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Collection Information


Dorothy Bowen


Largely at Library’s University Press storage area.


Personal library of donor who had been a faculty member of the School of Music during the 1930s-1970s

When acquired

January 1987 (see Gifts File)


Emphasis upon vocal music including art songs and opera. Total of 1,588 items, including 516 78-rpm records, 195 LPs, and several tape recordings. Printed materials include songs, anthologies, methods, and books. Clippings relating to her professional career at the University of Illinois and elsewhere, as well as concert programs, reviews of her own and her students’ performances, and 8″x10″ photographs of Bowen and of other concert artists (some autographed) have been moved from her Collections File folder to the Sousa Archives (see finding aid below)


Published recordings integrated into holdings at UI Press Building basement, which as of 2019 have been donated to the Internet Archives for digitization. Printed materials unprocessed as of 2001. (In labeled boxes/shelves)

See Series 1, Box 1, Folders 1-3 of the  Music and Performing Arts Library Small Special Collections, 1911-1981 Finding Aid in the Sousa Archives and Center for American Archives.

Access/Finding Aids/Bibliography

Unfortunately, no list of individual donated items exists.

Index terms

Bowen, Dorothy; Vocal music