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Florence Price Collection

Identifier: MC 2618

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Content Description

The collection contains materials, primarily published and unpublished sheet music, created and collected by composer Florence Price. Also included are a memo book, course notes, and a course notebook that belonged to Price; thirteen family photographs; and a manuscript draft of a novel, Maudelle: A Novel Founded on Facts Gathered from Living Witnesses, written by Price's father, James H. Smith.


  • circa 1895-1955


Language of Materials

Collection materials are primarily in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

Use Restrictions Apply: Copying of Florence Price compositions may be made for research and single use only. No material 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 / Historical

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.

(Biographical note copied from the finding aid for MC 988a, Florence Beatrice Price Smith Papers Addendum)


7 Linear Feet (6 boxes)


Materials are arranged by format and by topic; sheet music by Price is arranged alphabetically by title. Labels on the packaging in which materials were originally received have been removed from the original plastic sleeves, adhered to acid-free paper, and inserted at the front of the folder containing the related material, when applicable.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Florence Price Collection was purchased by the University of Arkansas Libraries from Pamela Basu of Pembroke Township, Illinois, on October 26, 2022. Basu had purchased the materials at a tag sale in Illinois.

Processing Information

Processed by Katrina Windon; completed in November 2022.



Florence Price Collection
Katrina Windon
November 2022
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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