A Guide to the Charles Montriou Wallace Collection of Negro Melodies, 1896-1912 Wallace, Charles Montriou, Collection of Negro Melodies, 1896-1912 1

A Guide to the Charles Montriou Wallace Collection of Negro Melodies, 1896-1912

A Collection in
the Library of Virginia
Accession Number 1


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Repository
Library of Virginia
Accession number
1
Title
Charles Montriou Wallace Collection of Negro Melodies, 1896-1912
Size
88 items.
Collector
Charles Montriou Wallace
Physical Location
Personal Papers Collection, Acc. 1
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Charles Montriou Wallace Collection of Negro Melodies, 1896-1957. Accession 1, Personal papers collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Charles M. Wallace, Jr., 26 March 1912.


Biographical/Historical Information

Charles Montriou Wallace, Jr. was born in Richmond, Virginia on 22 November 1866 to Charles Montriou, Sr. and Joyce Clopton Wallace. He was an attorney and served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1897 to 1904. He also wrote The Boy Gangs of Richmond and The History of the Capitol of Virginia. He died on 22 April 1957 and was buried at Hollywood Cemetery.

Scope and Content Information

This collection of black songs was compiled by Wallace through an anthropological interest in the music and verse of Virginia's black population. Also, includes a few items from other southern states. The melodies are fragments of hymns and songs from antebellum days to the early twentieth century.

Contents List

Folder a
Rough Notes of music and lyrics, ca. 1835-1907
77 items, mss.
Folder b
Transcriptions of lyrics and verse, ante 1860-1905
10 p., mss.
Folder c
Rough Notes of music and lyrics, 1888-1907
6 items, mss.
Folder d
Notebook - "Memoranda of Negro Melodies [by] Charles M. Wallace, Jr." (rough draft of final manuscript)
42 p., AmssS.
Folder e
Statement of purpose and rough drafts of introductory material including history, music theory, table of contents, etc.
23 p., AmssS.
Folder f
Transcriptions of music and lyrics
5 leaves, mss.
Folder g
"The White Women's Burden" regarding how hard it is to find help in South Carolina, and including verses of "Sis Ca'line"
1 newspaper clipping