Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Creator
Tillotson, Frederic Erle Thornlay
Title
Frederic Erle Thornlay Tillotson papers
ID
M203
Date [inclusive]
1910-1963, undated
Extent
2.0 linear feet
Language
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.


Biographical/Historical Note

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.


Scope and Content

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."


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Collection Inventory

 M203.1 Biographical and Miscellaneous Material, 1943-1963, n.d.   1.0 folders

Series Description:

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

Box Folder
1 1

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


     M203.2 Correspondence, 1928-1961, n.d.   2.0 folders

    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.

    Box Folder
    1 2

    1928-1939 

      1 3

      1940-1961, n.d. 


         M203.3 Compositions, 1911-1944, n.d.   2.0 folders 2 folders & 1 volume

        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.

        Box Folder
        1 4

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

          1 5

          [1944], "Twilight Song," mss. 

            Volume-folio
            1

            [1944], "Twilight Song," orchestral score 


               M203.4 Writings, 1928-1957   2.0 folders

              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.

              Box Folder
              1 6

              1928-1931, Miscellaneous publications 

                1 7

                1944-1957, Copyright materials 

                  Volume
                  2

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


                     M203.5 Programs, 1921-1961, n.d.   8.0 folders

                    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.

                    Box Folder
                    1 8

                    1921-1927 

                      1 9

                      1928 

                        1 10

                        1929 

                          1 11

                          1930-1934 

                            1 12

                            1935 

                              1 13

                              1936-1961 

                                1 14-15

                                n.d. 


                                   M203.6 Clippings, Images, and Scrapbooks, 1910-1963, n.d.   9.0 folders

                                  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.

                                  Box Folder
                                  1 16

                                  Clippings, 1923-1929 

                                    1 17

                                    Clippings, 1930-1936 

                                      1 18

                                      Clippings, 1938-1939 

                                        1 19

                                        Clippings, 1940-1963 

                                          1 20

                                          Clippings, n.d. 

                                            1 21

                                            Images, Bowdoin performances 

                                              1 22

                                              Images, Frederic Tillotson 

                                                1 23

                                                Images, miscellaneous 

                                                  Volume-folio
                                                  3

                                                  Scrapbook, 1910-1928, n.d. 

                                                    4

                                                    Scrapbook, 1923-1929, n.d. 

                                                      Box Folder
                                                      1 24

                                                      Scrapbook pages - miscellaneous, 1927, n.d. 


                                                         M203.7 Recordings, 1952, n.d.   2.0 items

                                                        Series Description:

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

                                                        Arrangement:

                                                        Arranged alphabetically.

                                                        Box
                                                        Mss. LP 2

                                                        "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 Folder
                                                          1 25

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