist. This collection is primarily composed of Adler’s correspondence. Also included are a few pieces of ephemera, including a photograph of German violinist Emanuel Wirth and lists of works relating to English composer Harold Warner.

Anitiphonarium for Matins. Manuscript (Ms 967)

Antiphonarium for Matins, a collection of Gregorian chants, beginning with invitatory tones followed by antiphons for commons of saints, 2 hymns, and texts for Psalms and Canticle for Sunday Lauds. On parchment, with some illuminated letters. Probably 16th or 17th century, written in Spain. Text in Latin. Codex Ms 967.

Artistic Circles. Records

Artistic Circles was founded by Ann Feldman in 1989 with a mission to create "collaborative media for the common good." It has produced media projects that have been broadcast worldwide, with a notable focus on women in religion and the arts.

Blackwood, Easley. Papers

Easley Blackwood (born 1933) professor of music, pianist, and composer. Papers include manuscripts, scores, correspondence, and notes.

Chicago Committee to Save Lives in Chile Records

The Chicago Committee to Save Lives in Chile (CCSLC) was a coalition of individuals and organizations that worked to restore human rights in Chile following the 1973 military coup. The CCSLC held rallies, conferences, and educational events to raise awareness of problems in Chile. In 1979, members of the Committee created the Pablo Neruda Cultural Center to promote Chilean and Latino cultural activities in Chicago and to develop and foster Latino and Latin American literature, visual and performing arts in the United States. For these purposes, the Center initiated and coordinated programs such as music concerts, conferences, and exhibits of artists and organizations in Chicago.

Crawford, Wylie. Collection of Carilloniana

The carillon is considered to be the world's largest musical instrument, made up of at least 23 bronze bells and the particular keyboard that plays them. The Laura Spelman Rockefeller Carillon donated to the University of Chicago and installed in 1932 has 72 bells and is the second largest carillon in the world. Wylie Crawford has been the University carillonneur since 1984, and this collection of carilloniana was compiled by him. The collection contains concert programs, publicity, news clippings, correspondence, pamphlets and brochures on carillons all over the world, books and serial publications dedicated to the carillon and bells, carillonneur association bulletins and newsletters, conference materials, and audio-visual materials, all dating from 1898 to 2012, with the bulk of the material dating from the 1970s to the 2010s. The collection primarily documents the history of the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Carillon and carillonneurs' activities in North America and Europe.

Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company. Collection

The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company is a Hyde Park-based theatre company devoted exclusively to performing the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. They have been in operation since 1960, generally producing one operetta annually. The collection contains a small amount of administrative material, but the bulk of the collection is comprised of set and costume designs, flyers, programs, posters, and other material pertaining to specific productions. Of particular interest are 11 set models. The collection spans the years 1960-2010, with the bulk of the material from 1980-2008.

Hyde Park Historical Society. Joyce Turner Hilkevitch. Papers

Joyce Turner Hilkevitch (1921-2019) founder of Mostly Music, an organization that supported young performers and composers of chamber music in Chicago. Part of the collections of the Hyde Park Historical Society.

Hyde Park Youth Symphony. Records

This is a collection of the administrative records of the Hyde Park Youth Symphony. The records of the Symphony include administrative, budget, and fund raising material arranged by year, dating back to 1983. Also included are recordings of concerts, newspaper clippings and a scrapbook of photographs and programs.

Kauder, Hugo. Papers

Hugo Kauder, composer, musician. The Hugo Kauder Papers and Addenda includes records, holograph manuscript scores, reproduced manuscript scores, and published scores. Many of the scores reproduced by blueprint process bear holograph revisions or dynamic markings in pen or pencil, and a number of scores are inscribed to Edward E. Lowinsky and his family. This collection has been assigned Codex Manuscript #1399.

Levy, Ernst. Papers

Ernst Levy (1895-1981), composer and professor of music at the University of Chicago (1951-54). Papers include musical scores and many significant written academic works, including a French manuscript of his book A Theory of Harmony. Public and biographical items include an extensive radio broadcast interview, late interest and news articles mentioning Levy and significant correspondence, biographical information, catalogs of released recordings and copies of catalogued records from European libraries.

Lincoln Collection. Sheet Music

The Lincoln Collection, Sheet Music contains sheet music relating to Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, and the American nation in general during the nineteenth century. It forms a part of the William E. Barton Collection of Lincolniana.

Lowinsky, Edward E. Papers

Edward Elias Lowinsky (January 12, 1908 – October 11, 1985), musicologist, served on the faculty of University of Chicago's Department of Music from 1961 until his retirement in 1976. An innovative scholar of sixteenth-century music, Lowinsky set academic and editorial standards in the field of musicology, and provoked debate and discussion that elevated the field. The collection documents Lowinsky's education and early career in Germany and Holland; his work at Black Mountain College, Queens College, University of California, and the University of Chicago; his activities with the American Musicological Society; and his family and personal life. The collection contains personal and professional correspondence, administrative records, manuscripts, scores, teaching materials, audio recordings, and photographs.

Meyer, Leonard B. Papers

Leonard B. Meyer (1918-2007), composer, author and professor of music at the University of Chicago (1946-1974). Papers include correspondence, notes and drafts for published and unpublished works, notebooks, photographs, and recordings.

Moore, James H. Papers

James H. Moore taught music at the University of Chicago from 1976 to 1984. The Papers contains Moore's correspondence, lectures and articles, publications and musical editions related to scholarly research into Venetian music and culture, research notes, teaching materials, photocopies of sacred and secular sources for the study of seventeenth-century Venetian music, audio tapes, and musical scores.

Music Relating to the University of Chicago. Records

This collection consists of sheet music and band scores for several songs featured at band events, mainly, at the University of Chicago.

Pollak, Robert. Papers

Robert Pollak, composer, music and theatre critic. The Robert Pollak Papers consist of materials relating to the faculty revels at the Quadrangle Club of the University of Chicago, including: scores, scripts, photographs, clippings, and press releases. The collection also includes clippings from Pollak's column "The Lively Arts," published in the Hyde Park Herald between 1961 and 1970.

Shapey, Ralph. Papers

Ralph Shapey (1921-2002), was a composer and professor of music at the University of Chicago (1964-1991). Papers include musical scores and recordings, advertising and programs related to performances of Shapey's music, professional and personal correspondence, and a small selection of memorabilia. Materials span circa 1930-2003 with the bulk of the collection dating to Shapey's activities from the early 1970s through to the late 1990s.

Sheet Music. Collection

The collection consists of approximately 4,300 printed songs, folksongs, ballads, and piano music from the late 18th to the mid-20th century. The materials are predominately English and American, but the collection includes songs of other countries, some of which are in French or German. Includes the Starshack Collection of American Sheet Music and music of the Midway Minstrel, a male singing group named after the Midway in Hyde Park, Chicago.

Shortall, Harrington. Papers

Harrington Shortall (1895-1984) was a music composer and educator. Shortall studied under Nadia Boulanger, and went on to compose a diverse body of musical work. As an educator, Shortall taught at the Chicago Theological Seminary, and Rosary College. Shortall's papers contain a collection of material related to Nadia Boulanger, including correspondence; also included are teaching materials, compositions, journals and publicity material.

Song Plugger Cards. Collection

The Song Plugger Cards collection contains 55 advertising cards from Chicago and other locations in Illinois, and one from Indiana. These advertising cards were used to promote a dance, celebration or other event and included new songs lyrics on the back of the card.

Song Sheet and Broadside Poem. Collection

Contains song sheets, poems in broadside format, and lyric books. Predominantly British, but also includes a limited number of Scottish, Irish, Italian, and American items. Subjects range from the evils and benefits of drink, romance and marriage, to satirical commentary on political and social events. Many items are illustrated with vignettes or small panels representation a variety of printing techniques, such as woodcut, engraving, and lithography.

Songs and instrumental pieces. Manuscript (Ms 445)

Collection of 189 songs and instrumental pieces. Composers include: Blow, Purcell, Handel, Corelli and Bononcini. Text in English and Italian. Codex Ms 445.

Songs with instrumental ensemble. Manuscript (Ms 446)

Songs with various instrumental ensembles. Text in English. Codex Ms 446.

Thomson, Virgil. Papers

Virgil Thomson, composer, journalist, author. The Virgil Thomson papers consist of correspondence regarding a piece of choral music commissioned from Thomson for the seventy-fifth anniversary of the University of Chicago, an invitation and a press release (photocopies) for the event, as well as a letter to Bernard Weinberg from Virgil Thomson.

University of Chicago. Band. Records

The University of Chicago band performed for university athletic functions and in indoor concerts. The records contain correspondence, drill charts and routines, clippings, and administrative records dating from 1898 to 1969, with the bulk of the material from 1927 to 1942.

University of Chicago. Contemporary Chamber Players. Records

The Contemporary Chamber Players, a music collective based at University of Chicago, was founded in 1964 by Ralph Shapey (1921-2002), a composer and member of the university's Department of Music. The Contemporary Chamber Players performed new works by 20th century composers, and under Shapey's guidance became one of the nation's premier ensembles for contemporary art music. This collection includes the ensemble's correspondence, financial records, touring information, publicity material, performance information, and audio recordings of performances.

University of Chicago. Department of Music. Choral Ensembles. Records

This collection contains concert programs and promotional materials from University of Chicago choral ensembles.

University of Chicago. Department of Music. Records

The University of Chicago’s Department of Music was founded in 1931. Since its establishment, it has offered graduate degrees in composition, historical musicology, ethnomusicology, analysis, and theory, as well as an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in music. The Department also hosts a Performance Program that involves hundreds of musicians and numerous ensembles. The collection documents the department’s establishment and history, administrative processes, publications, publicity, and music performances organized by or at the University. The events represented in the records date back to the earliest years of the University before the Department’s establishment.

Varro, Margit. Papers

Margit Varro (1892-1978), music teacher and author. The Papers document Varro's career as an educator and music historian, and her association with Hungarian composers Bela Bartok and Leo Weiner.

Vom Greulichen Laster des Volsauffens. Manuscript (Ms 67)

Text and music of a hymn, "Vom greulichen Laster des Volsauffens" concerning the vice of drinking. Text in German. Codex Ms 67.