Music Collections

George Bragg Boy Choir Music Library

George Bragg (1926-2007), founder and first director of the Texas Boys' Choir, donated his personal music library to his alma mater, the University of North Texas. This gift included materials from the Denton Civic Boy Choir, the Texas Boys' Choir, and many other choirs from around the...

Nancy Bogen Collection

Nancy Bogen is the author of numerous novels, including Klytaimnestra, Who Stayed at Home (1980) and Bobe Mayse: A Tale of Washington Square (1993), and other publications, such as Be a...

Eugene Conley

Internationally renowned tenor Eugene Conley was artist-in-residence at the University of North Texas from 1960 until 1978. The collection of more than 250 tapes includes recordings of Conley's performances (air checks, concerts, and operatic productions) and of performances by his students...

Floy Case Collection

When Floy Case first began writing about country music, both the genre and the profession of writing about it were rather new. She was born Floy Lorene Jones in the North Texas town of Bowie on April 20, 1911, and grew up there. As a young woman, she heard a country band...

Willis Conover Collection

A 1997 gift of the Willis Conover Jazz Preservation Foundation, Inc., the collection consists of over 22,000 recordings of all kinds, correspondence, memos, magazines, record catalogs, manuscripts, program notes, memorabilia, photographs, books, and other personal items. Many of the recordings...

Osborn Duke Collection

Musician and writer Osborn Duke attended North Texas State Teachers College from 1941 until 1942. His diverse creative activities, which included playing trombone as a sideman with the Bobby Byrne and Sammy Kaye big bands, publishing short stories and a novel, and writing screenplays, are...

Richard Dufallo Collection

Dufallo, a champion of modern music, conducted interviews with a number of twentieth-century composers for his book Trackings: Composers Speak With Richard Dufallo. The core of the collection consists of the original interview cassette tapes on which Richard Dufallo...

Duke Ellington Collection

The Duke Ellington Collection was assembled by Rhodes Baker, a Houston attorney whose lifelong hobby was collecting Ellington recordings. It consists of over 1,000 Ellington recordings. Among these are 88 reel-to-reel tapes of rare performances by the Duke Ellington Orchestra, including radio,...

Merrill Ellis

Merrill Ellis (1916-1981), founder of the electronic music program at The University of North Texas, was born on December 9, 1916 in Cleburne, Texas, just south of Fort Worth. He began his studies at The University of Oklahoma in 1935, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1939, and a...

Maynard Ferguson Collection

The Maynard Ferguson Collection at the UNT Music Library contains over 750 arrangements for Ferguson's bands from the 1950s through the early 2000s, and includes the work of arrangers such as Willie Maiden, Don Rader, Slide Hampton, Denis DiBlasio, and...

Don and Barbara Gillis Collection

Composer, arranger, and music educator Don Gillis was a producer for NBC Radio during the Toscanini era. This collection, do​nated to the University of North Texas Music Library by Barbara Gillis after her husband's death in 1978, includes a comp​lete set of...

John Gilliland Collection

Donated to the University of North Texas Music Library, the John Gilliland Collection is composed of audio recordings of the internationally acclaimed "Pop Chronicles" radio series. Included in the collection are the broadcast shows of the "Pop Chronicles 50's &...

David Earl Holt Collection

Composer and performer David Earl Holt toured with the big bands of Tommy Dorsey, Gene Krupa, Sonny Dunham, Dean Hudson, Tony Pastor, and Victor Lombardo in the 1940s before eventually becoming the director of the Austin Public Libraries. After his retirement, Holt began...

Helen Hewitt Collection

Internationally renowned musicologist and organist Helen Hewitt was Professor of Music at the University of North Texas from 1942 to 1969. Upon her retirement, she donated a significant collection of organ music to the Music Library. A variety of additional important materials, mostly musicology...

Lloyd Hibberd

Musicologist Lloyd Hibberd (1904-1965), Professor of Music from 1945 to 1965, was an avid book collector who exerted tremendous influence over collection development in the Music Library both during and after his tenure. Rare books and scores, purchased on his recommendation, were...

Stan Kenton Collection

World renowned bandleader Stan Kenton bequeathed his entire orchestra library to the University of North Texas. The collection comprises more than 2,000 manuscripts representing the work of Kenton's famous arrangers including Bill Holman, Pete Rugolo, Robert Graettinger, and Bill Russo...

Jean-Baptiste Lully Collection

This project was conceived in 1996 both as a multimedia thematic catalog of the UNT Music Library's collection of early editions of operas and ballets by the French Baroque composer Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687), and as a nucleus for collecting information useful to...

The Lark Ascending

Created by Nancy Bogen in 1998, The Lark Ascending was a society established in New York "to celebrate high culture in its latter days." The organization produced three to four concerts a year, programming new and old works alike: music, poetry, and...

William P. Latham Collection

Composer William P. Latham served on the faculty of the University of North Texas College of Music from 1965 until his retirement in 1984, at which time he was appointed Professor Emeritus. Throughout his extensive career, he taught both theory and composition. The collection consists of dozens...

Ruth Negri Collection

Ruth Negri, formerly second harpist with the New York Philharmonic, generously donated her collection of harp music to the Music Library at the University of North Texas.

Arnold Schoenberg - Hans Nachod

This collection contains items that once belonged to Schoenberg's cousin Hans Nachod, an operatic tenor for whom the role of Waldemar in Gurre-Lieder was created. It includes many letters from Schoenberg to Nachod, a few from Nachod...

Collected Recordings of Gérard Souzay

In his discography The Recorded Performances of Gérard Souzay (Greenwood Press, Westport, CT), Manuel Morris chronicles the 43-year singing career of lyric baritone Gérard Souzay. Born Marcel Tisserand on December 8, 1918 in Angers,...

Julia Smith Collection

The collection consists of approximately 66 boxes of music books, scores, correspondence, memorabilia, manuscripts, photographs, and recordings relating to the career of composer and University of North Texas alumna, Julia Smith (1905-1989). Best known for her six operas and biography of Aaron...

Singing Eagles

A number of North Texas students have gone on to successful recording careers. The UNT Music Library has begun collecting recordings by some of these artists, and these recordings now comprise the Singing Eagles Collection. The collection is by no means a comprehensive record of...

Greg Waters Collection

Greg Waters is a musician, teacher, composer, who attended North Texas for his undergraduate work before moving on to Chicago, Toronto, and New York City. He donated his collection to the Music Library, consisting of cartons of audio and videocassettes, reel-to-reel tapes, scores, jazz...