A Guide to the Maury Madison Papers, 1926-1950
Born William Renick Smith in Kentucky, musician and composer Maury Madison (1893-ca. 1962) lived and worked in Los Angeles, California, and Paris, France, in the 1920s through 1950s. Madison’s songs include "Gypsy Caravan,""Make Your Tomorrow Today,""Honolulu Honey," and "What Is There so Rare as a Day in June." He also composed songs for the play Out of the Blue by Leslie Hollingsworth and wrote music to accompany poems written by U.S. presidents and their families in his compilations Echoes of the White House, Bards of the White House, and Lincoln Lyre.
Comprised of sheet music, correspondence, contracts, printed material, and photographs, the Maury Madison Papers, 1926-1950, document Madison’s career as a music composer in Kentucky, California, and Europe. The correspondence and contracts concern the licensing and publication of Madison’s songs in Europe and the United States. Sheet music, transcripts of poems, Photostat copies of original poems, and a transcript of permission letters pertain to his compilations Bards of the White House, Echoes of the White House, and Lincoln Lyre. Programs, newspaper clippings, sheet music, and an annotated copy of Out of the Blue by Leslie Hollingsworth and Madison chronicle the play’s production and staging in Lexington, Kentucky. The file on martyred presidents contains photographs of U.S. presidents who were shot while in office, clippings about the anniversary of Lincoln’s death, and biographical information on several presidents through the 1930s. The collection also has sheet music for Madison’s songs, including "Make Your Tomorrow Today" and "Honolulu Honey."
This collection is open for research use.
Maury Madison Papers, 1926-1950, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Chester V. Kielman, June 1963.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers