John Rosborough, Papers and Scores
Title: John Rosborough, Papers and Scores
Creator: Rosborough, John M.
Quantity: 3 drawers
Collection Number: Music RG 57-08-04
Restrictions: No restrictions
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Preferred Citation: John Rosborough, Papers and Scores (Music RG 57-08-04). Music Library, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.
The papers, books, and personal effects of John Mahard Rosborough (1878-1969), head of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music Theory Department (1910-1919) and then Dean of the School of Music (1919-1929), have been donated to the Music Library. While on the faculty of the School of Music, John Rosborough organized a choral group known as the "Great Cathedral Choir"
or the "Lincoln Cathedral Choir,"
which toured extensively during the thirties and attained a national reputation for its excellence. Much of the collection is concerned with the choir, its members, and its repertoire. The papers and books of John Rosborough represent a large segment of the history of Lincoln's and the University's musical life. Two items in Rosborough's personal library which were donated to the Music Library and are of particular interest are a copy of Jean Philippe Rameau's Traite de L'harmonie (Paris, 1722) and Vincenzio Panerai's Principii di Musica (Firenze, ca. 1800). These are now shelved in the Rokahr Family Archive.
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of Lincoln Cathedral Church repertoire, log books, a recording, correspondence between Rosborough and friends, family, and colleagues, photographs, a pressed flower book, postcards, autograph albums, a wedding book, early books and yearbooks, choral music, and Rosborough memorabilia.
Abbreviations, such as SATB and SSAATTBB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass), are used by musicians to describe choral music and parts and appear in the appendices below.
Rosborough, John M. - Correspondence
Rosborough, John M. - Diaries
Rosborough, John M. - Collectibles
Rosborough, John M. - Photographs
Lincoln Cathedral Choir (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Lincoln Cathedral Choir (Lincoln, Nebraska) - Photographs
Box 1. Folder 1. Manuscript list "Choral Literature of Lincoln Cathedral Choir, directed by John Rosborough" (in red folder)
Box 1. Folder 2. Photo album scrapbook, 1969
Pictures of Rosborough, friends, family, places, along with news clippings and memorabilia. Created after Rosborough's death on 11 August 1969
Box 1. Folder 3. "Collins' Portable Diary," 1907
Rosborough's entries with addresses in London and Berlin.
Box 1. Folder 4. Letters, written by Rosborough, 1906-1908, 1942-1943
Includes letters sent by Rosborough from England in 1906, from London and Berlin in 1907, from Berlin in 1908, and to his daughter, Mary, 1942-1943. These are miscellaneous letters in maroon binder
Box 1. Folder 5. Notes, "Let us Sing a New Song," 1937-1942
Collection of notes to Rosborough
Box 1. Folder 6. Autograph book, 1889
Bound in red velvet with an inscription reading "To John M. Rosborough, from Brother Robert, Christmas 1889."
Box 1. Folder 7. Autograph book, 1888-1890, 1967
Bound in red leather and includes autographs written to Rosborough and notes in album written by his daughter Mary in 1967.
Box 1. Folder 8. Wedding book, "Our Bridal Chimes"
Includes wedding guest list and an inserted letter, written by Rosborough to his wife Annie, prior to their marriage.
Box 1. Folder 9. Northwestern Songs, edited by Albert B. Green and Carl M. Beecher, Dixon, Illinois, Rogers and Owen, 1909
Includes songs by John Rosborough about Northwestern on page 5, "Northwestern Forevermore" and page 16, "A Northwestern Battle-cry."
Box 1. Folder 10. Booklet, "Lincoln Cathedral and the Lincoln Cathedral Choir, Lincoln, Nebraska," 1937
Includes note "Christmas 1937."
Box 1. Folder 11. Book, pressed flowers, 1895
Book of pressed followed signed by John Rosborough with the date, 1895, created with flowers.
Box 1. Folder 12. "Album," postcards from Europe
Box 1. Folder 13. Postcard collection, divided by place (in box, 27x10x11 cm)
Box 1. Folder 14. Booklets (6), Lincoln Cathedral Choir lecture series, 1938-1939
Box 1. Folder 15. Booklets (5), from Lincoln Cathedral Choir lecture series, 1938-1939
Box 1. Folder 16. Syllabus 1905 Northwestern University
Syllabus created by Rosborough while teaching at Northwestern University. Rosborough's signature appears on the back flyleaf.
Box 1. Folder 17. Syllabus 1906: published for the Class of 1906 of Northwestern University, by Alfrec Erle Shibley, Vol. 21, Evanston, Illinois, Press of the Evanston Index Company, 1905
The published syllabus is bound in black leather with "John M. Rosborough" engraved on cover.
Box 1. Folder 18. Wooden plaque
Plaque honoring Rosborough's involvement with the Lincoln Betas, an fraternity for whom Rosborough arranged songs.
Box 1. Folder 19. Octavos of scores, Saint Olaf Choir Series (see addendum for listing)
Box 1. Folder 20. Octavos of scores for single voice, women's choir, Christmas related titles, and song-services (see addendum for listing)
Box 1. Folder 21. Octavos of scores for choir (see addendum for listing)
Box 2. Folder 22. Scrapbook, Lincoln Cathedral Choir
Scrapbook bound in black leather with "LCC" stamped in gilt on cover.
Box 2. Folder 23. Scrapbook, Lincoln Cathedral Choir
Scrapbook bound in green leather with "Treasures"
engraved on cover.
Box 2. Folder 24. Notebooks (12), Lincoln Cathedral Choir, 1932-1949
Twelve notebooks created by Rosborough with information about the Lincoln Cathedral Choir, including personnel, etc.
Box 2. Folder 25. Church programs, newletters, 1928-1936
Copies of Westminster Church Choir programs and copies of a newsletter titled "Westminster Messenger" (bound in string)
Box 2. Folder 26. Scrapbook, birthday cards
Box 2. Folder 27. Music, letters, commencement programs, memorabilia, 1903-1920
Includes music, some by John Rosborough, Lincoln Cathedral Choir memorizing charts, letters from Mary Hansen, Rosborough's daughter, the 1903 and 1920 commencement programs from Northwestern University, and other memorabilia
Box 2. Folder 28. Correspondence between Emanuel Wishnow, Raymond Haggh, and Mary Hansen, display and memorial celebration material
Box 2. Folder 29. Correspondence, primarily from members of John Rosborough's choir
Box 2. Folder 30. "Correspondence, Harmony Course written by Rosborough for University School of Music" (in sleeve)
Box 2. Folder 31. Programs, photographs, memorabilia, New Year's invertible music
Memorabilia and other materials associated with Rosborough and the Lincoln Cathedral Choir.
Box 2. Folder 32. News clippings, correspondence, and memorabilia
Box 2. Folder 33. Photographs, personnel lists, note, Daily Nebraskan, 1949
The materials include Lincoln Cathedral Choir photographs, with four photographs of the choir and two photographs of friends, lists of choir personnel, a note from Mary Hansen to Raymond Haggh and a complete copy of the student newspaper, the Daily Nebraskan, from September 15, 1949.
Box 2. Folder 34. Photographs, Lincoln Cathedral Choir, performance signs
Box 3. Folder 35. Scrapbook, Lincoln Cathedral Choir
Lincoln Cathedral Choir scrapbook, bound in brown leather, with "LC A Cappella" and purple flowers painted on cover, including programs, newspaper clippings, and photographs (15 x 22 inches).
Box 3. Folder 36. Photograph, Rosborough with choir (16 x 20 inches)
Box 3. Folder 37. Rameau, Jean-Philippe, Traitá de l'harmonie reduite à ses principes naturels: divisé en quatre livres, Paris, De l'imprimerie de J.-B.-C. Ballard, 1722 (MUSIC Rokahr MT50 .R17 1722)
Box 3. Folder 38. Panerai, Vincenzio, Principj di Musica Teorico-pratici, Firenze, Presso G. Chiari nella Condotta, [1780?] (MUSIC Rokahr MT7.P35 P9 1780z)
Box 3. Folder 39. The Art of John Rosborough: The Lincoln Cathedral Choir, 33 1/3 rpm record. Record number SR51568A. (MUSIC DISC 12271)
Addendum for item 19, Octavos of scores from Saint Olaf Choir Series Item 1. Christiansen, F. Melius, No. 51, Beautiful Savior
Item 2. Christiansen, F. Melius, No. 57, Hosanna
Item 3. Christiansen, F. Melius, No. 63, Today There is Ringing
Item 4. Christiansen, F. Melius, No. 76, Praise to the Lord
Item 5. Christiansen, F. Melius, No. 87, All my Heart
Item 6. Christiansen, F. Melius, No. 90, In Dulci Jubilo
Item 7. Christiansen, F. Melius, No. 100, A Snow Mountain
Item 8. Christiansen, F. Melius, No. 102, Wake, Awake
Item 9. Christiansen, F. Melius, No. 105, Deck Thyself, My Soul
Item 10. Christiansen, F. Melius, No. 110, Clap your Hands (2)
Item 11. Christiansen, F. Melius, No. 112, Blest are the Pure in Heart
Item 12. Christiansen, F. Melius, No. 115, Be True
Item 13. Christiansen, F. Melius, No. 116, So Soberly and Softly
Item 14. Christiansen, F. Melius, No. 119, Lost in the Night
Item 15. Christiansen, F. Melius, No. 122, Fairest of Roses
Item 16. Christiansen, F. Melius, No. 123, Lord of Spirits
Item 17. Christiansen, F. Melius, No. 124, When God Paints the Sunset
Item 18. Christiansen, F. Melius, No. 127, Regeneration, III
Item 19. Christiansen, F. Melius, No. 129, Thy Kingdom Come
Item 20. Christiansen, F. Melius, No. 149, Beautiful Yuletide
Item 21. Christiansen, F. Melius, No. 151, Lamb of God. He is Blessed
Item 22. Christiansen, F. Melius, No. 194, The Spires
Item 23. Christiansen, F. Melius, No. 235, The Christmas Symbol
Addendum for item 20, Octavos of scores for single voice, women's choir, Christmas related titles, and song-servicesItem 1. Bach, J. S., O Savior Sweet, for alto voice and organ, arranged by Clarence Dickinson
Item 2. Christiansen, F. Melius, Song-service No. 5
Item 3. Christiansen, F. Melius, Song-service No. 7
Item 4. Cornelius, Peter, The Three Kings, for alto or baritone solo and chorus, arranged by Mark Andrews (2)
Item 5. The Ditson Collection of Ten Traditional Carols for Christmas, for mixed chorus and organ
Item 6. Marston, G. W., I'm a Pilgrim, I'm a Stranger, for women's chorus and keyboard, arranged by O. B. Brown
Item 7. Parks, J. A., Christ is Risen, for women's chorus and keyboard
Item 8. Schumann, Georg, Christmas Cradle Song, mixed chorus with soprano solo
Item 9. Wagner, Richard, Spinning Chorus, for women's voices and piano, arranged by Richard Schmidt
Addendum for item 21, Octavos of scores for choirItem 1. Bach, J. S., Blessing, Glory, and Wisdom, and Thanks, anthem for double chorus
Item 2. Bach, J. S., Sing Ye to the Lord (Singet dem Herren), motet for double choir
Item 3. Bantock, Granville, On Himalay, part song for SATB
Item 4. Benedict, Sir Julius, The Hunting Song, four-part song
Item 5. Black, Charles, Come, Holy Light, anthem for mixed voices
Item 6. Christiansen, Paul, Bread of Tears, song for mixed voices
Item 7. Dett, R. Nathaniel, Listen to the Lambs, anthem for eight-part mixed voices
Item 8. Diton, Carl R., Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit, for five-part chorus of mixed voices
Item 9. Durante, Francesco, Misericordias Domini, for double SATB
Item 10. Elgar, Edward, As Torrents in Summer, four-part song
Item 11. Fischer, Carl Aug, The Song of Mary, for chorus of mixed voices, arranged by Albert Kranz
Item 12. Grieg, Edvard, God's Son Has Made Me Free, SATB, arranged by Oscar R. Overby
Item 13. Glinka, M., Cherubim song, for six-part chorus of mixed voices
Item 14. Gretchaninoff, A., The Cherubic Hymn, for SATB
Item 15. Gretchaninoff, A., Holy Radiant Light, for full chorus of mixed voices, arranged by Noble Cain
Item 16. Gretchaninoff, A., O God, Hear my Prayer, for chorus of mixed voices
Item 17. Gretchaninoff, A., Only Begotten Son, for double SATB
Item 18. Hyde, Herbert, Let the Words of my Mouth, eight-part anthem
Item 19. James, Philip, A Ballad of Trees and the Master, anthem for chorus of mixed voices
Item 20. Jones, David Hugh, God is a Spirit, for mixed voices
Item 21. Kalinnikof, B., Agnus Dei, for chorus of mixed voices
Item 22. Kodaly, Zoltan, Birthday Greeting, SATB
Item 23. Liszt, Franz, Benedictus Qui Venit, for mixed voices
Item 24. Lutkin, Peter Christian, All Through the Night, SATB with solo
Item 25. Lutkin, Peter Christian, Cargoes, SATBB
Item 26. Lutkin, Peter Christian, The Knight of Bethlehem, motet for mixed voices
Item 27. Lutkin, Peter Christian, The Lord Bless You and Keep You, SATB
Item 28. Lutkin, Peter Christian, O Come, Let Us Sing Unto the Lord, SATB
Item 29. Lutkin, Peter Christian, O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee, SATB
Item 30. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, F., Savior of Sinners, for soli and double chorus
Item 31. Palestrina, G.B. da, Gloria Patri, for double chorus
Item 32. Palestrina, G.B. da, Tenebrae Factae Sunt, for mixed voices
Item 33. Parker, Horatio W., Now Sinks the Sun, chorus for SATB
Item 34. Ravel, Maurice, Trois Chansons, for mixed choir without accompaniment
Item 35. Schreck, Gustav, Advents-Motette, for mixed choir
Item 36. Shvedof, C., We Have no Other Guide, for SSAATTBB
Item 37. Stainer, J. Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, anthem for SATB
Item 38. Stanford, C. V., The Blue Bird, for SATB
Item 39. Stephenson, T. Wilkinson, Ships that Pass in the Night, part-song for mixed voices
Item 40. Sullivan, A., O Gladsome Light, evening hymn for mixed voices
Item 41. Tchaikovsky, P. I., Angel Spirits Ever Blessed, anthem for SSAATB
Item 42. Tchaikovsky, P. I., O Praise the Name of the Lord, SATB from the Vesper Service op. 52
Item 43. Tchaikovsky, P. I., O Praise ye God, motet for mixed voices (words by S. Graham Nobbes)
Item 44. Tschesnokoff, P., Salvation is Created, SATTBB
Item 45. Wagner, Richard, Chorale, Prize Song and Finale from The Mastersingers, SATB with accompaniment
Item 46. Ward, Frank F., The Fairies, part song for SAATBB