Charles Wakefield Cadman Collection, 1905-1936

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Collection Overview

Title:
Charles Wakefield Cadman collection
Dates (Inclusive):
1905-1936
Creator:
Cadman, Charles Wakefield
Abstract:
Charles Cadman (1881-1936) was an American composer, pianist, and teacher.
Abstract:
This collection contains manuscripts, audio tapes, an ashtray, wax cylinders, scrapbooks, negatives, and sheet music of Charles Cadman.
Collection Number:
1460
Size:
34.13 Cubic feet
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the  library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical or Historical Note

Pennsylvania native Charles Wakefield Cadman was a popular composer and musician. He showed early musical ability, and composed choral works, sonatas, vocal works, and works for diverse instruments; his breakthrough came in researching Native American Indian music. He incorporated Native American musical themes into his music, and went on extensive lecture-recital tours with a Native American singer, Tsianina Redfeather. He moved to California to study music, and went on to write popular songs and opera.

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Collection Overview

The papers of Charles Wakefield Cadman (1881-1946) contain a broad representation of his life and career as an American composer, pianist, and teacher. The majority of the collection focuses on the many musical and operatic scores he wrote during the early 1900s. Most of the scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings, photographs, and personal correspondence were started well after his career had begun. There are two scrapbooks of a personal nature, kept by Cadman, which include clippings of articles written while he was a critic at the Pittsburgh Dispatch from 1908-1910. Another scrapbook contains clippings of performances from various cities. The musical and operatic scores include some which are the original handwritten works. Phonograph records of some of the more popular Cadman songs, such as I Hear a Thrush at Eve; Bells of Capistrano, and At Dawning are also included. Among the collection's group of photographs are personal pictures of Cadman and family members, Hollywood Bowl rehearsal photos at the performance of Shanewis, and publicity shots.

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Collection Arrangement

Organized into seven series: 1. Musical compositions; 2. Personal; 3. Newspapers and articles; 4. Programs; 5. Persons; 6. Scrapbooks; 7. Photographs. The Musical compositions series is arranged by form of music.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Restrictions, where applicable, are noted at the series, subseries, or file levels.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles Wakefield Cadman collection, HCLA 1460, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

Processed by HCLA staff, 1988.

Existence and Location of Copies

There are digital surrogates available for some materials.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Moving Image
  • Graphic
  • Photographic
  • Music
  • Audio
  • Scrapbooks

Personal Name(s)

  • Cadman, Charles Wakefield

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Collection Inventory

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