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John Rosborough, Papers and Scores

Title: John Rosborough, Papers and Scores

Creator: Rosborough, John M.

Dates: 1895-1969

Quantity: 11 boxes

Collection Number: RG 57-08-04

Language: English

Restrictions: No restrictions

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Preferred Citation: John Rosborough, Papers and Scores (RG 57-08-04). Music Library, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.

Biographical Note

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

Choral music

Container List: 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 2. Folder 1. Notes, "Let us Sing a New Song," 1937-1942

Collection of notes to Rosborough

Box 2. Folder 2. Autograph book, 1889

Bound in red velvet with an inscription reading "To John M. Rosborough, from Brother Robert, Christmas 1889."

Box 2. Folder 3. 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 2. Folder 4. 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 2. Folder 5. 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 2. Folder 6. Booklet, "Lincoln Cathedral and the Lincoln Cathedral Choir, Lincoln, Nebraska," 1937

Includes note "Christmas 1937."

Box 2. Folder 7. Book, pressed flowers, 1895

Book of pressed followed signed by John Rosborough with the date, 1895, created with flowers.

Box 2. Folder 8. "Album," postcards from Europe Box 3. Postcard collection, divided by place (in box, 27x10x11 cm) Box 4. Folder 1. Syllabus 1905 Northwestern University

Syllabus created by Rosborough while teaching at Northwestern University. Rosborough's signature appears on the back flyleaf.

Box 4. Folder 2. 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 4. Folder 3. Wooden plaque

Plaque honoring Rosborough's involvement with the Lincoln Betas, an fraternity for whom Rosborough arranged songs.

Box 5. Folder 1. Octavos of scores, Saint Olaf Choir Series (see addendum below for listing) Box 5. Folder 2. Octavos of scores for single voice, women's choir, Christmas related titles, and song-services (see addendum below for listing) Box 5. Folder 3. Octavos of scores for choir (see addendum below for listing) Box 6. Folder 1. Scrapbook, Lincoln Cathedral Choir

Scrapbook bound in black leather with "LCC" stamped in gilt on cover.

Box 6. Folder 2. Scrapbook, Lincoln Cathedral Choir

Scrapbook bound in green leather with "Treasures" engraved on cover.

Box 7. Notebooks (12), Lincoln Cathedral Choir, 1932-1949

Twelve notebooks created by Rosborough with information about the Lincoln Cathedral Choir, including personnel, etc.

Box 8. Folder 1. Church programs, newletters, 1928-1936

Copies of Westminster Church Choir programs and copies of a newsletter titled "Westminster Messenger" (bound in string)

Box 8. Folder 2. Scrapbook, birthday cards Box 9. Folder 1. Display, memorial celebration materials, correspondence between Emanuel Wishnow, Raymond Haggh, and Mary Hansen Box 9. Folder 2. Correspondence, primarily from members of John Rosborough's choir Box 9. Folder 3. "Correspondence, Harmony Course written by Rosborough for University School of Music" (in sleeve) Box 9. Folder 4. Programs, photographs, memorabilia, New Year's invertible music

Memorabilia and other materials associated with Rosborough and the Lincoln Cathedral Choir.

Box 9. Folder 5. News clippings, correspondence, and memorabilia Box 9. Folder 6. 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 10. Folder 1. Booklets (6), Lincoln Cathedral Choir lecture series, 1938-1939 Box 10. Folder 2. Booklets (5), from Lincoln Cathedral Choir lecture series, 1938-1939 Box 10. Folder 3. 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 11. Folder 1. Photographs, Lincoln Cathedral Choir, performance signs Box 11. Folder 2. 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 11. Folder 3. Photograph, Rosborough with choir (16 x 20 inches) 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 (See MUSIC Rokahr MT50 .R17 1722) Panerai, Vincenzio, Principj di Musica Teorico-pratici, Firenze, Presso G. Chiari nella Condotta, [1780?] (See MUSIC Rokahr MT7.P35 P9 1780z) The Art of John Rosborough: The Lincoln Cathedral Choir, 33 1/3 rpm record. Record number SR51568A. (See MUSIC DISC 12271)

Addendum for Box 5, Folder 1, 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 Box 5, Folder 2, 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 Box 5, Folder 3, 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

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