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Joseph E. Smith Collection of Music Manuscripts

Finding Aid & Inventory

Joseph E. Smith was a classical music enthusiast native to Winston-Salem, N.C. This collection includes letters, notes, postcards, calling cards, and photographs from composers dated 1800-1900s, many of which are signed.

Biographical and Historical Note

Joseph E. Smith was a classical music enthusiast and collector native to Winston-Salem, N.C. He was actively sending letters to composers for their signatures in 1950 and 1951. His brother, Ralph, shared his love for music collection and donated the manuscripts after Joseph's passing in 1997.

Collection Overview

Collection materials include letters, notes, postcards, calling cards, and photographs from mostly composers, dated 1800s-1990s. Many items are signed by their respective composer. This collection contains two signed bar fragments but no sheet music. Correspondence with partial names lack context to identify the correspondent.

Collection Inventory

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Title
Joseph E. Smith Collection of Music Manuscripts
ID
MS573
Date
circa 1861-1999
Quantity
1 document box, 1 half-document box
Extent
0.63  Linear Feet

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, 2019 December
Access Restrictions
This collection is open for use. 
Copyright Notice
The nature of the WFU Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of ZSR Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. 
Preferred Citation
Joseph E. Smith Collection of Music Manuscripts (MS573), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

For additional digitized materials, please see our Joseph E. Smith music Manuscript Collection.

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