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Willard Kimball, Music Papers

Title: Willard Kimball, Music Papers

Creator: Kimball, Willard

Dates: 1860-1931

Quantity: 1 box

Collection Number: RG 57-08-03

Language: English


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Preferred Citation: Willard Kimball, Music Papers (RG 57-08-03). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.

Formats: Biographical Note:

Willard Kimball (1854-1939) was the founder of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln School of Music and its first director (1894-1909). Kimball's papers, books, scrapbooks, and personal effects are housed in the Music Library. Of special interest are papers pertaining to Kimball's involvement in the formation of the School of Music as a private institution and then his activities in support of its subsequent purchase and annexation to the University of Nebraska.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection consists of scrapbooks kept by Willard Kimball, the founder of the then University School of Music in Lincoln, Nebraska, detailing his musical and administrative involvement with UNL, trips, correspondence sent and received, performances he and his family were involved in, as well as other miscellaneous matters between 1894 and 1939.

An appraisal of property in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, identifies Kimball's outside interests in business, which he pursued while still acting as director of the University School of Music.

Kimball also wrote an alma mater, or anthem, for the school. The manuscript is included in an envelope.

Also included are various music resources, including organ music, several hymnals, books for music theory instruction and general music texts. A number of texts were owned by John M. Rosborough. These can be found through the Libraries catalog.


Kimball, Willard, 1854-1939


Hymns, English

Organ music

Antiphons (Music)

Music theory

Musical form

Music memorizing

Psalms (Music)

Piano - Methods

Gregorian chants

Music appreciation

Music - Instruction and study



Choirs (Music)

St. Olaf Choir (St. Olaf College)

Series Description: Series 1: Scrapbooks and personal papers

Contains three scrapbooks, a guestbook, a piece of manuscript music, and an appraisal of a property, with materials dated 1860 to 1931.

Series 2: Books and hymnals

Contains published hymnals (12), books (10), and keyboard music (3) dating from the mid-19th century to 1921.

Container List: Series 1: Scrapbooks and personal papersBox 1. Item 1. Appraisal of property, Steamboat Springs Colorado (Sarvis Lumber Company) Item 2. Manuscript music page "Alma Mater," composed by Kimball, in close score, in envelope Item 3. Scrapbook, primarily concert programs and newspaper clippings, 9.5 x 6.5 inches, circa 1860-1893 Item 4. Scrapbook, primarily newspaper clippings, on the Trans-Mississippi Exposition, with a citizenship document, several concert programs, a photograph, and financial statements, 8.5 x 11 inches, circa 1898-1931 Item 5. Scrapbook, primarily newspaper clippings and concert programs, 8.25 x 10.25 inches, 1909-1910 Item 6. Guestbook, containing guest lists, 25th Anniversary University School of Music Alumni Faculty Banquet, event programs, newspaper and magazine clippings on celebration, Kimball's prepared remarks and artist list for those Kimball brought to Lincoln in envelope, 1919, June 6 Series 2: Books, scores, and hymnalsItem 1. Score, Armstrong, Frank L. and George C. Hugg, The Crowning Triumph: a New Collection of Sacred Songs and Gospel Hymns, Philadelphia: F.A. North and Co., © 1879 Item 2. Score, Batiste, Edouard, Fifty Voluntaries for Reed or Pipe Organ, Op. 24, 25, rev. and ed. by John White. New York: G. Schirmer, © 1902 Item 3. Score, Bradbury, William B., Bradbury's Fresh Laurels for the Sabbath School: a New and Extensive Collection of Music and Hymns Prepared Expressly for Sabbath Schools, etc., New York: Biglow and Main, 1867 Item 4. Score, Converse, Charles C. and W.E. Schenck, Children's Praise, Philadelphia: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1867 Item 5. Score, Dickinson, Helen A. and Clarence Dickinson, Antiphons: a Collection of Choral Responses or Short Anthems Arranged with Scriptural Readings, New York: H.W. Gray, © 1920 Item 6. Score, Eddy, Clarence, The Church and Concert Organist: a Collection of Pieces with Registration, Fingering and Pedal Marking; adapted for Church and Concert Use, Vol. 2, New York: E. Schuberth, © 1885 Item 7. Goetschius, Percy, Models of the Principal Musical Forms: Extract from Lectures upon the "Evolution of Musical Forms," Boston, Mass: New England Conservatory, 1895, lacking title page Item 8. Goodrich, Alfred J., Guide to Memorizing Music, Cincinnati: John Church Co., 1906 Item 9. Score, Keys, William W., The Psalms of David: with a Selection of Standard Music, Appropriately Arranged According to the Sentiment of Each Psalm or Portion of Psalm, Philadelphia: W.S. Rentoul, 1865 Item 10. Kurzenknabe, John H., Sowing and Reaping: Hymns, Tunes, and Carols for the Sunday School, Prayer, Praise and Gospel Service, Harrisburg, Pa: J. H. Kurzenknabe, © 1889 Item 11. Score, Lebert, Sigismund and Louis Stark, Grand Theoretical and Practical Piano School for Systematic Instruction: on All Branches of Piano Playing, from the First Elements to the Highest Perfection, Latest and improved ed, New York: T. B. Harms, undated Item 12. Macpherson, S., Music and Its Appreciation: or, the Foundations of True Listening, London: J. Williams, Limited, 1910 Item 13. Mason, Luther W., The New Second Music Reader: based Largely Upon C. H. Hohmann, Giving First Lessons in Reading Music at Sight with One and Two-part Exercises and Songs, and Directions to Teachers, Boston: Ginn and Co., 1893 Item 14. Mason, Luther W., The New Third Music Reader: based Largely Upon C. H. Hohmann, showing the Harmonic Relations of Sounds, with Two-part and Three-part Exercises and Songs, and Directions to Teachers, Boston: Ginn and Co., 1894 Item 15. Score, Sankey, Ira D., James McGranahan, and George C. Stebbins, Christian Endeavor: Edition of Gospel Hymns, No. 6, Boston, Mass: United Society of Christian Endeavor, © 1891 Item 16. Score, Sankey, Ira D., James McGranahan, and George C. Stebbins, Church Hymns and Gospel Songs, for use in Church Services, Prayer Meetings and Other Religious Gatherings, New York: Biglow and Main, © 1898 Item 17. Score, Sankey, Ira D., James McGranahan, and George C. Stebbins, Gospel Hymns No. 3, New York: Biglow and Main, 1878 Item 18. Score, Law, Andrew, Select Harmony: Containing in a Plain and Concise Manner, the Rules of Singing: Together With a Collection of Psalm Tunes, Hymns and Anthems, [Cheshire, Conn.: William Law, 1782] 13 x 26 cm., title page and part of cover lacking 1782 Item 19. Simpson, Eugene E., A History of St. Olaf Choir, Minneapolis, Minn: Augsburg Pub. House, 1921 Item 20. Stainer, John, Harmony: with an Appendix Containing One Hundred Graduated Exercises, Boston: White-Smith Music Publishing Co., lacking covers, undated Item 21. Score, Towner, Daniel B. and Edwin O. Excell, Famous Hymns, Chicago: Bible Institute Colportage Association, © 1907 Item 22. Van der Velpen, Jean B. H., Harmony and Thorough Bass, Chicago, Ill: Clayton F. Summy, 1909 Item 23. Score, The Epworth Hymnal: containing Standard Hymns of the Church, Songs for the Sunday-school, Songs for Social Services, Songs for the Home Circle, Songs for Special Occasions, Cincinnati: Cranston and Stowe; New York: Phillips and Hunt, © 1885 Item 24. Wilson, Mortimer, The Rhetoric of Music: Harmony, Counterpoint, Musical Form, Lincoln, Neb: The University Pub. Co., 1907 Item 25. Score, Wullner, Franz, Chorubüngen der Münchener Musikschule, Zweite Stufe, München: Theodor Ackermann, 1888

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