9 finding aid(s) found containing the word(s) Popular music--United States--History and criticism.

  1. Amateur Hour collection, 1934-1950s

    approximately 8,500 items. 20 boxes. 9 linear feet. -- Music Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.


    The Original Amateur Hour was a popular radio talent show hosted by Edward Bowes (stagename, Major Bowes) from 1935-1952. The collection primarily consists of more than 7,000 applications from contestants who appeared on the program between 1934 and 1948. A small amount of administrative papers dating from the late 1940s and 1950s, as well as materials relating to the Mexican version of the program, La hora internacional del aficionado, are also included. Filed with the contestant applications are letters of introduction, reference letters, and other documents sent by prospective contestants. Applications from conventional performers such as musicians, dancers, singers, and impersonators are most numerous, but there are also applications from novelty acts, such as a human piccolo, a group of hand standing singers, and a group who played harmonicas with fire extinguishers. Of particular interest are applications from performers who are now well-known, including Teresa Brewer, Stubby Kaye, Robert Merrill, Beverly Sills, and Frank Sinatra. Photographs from the 1940s and 1950s provide a visual record of the show, while correspondence to and from program staff members recount some of the program's business transactions. Scripts, promotional material, and advertising and sponsor documents also are part of the collection.

  2. Edward Jablonski papers, 1942-2003

    21,050 items. 77 containers. 36 linear feet. -- Music Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.


    Edward Jablonski (1922-2004) was an author and biographer of American songwriters Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and Alan Jay Lerner. The collection includes drafts, project files, articles, liner notes, research materials, business papers and correspondence related to his literary projects.

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  3. Leonard B. Smith papers, 1859-2001

    approximately 202,110 items. 737 containers. 300 linear feet. -- Music Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.


    Leonard B. Smith (1915-2002) was an American cornetist, concert band conductor, and band music publisher. Smith is primarily known as the leader of the Detroit Concert Band (1946- circa 1990), and the approximately 3,200 titles in the concert band library comprise the largest portion of the collection. Also included is a portion of the Ford Sunday Evening Hour Orchestra music library, method books, chamber music, cornet and trumpet solos, clippings, correspondence, photographs, programs, and writings.

  4. John Raitt papers, 1930-2009

    approximately 10,000 items. 88 containers. 37 linear feet. -- Music Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.


    John Emmet Raitt (1917-2005) was a singer and actor, performing as a leading man during Broadway's Golden Age. Though he is best remembered for originating the role of Billy Bigelow in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel (1945), he sustained a six-decade career in various stage roles along with a prolific concert calendar. The collection documents Raitt's theatrical and concert career and includes scripts, programs, photographs, correspondence, clippings, and scrapbooks. It also includes full scores and parts for the arrangements made for Raitt's album recordings and concert appearances.

  5. Rose Marie Grentzer and Harold Spivacke Fund collection, 1615-1994

    approximately 300 items. 7 containers. 3 linear feet. -- Music Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.


    The Rose Marie and Harold Spivacke Fund Collection consists of materials purchased through an endowment that Rose Marie Spivacke established in 1982 at the behest of her husband, Harold Spivacke, who was chief of the Music Division at the Library of Congress from 1937 to 1972. The collection includes music manuscripts, printed scores, correspondence, clippings, and iconography.

  6. George H. Moss collection of sheet music, 1885-1935

    approximately 1,400 items. 16 containers. 6 linear feet. -- Music Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.


    George H. Moss (1923-2009) was a local historian in Monmouth County, New Jersey, who also had an interest in early American theater. The collection consists of printed sheet music dating between 1885 and 1935, the majority of which is for American popular songs dating from 1900 to 1925. The composers and music publishers represented in the collection include Irving Berlin, Fred Fisher, George Gershwin, Charles K. Harris, Victor Herbert, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, Sigmund Romberg, Arthur Sullivan, and many others.

  7. Helen Traubel papers, 1910-1972

    approximately 3,500 items. 37 containers. 18.5 linear feet. -- Music Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.


    Helen Traubel (1899-1972) was an American soprano and writer. Known for her Wagnerian opera roles, Traubel spent 16 years at the Metropolitan Opera before exploring work in television, musical theater, and nightclubs. This collection documents her career through correspondence, photographs, scripts, scrapbooks, and her annotated music scores and orchestra library.

  8. Harry Tierney music manuscripts, 1929-1964

    113 items. 3 containers. 1 linear foot. -- Music Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.


    Harry Tierney (1890-1965) was an American musical theater composer and songwriter best known for the musical Irene, as well as many popular songs. He wrote and worked for multiple publishing companies before moving to musical theater and film scores in a career that spanned four decades. This collection primarily contains lead sheets, vocal parts, and lyric sheets for published and unpublished popular songs, as well as piano-vocal scores for the operetta Catherine of Russia, later titled Confine Yourself Catherine.

  9. Lou Gordon collection, 1953-2006

    1 box plus 1 oversized folder. manuscripts: 31 folders. -- American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.


    Manuscript materials, including programs, newspaper clippings, handbills, programs, small posters, and black-and-white photographs, documenting Swapping Song Fair, a folk music production company and concert series founded in New York City in 1955 by Lou Gordon and Paddy Clancy, which produced a Musical Tribute to Woody Guthrie in 1956, and Folk Song '59. The collection documents musical and other events in the folk music revival in New York City during the 1950s.