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Howard Barlow music manuscript, Little violin piece

 Collection — Multiple Collection Box: [CA 1920 Jan 1] 1
Identifier: CA 1920 Jan 1

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of a single piece of music, Little Violin Piece , written by composer and conductor Howard Barlow. The piece is in 4/4 time. On the last page, there is either an inscription or transcription by author Paul Hyde Bonner, reading:

"My friend, Dreamer of my Dreams, whose star is far above the common [ways?], have you too looked into that Garden? As a [...] sang, the wind wove [...] of wavelets on the lily pond and carried a sigh over the Garden wall to the Stranger. My friend, Dreamer of Dreams - enter the Garden - it is for you."


  • 1920


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Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Howard Barlow was born on May 1, 1892, in Plain City, Ohio to Earl W. Barlow and Nettle Dunham. The family farmed the Darby Plains area, and ran a wood-working business. When the family's Plain City furniture factory burned down in 1893, Barlow's family moved to Urbana, Ohio. The family briefly relocated to Denver, Colorado, where Barlow completed high school. Finally, in 1912, the family moved to Portland, Oregon, where Howard and his sister Ruth matriculated at Reed College.

While at Reed, Barlow founded the Glee Club and was elected as its conductor. In 1915, upon winning a scholarship to Columbia University to study music, Barlow traveled to New York City, where he had the opportunity to conduct while continuing his studies. In 1917, during World War I, Barlow was assigned to be music director at Camp Greene in Charlotte, North Carolina; he was ultimately sent to France where he served first as an infantry sergeant, eventually working in the Army's Division of Criminal Investigation.

After the war, Barlow returned to New York and found opportunities to conduct both choral groups and orchestras. In 1923, Barlow founded the American National Orchestra, an orchestra which employed only American-born musicians. Barlow then spent several years as music director of Neighborhood Playhouse. In 1927, Arthur Judson and several other entrepreneurs initiated the Columbia Broadcasting System. Judson selected Barlow as the new network's music director, and Barlow conducted an orchestral concert as the first broadcast on Sunday, September 18, 1927.

In 1943, Barlow resigned from Columbia Broadcasting and accepted the conductorship of the foremost weekly radio show of classical /semiclassical music, the Voice of Firestone on NBC. Seven years later, in 1950, Barlow guided the program from radio into to television; it was the first music program to present its soloists in staged settings.

In 1965, he and his wife of thirty-nine years, Jeannette Thomas, moved from their home in Westchester, New York to Bethel, Connecticut. Barlow died on January 31, 1972, at Danbury, Connecticut.

[Source: James A. Pegolotti, "Howard Barlow (1892-1972) -- Radio Pioneer." Barlow of Barlow Newsletter, May 1994.]


0.1 linear feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



Collection is comprised of a violin piece written by Howard Barlow, music director of CBS between 1927-1943, and conductor of the long-running Voice of Firestone at NBC.


Collection is comprised of a single item.

General Physical Description note

4 pages

Processing Information note

Collection is processed.

Guide to the Howard Barlow Music Manuscript
Preliminary Description
Finding aid prepared by University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team. Updated by Rachel Lilley, 2015.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA