Marcia Davenport Music Manuscripts collection
Scope and Contents
The collection contains original music manuscripts from early 20th-century composers, including William Rhys-Herbert, Fay Foster, James P. Dunn, Celius Dougherty, Victor Harris, and Deems Taylor.
- Dougherty, Celius, 1902-1986 (Person)
- Dunn, James Philip, 1884-1936 (Person)
- Foster, Fay, 1886-1960 (Person)
- Rhys-Herbert, W. (William) (Person)
- Taylor, Deems, 1885-1966 (Person)
- Harris, Victor, 1869-1943 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.
Conditions Governing Use
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
Marcia Davenport (née Abigail Glick) was born June 9, 1903 to Bernard Glick and famed operatic singer Alma Gluck. At the age of nine, Marcia’s parents divorced. Two years later Alma Gluck remarried to violinist Efrem Zimbalist. Marcia studied briefly at Wellesley College but left to marry her first husband, Frank D. Clarke; she would eventually earn her B.A. at the University of Grenoble.
After the birth of her first child, Patricia, and the subsequent departure of her first husband, Marcia became a staff writer at the New Yorker, contributing pieces to the magazine for several years. After her marriage to her second husband, Russell Davenport, Marcia was inspired to write her first book, a biography of Mozart, the first written by an American. After receiving both critical and public acclaim for the biography, Marcia continued to publish the occasional novel. The first of these novels was Of Lena Geyer, a story that took inspiration from the life of her mother and other contemporary singers.
Marcia was a frequent contributor to various publications and radio broadcasts, including Reader’s Digest, the Saturday Evening Post, and the Metropolitan Opera. She died on January 16, 1996 in Monterey, California.
0.5 linear feet (1 container) : 1 flat box
Language of Materials
The collection contains original music manuscripts from early 20th-century composers, including William Rhys-Herbert, Celius Dougherty, and Deems Taylor.
Collection is organized by composer.
Collection is organized into the following series:
Series I: Subseries A: Subseries B: Series II: Subseries A: Subseries B: Series III: Subseries A:
- Composers -- United States Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Composition (Music) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Manuscripts (documents) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Music Subject Source: Archiveswest
- Music -- United States -- 20th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Women authors, American -- 20th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Guide to the Marcia Davenport Music Manuscripts collection
- Preliminary Description
- Finding aid created by Rachel Lilley.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid is written in English.
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