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Finding Aid for the Pearl Radcliffe Lindal Papers, 1938-1947

Mus. Arc. 43

State University of New York at Buffalo. Music Library


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Finding aid written in English.
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Collection Overview

Title: Pearl Radcliffe Lindal Papers, 1938-1947
Collection Number: Mus. Arc. 43
Creator: Lindal, Pearl Radcliffe
Extent: 2 boxes (73 folders)
Language of Material: Collection material in English.
Repository: State University of New York at Buffalo. Music Library
Abstract: Collection consists of 1 scrapbook of clippings about Pearl Radcliffe Lindal's career as a songwriter and eleven of her songs as published in collections. Material inserted into the scrapbook includes correspondence and additional prose writings by Lindal.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Specified item], Pearl Radcliffe Lindal Papers, 1938-1947, Music Library, The State University of New York at Buffalo.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Ida Mae Hussey, 2008.

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 Gabrielle Carlo and John Bewley.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.


Biographical Note

Pearl Radcliffe Lindal was born April 22 1889 to Elizabeth Higson. She was a composer and music teacher in the Buffalo, New York area. She was elected to serve as pianist of the local Waldensian Society probably around 1940. She began to write cowboy songs sometime in the 1930s and secured a contract from American Music Publishing for at least eight songs. She married Lewis Lindal, an attorney in Buffalo. Presumably after his death she remarried, becoming the wife of Richard R. Lennartz. She died November 25 1966 in Buffalo. The obituary in the November 26 1966 Buffalo News noted that she had been a life member of the Osseo Chapter Number 386, Order of the Eastern Star. She was buried in the Lancaster Rural Cemetery (Lancaster, New York).


Scope and Content Note

The collection as received consisted of a scrapbook of clippings and letters regarding Pearl Radcliffe Lindal's career as a songwriter. There were only seven leaves of the scrapbook with content attached to pages; the rest of the material was loosely inserted. The contents of the scrapbook were removed from the scrapbook after the original organization was photocopied. Contents were then organized into series as stated in the Arrangement section. The collection also includes eleven of Lindal's songs, ten of which are contained within published song collections.

The writings in the collection are a mix of poems and short tales or aphorisms.



Container List

I.    Writings, 1938-1947
Folder 1-30

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Box Item Contents
1 1 Are you lonesome Mr. Moon, August 24 1938
1 manuscript leaf
1 2 Children's day, undated
1 typescript leaf
1 3 Come unto me, undated
1 typescript leaf
1 4 Coronation, undated
1 typescript leaf
1 5 Danny Cupid, February 18 1947
1 manuscript leaf
On verso: Lindal's Are you lonesome Mr. Moon
1 6 A day in the woods, undated
2 typescript leaves
1 7 Dusty road, undated
1 typescript leaf
1 8 An early morning walk, undated
1 typescript leaf
1 9 Evening on the prairie, undated
1 typescript leaf
1 10 The family picnic day, undated
1 typescript leaf
1 11 Grieve not beloved (To a friend), undated
1 typescript leaf
1 12 Little white house, August 14 1939
4 typescript leaves
Four typed copies. Two copies are dated; one copy has pencil manuscript verses on verso.
1 13 Making use of odd moments, undated
1 typescript leaf
1 14 The master's hand, undated
1 typescript leaf
1 15 My dog, undated
1 typescript leaf
1 16 My dream, undated
1 manuscript leaf
1 17 My part time gardener, undated
1 typescript leaf
1 18 My song to you, undated
1 typescript leaf
1 19 An old lady, undated
1 typescript leaf
1 20 People I like, undated
1 typescript leaf
1 21 People who win, undated
1 typescript leaf
1 22 Presto, undated
1 typescript leaf
1 23 Resting, undated
1 typescript leaf
1 24 Should children be reasoned with or spanked, undated
1 typescript leaf
1 25 Spring sonnet, undated
1 typescript leaf
1 26 Things I love, undated
1 typescript leaf
1 27 The traveling ant, undated
1 typescript leaf
1 28 Wanted... A song, a lovely song, undated
1 typescript leaf
1 29 Where the stars peek-a-boo, May 22 1939
1 typescript leaf
1 30 Where Western skies are shining, June 7 1939
1 manuscript leaf
II.    Correspondence, 1939-1941
Folder 31-47

Folders arranged in alphabetical order by correspondent. Some folders include responses from Lindal.

Box Folder Contents
1 31 Bossard, Belle R.: Correspondence to Pearl Lindal, August 30 1939
1 signed card
1 32 Bingel, Mrs. D.: Correspondence to Pearl Lindal, July 23 1939
1 signed card
1 33 Boyd, Bill, 1910-1977: Correspondence to Pearl Lindal, July 29 1939, January 11 1940
2 signed typescript leaves

Letterhead: Bill Boyd and His Cowboy Ramblers. Also includes a flyer with complete list of recordings by Bill Boyd and His Cowboy Ramblers.

1 34 Crummet, Evelyn: Correspondence to and from Pearl Lindal, July 23 1939, July 26 1939, September 4 1939
2 typescript leaves from Crummet, 1 typescript leaf from Lindal
1 35 Fitts, Ada M., 1869- : Correspondence to Pearl Lindal, August 16 1939
2 manuscript leaves
1 36 Flower Grower: Correspondence to Pearl Lindal, February 12 1941
1 typescript leaf
1 37 Green, John F. C. (Frederick Carl), b. 1892: Correspondence to Pearl Lindal, July 21 1940
1 manuscript leaf
Letterhead: Evangelical Congregational Church, McKeesport, Pennsylvania.
1 38 Lenkow, Jennie M.: Correspondence to Pearl Lindal, July 22 1939
1 manuscript leaf
Letterhead: Lebanon Shrine No. 3, Buffalo, New York.
1 39 McMichael, C. H. (Henry): Correspondence to and from Pearl Lindal, July 20 1939, July 22 1939
2 typescript leaves
1 40 Mitchell, Edna E. July 21 1939
1 business card with envelope
1 41 Myers, Mary: Correspondence to and from Pearl Lindal, August 2 1939, August 12 1939
1 manuscript leaf, 1 typescript leaf
1 42 Nelson, Margaret: Correspondence to Pearl Lindal, undated
1 manuscript leaf
Letterhead: Avon House Publishers, New York.
1 43 Reiman, Theodore F.: Correspondence to and from Pearl Lindal, July 20 1939, July 22 1939, August 15 1939
2 typescript leaves from Reiman, 1 typescript leaf from Lindal
1 44 Russell, Richard: Correspondence to and from Pearl Lindal, July 20 1939, July 22 1939
2 typescript leaves
1 45 S., A. W.: Mail to Pearl Lindal, September 25 1940
1 printed folded leaf
Flyer about painting of Charles M. Russell.
1 46 Thomson, L. H.: Correspondence to Pearl Lindal, August 6 1940
1 envelope
Actual correspondence is missing, only the envelope remains.
1 47 Wurtz, Olive U. S.: Correspondence to Pearl Lindal, undated
1 manuscript leaf
III.    Programs and bulletins, 1939-1944
Folder 48-51

Folders arranged in alphabetical order by organization.

Box Folder Contents
1 48 American Music Inc.: Bulletin, June 1944
3 typescript leaves
Lindal songs are listed under two sections in the bulletin: Songs featured on the radio, and Cross section of Radio Logging.
1 49 National League of American Pen Women. Western New York Branch: Concert program featuring June Hards, violin, Kenneth Gill, tenor, and Walter Peek, piano, undated
1 typescript leaf
1 50 St. Stephen's Episcopal Church (Buffalo, New York): Concert program, October 24 1939
1 printed leaf
1 51 Zorah Berry Concert Management: Flyer for concert season, 1939-1940
1 printed leaf
IV.    Clippings, 1939-1940
Folder 52-61

Folders arranged in chronological order. Undated items arranged alphabetically by caption of article. Folders 60-61 are oversized and are housed in Box 2.

Box Folder Contents
1 52 “Local woman author of several new songs” , August 3 1939
1 printed leaf
Source: Walden-Bailey-Genesee News
1 53 “Altar Guild to hold silver tea” , October 1939
1 scrapbook leaf with 3 newspaper clippings
Source: Unknown.

Three clippings: Song writer is 77 (about Carrie Jacobs Bond); Altar Guild to hold silver tea (refers to program in Folder 50); Guild holds musical.

1 54 “Radio dispute brings arrest of Gene Buck” , February 23 1940
1 printed leaf
Source: Unknown.
1 55 “A little greenhouse for $94.61” , undated
4 printed pages
Source: Unknown magazine, possibly Flower Grower.
1 56 “Buffalo woman writes cowboy songs though she never went West” , undated
1 printed leaf
Source: Unknown.
1 57 “Hold annual rally: Rev. Seymour traces Waldensian history” , undated
1 printed leaf
Source: Unknown. Manuscript note indicates Pearl Lindal was elected pianist for the Waldensian Society at this meeting.
1 58 “Popular songwriter sees opportunities” , undated
1 printed leaf
Source: Unknown. Reprinted from article originally published in Portland Oregon News-Telegram November 25 1932.

Article about songwriter Sylvester Cross.

1 59 “Stockton boyhood theme of song written by wife” , undated
1 printed leaf
Source: Fredonia Censor.
2 60 “Local woman writes cowboy songs and she's never seen a cowpuncher” , July 20 1939
1 printed leaf
Source: Buffalo Evening News.

Attached to scrapbook leaf with additional manuscript marginalia.

2 61 “Full house enjoys musicale at St. Stephen's: Western songs composed by guild president on program” , November 2 1939
1 printed leaf
Source: Walden-Bailey-Genesee News

Attached to scrapbook leaf that also holds the concert program for the event.

V.    Scrapbook copies, 1939
Folder 62

Photocopied leaves (seven) in order as originally received in scrapbook.

Box Folder Contents
2 62 Original scrapbook binder with photocopies of leaves as received, 1939
7 photocopied leaves
Does not include all the materials that had been loosely inserted into the scrapbook.
VI.    Songs, 1938-1941
Folder 63-73

Folders arranged in alphabetical order by title of Lindal song within collection.

Box Folder Contents
2 63 Church out on the plain , 1939
Words and music by Pearl R. Lindal, Ann Luger , and J. L. Mitchell
Published in "Dude" Martin's folio of original songs of the plains. Portland, Ore.: American Music, 1939
2 64 He’s sleeping tonight by the trail , 1939
Words and music by Carrie P. Kirby, Pearl R. Lindal, and Helen C. Olson
Published in Jerry Smith's folio of original home and range songs. No. 1.. Portland, Ore.: American Music, 1939
2 65 In old Virginia, 1941
Words and music by Ethyl Isabel De Planque, Pearl R. Lindal, and Florence L. Yarwood
Published in Home and hill country ballads. Folio no. 4. Portland, Ore.: American Music, 1941
2 66 Mammy's little honey chile, 1941
Words and music by Modena Gage, Pearl R. Lindal, and Hulda M. McCollom
Published in Home and hill country ballads. Folio no. 6. Portland, Ore.: American Music, 1941
2 67 My boyhood home, 1938
Words and music by Pearl Radcliffe Lindal
Published in Album of new radio favorites, containing twenty beautiful new songs. Portland, Ore.: American Music, 1938
2 68 Prairie lullaby, 1939
Words and music by Pearl R. Lindal, C. Henry Wilkerson , and Bill Boyd
Published in Bill Boyd and his Cowboy Ramblers' folio of western songs, no. 1 : containing 20 original songs complete with words and music, guitar, ukulele and banjo chords. Portland, Ore.: American Music, 1939
2 69 Prairie rose, 1940
Words and music by Thomas J. Byrnes,, Pearl R. Lindal, and Joseph Dobbs
Published in Cowboy ballads : containing 20 new songs, complete with words & music, guitar, ukulele & banjo chords. Portland, Ore.: American Music, 1940
2 70 Sweet Ida mine , 1941
Words and music by James Grant Alcorn, Henry J. Sommers , and Pearl Lindal
Published in Home and hill country ballads. Folio no. 5. Portland, Ore.: American Music, 1941
2 71 Swingtime symphony, undated
1 songsheet
By Pearl Radcliffe Lindal
2 72 Under the Western sky, 1939
Words and music by Pearl R. Lindal and Robert M. Burney
Published in Golden West Cowboys' folio of songs of the golden West. No. 1.. Portland, Ore.: American Music, 1939
2 73 When it's honeysuckle time in Caroline, 1941
Words and music by Pearl R. Lindal, Hulda M. McCollom , and Gertrude I. MacLeod
Published in Heart ballads, folio no. 8. Portland, Ore.: American Music, 1941

Search Terms

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

Subjects

Composers--New York (State)--Buffalo
Cowboys--West (U.S.)--Songs and music
Songs with piano
Songs, American
Women composers--New York (State)--Buffalo

Genres

Clippings (information artifacts)
Scores
Scrapbooks
Songs (document genre)