Julia Smith Collection | Music Library

By Katie Buehner and Maristella Feustle

Collection Overview

Title: Julia Smith CollectionAdd to your cart.
ID: 06/021
Primary Creator: Smith, Julia (1905-1989)
Extent: 67.0 Boxes
Date Acquired: 00/00/1989
Subjects: Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990, Girl Scouts of the United States of America., Parker, Cynthia Ann, 1827?-1864, Smith, Julia, 1905-1989
Languages: English

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Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of approximately 67 boxes of music books, scores, correspondence, memorabilia, manuscripts, photographs, and recordings relating to the career of composer and University of North Texas alumna, Julia Smith (1905-1989), as well as Smith's handwritten transcriptions of more than a dozen scores by Aaron Copland.

Biographical Note

Julia Smith was born in Denton, TX in 1905 and took her first piano lesson from her mother.  She later studied piano with Harold von Mickwitz of Dallas while she was a student at North Texas State Teachers' College.  She graduated in 1930 with a degree in English and went to New York to study piano performance at the Juilliard School of Music.  Her teacher, Carl Friedburg, encouraged her to pursue composition at the School.  Smith became a composition fellow and spent five more years at Juilliard studying with Rubin Goldmark and Frederick Jacobi. In 1938, Smith married architect Oscar Veilehr.  The following year, Smith's first opera, Cynthia Parker, received its premiere at her alma mater.  The opera was based on the legendary Texas abduction and recapture of its title character.  Cynthia Parker enjoyed a much-publicized premiere.  Smith's next opera, The Stranger of Manzano, was also premiered at NTSTC (1945).  Best known for her six operas and biography of Aaron Copland (1955), Smith spent over fifty years as a composer, pianist, and advocate of American music.

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Administrative Information

Repository: Music Library
Access Restrictions: Access to this collection is provided only by special arrangement. Please contact the Music Library for more information.
Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Music Library. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note: Collection is housed in the UNT Music Library. Advance notice for use is required. Please contact the Music Library for further information.
Acquisition Source: Gift
Related Materials: See also: the Carl Friedberg Collection.
Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid was initially compiled by Katie Buehner, and adapted for this finding aid platform by Maristella Feustle.

Box and Folder Listing

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Series 4: Women in MusicAdd to your cart.
 
Box 12: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Barcode 706903.
Folder 1: Correspondence (loose)Add to your cart.
 
Folder 2: 1970 CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 3: 1979 CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 4: Lists of operas by American Women ComposersAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 5: 1976 International Year of Women ComposersAdd to your cart.
Includes correspondence, 9 photos.
Folder 6: June 9, 1977 NFMC Awards LuncheonAdd to your cart.
Includes 9 photos.
Box 13: Miscellaneous papers and reference listsAdd to your cart.
Barcode 706902.
Folder 1: NFMC Decade of Women Opera Project FileAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 2: Miscellaneous PapersAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 3: Reference ListsAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 4: Information about radio stationsAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 5: Mailing labelsAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 6: Information on the International Institute for the Study of Women in Music at California State University, NorthridgeAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 7: Business papersAdd to your cart.
 
Box 14: Information about various composers and other materialsAdd to your cart.
Barcode 706901.
Folder 1: Karen Phillips MaterialAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 2: Margaret Garwood MaterialAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 3: Additional Margaret Garwood MaterialAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 4: Publicity MaterialAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 5: Tickets to Triple Opera BillAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 6: Newspaper ArticlesAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 7: ProgramsAdd to your cart.
 
Box 15Add to your cart.
Barcode 706900.
Folder 1: NFMCAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 2: Musician Clubs Concert, 1975 March 8Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence.
Folder 3: New York Federation of Music Clubs, 1978-1979Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence and photos.
Folder 4: Material regarding Women, 1976Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence.
Folder 5: Shepherdess and Chimneysweep Contracts, Elizabeth Volkman, Angelo CruzAdd to your cart.
Includes correspondence and photos.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Barcode 706899.
Folder 1: 26 PhotosAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 2: International Women Composers FoundationAdd to your cart.
Includes correspondence.
Folder 3: NFMC Women ComposersAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 4: N.F.M.C. Scrapbook for Triple Opera BallAdd to your cart.
29 photos, correspondence, 26 additional photos
Box 17Add to your cart.
Barcode 706897.
Folder 1: National Federation of Music Clubs Press BookAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 2: Program for The Bicentennial Parade of American Music of the National Music Council, National Federation of Music Clubs, and ExxonAdd to your cart.
Bound
Folder 3: Manual for the National Federation of Music Clubs, 1979-1981Add to your cart.
Bound
Folder 4: National Federation of Music Clubs fileAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 5: Triple Opera Bill ExpensesAdd to your cart.
 

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