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Finding Aid for the Kathryn McCarthy Papers, 1911-1955

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Mus. Arc. 7

State University of New York at Buffalo. Music Library


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Finding aid prepared by John Bewley.
Finding aid encoded in EAD by John Bewley, May 2007.
Finding aid is in English.
Finding aid prepared using DACS ( Describing Archives: A Content Standard ).

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Collection Overview

Title: Kathryn McCarthy Papers, 1911-1955
Creator: McCarthy, Kathryn, d. 1970
Extent: 1 box
Language of Material: Collection material in English.
Repository: State University of New York at Buffalo. Music Library
Abstract: The Kathryn McCarthy Papers contain a bound notebook of notes from music lessons and correspondence between McCarthy and Schillinger System teacher, Richard Benda.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Specified item], Kathryn McCarthy Papers, 1911-1955, Music Library, The State University of New York at Buffalo.

Acquisition Information

Gift

Terms of Access

Materials can be examined by qualified researchers in the Music Library during hours of operation during which Music Librarians are present. In order to insure access, researchers are advised to contact the Music Library in advance of visits.

Copyright

Copyright for the materials in the collection does not reside with the Music Library. Therefore, patrons wishing to publish any item, or part of an item from this collection for any purpose, are responsible for securing requisite permissions.

Processing Information

Processed by John Bewley.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.


Biographical Note

Kathryn McCarthy was a music teacher in Buffalo, N.Y. She was a lecturer in music at the University at Buffalo Evening School, 1929-1936 and director of music theory in the First Settlement School in Buffalo. Studied piano and music literature with Evelyn Choate, elementary theory with Mary Howard, took a director's course at Cornell University, 1913, courses at New York University, 1915, instrumentation and composition at Columbia University, studied composition, instrumentation, and pedagogy with Hugo Leichtentritt in Berlin, 1914, piano with F. Mufchim in Petrograd, 1921, composition, instrumentation, and pedagogy with Jean Gallon in Paris, piano with E. Monod in Paris, and studies with A. Madley Richardson and Arthur Newstead in New York City.


Scope and Content Note

The Kathryn McCarthy Papers contain ten folders of materials related to McCarthy's music lessons in composition, counterpoint, and the Schillinger System. Teachers of McCarthy included A. Madeley Richardson (1868-1949) and Richard Benda (d. 1978).



Container List

Box Folder Contents
1 1 Lesson book labeled "Kathryn McCarthy, Counterpoint, Composition" 1911-1921
1 bound notebook

The contents are primarily text, with a small number of musical examples, and seem to be notes taken during classes. Pages are filled through the page stamped "p. 291". The notebook is also inscribed inside the front cover: "London, 1911, Berlin, 1914, Paris, 1921."

II.    Correspondence, 1950-1955
Folders 2-10

Arranged in rough chronological order.

Box Folder Contents
1 2 Kathryn McCarthy to Richard Benda, March 9, no year
1 manuscript leaf
1 3 Richard Benda to Kathryn McCarthy, October 5, 1950 and October 23, 1950
2 typescript letters (2 leaves)

Cover letters sent from Benda with an outline of lessons (not included) and an audio recording (also, not included).

1 4 Richard Benda letter to Kathryn McCarthy, June 8, 1955
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1 manuscript letter (2 leaves, 3 leaves of music)

Letter accompanied by musical examples.

1 5 Richard Benda letter to Kathryn McCarthy, June [unclear date], 1955
1 manuscript letter (1 leaf)

Postcard from Benda requesting confirmation for receipt of material

1 6 Richard Benda letter to Kathryn McCarthy, September 6, 1955
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1 manuscript letter (1 leaf, 2 leaves of music)

Letter accompanied by musical examples.

1 7 Richard Benda letter to Kathryn McCarthy, December, 1955
1 manuscript letter

Christmas card

1 8 Advertisement for Richard Benda's course, Strata Harmony, Composition, Orchestration for Radio, Film, Television, undated
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1 printed leaf
1 9 Advertisement for Richard Benda's course, An Important Advance in Schillinger Instruction, undated
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1 printed leaf
1 10 Advertisement for Richard Benda's course, The Schillinger System in Accordion Instruction, undated
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1 printed leaf

Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Library's online catalog.

Contributors

Benda, Richard, d. 1978
Richardson, A. Madeley (Alfred Madeley), 1868-1949

Subjects

Composition (Music)
Counterpoint
Musicians--Correspondence

Genres

Correspondence

Associated Material

Related Resources

Related Resources in the Music Library

Lessons. A. Madeley Richardson. Treasure Room M1 R393 l.

Two volumes of composition studies based on models by Beethoven, Handel, Bach and Haydn, inscribed by Kathryn McCarthy, 1924.