Subseries 2 - Choral manuscript music

Identity area

Reference code



Choral manuscript music


  • [ca. 1939-1962] (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

1.2 m of textual records (9 boxes)

Context area

Name of creator


Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Subseries consists of blueprint-style manuscripts, manuscripts written in ink or pencil, and copies of blueprint scores. Most of the manuscripts are Leslie Bell's arrangements of other composers' original popular, folk, or classical music for choir, with some original compositions. Information about the original composers, intended ensembles, dates, and where and when the songs were performed is not consistently recorded in the manuscripts' heading. There are also symbols and words that are unidentifiable, such as "B.G." and "Jordan," which appear frequently. The manuscripts are generally autographed with one of the following: Leslie Bell, Leslie Richard Bell, L.B., or L.R.B. All information that is provided has been transcribed in the finding aid.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Blueprint-style scores and copies were physically separated during processing for preservation reasons. Music is listed alphabetically by title. Each instance of a score was assigned an identifier based on the following format: [number assigned to each unique text][B, C, or M for blueprint, copy, or ink/pencil manuscript]-[number to differentiate between multiple versions of the same song]. For instance, 786B-1 is a setting of the "Sweetheart of Sigma Chi" and is a blueprint-style score. The "-1" differentiates it from a second version of the same song (786B-2) for quartet.

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

If possible, please use the copy rather than the blueprint score for access, so as to preserve the physical integrity of the blueprint.

Conditions governing reproduction

Language of material

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Related descriptions

Notes area

Alternative identifier(s)

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used




Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related genres

Related places