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BOX 43 Books, 1889-1955
(8 folders)
Includes books, a serial and a yearbook.
Arranged alphabetically by author.
BOX-FOLDER 43/3 Alabama State College. Department of Music. Tones and overtones, vol. 2, number 3, Spring 1955. Montgomery, Ala.: Alabama State College, 1955.
BOX-FOLDER 43/4 Bartholomew, E. F. Relation of Psychology to Music, second edition, revised. Rock Island, Ill.: New Era Publishing Company, 1902.
Inscribed by Mary L. Cardwell; annotated.
BOX-FOLDER 43/5 Cole, Samuel W. New England Conservatory Course in Sight-Singing (Solfeggio). Boston: New England Conservatory of Music, 1903.
Inscribed by Mary L. Cardwell; annotated.
BOX-FOLDER 43/6 Cutter, Benjamin. Exercises in Harmony. Boston: New England Conservatory of Music, 1899.
Inscribed by Mary Lucinda Cardwell.
BOX-FOLDER 43/7 Elson, Louis C. Students' Note-Book and Syllabus of the Annual Course of Lectures in Musical History, 14th edition. Boston: New England Conservatory of Music, 1896.
Inscribed by Mary L. Cardwell.
Includes 30 handwritten lectures written (by Mary L. Cardwell?) between 1919-1920.
BOX-FOLDER 43/8 Lenom, Clément. Thirty Lessons in Solfeggio. Boston: New England Conservatory of Music, 1925.
BOX-FOLDER 43/9 National Council of Negro Women. Women United - Souvenir Year Book. Washington, D.C.: National Council of Negro Women, 1951.
Inscriptions by Vivian Carter Mason and N. W. Maise.
Programs and announcements from the 19th annual convention (1954) laid in.
BOX-FOLDER 43/10 Wade, L. T. The Quincy Course of Study in Music. Boston: Silver, Burdett & Co., Publishers, 1889.
Business card pasted in: Compliments of L.T. Wade.
Inscribed by Flora M. Smith, Deposit, NY.
Several pages of notes and musical manuscripts laid in.
BOX 44-62 Realia, circa 1928-1961
(16 folders)
275 metal print plates and blocks. The metal printing plates are arranged into two subseries: the first contains 19 plates that lack backing and the second contains 256 plates with wood blocks attached as backing. The majority of the plates contain reverse photographic images of vocalists, ensembles, and operatic choruses, and were used for newspaper articles, reviews, concert programs, brochures, printed publications, and other publicity purposes. The rest of the plates contain reverse images used for box advertisments from sponsors that were published in National Negro Opera Company concert programs and brochures.
BOX 44 Metal Printing Plates (without wood mounts), circa 1928-1941
BOX-FOLDER 44/1 Metal Printing Plate (Mary Cardwell Dawson), circa 1928-1938
BOX-FOLDER 44/2 Metal Printing Plate (Mary Cardwell Dawson), circa 1939
BOX-FOLDER 44/3 Metal Printing Plate (Si Lita Haley), circa 1941
BOX-FOLDER 44/4 Metal Printing Plate (Cardwell Dawson Choir), Late 1930s
BOX-FOLDER 44/5 Metal Printing Plate (Unidentified Chorus), undated
BOX-FOLDER 44/6 Metal Printing Plate (Rebecca Anderson), undated
BOX-FOLDER 44/7 Metal Printing Plate (New York Chapter, NNOC), undated
BOX-FOLDER 44/8 Metal Printing Plates, undated
Two unidentified plates.
BOX-FOLDER 44/9 Metal Printing Plates, undated
Two unidentified plates.
BOX-FOLDER 44/10 Metal Printing Plate, undated
BOX-FOLDER 44/11 Metal Printing Plates (William Starks; unidentified second plate), undated
Two plates.
BOX-FOLDER 44/12 Metal Printing Plate (Bernice Austin), undated
BOX-FOLDER 44/12 Paper Printing Plate (Seymour Brown), undated
BOX-FOLDER 44/13 Metal Printing Plate (Gertrude Johnson), undated
BOX-FOLDER 44/14 Metal Printing Plate (Unidentified Chorus), undated
BOX-FOLDER 44/15 Metal Printing Plate (NNOC Advertising montage), undated
BOX-FOLDER 44/16 Metal Printing Plate (Cardwell Dawson Choir, Forbes Field, Pittsburgh) late 1930s
BOX 44-62 Metal Printing Plates (with wood block mounts), circa 1928-1961
Contains 256 wood-backed metal printing plates.
BOX 63, 67 La Julia Rhea Gift, 1930s-1989
(15 folders)
Includes autobiographical and biographical material, a large clippings page, scrapbooks containing clippings documenting Rhea's vocal career, and a 1943 Town Hall concert program.
Arranged by type of item.
BOX-FOLDER 63/1 Autobiographical article, circa 1950
see also Correspondence: Rhea, La Julia
see also Photographs: Rhea, La Julia
BOX-FOLDER 63/2 Biographical publication, circa 1970
Inscribed to Wayne Shirley (Library of Congress Music Division music specialist) by Rhea.
BOX 67 Clippings, February 26, 1986
Chicago Tribune article that details Rhea's career.
BOX-FOLDER 63/3 Program, November 9, 1943
BOX-FOLDER 63/4-7 Scrapbooks, 1930s-1980s
BOX-FOLDER 63/8 Miscellaneous papers, 1988-1989
BOX 64, 66 Walter M. Dawson Papers, 1925-1970
(15 folders)
Walter M. Dawson was Mary Cardwell Dawson's husband. These materials primarily relate to his career as a master electrician from around 1930 to 1968. Walter Dawson was the NNOC's publicity chairman, and later served as the organization's comptroller. Items include address books, diplomas, awards, certificates, clippings, correspondence, contract forms, his obituary, publications related to the electrical trade, including a copy of the proposed 1963 Washington, D.C. Electrical Code, realia such as 1950s-1960s metal buttons and name badges, and a 1941-1943 Timeshift record book.
Arranged by type of item or subject.
BOX-FOLDER 64/1-2 Address books, circa 1952-1963
Two books.
BOX-FOLDER 64/3 Association of Electricians, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Various materials, 1957-1964
BOX-FOLDER 64/4 Business cards, work cards, 1939, undated
BOX-FOLDER 64/5 Calendar, 1926
BOX-FOLDER 64/6, 66/7 Certificates, Awards, Diploma, 1925, 1930, 1963-1968
Box 66 contains Mr. Dawson's college diploma, dated 1925.
BOX-FOLDER 64/7 Clippings, 1940, 1955-1962
BOX-FOLDER 64/8 Correspondence, 1940-1942, 1962-1966
see also Correspondence: Dawson, Walter M.
Includes a letter (dated January 23, 1940) signed by Senator Joseph F. Guffey, Pennsylvania, a member of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee.
BOX-FOLDER 64/9 Dawson Electric Contracting Company. Contracts, 1962, undated
Most are blank forms while there is one example of a contract for specified work.
BOX-FOLDER 64/10 Electrician Trade Publications, 1970
BOX-FOLDER 64/11 Obituary, 1970
Photographs, 1925, 1927, 1934, 1941-1964, undated
see Photographs: Dawson, Walter M.
see Photographs: Dawson, Mary Cardwell - with others
see Photographs: Pigskin Club of Washington, D.C.
see Photographs: Interdenominational Ushers Union (church ushers organization)
see Photographs: Handy, W. C.
Other images of Walter M. Dawson can be found throughout the various group photographs of the various NNOC/NNOF Guilds and committees.
BOX-FOLDER 64/12 Realia, 1950s-1960s
Consists of a large linen 1962 wall calendar that has six metal buttons and four name badges attached.
BOX-FOLDER 64/13 Timebook. Nightshift, 1941-1943
BOX-FOLDER 64/14 Washington, D.C. Electrical Code. Draft, 1963
BOX-FOLDER 64/15 Miscellany, undated

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