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Cadek Conservatory of Music programs and clippings

Newspaper clippings about Harold Cadek and J. Oscar Miller; photographs of Cadek and others; and musical programs (1930′s – 1970′s) from the Cadek Conservatory of Music

  • Call Number: MS 006
  • Extent: 1 linear foot
  • Date: 1930-1970

Chattanooga Civic Chorus records

Chattanooga amateur choral group (now defunct) directed by J. Oscar Miller, Voice Professor, Cadek Conservatory. Scrapbooks (1932-1950); programs, photos, and clippings (1930-1955).

  • Call Number: MS 009
  • Extent: 1.5 linear feet
  • Date: 1932-1955
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Edwin Lindsey papers

Edwin Lindsey (1897-1989) was a University of Chattanooga Professor from 1924-1968, and head of the English Department part of that time. He was also a music composer. The collection is composed of musical scores, original musical and literary compositions and musical arrangements, including the Beggar’s Opera, King Arthur, Once Upon a Time, William the Norman, Animal Fair, Love in a Village, The Duenna, Shakespeare music, Dido and Aenas, Le bourgeoise Gentilhomme, Incidental music for Shakespeare (As you Like It, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, and Romeo and Juliet), The Dragon, Arnes’ Camus, Songs and Dances from Camus, Garden of Eros, Hamlet Opera, as well as some Old English music. Also two original plays, the United Nations pageant, There Shall Be Peace (1952) and the Civil War drama, Beyond the Dark Night (1961). Also, Achievements of the Chattanooga Opera Association, 1943-1978. Dr. Lindsey also donated to the library various rare books.

  • Call Number: MS 052
  • Extent: 8.5 linear feet
  • Date: 1924-1968
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McIlwraith-Plettner papers

Personal papers, photos, music, and related documents from Mr. and Mrs. (Isa McIlwraith) Arthur Plettner, professors of music at the University of Chattanooga and UTC. Includes concert programs, sheet music, photographs, taped recordings and class notes.

  • Call Number: MS 072
  • Extent: 4 linear feet
  • Date: 1950-1980
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Sheet Music

The Sheet Music collection contains sheet music, mostly for piano and voice, for classical tunes as well as the popular songs from 1900 to 1970. Classical pieces include Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Debussy’s Claire de Lune, Chopin’s Polonaise, and Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C Sharp Minor. Popular songs include Jerome Kern’s The Way You Look Tonight, Cole Porter’s Don’t Fence Me In, Noel Coward’s I’ll Follow My Secret Heart, and Irving Berlin’s Why Do You Love I Hope.

  • Call Number: MS 085
  • Extent: 1 linear foot
  • Date: 1900-1970

Culver Smith papers

Culver Smith (1896-1979) was a Guerry Professor of History, University of Chattanooga (1932-1966). Pamphlets, clippings, programs, class notes, correspondence, audio tapes, and microfilm relating to the Chattanooga Symphony, Chattanooga Opera Association, music in Chattanooga, and early 19th century journalism; notes and drafts of his book, The Press, Politics and Patronage: the American Government’s Use of Newspapers, 1789-1875. 1930′s to late 1970′s.

  • Call Number: MS 037
  • Extent: 8.5 linear feet
  • Date: 1932-1979
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16th-17th Century choir book

Large, early music European choir book, in Latin, using early music notations, and hand printed on vellum. Some pages missing.

  • Call Number: MS 101
  • Extent: 3 linear feet
  • Date: circa 1500-1700