Dorothy James papers
010.DJ

Summary Information

Repository
Eastern Michigan University Archives
Creator
James, Dorothy
Title
Dorothy James papers
ID
010.DJ
Date [inclusive]
1920-1983
Extent
3.0 Linear feet Five tall archive boxes, one flat box
Language
English
Abstract
Dorothy James was a Professor of music theory and composition at Michigan State Normal College from 1928 until 1969. James was also a nationally known composer. Her papers consist primarily of her original compositions as well as correspondence, clippings, and concert programs. The papers are arranged alphabetically. Records date from 1920 to 1983.

Preferred Citation note

Please cite materials from the University Archives in the following manner: Item. Collection Title. Eastern Michigan University Archives.

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Biographical Note

Doctor Dorothy James taught music theory and composition in the Music Department at Eastern Michigan University, previously known as Michigan State Normal College from 1927 to 1968.

James was born in Chicago, Illinois on 1 December 1901. She received a Bachelor's and Master's degree from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. While working at the Goodman Theater in Chicago, Frederick Stock then director of the Chicago Symphony encouraged her to further her study. With his encouragement James continued her study of composition at Eastman School of Music, and the University of Michigan.

In addition to being an excellent teacher, James was one of America's foremost female composers. She was honored for her achievements by receiving an A. Weidig Gold medal of Excellence in Compositions, and first prizes in multiple national music competitions. Her original compositions include orchestral, choral, organ music, chamber ensembles, and operas. Her works have been performed by the National Music High School Chorus and Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, Interlochen Youth Chorus and the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra.

Dorothy James was an active member Delta Kappa Gamma and Mu Phi Epsilon alumnae chapter. While teaching at Eastern Michigan University, James was the faculty advisor for Mu Phi Epsilon from 1950 until her retirement.

After her retirement, Dorothy James moved to St Petersburg, Florida where she resided until her death on 1 December, 1982.

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Scope and Contents

The Dorothy James Papers collection contains information on concerts, correspondence, employment papers, and many original compositions. The collection is arranged alphabetically and is divided into two series. Records date from 1920 to 1983.

The two series that are included in the collection are: Career and Legacy, and Original Compositions. The Career and Legacy series includes two sub-series of Concert Programs, and Correspondence. The Original Composition series includes nine subseries of Chamber Ensembles, Choral, Orchestral, Orchestra with chorus, Operas and Librettos, Organ, Piano, String Ensembles, Voice and Piano.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives 2012 November 13

Halle Library, Room 310
Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197
734-487-0020

Conditions Governing Access note

Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the the University Archives.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Michigan State Normal College
  • Music trade.
  • Music--Instruction and study.

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Collection Inventory

Career and Legacy 

Biographical Information 1974-1981 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753064)   1 1

Clippings 1935-1977 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753064)   1 2

Concert Programs 

 1920-1929 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753064)   1 3

 1930-1939 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753064)   1 4

 1940-1949 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753064)   1 5

 1950-1959 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753064)   1 6

 1960-1969 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753064)   1 7

 1970-1979 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753064)   1 8

 1980-1989 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753064)   1 9

Undated 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753064)   1 10

Correspondence 

 1933-1946 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753064)   1 11

Undated 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753064)   1 12

Box

Doctoral Hood 

6

Employement Papers 1938 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753064)   1 13

Lyrics and Poems 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753064)   1 14

News Releases 1966, 1982 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753064)   1 15

Photographs 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753064)   1 16

Royalty Papers 1935-1945 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753064)   1 17

Teaching Supplements 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753064)   1 18

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Original Compositions 

List of Original Compositions 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753072)   2 1

Chamber Ensembles 

Allegro molto capricciso 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753072)   2 2

Ellegy for the Dead 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753072)   2 3-4

Nativity Hymn 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753072)   2 5

Suite for a Small Orchestra 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753072)   2 6

Choral 

Christmas Night 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753072)   2 7

Envoy 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753072)   2 8

Nativity Hymn 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753072)   2 9

The Night 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753072)   2 10

Orchestral 

Lieder Cycles 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753072)   2 11

Three Symphony Fragments 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753072)   2 12

Orchestra with chorus 

Mutability 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753072)   2 13-14

Niobe 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753080)   3 1-3

Tears 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753080)   3 4

Unidentified 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753080)   3 5

Operas and Librettos 

Paolo and Francesca 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753080)   3 6

Paul Bunyon 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753080)   3 7-8
    Box Folder
Text (32307024753098)   4 1-2

Organ 

Adagio 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753098)   4 3

Motiff No. 1 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753098)   4 4

Piano 

Burlesque 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753098)   4 5

Dedication for Marilyn Mason 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753098)   4 6

Dirge 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753098)   4 7

Fragments for Two Pianos 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753098)   4 8

Morning Music 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753098)   4 9

Pagoda of Exquisite Purity 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753098)   4 10

Patterns II 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753098)   4 11

Satrical Dance No. 2 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753098)   4 12

Tone Row Suite 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753098)   4 13

String Ensembles 

Ballade 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753098)   4 14

Duel Personality of a Theme, Adagio, Vivace 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753098)   4 15

Four Pieces for String Quartet 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753098)   4 16

Four Preludes from the Chinese 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753106)   5 1

The Golden Year 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753106)   5 2

Recitative and Aria 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753106)   5 3

Rhapsody 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753106)   5 4

Three Pastorals 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753106)   5 5

Two Pastorals 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753106)   5 6

Voice and Piano 

A Song (Not for Children) 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753106)   5 7

Atonement 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753106)   5 8

Cirquians 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753106)   5 9

Hail and Noel 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753106)   5 10

Invocation 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753106)   5 11

Jumblies 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753106)   5 12

Lacquer Prints 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753106)   5 13

Mary's Lullaby 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753106)   5 14

The Night 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753106)   5 15

November Night 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753106)   5 16

Songs for Emily 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753106)   5 17

So Sleeps the Night 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753106)   5 18

Sonnet 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753106)   5 19

Unknown 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753106)   5 20

White Moon 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753106)   5 21

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