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William Lawrence papers

 Collection
Identifier: AMN 1008

Collection Overview

The papers relate to the professional career and personal life of William Lawrence, his wife, Lillian Thompson Lawrence, and her family, the Thompsons. Items of particular note are a series of concert programs dated 1919-1978, which include programs for performances by Lawrence, Marian Anderson, Roland Hayes, Lawrence Brown, and other notable black musicians, including his student, the blind vocalist Sadie Knight; a variety of sheet music arranged and composed by Lawrence and several notable black musicians, including a handwritten Cantata by Jean Stor; and several autographed photographs of notable black musicians, including W. C. Handy and William Grant Still. Correspondents include Alain Locke, Countee Cullen, Marian Anderson, W. H. Brennan, Roland Hayes, and Todd Duncan. Miscellaneous items in the collection include radio and play scripts of productions, some directed by Lawrence.

Collection Arrangement 1. Biographical Material

2. Music Materials

3. Correspondence

4. Scripts

5. Associates and Pupils

6. Miscellaneous Materials

7. Photographs

Dates

  • 1919-1988

Creator

Language of Materials

Material is in English

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

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Biographical Note

William Lawrence (1895-1981) was born in Charleston, South Carolina to Merton and Sylvia Lawrence. He studied piano, organ, and voice at the Avery Institute (early 1900s), at the New England Conservatory of Music (1913-1916) and in Paris, France (1926-1931). He worked briefly at South Carolina State Agricultural and Mechanical College (later South Carolina State University) in Orangeburg, and accompanied such well-known singers as Marian Anderson and Roland Hayes. He also taught piano and voice, composed music, and gave instrumental and vocal recitals in Europe and America. He died in 1981, and his remains rest at Trinity Church Crematory in New York.

Extent

0.75 linear feet (2 archival boxes)

Abstract

William Lawrence (1895-1981) was born in Charleston, South Carolina to Merton and Sylvia Lawrence. He studied piano, organ, and voice at the Avery Institute (early 1900s), at the New England Conservatory of Music (1913-1916) and in Paris, France (1926-1931). He accompanied such well-known singers as Marian Anderson and Roland Hayes. He also taught piano and voice, composed music, and gave instrumental and vocal recitals in Europe and America. He died in 1981, and his remains rest at Trinity Church Crematory in New York. The papers relate to the professional career and personal life of William Lawrence, his wife, Lillian Thompson Lawrence, and her family, the Thompsons. Items of particular note are a series of concert programs dated 1919-1978, which include programs for performances by Lawrence, Marian Anderson, Roland Hayes, Lawrence Brown, and other notable black musicians, including his student, the blind vocalist Sadie Knight; a variety of sheet music arranged and composed by Lawrence and several notable black musicians, including a handwritten Cantata by Jean Stor; and several autographed photographs of notable black musicians, including W. C. Handy and William Grant Still. Correspondents include Alain Locke, Countee Cullen, Marian Anderson, W. H. Brennan, Roland Hayes, and Todd Duncan. Miscellaneous items in the collection include radio and play scripts of productions, some directed by Lawrence.

Collection Arrangement

1. Biographical Material

2. Music Materials

3. Correspondence

4. Scripts

5. Associates and Pupils

6. Miscellaneous Materials

7. Photographs

Acquisitions Information

Donated by Albert Hunt, Jr., November, 1994

Processing Information

Processed by Felice Knight, 2006

Encoded by Melissa Bronheim, July 2010

Edited by Melissa Bronheim, July 2010

Funding from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation supported the processing of this collection.

Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the collection processing and encoding of this finding aid.

Source

Creator

Title
Inventory of the William Lawrence Papers, 1919 - 1988
Author
Processed by: Felice Knight; machine-readable finding aid created by: Melissa Bronheim
Date
© 2010
Description rules
DACS
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English
Sponsor
Funding from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the collection processing and encoding of this finding aid.

Repository Details

Part of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture Repository

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