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James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection manuscript music

Call Number: JWJ MSS 355
Scope and Contents
Autograph manuscript and manuscript reproduction scores and parts for circa 50 works, most by African American composers, including music for voice and piano, chorus, band, or orchestra, 1902-1957, with most 1931-1945 or undated. Circa 20 composers are represented, including Margaret Bonds, H. T. Burleigh, William L. Dawson, George Gershwin, W. C. Handy, Hall Johnson, Ulysses Kay, Florence Price, William Grant Still, Roberta Russell Summers Stone, Howard Swanson, and Will H. Vodery. Vocal music includes texts by African American authors Countee Cullen, James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, Alain Locke, and Bruce Nugent. Some items are inscribed by composers to Carl Van Vechten or others, and some are accompanied by correspondence between composers and Van Vechten or other related materials, 1936-1960.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These materials are presumed to have been donated to the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection in the early years of its establishment, 1941-1950. More information may be available in the Carl Van Vechten Papers Relating to African American Arts and Letters (JWJ MSS 1050).
Arranged alphabetically by composer name, and alphabetically by work title within each name.
1902 - 1957
Majority of material found within 1931 - 1945
8.0 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Related Names
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Bonds, Margaret, 1913-1972
Bonds, Margaret ($t: Songs of the seasons)
Burleigh, H. T. (Harry Thacker), 1866-1949
Burleigh, H. T. (Harry Thacker), 1866-1949. ($t: Passionale. $p: Your eyes so deep.)
Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel, 1875-1912
Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel, 1875-1912. ($t: Scenes from The song of Hiawatha.)
Cullen, Countee, 1903-1946
Dawson, William L. (William Levi), 1899-1990
Dawson, William L. (William Levi), 1899-1990. ($t: Out in the fields.)
Gershwin, George, 1898-1937
Gershwin, George, 1898-1937. ($t: Show girl.)
Handy, W. C. (William Christopher), 1873-1958
Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967
Johnson, Hall, 1888-1970
Johnson, James Weldon, 1871-1938
Locke, Alain, 1885-1954
Nugent, Bruce, 1906-1987
Kay, Ulysses, 1917-1995
Price, Florence, 1887-1953
Still, William Grant, 1895-1978
Still, William Grant, 1895-1978. ($t: Kaintuck')
Still, William Grant, 1895-1978. ($t: Sahdji)
Still, William Grant, 1895-1978. ($t: Voice of the Lord)
Stone, Roberta Russell Summers, 1886-
Sullivan, Maxine, 1911-1987
Swanson, Howard, 1907-1978
Swanson, Howard, 1907-1978. ($t: Short symphony.)
Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964
Vodery, Will H.
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