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Series 3
Music publishing files, 1925-1990
Boxes 23 - 28; OP 21

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of the records William Levi Dawson kept of his music publishing ventures from 1925 to 1990. It includes correspondence with publishing houses, contracts, royalty statements, receipts, ledger books, and court documents relating to copyright litigation. Although Dawson published the majority of his compositions with major publishing houses such as FitzSimons, Gamble Hinged Music, and Remick, many of the receipts record printing and shipping costs for compositions Dawson composed under his own imprint, Music Press, which were distributed by Kjos Music. Other correspondence, receipts, and ledger books in this series document the income Dawson received monthly from his compositions and record purchases of books and sheet music for his choir and personal library, mostly from 1960-1986.

A major portion of this series concerns Dawson's attempts to preserve copyright in his arrangements of African American folk music (spirituals). The series preserves the meticulous records he kept, including original registrations of copyright with the Library of Congress. Dawson exchanged a significant amount of correspondence with his personal lawyer, copyright expert William Krasilovsky. Additional correspondence with Susan Olive and the law firm of Bell, Seltzer, Park, and Gibson documents the only case that went to court, William L. Dawson vs. Hinshaw Music, filed in both the Louisiana and North Carolina courts in 1983. The series also contains copies of a number of court documents from that case, including the original complaint, depositions, court exhibits, and supporting material.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order.

Box Folder Content
23 1 Augsburg Publishing House, 1985-1986
23 2 Bell, Seltzer, Park, and Gibson, correspondence, 1987
23 3 Bell, Seltzer, Park, and Gibson, correspondence, January-July 1988
23 4 Bell, Seltzer, Park, and Gibson, correspondence, August-December 1988
23 5 Bell, Seltzer, Park, and Gibson, correspondence, 1989
23 6 Copyright permission requests, 1986-1988
23 7 Curtis Music Publishers, 1985-1986
23 8 Dawson vs. Hinshaw Music (Louisiana): affidavits, 1987
23 9 Dawson vs. Hinshaw Music (Louisiana): motion to dismiss, 1987
23 10 Dawson vs. Hinshaw Music (North Carolina): complaint, 1983 [?]
23 11 Dawson vs. Hinshaw Music (North Carolina): deposition, Joel Carter, 1988
23 12 Dawson vs. Hinshaw Music (North Carolina): deposition, William Dawson [brief fragment]
23 13 Dawson vs. Hinshaw Music (North Carolina): deposition, Wilton Mason, 1988 [1 of 2]
23 14 Dawson vs. Hinshaw Music (North Carolina): deposition, Wilton Mason, 1988 [2 of 2]
23 15 Dawson vs. Hinshaw Music (North Carolina): deposition, Alice Parker, 1988 [1 of 2]
24 1 Dawson vs. Hinshaw Music (North Carolina): deposition, Alice Parker, 1988 [2 of 2]
24 2 Dawson vs. Hinshaw Music (North Carolina): interrogatories to Plaintiff, 1987
24 3 Dawson vs. Hinshaw Music (North Carolina): letters of support, 1979-1984
24 4 Dawson vs. Hinshaw Music (North Carolina): motions, expert testimony, 1988
24 5 Dawson vs. Hinshaw Music (North Carolina): motions, summary judgment, 1987-1988 [1 of 2]
24 6 Dawson vs. Hinshaw Music (North Carolina): motions, summary judgment, 1987-1988 [2 of 2]
24 7 Dawson vs. Hinshaw Music (North Carolina): printed music
24 8 Dawson vs. Hinshaw Music (North Carolina): request for documents, 1987
24 9 Dawson vs. Hinshaw Music (North Carolina): testimony, Herndon Spillman
24 10 Dawson vs. Hinshaw Music (North Carolina): trial brief, defendant, 1988
24 11 Dawson vs. Hinshaw Music (North Carolina): trial brief, plaintiff, 1988
24 12 Dawson vs. Hinshaw Music (North Carolina): judgment, 1988
24 13 Dawson vs. Hinshaw Music (North Carolina): motion for amendment of judgment, 1989
24 14 Dawson vs. Hinshaw Music (North Carolina): appeal, 1989
25 1 Educational Music Bureau, 1934
25 2 FitzSimons, correspondence, 1958-1988
25 3 FitzSimons, publishing contracts, 1925-1926
25 4 FitzSimons, royalty statements, 1976-1988
25 5 Gamble Hinged Music, correspondence, 1934-1948
OP21 Gamble Hinged Music, publishing contract, 1930
25 6 Gamble Hinged Music, royalty statement, 1934
25 7 Gordon V. Thompson, 1966
25 8 H.A. Stuckmann, 1960-1961
25 9 Hinshaw Music, correspondence, 1981-1987
25 10 Independent Music Publishers, 1967
25 11 Jenson Publications, correspondence, 1984
25 12 Kayser Music Binding, 1933
25 13 Kees, Maxwell G., correspondence, 1985-1987
25 14 Kjos Music, correspondence, 1970-1990
25 15 Kjos Music, royalty statements, 1968
25 16 Kjos Music, royalty statements, 1969
25 17 Kjos Music, royalty statements, 1970
25 18 Kjos Music, royalty statements, 1971
25 19 Kjos Music, royalty statements, 1972
25 20 Kjos Music, royalty statements, 1973
25 21 Kjos Music, royalty statements, 1974
25 22 Kjos Music, royalty statements, 1975
25 23 Kjos Music, royalty statements, 1977
25 24 Kjos Music, royalty statements, 1978
25 25 Kjos Music, royalty statements, 1979
25 26 Kjos Music, royalty statements, 1980
25 27 Kjos Music, royalty statements, 1981
25 28 Kjos Music, royalty statements, 1982
25 29 Kjos Music, royalty statements, 1983
25 30 Kjos Music, royalty statements, 1985
25 31 Kjos Music, royalty statements, 1986
25 32 Kjos Music, royalty statements, 1987
25 33 Kjos Music, royalty statements, 1988
25 34 Kjos Music, royalty statements, 1989
25 35 Kjos Music, royalty statements, undated
26 1 Krasilovsky, William, correspondence, 1968-1979 [See also Printed Material-General]
26 2 Krasilovsky, William, correspondence, 1980-1981
26 3 Krasilovsky, William, correspondence, 1982
26 4 Krasilovsky, William, correspondence, 1983
26 5 Krasilovsky, William, correspondence, 1984-1986
26 6 Krasilovsky, William, correspondence, 1988-1989
26 7 Ledger book, 1942-1953
26 8 Ledger, 1951-1989
26 9 Ledger, 1970-1981
26 10 Ledger, 1972-1989
26 11 Ledger pages, 1979-1989
26 12 Ledger, 1980-1984
26 13 Ledger, 1983-1989
27 1 Library of Congress copyright office, 1942-1985
27 2 Lorenz Publishing, 1978-1979
27 3 McGraw-Hill, 1982
27 4 Macmillan Publishing, 1988
27 5 Matson, Ethel, 1964
27 6 Music Press, correspondence, 1978-1985
27 7 Olive, Susan, correspondence, 1982-1983
27 8 Olive, Susan, correspondence, 1984-1987
27 9 Phoenix Lithographing, 1965
27 10 Prentice Hall, correspondence, 1985
27 11 Prentice Hall, correspondence, 1986-1987
27 12 Rayner, Dalheim, and Company, 1934
27 13 Receipts, 1959
27 14 Receipts, 1960
27 15 Receipts, 1961
27 16 Receipts, 1962
27 17 Receipts, 1963
27 18 Receipts, 1964
27 19 Receipts, 1965
27 20 Receipts, 1966
27 21 Receipts, 1967
27 22 Receipts, 1968
27 23 Receipts, 1969
27 24 Receipts, 1970
28 1 Receipts, 1971
28 2 Receipts, 1973
28 3 Receipts, 1975
28 4 Receipts, 1976
28 5 Receipts, 1977
28 6 Receipts, 1978
28 7 Receipts, 1979
28 8 Receipts, 1980
28 9 Receipts, 1981
28 10 Receipts, 1982
28 11 Receipts, 1983
28 12 Receipts, 1984
28 13 Receipts, 1985
28 14 Receipts, 1986
- - Remick [See Warner Brothers]
28 15 SESAC, correspondence, 1961-1990
28 16 SESAC, royalty payments, 1983-1990
28 17 Shawnee Press, correspondence, 1965-1985
28 18 Shawnee Press, royalty payments, 1968-1977
28 19 Singtime Publishing, 1959
28 20 Warner Brothers (Remick), 1962-1986
28 21 Rudolf Zimmer Publishing, 1962
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