Guide to the J. Benjamin Smith papers, 1965-1988
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.
- Record Group
- J. Benjamin Smith papers
- Smith, J. Benjamin, Jr.
- 1.3 Linear Feet, 75 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Material in English
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.
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Collection is open for research.
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.
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.
- 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)
[Identification of item], J. Benjamin Smith Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The J. Benjamin Smith papers were received by the University Archives as a gift in 1990.
Processed by Kimberly Sims, November 2006
Encoded by Kimberly Sims, December 2006
Accession A90-67 is described in this finding aid.