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H. Lawrence Freeman papers, 1870-1982, bulk 1890-1954

Series I: Musical Scores, 1893-1950, undated

The bulk of the H. Lawrence Freeman Papers consists of his musical scores, including many manuscripts in his own handwriting.

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Subseries I.1: Manuscript Scores by H. Lawrence Freeman, 1893-1950

The heart of the collection, this series, contains Freeman's original manuscript scores, including full scores, piano-vocal reductions, and orchestral parts in Freeman's hand. Twenty-one operas are represented, along with songs, cantatas, a "symphonic poem," and a short ballet. For some operas, many drafts are present, from initial pencil piano-vocal sketches to beautifully bound ink copies of the full score. Freeman seems to have done almost all of his copying himself, leaving a wealth of autograph scores. Operas are organized alphabetically by title, with all drafts and parts of one work together in roughly chronological sequence.


African Kraal



Box 1 Folder 1 Piano-vocal score, 1937


Box 1 Folder 2 Piano-vocal score, undated


Box 1 Folder 3 Role of Cuella, undated


Box 1 Folder 4 American Romance--piano-vocal score, 1924-1929



Box 2 American Romance--full score, date



Box 3 Athalia


Box 3 Athalia--piano-vocal score, 1916



Box 4 Athalia--full score, 1917



Box 5 Folder 1 Athalia--Acts II and III--piano-vocal score,, 1916


Box 5 Folder 2 Battle of the Gods--piano-vocal score,, 1938


Cycle of Zululand (4 Operas)



Box 6 Chaka--piano-vocal score, 1917-1941



Box 7 Chaka--full score, 1949 (incomplete), 1949



Box 8 Ghost-Wolves--piano-vocal score, 1941



Box 9 The Stone Witch--piano-vocal score,, 1941-1942



Box 10 Umslopogaas and Nada--piano-vocal score,, 1942-1943



Box 5 Folder 3 Dark Canyon--piano-vocal score, 1948-1950


Box 5 Folder 4 "Deep River"--piano-vocal score, undated


Box 5 Folder 5 "Faith"--piano-vocal score, undated


Box 5 Folder 6 "Go Down, Moses"--piano-vocal score, undated (incomplete), undated


Box 5 Folder 7 "If You But Loved Me"--parts for Bass and Cornet, undated


Box 5 Folder 8 "Jesus, Lover of My Soul"--piano-vocal score, undated



Box 11 Folder 1 Jezebel--piano-vocal score, 1944 (incomplete), 1944


Box 11 Folder 2 "Jungle Birds"--orchestral parts, undated (from "O Sing a New Song), undated


Box 11 Folder 3 "Kentucky Home"--piano-vocal score, undated


Box 11 Folder 4 "Kiss Me"--piano-vocal score, undated


Box 11 Folder 5 Leah Kleschna--piano-vocal score, 1930 (unbound), 1930



Box 12 Leah Kleschna--Act I--piano-vocal score,, 1930



Box 13 Leah Kleschna--Act II--piano-vocal score,, 1930



Box 14 Leah Kleschna--Act III--piano-vocal score,, 1930



Box 11 Folder 6 "Like a Rose"--piano-vocal score, undated



Box 15 Folder 1 "Lion Hunt"--full score, undated



Box 16 Folder 1 "Lion Hunt"--orchestral parts, undated


Box 16 Folder 2 "The Loves of Pompeii"--piano-vocal score, undated (song cycle), undated


Box 16 Folder 3 "Minstrels of the Past"--piano-vocal score, undated (scene 1), undated


Box 16 Folder 4 "Negro Lullaby"--piano-vocal score, undated


The Martyr



Box 17 Piano-vocal score, undated



Box 18 Piano-vocal score, 1893



Box 19 Full score, undated



Box 20 Folder 1 to 3 Orchestral parts, undated


Box 20 Folder 4 Role of "Pharoh,", undated


Box 20 Folder 5 Role of "Rei,", undated



Box 21 Folder 1 "My Son"--piano-vocal score, undated (cantata), undated



Box 22 The Octoroon--piano-vocal score, 1902



Box 23 The Octoroon--piano-vocal score, 1904



Box 24 The Octoroon--full score, 1908



Box 33 The Octoroon--Orchestral Prelude, undated



Box 16 Folder 5 "The Octoroon's Farewell," undated (song), undated


Box 16 Folder 6 "O Sing a New Song"--piano-vocal score, 1934 (fragments), 1934


Box 16 Folder 7 "Parted"--piano-vocal score, undated (on back "My African Maid"), undated


Box 16 Folder 8 Plantation--piano-vocal score, undated (incomplete), undated


Box 16 Folder 9 The Prophecy--piano-vocal score, undated (incomplete), undated


Box 16 Folder 10 The Prophecy--piano-vocal score, undated


Box 16 Folder 11 "Salome"--ballet with chorus--piano-vocal score, 1934



Box 26 Folder 1 "The Slave"--piano reduction, 1919 (symphonic poem), 1919


Box 26 Folder 2 "The Slave"--piano reduction, 1919


Box 26 Folder 3 "The Slave"--orchestral parts, undated


Box 26 Folder 4 "Sometime"--Violin I part, undated


Box 26 Folder 5 "Steal Away"--piano-vocal score, undated


Box 26 Folder 6 "Swing Low"--piano-vocal score, undated


Box 26 Folder 7 "Tribulation"--piano-vocal score, undated


Box 26 Folder 8 The Tryst--piano-vocal score, undated


Box 26 Folder 9 The Tryst--orchestral parts, undated



Box 27 Folder 1 Unidentified Score Fragments, undated


Box 27 Folder 2 Uzziah--piano-vocal score, 1931-1933



Box 25 Uzziah--piano-vocal score, 1931-1933



Box 63 Valdo--full score, 1895



Box 64 Valdo--full score, 1936



Box 30 Folder 1 Vendetta--piano-vocal score, undated



Box 28 Vendetta--piano-vocal score, 1928



Box 29 Vendetta--full score, 1923



Box 30 Folder 2 Vendetta--orchestral parts, undated


Box 30 Folder 3 Voodoo--piano-vocal score, 1912



Box 31 Voodoo--piano-vocal score, undated



Box 32 Voodoo--full score, circa, 1930



Box 30 Folder 5 The Wolf--piano-vocal score, undated



Box 21 Folder 4 The Wolf--piano-vocal score, undated



Box 15 Folder 2 "Zulu King: Witch Hunt"--full score, 1939


Subseries I.2: Other Scores, 1894-1942, undated

This subseries includes photocopies of three of Freeman's manuscript scores: "The Slaying of the Lion,"Voodoo(Act III only), and "Zulu King (Witch Hunt)." It also houses all published scores by Freeman present in the collection. Most of the published scores are originals, but some are in photocopy form. All scores in this subseries are songs, not operas or symphonic works, and many are arrangements of well-known spirituals. Two of the earliest published songs (1896-1897, with only photocopies extant) were also published by a "Harry Freeman" in Chicago – they may have been self-published, or the name may be a coincidence. Two songs from 1925 were published by Valdo Freeman. The songs are arranged chronologically by publication date. Also included are printed scores by other composers. Selections range from Brahms to arrangements of spirituals; the bulk are early-twentieth-century songs by African-American composers such as T.H. Burleigh, W.C. Handy and Noble Sissle. They are arranged alphabetically by the composer's last name.


Copies of Manuscript Scores by H. Lawrence Freeman



Box 34 Folder 1 "The Slaying of the Lion,", undated



Box 35 Folder 1 Unidentified score copy, undated



Box 34 Folder 2 "Voodoo, Act III,", undated



Box 35 Folder 2 "Yazoo River,", undated



Box 34 Folder 3 "Zulu King,", undated


Printed Scores, 1894-1943



Box 35 Folder 3 By H. Lawrence Freeman, 1894-1935


Box 35 Folder 4 to 5 By Other Composers,1905-1943