CONCORD ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY MUSIC COLLECTION, 1790-
VAULT A20, UNIT B1
EXTENT: Twenty-five items, in one record carton.
ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT: Organized in a single file, arranged alphabetically by compiler, title, or other filing word, as appropriate.
HISTORY: The Concord Antiquarian Society was established in 1886 in Concord , Mass. by a group of local people devoted to preserving and promoting local history. In 1887, the organization purchased the Reuben Brown House on Lexington Road , where it stored and displayed its collection until moving in 1930 to a new building at the intersection of Lexington Road and the Cambridge Turnpike. Although its focus was from the first on decorative arts and material culture, by the 1970s the Society had also amassed a sizeable collection of manuscripts, printed ephemera, and books and pamphlets. During the early 1970s, the Society's Board of Governors voted initially to deposit these materials in, and ultimately to give them to, the Concord Free Public Library. The Concord Antiquarian Society is known today as the Concord Museum .
SCOPE AND CONTENT: A collection consisting primarily of printed hymnals and volumes of church music, with some popular music included, issued between 1790 and 1861, and including one manuscript item. Some titles lack title pages, making their accurate identification difficult.
PROVENANCE: Acquired by the Concord Antiquarian Society from multiple sources, only partially identified. Eleven of the volumes were presented by Dora Farrar to the CAS in 1932, three by Laurence E. Richardson in 1949.
SOURCE OF ACQUISITION: The volumes in this collection come from a large deposit placed by the CAS in the Concord Free Public Library in October of 1971 and converted to gift by or in early 1974.
ASSOCIATED COLLECTIONS: These volumes originated in a more inclusive collection of Concord Antiquarian Society holdings deposited in and later given to the Concord Free Public Library. The bulk of that larger collection has been processed and described as the Concord Antiquarian Society Collection (see finding aid at www.concordnet.org/library/scollect/Fin_Aids/CAS.htm and /special-collections/Fin_Aids/CAS . As detailed in that finding aid, a number of other separately cataloged collections and items in the Concord Free Public Library Special Collections were removed from the larger collection and separately processed and/or cataloged by the library.
PROCESSED BY: LPW; full finding aid completed 10/03/06 . Container list prepared for the Internet by Peter K. Steinberg, 06/07/06 .
Bird, Joseph . Bird's Vocal Music Reader, Number One . A collection of easy music, designed for use in primary and grammar schools, and for all who wish to learn to read the language of music. By Joseph Bird … (Boston: Oliver Ditson and Company, ). CAS B-2001.3. Gift of Laurence E. Richardson to CAS, 1949.
Boston Academy of Music . The Boston Academy's Collection of Church Music … Third edition. (Boston: Carter, Hendee & Co., 1835). CAS B-1808.1. Gift of Dora Farrar to CAS, 1932.
Boston Academy of Music . The Boston Academy 's Collection of Church Music: Consisting of the Most Popular Psalm and Hymn Tunes, Anthems, Sentences, Chants, &c. … Published under the direction of the Boston Academy of Music (Boston: Wilkins, Rice & Kendall, 1852). CAS B-1807.1. Gift of Dora Farrar to CAS, 1932.
A Choice Collection of Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, Designed for the Devotions of Israel … (Concord, N.H.: Hoag & Atwood, 1831). CAS B-1849.1.
Emerson, L.O. The Golden Wreath . A choice collection of favorite melodies, designed for the use of schools, seminaries, select classes, also, a complete course of elementary instructions upon the Pestalozzian system, with numerous exercises for practice. By L.O. Emerson. New edition. Revised and enlarged (Boston: Oliver Ditson & Co., ). CAS B-2094.2. Gift of Laurence E. Richardson to CAS, 1949.
The Federal Harmony: in Three Parts …Compiled for the use of schools and singing societies … ( Boston : John Norman, 1790). CAS B-1802.1. Gift of Dora Farrar to CAS, 1932.
Johnson, A.N. Instructions in Thorough Base; Being a New and Easy Method for Learning to Play Church Music Upon the Piano Forte or Organ . By A.N. Johnson. (Boston: Henry Tolman & Co., ). CAS B-1810.1. Gift of Dora Farrar to CAS, 1932.
Mason, Lowell . [Cover title: The Choir: or Union Collection of Church Music . Consisting of a great variety of psalm and hymn tunes, anthems, &c. … By Lowell Mason … Second edition (Boston: Carter, Hendee, & Co, 1833). Title page lacking.] CAS B-1811.1. Gift of Dora Farrar to CAS, 1932.
Mason, Lowell . The New Carmina Sacra: or Boston Collection of Church Music . Comprising the most popular psalm and hymn tunes in general use, together with a great variety of new tunes, chants, sentences, motets, and anthems … By Lowell Mason (New York: Mason Brothers, 1860). CAS B-1816.1 (b).
Mason, William . Fireside Harmony: a New Collection of Glees and Part Songs, Arranged for Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Base Voices . By William Mason. (Boston: Tappan, Whittemore, and Mason, 1848). CAS B-1813.1. Gift of Dora Farrar to CAS, 1932.
The Massachusetts Harmony . Being a new collection of psalm tunes, fugues and anthems, selected from the most approved authors, ancient and modern. By a lover of harmony ( Boston : John Norman, [179-?]). CAS B-1816.1 (a).
The Middlesex Collection of Church Music: or, Ancient Psalmody Revived …Second edition, revised, corrected, and enlarged (Boston: Manning & Loring, 1808). CAS B-1803.1. Gift of Dora Farrar to CAS, 1932.
Perkins, W.O . The Golden Robin, for the Use of Juvenile Classes, Public Schools & Seminaries … By W.O. Perkins … ( Boston : Oliver Ditson & Company, [n.d.]). CAS B-2096.2. Gift of Laurence E. Richardson to CAS, 1949.
[Running title: Popular Songs . Title page lacking.] CAS B-1899.1.
[Printed staffs with two manuscripts pieces written in, including Sydenham C.M.P.S, 118th; undated.] CAS B-1816.1 (e).
[Running title: Progressive Song-Lessons . Title page lacking.] CAS B-1800.1.
[Running title: Selected Hymns . Title page lacking.] CAS B 1801.1. Gift of Dora Farrar to CAS, 1932.
Streeter, Sebastian . The New Hymn Book, Designed for Universalist Societies … By Sebastian and Russell Streeter … Stereotyped at the Lancaster Foundry. Twenty-fourth edition (Boston: Thomas Whittemore, 1830). CAS B-321.
[Unidentified hymnal , lacking title page and other identification; no running or caption title.] CAS B-1806.1. Gift of Dora Farrar to CAS, 1932.
[Unidentified hymnal , lacking title page and other identification; appears to include fragment of second damaged hymnal. 17--?] CAS B-1816.1 (c).
[Unidentified hymnal , lacking title page and other identification; 17--?] CAS B-1816.1 (d).
[Caption title: The Union Harmony , &c. Title page lacking.] CAS B-1805.1.
Woodbury, I.B. The Dulcimer: or the New York Collection of Sacred Music . … By I.B. Woodbury … (Boston: W.J. Reynolds and Company, 1850). CAS B-1812.1. Gift of Dora Farrar to CAS, 1932.
The Worcester Collection of Sacred Harmony … The Fourth Edition … ([ Boston : Isaiah Thomas and Ebenezer Andrews, 1792]; title page damaged; imprint illegible, supplied.). CAS B-1815.1.
The Worcester Collection of Sacred Harmony … The whole compiled for the use of schools and singing societies … The sixth edition, altered, corrected and revised, with additions, by Oliver Holden. Published according to Act of Congress ( Boston : Isaiah Thomas and Ebenezer T. Andrews, 1797). CAS B-1804.1. Gift of Dora Farrar to CAS, 1932.
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