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Frederic Erle Thornlay Tillotson Papers M203

Title:
Frederic Erle Thornlay Tillotson papers
Creator:
Tillotson, Frederic Erle Thornlay
ID:
M203
Date [inclusive]:
1910-1963, undated
Extent:
2.0 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
Biographical material, correspondence, and a small collection of Tillotson's publications, including an original manuscript of music to "Twilight Song;" photographs, a collection of concert programs for events in which Tillotson was involved, scrapbooks of Tillotson's time at Bowdoin, and an LP album "A Concert by Frederic Tillotson."
Preferred Citation:

Frederic Erle Thornlay Tillotson Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine.

Frederic Erle Thornlay Tillotson (1897-1963) was a renowned concert pianist, composer, and conductor, who taught music at Bowdoin College from 1936 until his death in 1963. He received an honorary degree from Bowdoin in 1946. At Bowdoin, Tillotson organized the Bowdoin Music Club; the Meddiebempsters, an augmented double quartet; and the Interfraternity Sing; and directed the Bowdoin Glee Club. Within the local community Tillotson also organized the Brunswick Choral Society.

Biographical material, correspondence, and a small collection of Tillotson's publications, including an original manuscript of music to "Twilight Song," composed by Tillotson for the 150th anniversary of Bowdoin College, and "The Common Practice of Materials and Forms: A College Introductory Course in Music." Also included are photographs, a collection of concert programs for events in which Tillotson was involved, scrapbooks of Tillotson's time at Bowdoin, and an LP album "A Concert by Frederic Tillotson."

Series Description:

Biographical data on Tillotson's life through 1946 and miscellaneous materials including a syllabus for Music I, Bowdoin College, Fall Semester, 1963.

Biographical and miscellaneous material, 1943-1963, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 1

Series Description:

Correspondence with Tillotson chiefly concerning the arrangement of lectures and performances at Bowdoin. Notable correspondents include Aaron Copeland and Samuel Barber.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

1928-1939

Box 1 Folder 2

1940-1961, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 3

Series Description:

Manuscript of music to "Twilight Song," composed by Tillotson in honor of the 150th anniversary of the founding of Bowdoin College. Also included are manuscript copies of compositions by John L. Roberts.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

1911, n.d., Compositions by John L. Roberts

Box 1 Folder 4

[1944], "Twilight Song," mss.

Box 1 Folder 5

[1944], "Twilight Song," orchestral score

Volume-folio 1

Series Description:

Two early articles by Tillotson as well as a typescript copy of Tillotson's "The Common Practice of Materials and Forms: A College Introductory Course in Music" and associated documents relating to copyright of Tillotson publications.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

1928-1931, Miscellaneous publications

Box 1 Folder 6

1944-1957, Copyright materials

Box 1 Folder 7

1957, "The Common Practice of Materials and Forms: A College Introductory Course in Music"

Volume 2

Series Description:

Concert programs for events in which Tillotson was involved. Included is material about performances by Bowdoin musical groups and Tillotson's own performances as a pianist.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

1921-1927

Box 1 Folder 8

1928

Box 1 Folder 9

1929

Box 1 Folder 10

1930-1934

Box 1 Folder 11

1935

Box 1 Folder 12

1936-1961

Box 1 Folder 13

n.d.

Box 1 Folder 14-15

Series Description:

Newspaper clippings about and announcements of events in which Tillotson was involved. Included is material about Bowdoin musical groups and Tillotson's own performances as a pianist. Images are of Tillotson, his family and friends, and Bowdoin musical groups.

Arrangement:

Clippings and scrapbooks arranged by material type, then chronologically; images arranged by subject and size.

Clippings, 1923-1929

Box 1 Folder 16

Clippings, 1930-1936

Box 1 Folder 17

Clippings, 1938-1939

Box 1 Folder 18

Clippings, 1940-1963

Box 1 Folder 19

Clippings, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 20

Images, Bowdoin performances

Box 1 Folder 21

Images, Frederic Tillotson

Box 1 Folder 22

Images, miscellaneous

Box 1 Folder 23

Scrapbook, 1910-1928, n.d.

Volume-folio 3

Scrapbook, 1923-1929, n.d.

Volume-folio 4

Scrapbook pages - miscellaneous, 1927, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 24

Series Description:

An LP phonograph, "A Concert by Frederic Tillotson," and an undated tape recording, "Tillotson Memorabilia."

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

"A Concert by Frederic Tillotson," a Bowdoin-On-The-Air Recording, 1952 (4 copies, one of which is inscribed to Edith and President Sills)

Box Mss. LP 2

Tillotson Memorabilia, n.d. (1/4" tape)

Box 1 Folder 25
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