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Collection Information


Lawrence Tibbett materials


Sousa Archives and Center for American Music


Included among materials received from the estate of Carleton Smith (see description, “Carleton Smith estate: music materials; ” and folder in Collections File, “Smith, Carleton”). Sheet music from personal library of vocal artist Lawrence Tibbett (1896-1960).

When acquired

March 1985


Approximately 90 items of music from Tibbett’s personal library (about 75 published songs or other vocal works, and about 15 unpublished items in manuscript or various forms of photoduplication). Many items bear Tibbett’s signature and/or performance annotations, with occasional indications of where or when performed. One item of sheet music has a handwritten inscription to Tibbett from the composer Deems Taylor. Also included is a large photograph of Tibbett performing before an audience in San Francisco, as well as three copies of a flier displaying Tibbett’s photograph and excerpts from several frequently-performed songs.

Access/Finding Aids/Bibliography

See Series 2, “Lawrence Tibbett Music and Papers, 1919-1929,” of the  Music and Performing Arts Library Small Special Collections, 1911-1981 Finding Aid in the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music.

Index terms

Taylor, Deems; Tibbett, Lawrence

See also

“Tibbett, Lawrence” in New Grove Dictionary of American Music (London: 1986), vol.4, p.394 [ML101.U6 N38] or New Grove Online.