Handy, W. C. (William Christopher), 1873-1958

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African American composer known as "Father of the Blues; bandmaster for Mahara's Minstrels in Chicago, Ill.; founder of Pace and Handy Music Company.

From the description of W.C. Handy papers, 1900-1979. (Fisk University). WorldCat record id: 70972574

African Americna composer and musician as well as music publisher in New York. He was known as the "father of the blues" because he codified, composed and popularized the blues songs.

From the description of Letter, 20 May 1941. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122434423

Composer; cornetist; bandleader and publisher, W.C. Handy's fame rests upon his work as a composer. Handy wrote and published more than 150 songs and arrangements of folksongs, mainly spirituals and blues. The popularity of Handy's songs helped to make black folk blues a permanent part of America's popular music.

From the guide to the W.C. Handy collection, 1914-1954, (The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.)

Composer and performer.

From the description of Typewritten letter signed : New York, N.Y., to James J. Fuld, February 2, 1955, 1955 Feb. 2. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270922436

Composer; cornetist; bandleader and publisher, W.C. Handy's fame rests upon his work as a composer.

Handy wrote and published more than 150 songs and arrangements of folksongs, mainly spirituals and blues. The popularity of Handy's songs helped to make black folk blues a permanent part of America's popular music.

From the description of W.C. Handy collection, 1914-1954. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122615627

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creatorOf Handy, W. C. (William Christopher), 1873-1958. Papers, 1944-1952. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Arna Bontemps Papers, 1927-1968 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf NCSA Jazz Ensemble. NCSA Jazz Ensemble [sound recording]. University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Semans Library
creatorOf Handy, W. C. (William Christopher), 1873-1958. Letters to F[rank] L[uther] Mott. [New York City], NY. 1935. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Handy, W. C. (William Christopher), 1873-1958. Letter, 20 May 1941. American Periodical Series I
referencedIn W.C. Handy collection, 1942-1957 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
creatorOf Lewis, Katherine Handy, 1902-1982. Katherine Handy Lewis papers, 1925-1983. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Britton, Allen Perdue. Papers, 1943-1991. University of Maryland Libraries
creatorOf Handy, W. C. (William Christopher), 1873-1958. The Memphis blues. Tulane University, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
referencedIn Gormley, Paul D. Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1964-1969, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Still, William Grant, 1895-1978. William Grant Still and Verna Arvey Papers, 1894-1991. University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, University Libraries
referencedIn Portraits of black jazz musicians inscribed to Ruth King Bordner, ca. 1928-1940. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Handy, W. C. (William Christopher), 1873-1958. [Letter] 1952, New York [to] Arthur Spingarn. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Handy, W. C. (William Christopher), 1873-1958. Letters to Frank Luther Mott, New York, NY, 1941. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Joseph Schillinger collection of noncommercial recordings, 1937-1943 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn White, Clarence Cameron, 1880-1960. Clarence Cameron White collection, 1872-1965 (bulk, 1930-1960). Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center
referencedIn Terrell, Mary Church, 1863-1954. Mary Church Terrell papers, 1851-1962 (bulk 1886-1954). Library of Congress
creatorOf Drayton, Thaddeus. Thaddeus Drayton collection, 1926-1960. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Gellert, Lawrence, 1898-1979. Lawrence Gellert papers, [ca.1932-1979]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Helen Armstead-Johnson miscellaneous theater collections, 1831-1993 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
creatorOf Handy, W. C. (William Christopher), 1873-1958. [Letter] August 11, 1944, New York [to Verna Arvey] Still. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Cuney-Hare, Maud, 1874-1936. Maud Cuney-Hare collection, 1900-1936. Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library
creatorOf Handy, W. C. (William Christopher), 1873-1958. Typewritten letter signed : New York, N.Y., to James J. Fuld, February 2, 1955, 1955 Feb. 2. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Joseph Nathan Kane collection, 1938-1939 Recorded Sound Reference Center, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Library of Congress
creatorOf Handy, W. C. (William Christopher), 1873-1958. Collection. 1942-1947. Tulane University, Amistad Research Center
referencedIn Glover, George Washington, 1888-1993. W.C. Handy collection, 1942-1957. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Handy, W. C. (William Christopher), 1873-1958. W.C. Handy papers, 1900-1979. John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library. Special Collections & Archives
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referencedIn Henderson County Public Library photograph collections, 1883-1966. Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Kentucky Guide Project Office
referencedIn Frances Sharf Fink letters from various correspondents, 1924-1963. Houghton Library
referencedIn The J. Rosamond Johnson Papers, 1879-1975 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
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referencedIn Whiteman, Maxwell,. Whiteman Photographic Collection, 1860-1960. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Musical composers. African American Sheet Music Collection, 1879-1940 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Federal Writers' Project (N.Y.). Federal Writers' Project Negro Group papers, 1927-1940. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn North Carolina Central University. James E. Shepard records, 1890-1947. North Carolina Central University, James E. Shepard Memorial Library
referencedIn Audubon, Florence, 1852-1936. Henderson County Public Library general files, 1840-1981. Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Kentucky Guide Project Office
referencedIn Johnson, Helen A. Helen Armstead-Johnson miscellaneous theater collections, 1831-1993. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf W.C. Handy collection, 1914-1954 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Horace Mann Bond Papers, 1830-1979, 1926-1972 Special Collections and University Archives, UMass Amherst Libraries
referencedIn Negro Actors Guild of America records, 1904-1982, 1937-1982 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Witman, Arthur, 1902-1991. 35mm negative collection, 1936-1969. University of Missouri - St Louis, University Libraries, Thomas Jefferson, St. Louis Mercantile Library, (former branch Ward E. Barnes)
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creatorOf Boys, Richard Charles, 1912-. Correspondence, 1949-1954. University of Michigan
creatorOf Eppse, Merl R. (Merl Raymond), b. 1893. Merl R. Eppse papers, 1927-1961. Tennessee State Library & Archives, TSLA
referencedIn Mary Church Terrell Papers, 1851-1962, (bulk 1886-1954) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Schomburg, Arthur Alfonso, 1874-1938. Arthur Alfonso Schomburg papers, 1724-1938 (bulk 1904-1938) Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Johnny Green additional papers, 1923-1989. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Handy, W. C. (William Christopher), 1873-1958. W.C. Handy collection, 1914-1954. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Otto Harbach Papers, 1870-1990, 1895-1963 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Du Bois, Shirley Graham, 1896-1977. Papers, 1865-1998 (inclusive), 1905-1975 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Handy Brothers Music Co. Jazz manuscripts, n.d. Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies Library
referencedIn Arthur Alfonso Schomburg papers, 1724-1938, 1904-1938 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
creatorOf Neilson, Kenneth P.,. Hughes-Neilson music collection, 1934-1980. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf UNCSA Jazz Ensemble. UNCSA Jazz Ensemble [sound recording] University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Semans Library
creatorOf Handy, W. C. (William Christopher), 1873-1958. [Letters, ca. 1950-1953] / W.C. Handy. Northwestern University
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referencedIn Lewis, Katherine Handy. Reminiscences of Katherine Handy Lewis : oral history, 1958. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Records of the Selective Service System (World War I). 1917 - 1939. Draft Registration Cards. 1917 - 1918. World War I Draft Registration Card for William Christopher Handy
referencedIn Johnson, J. Rosamond (John Rosamond), 1873-1954. The J. Rosamond Johnson papers, 1879-1975 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Papers of Shirley Graham Du Bois, 1865-1998 (inclusive), 1905-1975 (bulk) Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Negro Actors Guild of America, Inc. Negro Actors Guild of America records, 1904-1982, 1937-1982 (bulk). Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Lawrence, William, 1895-1981. William Lawrence papers, ca. 1919-1988. College of Charleston, Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library
referencedIn Brothers, Cecilia M.,. Cecilia M. Brothers collection, ca. 1867-1990. Western Michigan University, Dwight B. Waldo Library
creatorOf UNCSA Jazz Ensemble. Jazz Ensemble [sound recording] University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Semans Library
referencedIn Dunham, Katherine. Katherine Dunham papers, 1919-1968. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
referencedIn Work, John Wesley (III)., 1901-1967. Papers. ca. 1944. Tulane University, Amistad Research Center
referencedIn Cullen, Countee, 1903-1946. Papers. 1921-1979. Tulane University, Amistad Research Center
referencedIn Terrell, Mary Church, 1863-1954. Mary Church Terrell papers, 1851-1962 (inclusive), 1886-1954 (bulk) [microform]. Yale University Library
creatorOf Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964,. George Gershwin memorial collection of music and musical literature, [19--]-1947. John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library. Special Collections & Archives
referencedIn Hughes-Neilson music collection, 1934-1980 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
creatorOf Southern, Eileen. Papers, 1974-1997. Columbia College Chicago
referencedIn Cullen, Countee, 1903-1946. The Countee Cullen/Harold Jackman Memorial Collection. Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library
referencedIn The J. Rosamond Johnson Papers, 1879-1975 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
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correspondedWith Arvey, Verna, 1910-1987 person
associatedWith Bankhead, Tallulah, 1902-1968. person
associatedWith Bond, Horace Mann, 1904-1972 person
associatedWith Bontemps, Arna, 1902-1973 person
associatedWith Boynton, Henry P. person
associatedWith Boys, Richard Charles, 1912- person
associatedWith Britton, Allen Perdue. person
correspondedWith Brothers, Cecilia M., person
associatedWith Cullen, Countee, 1903-1946. person
associatedWith Cuney-Hare, Maud, 1874-1936. person
associatedWith Drayton, Thaddeus. person
associatedWith Du Bois, Shirley Graham, 1896-1977. person
correspondedWith Dunham, Katherine. person
associatedWith Eppse, Merl R. (Merl Raymond), b. 1893. person
associatedWith Federal Writers' Project (N.Y.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Fink, Frances Sharf, recipient. person
associatedWith Fuld, James J., 1916- person
associatedWith Gellert, Lawrence, 1898-1979. person
associatedWith Glover, George Washington, 1888-1993. person
associatedWith Gormley, Paul D. person
associatedWith Green, Johnny, 1908-1989 person
associatedWith Handy Bros. Music Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Handy Brothers Music Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Handy Brothers Music Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Handy Brothers Music Company (N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Harbach, Otto, 1873-1963 person
associatedWith Johnson, Helen A. person
associatedWith Johnson, J. Rosamond (John Rosamond), 1873-1954. person
associatedWith Kane, Joseph Nathan, 1899-2002. person
associatedWith Karamu House. corporateBody
associatedWith Lawrence, William, 1895-1981. person
associatedWith Lewis, Katherine Handy. person
associatedWith McKay, Claude, 1890-1948 person
associatedWith Mott, Frank Luther, 1886- , person
associatedWith Musical composers person
associatedWith Musical composers person
associatedWith NCSA Jazz Ensemble. corporateBody
associatedWith Negro Actors Guild of America, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Neilson, Kenneth P., person
correspondedWith North Carolina Central University. corporateBody
associatedWith Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Music Library. General Manuscript Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Ross, Zachery C. person
associatedWith Schillinger, Joseph, 1895-1943 person
associatedWith Schomburg, Arthur Alfonso, 1874-1938. person
associatedWith SHIRLEY GRAHAM DU BOIS, 1896-1977 person
associatedWith Sissle, Noble, 1889-1975. person
correspondedWith Southern, Eileen person
correspondedWith Spingarn, Arthur Barnett, 1878- person
associatedWith Still, William Grant, 1895-1978. person
associatedWith Terrell, Mary Church, 1863-1954. person
associatedWith UNCSA Jazz Ensemble. corporateBody
associatedWith UNCSA Jazz Ensemble. corporateBody
associatedWith Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964, person
associatedWith Wachsman, Robert A. person
associatedWith Whipper, Leigh Rollin, 1876-1975. person
associatedWith White, Clarence Cameron, 1880-1960. person
associatedWith Witman, Arthur, 1902-1991. person
associatedWith Work, John Wesley (III)., 1901-1967. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Idaho--Lewiston
Memphis (Tenn.)
United States
Lewiston (Idaho)
Subject
Popular music
Blues (songs, etc)
Jazz
Composers--United States
African American composers
Music publishing--United States
Blues (Music)
Music publishing
Popular music--United States--Writing and publishing
African American musicians
Composers--Correspondence
Piano music (Blues)
Blues musicians
Popular music--Writing and publishing
Composers
African Americans--Music--Bio-bibliography
Musicians
African Americans--Music
African American authors
Minstrel shows
Occupation
African American composers
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Person

Birth 1873-11-16

Death 1958-03-28

Americans

English

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