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Guide to the Mildred L. Hendrix Papers, 1951 - 1968

Abstract

Mildred Hendrix (1905-1985) was the Chapel Organist and University Organist at Duke University from 1944 to 1967 and Professor of Music from 1944 to 1969. The papers include correspondence, certificates, general subject files, recital materials, photographs, and other programs related to her career as an organist and organ instructor at the University. Major subjects in this collection are music for chapel services, organ instruction and performance, scholarly study of the organ, Duke University Chapel programming, and the Duke University Music Department.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Mildred L. Hendrix papers 1951 - 1968
Creator
Hendrix, Mildred L.
Extent
6.0 Linear Feet , 6,000 Items
Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
Language
English.

Collection Overview

Papers contain personal correspondence, correspondence with organ students concerning practice times and lesson arrangements, records of works played during sermons, clippings and biographical information on organists invited to perform at Duke, photographs, course syllabi, evaluation of potential students, and correspondence and conference material relating to professional organizations. Also contains bulletins and minutes for Music Department faculty meetings (ca. 1960-1967).

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Contents of the Collection

Contains professional and personal correspondence, including the renovation of the chapel organ in 1966.

Ordered alphabetically and chronologically.

Personal Letters, prior to 1954
Box 1 Folder 1
Responses, Personal Letters, 1954-1955
Box 1 Folder 2
A, 1960-1968
Box 1 Folder 3
B, 1960-1964
Box 1 Folder 4
B, 1964-1968
Box 1 Folder 5
B Responses, 1953-1959
Box 1 Folder 6
Biggs Registration and Program, 1968
Box 1 Folder 7
C, 1961-1968
Box 1 Folder 8
C Responses, 1953-1959
Box 1 Folder 9
Correspondence, Chapel Organ Renovations
Box 1 Folder 10
Correspondence, Dr. James T. Cleland
Box 1 Folder 11
D, 1961-1968
Box 1 Folder 12
D Responses, 1951-1959
Box 1 Folder 13
E, 1961-1968
Box 1 Folder 14
E Responses, 1955-1956
Box 1 Folder 15
Correspondence, Mary Etta Eyler, 1969
Box 1 Folder 16
F, 1960-1968
Box 1 Folder 17
F Responses, 1956
Box 1 Folder 18
G, 1960-1968
Box 1 Folder 19
G Responses, 1951-1955
Box 1 Folder 20
H, 1960-1966
Box 1 Folder 21
H, 1966-1968
Box 1 Folder 22
H Responses, 1951-1960
Box 1 Folder 23
Correspondence, Holtkamp, 1963-1965
Box 1 Folder 24
I, 1960-1967
Box 1 Folder 25
I Responses, 1951
Box 1 Folder 26
J, 1960-1968
Box 1 Folder 27
J Responses, 1951-1955
Box 1 Folder 28
K, 1951-1968
Box 1 Folder 29
K Responses, 1951-1968
Box 1 Folder 30
L, 1960-1968
Box 1 Folder 31
L Responses, 1953-1959
Box 1 Folder 32
M, 1960-1964
Box 1 Folder 33
M, 1960-1968
Box 1 Folder 34
M Responses, 1951-1959
Box 1 Folder 35
Mc, 1960-1967
Box 1 Folder 36
Mc Responses, 1953-1958
Box 1 Folder 37
Miscellaneous, 1951-1968
Box 1 Folder 38
Correspondence, Murtagh Concert Management, 1964-1966
Box 1 Folder 39
N, 1960-1968
Box 1 Folder 40
N Responses, 1955
Box 1 Folder 41
O, 1960-1967
Box 1 Folder 42
Correspondence, "Out of Town" recitals
Box 1 Folder 43
P, 1960-1964
Box 1 Folder 44
P, 1964-1968
Box 2 Folder 45
P Responses, 1955-1960
Box 2 Folder 46
Poem "The Stone", also Stanza 4 for "For the Fallen"
Box 2 Folder 47
Q, 1963
Box 2 Folder 48
R, 1960-1967
Box 2 Folder 49
R Responses, 1951-1955
Box 2 Folder 50
S, 1958-1968
Box 2 Folder 51
S Responses, 1951-1960
Box 2 Folder 52
T, 1960-1968
Box 2 Folder 53
Kimi Tanaka
Box 2 Folder 54
Trip, National Academie, Nice, France, Summer 1963
Box 2 Folder 55
V, 1966-1968
Box 2 Folder 56
W, 1960-1964
Box 2 Folder 57
W, 1965-1968
Box 2 Folder 58
W Responses, 1951-1955
Box 2 Folder 59
Correspondence, Wunderlich's Generals
Box 2 Folder 60
Correspondence, Reverend Howard C. Wilkinson
Box 2 Folder 61
X,Y,Z, 1960-1967
Box 2 Folder 62

Contains general notes about curriculum, faculty meetings, departmental organization.

Ordered by date.

General notes prior to 1960
Folder 63
General notes, 1960-1961
Folder 64-65
Faculty Notes, 1963-1968
Folder 66-70
Bulletins, 1961-1964, 1967-1968
Folder 71-73
Humanities Council
Folder 74

Contains correspondence, lesson plans, and job opportunities for organ students of Mildred L. Hendrix.

Ordered by date.

Prospective Organ Students, Fall 1962-Fall 1967
Box 3 Folder 75
Prospective Organ Students, Spring 1968-Fall 1968
Box 3 Folder 76
Course outlines
Box 3 Folder 77
Job opportunities for students
Box 3 Folder 78

Contains materials from organ and choir performances at the Duke University Chapel.

Ordered by topic.

Choir Hymns, ca. 1963-1968
Folder 79
Choir Presentations
Folder 80
Preludes and Postludes, 1965-1967
Folder 81
Wedding Services, 1953-1961
Folder 82
Weekly Organ Music, 1961-1968
Folder 83-84

Contains correspondence, brochures, student activity reports, and conference planning materials for the 1965 conference held at Duke University.

General materials, 1954-1961
Folder 85
General materials, 1960-1968
Folder 86
Small brochures
Folder 87
Southeastern Regional Convention
Folder 88
Students, 1964-1965
Folder 89
Organists, Summer Academy, 1968
Folder 90
Visiting organists
Folder 91

Contains correspondence, programs, and notes regarding recitals at Duke University and elsewhere. Also contains planning and correspondence related to the "Quiet Music" nights held on Sundays in Baldwin Auditorium.

Ordered by date.

Recitals, 1954-1967
Folder 92-96
Recitals not performed, 1965-1966
Folder 97
Baldwin Auditorium, "Quiet Music", ca. 1964-1966
Folder 98-99
Commencement Recitals, 1961-1968
Folder 100-102
Palm Sunday, Organ and Strings Program, Mildred Hendrix, Organ; Allan H. Bone, Conductor, 22 March 1964
Folder 103
Easter Music, 14 April 1968
Folder 104
Christmas Music, 10 December 1967
Folder 105
Elender G. Dennis, Senior Organ Recital, 19 November 1961
Folder 106
Jere T. Farrah, Senior Organ Recital, 16 April 1967
Folder 107
Richard B. Fuller, Senior Organ Recital, 21 April 1968
Folder 108
J. Samuel Hammond, Senior Organ Recital, 11 February 1968
Folder 109
Catherine Frances Little, Senior Organ Recital, 17 March 1963
Folder 110
William K. Stuart, Senior Organ Recital, 10 March 1968
Box 4 Folder 111
Advanced, Chamber Music with Organ, 8 May 1964
Box 4 Folder 112
Advanced, 18 April 1967
Box 4 Folder 113
Voice and Organ Recital, Students of Hendrix and Hanks, 1962
Box 4 Folder 114
Group recital, Methodist Student Center, 1963-1966
Box 4 Folder 115
Advanced Organ, Baldwin Auditorium, 5 May 1968
Box 4 Folder 116
Dr. Nelson F. Adams, 13 February 1966
Box 4 Folder 117
Arnold Briggs, Jr., 14 February 1965
Box 4 Folder 118
Cochereau, Pierre, 17 April 1966
Box 4 Folder 119
Fernando Germani, 20 November 1966 (cancelled)
Box 4 Folder 120
Anton Heiler, 14 October 1962
Box 4 Folder 121
George R. Hicks, 9 January 1966
Box 4 Folder 122
Robert Burns King, 2 February 1964
Box 4 Folder 123
LaVahn Maesch, 8 November 1964
Box 4 Folder 124
Andre Marchel, 5 November 1961
Box 4 Folder 125
Marilyn Mason, 26-27 April 1965
Box 4 Folder 126
Karel Paukert, 14 November 1965
Box 4 Folder 127
Vincent Persichetti, 6-11 April 1966
Box 4 Folder 128
Arthur Poister, 12-13 November 1966
Box 4 Folder 129
Preston Rockholt, 5 February 1967
Box 4 Folder 130
Carl E. Stout, 4 February 1962
Box 4 Folder 131
Carl Weinrich, 3 February 1963
Box 4 Folder 132
Gillian Weir, 15 October 1967
Box 4 Folder 133
Gordon Wilson, 19 April 1964
Box 4 Folder 134
Edward B. Wright, 6 January 1963
Box 4 Folder 135
Heinz Wunderlich, 10 November 1963
Box 4 Folder 136
Potential guest organists
Box 4 Folder 137

Contains resume, family notes and genealogy, and publicity samples from Hendrix and other organists. Publicity samples include performance announcements and general public relations and advertising material created for professional organists to gain employment.

Rsum
Folder 138
Family Genealogy
Folder 139
Publicity samples
Folder 140-141

Historical Note

Mildred Little Hendrix was born in Greensboro, N.C. in 1904. She began studying piano and organ at age 7 and received her first degree in Music from Woman's College of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, N.C. (B.S., 1926). From 1928 to 1929, she took graduate courses in directing and church music at Union Theological Seminary and Brick Presbyterian Church (N.Y.). Also during 1929, Hendrix studied piano at the Philadelphia Conservatory (Pa.). She was a piano soloist and professional accompanist for leading singers, instrumentalists, and conductors during her twelve years in Philadelphia.

Hendrix held positions as organist and choir director at several churches in the Greensboro, North Carolina area. From 1949 to 1952 she spent summers studying at the Organ Institute in Andover, Massachusetts with Ernest White and other organists. From 1953 to 1969 she studied organ with Dr. Arthur Poister at Syracuse University (N.Y.).

In 1944, Hendrix became the Duke University Chapel Organist and the University Organist. At the Chapel, she performed for weddings, funerals, Commencement Recitals and Baccalaureate services, and for all church services. She arranged special performances for Easter and delivered Handel's Messiah every Christmas. She also lectured to groups visiting the Chapel, performed monthly recitals and convocations, and answered all correspondence regarding chapel music. Hendrix worked closely with Rev. James T. Cleland to arrange music for chapel services. Also in 1944, she was also appointed Professor of Music. She taught organ literature, history, and performance, and offered private lessons to students.

In 1963 she was granted a scholarship by the French Government, Division of Cultural Affairs, to study at the International Academy of Music and Art in Nice, France. There she took private lessons with Pierre Cochereau and studied French organ music, instrument history, and music performance. In 1965 she studied in Haarlem, Holland at the International Academy at St. Bavo's Cathedral.

Hendrix was a member of many professional organizations, including the American Guild of Organists, National Guild of Piano Teachers, Pi Kappa Lambda (national honorary music fraternity), the Matinee Music Club of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Music Club, and the Main Line Music Club. She was a frequent recitalist for various state chapters of the American Guild of Organists.

In fall 1967 she became University Organist Emerita in order to devote more time to teaching in the Music Department. She retired from teaching in 1969, but continued to give recitals around the east coast and teach private lessons until her death in 1985.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Photographic Files: Hendrix, Mildred L. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • News Service Biographical Files: Hendrix, Mildred L. (University Archives, Duke University.)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Mildred L. Hendrix Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Mildred L. Hendrix Papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1976, 1983.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Glenn

Completed November 2002

Encoded by Jill Katte, August 2003

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.