- [ca. 1939-1962] (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
1.2 m of textual records (9 boxes)
Name of creator
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.