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Lowell Mason Collection


Lowell Mason Collection
Mason, Lowell
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10.00 Linear Feet
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Special Collections in Performing Arts
Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Contact the curator:

Lowell Mason (1792-1872) is known as the founder of American school music education and co-founder of the Boston Academy of Music. In addition to establishing curricular music in American public schools and teacher training in music, he is also known for the success of his compositions and arrangements of hymn tunes and tune books, including The Boston Handel and Haydn Society Collection of Church Music. Some of his other publications, mostly written for churches or schools, include The Juvenile Psalmist, The Juvenile Lyre, and The Manual of the Boston Academy of Music. This collection, part of the MENC Historical Center, consists of songs, hymns, and anthems; correspondence; books; articles; addresses; musical programs and advertisements; tributes; pamphlets; an unpublished manuscript; and memorabilia related to Lowell Mason's work, and materials related to members of Mason's family including the correspondence of his son Henry Lowell (H.L.) Mason.

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Lowell Mason Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

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Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment:


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