Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Jack Beeson papers, 1933-2010

Series IV: Written Works, circa 1962-2006

This series contains drafts and published copies of written works by Beeson, divided into two subseries. The bulk of the first subseries is a handwritten first draft of Beeson's autobiography, How Operas Are Created by Composers and Librettists: The Life of Jack Beeson, American Opera Composer, which Beeson termed "The Book." The second subseries includes typescript drafts of "The Autobiography of Lizzie Borden" (later published as an article in Opera Quarterly and as a chapter of The Book), and two issues of the journal Current Musicology with articles by Beeson.

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Subseries IV.1: "The Book", circa 2004-2006

Handwritten first draft of Beeson's autobiography; also a typescript copy of the first draft.

How Operas Are Created by Composers and Librettists: The Life of Jack Beeson, American Opera Composer ("The Book")

Box 37 Handwritten draft in 14 notebooks, circa 2004-2006

Box 37 Typed draft of first chapter, 2006

Subseries IV.2: Articles, circa 1962-2005

Two typescript copies of "The Autobiography of Lizzie Borden"; two issues ofCurrent Musicologywith articles by Beeson.

"The Autobiography of Lizzie Borden," published in Opera Quarterly 4(1), 1986

Box 37 Typed draft, 1962 (contains markings), 1962

"Opera at Columbia University, 1941-1958" published in Current Musicology 70

Box 37 Published journal, 2000

"Recollections," published in Current Musicology, 79/80

Box 37 Published journal, 2005