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 Friedberg, 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.

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Series 7: DaisyAdd to your cart.
Box 22Add to your cart.
Barcode 706894.
Folder 1: Correspondence (loose)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence in filesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence regarding Bertita HardingAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: ProgramsAdd to your cart.
Box 23Add to your cart.
Barcode 706893.
Folder 1: Newspaper and magazine clippings (loose)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Newspaper and magazine clippings (grouped together by Julia Smith)Add to your cart.
Box 24Add to your cart.
Barcode 706919.
Folder 1: PhotosAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Miscellaneous papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: FinancesAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Promotional materialsAdd to your cart.

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