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Florence Beatrice Smith Price Papers Addendum

Identifier: MC 988a

Scope and Content Note

Materials pertain to both personal and professional aspects of Florence Price's life. Personal materials include correspondence and event announcements. Music programs include concerts sponsored by the Musicians Club of Women which featured Price's composition, Four Negro Songs in Counterpoint and the National Association of Negro Musicians' "Honor Night Program" which introduced Price's Concerto in One Movement. The collection also includes two class essays as well as handwritten and typed song lyrics, some authored and signed by Sal Janeway Carroll. Newspaper clippings include a 1940 article in the Pittsburgh Courier covering the Annual Convention of the National Association of Negro Musicians with Florence Price appearing in several photographs. The collection includes Price's diary with music subject entries, music composition theory notes, dates and brief highlights of her incoming and outgoing correspondence, engagement dates and events, and other information concerning Price's numerous compositions. The collection also includes vacation brochures and travel agency documents for Price's planned trip to Paris, France in 1953 as well as Price's death certificate issued by the Board of Health in Chicago, Illinois on May 3, 1953. Other personal materials encompass items that pertain to Florence Price's daughters, Florence Price Robinson and Edith Cassandra Price. Personal materials also include reel-to-reel audio tapes of Price's recorded performances of her compositions, Suite for Organ and Two Negro Dances; a 78rpm record with the piano and organ composition, Ode to Man; and Price's personal books.

Professional materials include Price's musical scores which encompass chamber, orchestra, solo voice, chorus, violin, piano, string, and organ compositions.

Musical scores in this collection were arranged by Dr. Barbara G. Jackson, Professor Emerita of the Department of Music at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.


  • 1904-1957
  • Majority of material found within 1905-1953


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

Use Restrictions Apply: Copying of Florence Price material may be made for research and single use only. No material in Series II may be published or performed without permission of the copyright holder. For information contact:

Will Adams, Wise Music

G. Schirmer, Inc.

1247 6th Street

Santa Monica, CA 90401


Phone: (310) 393-9900

No Interlibrary Loan

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

Florence Beatrice Smith Price (1887-1953) was born April 9, 1887 in Little Rock, Arkansas. She studied composition and organ at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and afterwards taught in the music departments at Shorter College in Arkansas (1906-1910), and Clark University in Georgia (1910-1912). Among her most famous compositions is the Symphony in E Minor which won the Wanamaker Prize in 1931. Price died on June 3, 1953 of a stroke in Chicago, Illinois.


7.4 Linear Feet (19 boxes)

Arrangement of the Papers

Material is arranged and described in two series:

  1. Personal Materials, 1905-1953 (Boxes 1-5)
  2. Musical Scores, ca. 1913-1951 (Boxes 6-19)

Acquisition Information

The Florence Price Papers Addendum was purchased from Darrell and Vicki Gatwood of St. Anne, Illinois on March 17, 2010. Additional materials were donated by Bridget Robinson of Hazel Crest, Illinois in 2014.

Related Materials

Records relating to the Florence Price Papers include:

Margaret Bonds Papers GTM-130530 Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections. Collection includes autographed Price compositions.

Processing Information

Processed by Vera Ekechukwu; completed May 2015.



Florence Beatrice Smith Price Papers Addendum
Vera Ekechukw
May 2015
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
(479) 575-8444