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Collection Number: 04593-z

Collection Title: Glenn C. Wilcox American tunebooks, 1843, undated.

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Size 4 items
Abstract Four volumes of handwritten music, 1843 and undated, most apparently copies from other sources, collected in the 1950s through the 1980s by Glenn and Helen Wilcox of Murray, Ky. Most pieces are hymns, including many with words by Charles Wesley and tunes from early Methodist sources, including some by John Wesley. Also included are marches, quicksteps and other dance music, and classical works by Beethoven and Mendelssohn.
Creator Wilcox, Glenn C., 1927-, collector.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Glenn C. Wilcox American tunebooks #4593-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Glenn and Helen Wilcox of Murray, Ky., in November 1991.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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The Glenn and Helen Wilcox Collection of American Religious Tunebooks is only a portion of the total library built by the Wilcoxes. The full collection includes popular music published on small cards during World War II, classical scores and recordings, etc. The religious tunebook holdings were particularly extensive, comprising approximately 1,932 volumes acquired by the Wilcoxes and some 1,490 volumes from the collection of the late Reverend Charles Atkins, a Congregational minister in New Hampshire with whom Glenn Wilcox had co-edited The Southern Harmony. At Atkins's death in the 1970s, his collection passed to the Wilcoxes.

This collection is part of a group of about 300 volumes acquired by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from the Wilcoxes in 1991.

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Four volumes of handwritten music, most of which was copied from other sources. Many pieces in all four volumes consist entirely of musical notations without words. Except for the notations in volumes 1 and 4, as noted below, there is no indication as to date, compiler, or place of compilation.

Folder 1 (32 pp.) consists of dance music, such as marches and quicksteps, mostly without lyrics. The flyleaf carries the name "D. Weed."

Folder 2 (68 pp.) is labeled "copy book" and contains music of many types. Included are hymns, a Christmas carol, a polka, a nursery rhyme, arias, and works by Beethoven and Mendelssohn.

Folder 3 (379 pp.) is a hymnal, containing many hymns based on the Psalms; there are also hymns for Christmas and Good Friday. Many are labeled "Wesley's," presumably referring to Methodist preacher and composer Charles Wesley.

Folder 4 (72 pp.) contains miscellaneous songs, most carrying the names of places. Some are labeled as hymns, but most are not. At the end of the volume there are several blank pages and one page bearing the name "Hiram Stevens" and the date 1843.

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