8.4. linear ft.
Collection arranged in three series: 1. Sheet Music, 2. Letters, 3. Books and Pamphlets.
This collection contains over 2200 songs and song publications mostly published between 1850 and 1950. The collection is primarily made up of songs, but there are also many works for solo piano as well as a anthems and part songs. In addition there are books written by the women song composers, a letter written by Virginia Gabriel in the 1860s, and four letters by Mrs. H.H.A. Beach to James Francis Cooke from the 1920s. Professor Reynolds' description of his project and a searchable database containing references to songs may be found on his web site.
Christoper A. Reynolds received his PhD from Princeton University. He is Professor of Music at the University of Californa, Davis and author of "Papal Patronage and the Music of St. Peter's, 1380-1513" (1995) and "Motives for Allusion: Context and Content in Nineteenth-Century Music" (2003). He avidly began to research and collect women's songs in 1993. The collection includes songs that were owned by Eleanor Lee Kingman, the grandmother of Christopher Reynolds. A native Californian, she was born in Pomona in 1893 and died there in 1990, having lived much of her adult life in Palos Verdes Estates. Before she married Alan Kingman in 1923, she had studied voice in Los Angeles, San Diego, and then in New York City with Frank La Forge. There she lived with the Californian pianist and composer, Elinor Remick Warren. Returning to California, she taught voice at Pomona College and then for a year at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.
Christopher A. Reynolds Collection of Women's Song, D-435, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.
Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17 of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.
Finding aid in Dept. of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.