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Edward H. Margetson Music Manuscripts, 1917-1962

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: Ms Coll\Margetson
Bib ID 4079562 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Margetson, Edward, 1891-1962
Title Edward H. Margetson Music Manuscripts, 1917-1962
Physical Description 1 linear feet (135 items in 2 boxes)
Language(s) English .

This collection is located on-site.




Manuscripts of musical scores, memorabilia and photograph. Folder 1 of the collection includes a general index (d. March 1945), photograph, awards, 5 citations, and a biographical sketch. His musical compositions (folders 2-26) are divided in three major categories: sacred and non-sacred vocal music, and musical compositions for instruments. His sacred choruses for mixed voices has been highly praised. His non-sacred vocal music seems to deal with children, nature, and poetic topics; also included are arrangements of Stephen Foster's songs for choruses. Among his musical compositions for instruments are some with Caribbean or West Indian themes

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Readers must use microfilm.

No material may be photocopied without the written permission of Desmond Margetson or Barbara Margetson Watson.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Edward H. Margetson Music Manuscripts; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Alternate Form Available

The entire collection has been: microfilmed.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Desmond W. Margetson via the Music Library, 1990.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed 05/11/90.

Revision Description

4/5/2020 PDF converted to EAD by PTL

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scores (documents for music) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
African American musicians Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Church music Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Composers, Black Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Foster, Stephen Collins, 1826-1864 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hymns Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Instrumental music Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Music -- Caribbean Area Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Music -- West Indies Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Musicians Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Songs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Vocal music Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Black composer and conductor; church organist; choral music specialist; choirmaster. Born in St. Kitts, British West Indies, Margetson came to the Unites States in 1919 and soon became organist and choirmaster of the church of the Crucifixion in Harlem where Dr. Egerton E. Hall was rector. In 1927 he founded the Schubert Music Society "to quietly work through it among his people.".