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Guide to the J. Benjamin Smith papers, 1965-1988

Abstract

J. Benjamin Smith was Duke Choral Director from 1968-1988.

The collection includes clippings, black and white group photographs, correspondence, sheet music notebooks, "Fontainebleau Alumni Bulletin," and Smith's conductor's baton. The collection ranges in date from 1965-1988.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Smith, J. Benjamin, Jr.
Title
J. Benjamin Smith papers 1965-1988
Language of Material
English
Extent
1.3 Linear Feet, 75 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection includes clippings, black and white group photographs, correspondence, sheet music notebooks, "Fontainebleau Alumni Bulletin," and Smith's conductor's baton. The collection ranges in date from 1965-1988.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Contents of the Collection

Conductor's baton
Box 1
Correspondence, 1968-1988
Box 1
Clippings
Box 1
Composition/sheet music notebooks
Box 1
Sheet music
Box 1
Miscellaneous
Box 1

Historical Note

J. Benjamin Smith was born in Nashville, TN and earned a bachelor's degree in piano from the University of Kentucky. He earned a master's degree in sacred music from Union Theological Seminary in New York. He studied privately with the late Nadia Boulanger, an internationally known teacher of organ, composition, theory and conducting. A talented organist, he served at Duke as Director of the Chapel Choir for 20 years. He came to Duke in 1968 and retired in 1988. He led the Men's and Women's Glee Clubs (later merged into the Duke Chorale) and was an assistant professor in the music department. He died on March 21, 1989 at the age of 58.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • News Service Biographical Files, 1960-2004 (Duke University Archives)
  • Men's Glee Club Records, 1930-1969 (Duke University Archives)
  • Dept. of Music Records (Duke University Archives)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], J. Benjamin Smith Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The J. Benjamin Smith papers were received by the University Archives as a gift in 1990.

Processing Information

Processed by Kimberly Sims, November 2006

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, December 2006

Accession A90-67 is described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.