Connecting the Dots: Henry and Sidney Cowell Writings in the Music Library Association Archives presents one of many musicological research possibilities in the Music Library Association Archives. The documents and objects featured in this online exhibit are from the Music Library Association's records for Notes, the organization's quarterly journal since 1934. The MLA Archives are housed at Special Collections in Performing Arts in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Electrotype printing plate of Notes logo, 1945.
Document size: 5.3 cm x 7.2 cm
The Notes logo throughout this online exhibit was used from 1943–1967 (Second Series, Volumes 1–23).
HENRY DIXON COWELL (1897–1965)
American composer, music theorist, musicologist, lecturer, publisher, pianist, and inventor of avant-garde piano techniques. Married Sidney Hawkins Robertson in 1941. Co-wrote Charles Ives and His Music with Sidney, published in 1955. From 1945–1954, the Music Library Association published 12 music and book reviews by Henry Cowell in Notes.
Image credit: New York Public Library Archives and Manuscripts online.
SIDNEY ROBERTSON COWELL (1903–1995)
American ethnomusicologist who studied American folk songs. Graduate of Stanford University. Married Henry Cowell in 1941. Co-wrote Charles Ives and His Music with Henry, published in 1955. From 1948–1961, the Music Library Association published seven book reviews by Sidney Cowell in Notes.
Image credit: Higgins, Roger, photographer. [Sidney Cowell, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right / World-Telegram photo by Higgins], 1948. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress.
RICHARD SYNYER HILL (1901–1961)
American musicologist and reference librarian in the Music Division at the Library of Congress (1939–1961). Editor-in-Chief of Notes (1943–1961) and first president of the International Association for Music Libraries (1951–1955). Addressed in Notes correspondence as "Dick."
WILLIAM LICHTENWANGER (1915–2000)
American musicologist, music reference librarian at the Library of Congress (1940–1960), Head of the Reference Section in the Music Division from 1960–1974. Associate Editor of Notes (1943–1961), Editor of Notes (1961–1963), MLA Vice-President (1967). Published The Music of Henry Cowell, A Descriptive Catalog in 1986. Addressed in Notes correspondence as "Bill."
EDWARD LEE FAIRLEY (1917–2007)
American musicologist, music reference librarian at the Library of Congress (1941–1951), cellist, Associate Editor of Notes (1947–1951), Foreign Service officer (1952–1969). Addressed in Notes correspondence as "Lee."