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 8: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Box 25Add to your cart.
Barcode 706892.
Folder 1: Undated CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1920-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1950-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1960-1969Add to your cart.
Box 26Add to your cart.
Barcode 706891.
Folder 1: Loose Correspondence, 1970-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1975-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Loose Correspondence, 1980-1989Add to your cart.
Box 27Add to your cart.
Barcode 706890.
Folder 1: Professional Correspondence, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1988Add to your cart.

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