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Subseries 9.2
Sheet music, 1897-1988
Boxes 70 - 99; OP 67 - 68

Scope and Content Note

The Sheet Music subseries forms the bulk of the printed material series and consists of published sheet music collected by Dawson during his teaching and conducting career. Taken as a whole, this series represents the musical library Dawson kept during his lifetime. The majority of the series contains choral music, although some instrumental arrangements are included in the general sheet music subseries. Three categories of music were isolated from the general sheet music into separate subseries: music by African American arranger-composers, arrangements of African American folk music (spirituals) and Dawson's own published arrangements and compositions, including an almost complete set of his compositions published by the Tuskegee Press. Drafts of some of these compositions may be found in the Scores series.

Arrangement Note

The subseries is divided into three sections: (9.2a) Music arranged/composed by Dawson, (9.2b) Music of or composed by African Americans, and (9.2c) General sheet music.

Description of Subseries