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Houghton, James Russell

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Glee Club, Notes, Student notes, Programs, Correspondence



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Collection Overview

Title: Houghton, James Russell, 1897-1981Add to your cart.

ID: 03/021

Extent: 26.0 Boxes

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection contains papers from the various activities during Dr. Houghton's life, primarily 1931-1964.  Included are: Minutes of the Joint Hymnal Commission (1931-1934) with resource materials;  Preliminary report of the Commission on Rituals and Orders of Worship (1944); Minutes of the Commission on Worship and the Arts (1955-56) and later Commission on Worship (1956-1960), including some correspondence; Minutes, correspondence and other resource materials from the Commission on Worship and Hymnal Committee (1960-64), with a collection of general Methodist resource materials.  From Boston University, the collection includes: Programs and Handbills for the University Chorus and Glee Clubs (1936-1964); Seminary Singers programs and tour records (1936-1964); and other scattered music, programs, correspondence (mostly from 1937-38);  Sermons from Dr. Stidger's radio program (1937-39) annotated with hymns presented, plus correspondence and fan letters to the New England Singers.  Memorabilia and scrapbooks, mostly from the Glee Club and Seminary Singers.

Collection Historical Note

Born April 11, 1899 in Davenport, Iowa,  he came to Boston University in 1927 as Instructor in Worship and Church Music, rising to Assistant Professor in 1929 and Professor of Church Music and Worship in 1937 following his graduation from Simpson College with the Mus.D. degree.

Prof." led the Seminary Singers and founded the Boston University Glee Club, served as Director of Music for the General Conferences of the Methodist Church (1939-1960), as well as serving on the Hymnal Committees (1935, 1964) and Worship Committees (1944, 1964). He created the New England Singers, which provided music for Dr. William L. Stidger's radio sermon program sponsored by Fleischmann's Yeast (1937-39). Dr. Houghton retired to California, where he died on May 2, 1990, at the age of 91.

Information from: http://socialarchive.iath.virginia.edu/ark:/99166/w6qz2nsx


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[Box 1: 1905-1962],
[Box 2: 1933-1963],
[Box 3: 1927-1981],
[Box 4: 1932-1973],
[Box 5: 1937-1939],
[Box 6: 1911-1948],
[Box 7: 1925-1960],
[Box 8: 1898-1939],
[Box 9: 1941-1962],
[Box 10: 1949-1962],
[Box 11: 1939-1981],
[Box 12],
[Box 13],
[Box 14],
[Box 15: 1933-1981],
[Box 16: 1925-1944],
[Box 17: 1922-1981],
[Box 18: 1931-1985],
[Box 19: 1911-1945],
[Box 20: 1939-1968],
[Box 21: 1897-1979],
[Box 22: 1918-1980],
[Box 23: 1922-1981],
[Box 24: 1950-1977],
[Box 25: 1938-1952],
[Box 26],
[Box 27: Glee Club, Notes, Student notes, Programs, Correspondence],
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Box 27: Glee Club, Notes, Student notes, Programs, CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: "God I Need Thee - Music Score Inscribed to Houghton, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 2: The windows of Hennepin Avenue Methodist Church, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Liverpool Cathedral Souvenir Pamphlet, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Title Page of the 1611 New Testament, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Telegrams announcing Houghton's Harvard Graduation, 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Paper Dolls of Choir Members with verse from glee Club of Seminary Singers, c. 1950-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Houghton's Notes on Pslams, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: A Curriculum of church music for a Theological Seminary Thesis, Union Theological Seminary by Lloyd Alvin Pfautsch, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Vocal Practice Exercise Notebooks belonging to two students, n.dAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Souvenir Programs from performances, 1877-1948Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Cartoons of Dr. and Mrs. Houghton as the Flintstones (Seminary Singers Tour), 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 12: "A Story of Hymn 'Are Ye Able?'" by J. Harry Wright, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Clippings on Other Singers, Composers, Musicians - Organized into Labeled Envelopes by Houghton, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Bicentennial Conference of the National Fellowship of Methodist Musicians, Boston University Campus, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Photos of BU Singing Groups, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 16: BU Class of 1940 25th Anniversary Pamphlet with Note from Minnie C. Waitt, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Misc. Programs Glee Club and Seminary Singers, 1936-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Music Score - Handel's Coronation Anthem, Adapted by Houghton, published by Boston University Series, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Chapel Committee meeting minutes, and correspondence about College of Music, School of Theology programming, 1949-1951Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Programs, 1920-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Music Compositions on Score Sheets by Houghton, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Student Vocal Exercise Notebooks, 1935-1945Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Manuscript on the history of hymnody and psalmody, 1922Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Glee Club (Harvard) Scrapbook Pages, 1922-1923Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Music Score for "O Satisfy Us Early With Thy Mercy," and "A Hymn of Spring" by Wesley J. Vesey, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Constitution of the Hymn Society of America, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Publication Contract for 101 Hymns for Men To Sing, 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Upper Room Radio Parish Program Notes, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Houghton Honorary Membership in Choral Conductor's Guild, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Photo - Boston University Council (names on back of photo), 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Boston University "This is Your Life"  Parody titled "Prophecy" Glee Club, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Notes on Performances at the Abbey and Gloucester and Festival, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Newsclippings, 1928-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Certificates and Awards, 1957-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Correspondence, 1936-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Correspondence, 1958-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Printing blocks copper plate etchings for newspaper publicationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: Photo - Large Group Photo, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Hail! Boston University! words by Daniel Marsh Music by Mrs. M.H.Gulesian, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Houghton's Music Score Notebook, n.d.Add to your cart.

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: 1905-1962],
[Box 2: 1933-1963],
[Box 3: 1927-1981],
[Box 4: 1932-1973],
[Box 5: 1937-1939],
[Box 6: 1911-1948],
[Box 7: 1925-1960],
[Box 8: 1898-1939],
[Box 9: 1941-1962],
[Box 10: 1949-1962],
[Box 11: 1939-1981],
[Box 12],
[Box 13],
[Box 14],
[Box 15: 1933-1981],
[Box 16: 1925-1944],
[Box 17: 1922-1981],
[Box 18: 1931-1985],
[Box 19: 1911-1945],
[Box 20: 1939-1968],
[Box 21: 1897-1979],
[Box 22: 1918-1980],
[Box 23: 1922-1981],
[Box 24: 1950-1977],
[Box 25: 1938-1952],
[Box 26],
[Box 27: Glee Club, Notes, Student notes, Programs, Correspondence],
[All]


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