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Biographical Note

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection


Access Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series 1:Personal papers, 1941-2009

Series 2:Correspondence, 1950s-2000s

Series 3:Teaching materials, 1955-2004

Series 4:SMU organs and organ consulting, 1964-2006

Series 5:Manuscript music, 1950-1995

Series 6:Publications, 1928-2005

Series 7:Programs, 1949-2000

Series 8:Audio, 1951-1994

Series 9:Video, 1985-1995

Series 10:Photographs and slides, 1940s-2000s

Series 11:Prints, 1970-1996

Southern Methodist University

Robert T. Anderson papers, 1940s-2009

A Guide


Creator: Anderson, Robert T.
Title: Robert T. Anderson papers
Dates: 1940s-2009
Abstract: Robert T. Anderson, widely known as RTA, was an internationally renowned organist who taught at Southern Methodist University from 1960-1996. He was the service organist for Perkins Chapel from 1960-1995, Chair of the Organ Department, first Meadows Distinguished Teaching Professor, University Distinguished Professor, and served as organ consultant for the C.B. Fisk organs opp. 100 and 101 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and Caruth Auditorium. This collection includes correspondence, teaching files, photographs and slides, audio, video, programs, and posters.
Accession No: SMU 2009.0420
Extent: 48 boxes (26 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Robert Theodore Anderson was born October 5, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois. He began playing piano at 5 years old, even playing by ear before he had his first lesson. As a 13-year-old, Anderson went to hear French virtuoso Marcel Dupré, organist of St. Sulpice in Paris, play at the summer weekly series at Rockefeller Chapel. He started organ lessons at 14 and played for Sunday morning services at Hyde Park Methodist Church in Chicago while at Hyde Park high school and continuing piano with Mary Ruth Craven. He was registered with the American Conservatory of Music, and gave his student recitals in downtown Chicago under its sponsorship.

While Anderson was at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois, studying with Lillian Mecherle McCord, he spent summers as the organist of Fourth Presbyterian Church on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago. During this time he had a weekly composition lesson with his college mentor, Frank Bohnhorst.

Anderson was organist at Second Presbyterian Church in Bloomington, Illinois from 1952-1955, and organist/choir director at the United Church of Christ in Milford, Connecticut from 1955-1957. He served as organist of the University Chapel and Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas from 1960 until retirement.

Anderson was also the summer organist and choir master at the First Methodist Church in Evanston, Illinois. He received the American Guild of Organists’ Associate Certificate (AAGO) at First United Methodist Church at Oak Park in 1955. He received his Fellow Certificate (FAGO) in September of 1957. Anderson studied organ with Heinrich Fleischer and Frederick Marriott, composition with Harold Friedell and Seth Bingham, and harpsichord with Maria Jager.

His composition studies continued at Union Theological Seminary, New York with Harold Friedell (Master of Sacred Music, magna cum laude, 1957; Doctor of Sacred Music, 1961). His Fulbright scholarships to Germany (1957-1959) allowed him to study organ with Helmut Walcha during which time he continued perfecting his skills as an improviser. He returned to Union Seminary to continue his study of composition with Seth Bingham. His final project was the composition of a cantata, “Garden of Gethsemane” on a text by Boris Pasternak. His “Triptych” was composed in 1958 and played by Robert Baker, his teacher at Union, at that year’s National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Houston, Texas.

From 1960 to 1996 he served as Professor of Organ and Sacred Music at Southern Methodist University. Thus Dallas was Anderson’s home for almost all of his professional life. His honors include Distinguished Alumnus, Illinois Wesleyan University in 1972; First Meadows Distinguished Teaching Professor, Southern Methodist University, 1981; and Distinguished University Professor, 1996.

It was through Anderson’s insistence on high quality and perfectionism that the Fisk organs came to be built for Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas and the Caruth Auditorium at Southern Methodist University. He served as organ consultant for both instruments.

Widely known as “RTA”, Anderson’s reputation as a pedagogue was legendary and he was known as a fantastic and inspiring teacher. He was extremely demanding and knew how to get the very best out of each student. He leaves behind a legacy of brilliant students, the concert artists of today, including Dr. George Baker, Mary Preston, Wolfgang Rubsam, Carole Terry, Bruce Bengtson, Ross Wood, John Chapell Stowe, Stefan Engels, and scores of others. He demanded much from his students, but he gave back all that he had to give to help and nurture them. He freely shared his immense personal library of books, recordings and musical scores.

Anderson died on May 29, 2009 in Honolulu, Hawaii after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Source: Obituary written by Dorothy Faller, Scott Cantrell, and Robert Baker. 2009. Box 1, Folder 35.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Robert T. Anderson papers reflect Anderson’s life as a musician and academic. The collection is divided into ten series that illustrate his love of music, teaching, and travelling. Researchers should note that the Christmas letters at the beginning of series 2 provide annual summaries of Anderson’s life for over twenty years. These letters became shorter as Parkinson’s disease claimed more of his faculties. This collection consists of 48 boxes. 22 shoebox-size cassette boxes house part of his audio collection, one oversize box contains posters, and one box containing student grades is restricted due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 11 series:
Series 1: Personal papers, 1941-2009
Series 2: Correspondence, 1950s-2000s
Series 3: Teaching materials, 1955-2004
Series 4: SMU organs and organ consulting, 1964-2006
Series 5: Manuscript music, 1950-1995
Series 6: Publications, 1928-2005
Series 7: Programs, 1949-2000
Series 8: Audio, 1951-1994
Series 9: Video, 1985-1995
Series 10: Photographs and slides, 1940s-2000s
Series 11: Prints, 1970-1996

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Access to Collection:

Collection is open for research use except for all student records in box 42. This box is subject to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) restrictions of 75 years from the date of creation of the record.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

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Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Subjects (Persons)
Anderson, Robert T.
Subjects (Organizations)
Southern Methodist University – History.
Organists – United States.
Southern Methodist University – Faculty.
Southern Methodist University – Perkins Chapel.
Organ (Musical instrument) -– Instruction and study.
Universities and colleges -- Texas – Dallas.
Document types
Musical works.
Manuscripts for publication.

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Related Materials

Meadows School of the Arts, Division of Music records (SMU 2000.0347)

Perkins School of Theology records (SMU 1991.0051)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert T. Anderson papers, Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Gift, Dorothy Faller, 2009, 2016.

Transfer, Larry Palmer, 2010.

Transfer, Hamon Library, 2011, 2014.

Processing Information

Materials were boxed by the family and mailed to SMU in 2009 and in 2016. The family sorted most of the collection by format, but did not retain Anderson’s original order. Correspondence seemed to be grouped by person, then chronologically, so this order was maintained. The teaching files were organized by musical periods. All audio, video, photographs were ordered chronologically as they did not appear to be in any order in the boxes in which they were shipped.

All of the slides were wrapped in foil bricks and numbered in black permanent marker on the outside. Slides were organized by reel number and placed in slide sheets. Most of the slides were not individually numbered, so the order in which they were wrapped was preserved. When slides were numbered individually, they were kept in a numbered series. Some foil bricks had double-sided- taped captions, which were transcribed and housed with the slides.

Framed items were unframed and the oversize items placed in an oversize box at the end of the collection. Three boxes of musical scores and publications were transferred from Hamon Library in 2011 and 2014. In 2016 additional music manuscripts were donated by Dorothy Faller, so the archivist created separate series for music manuscripts and publications.

All student folders containing grades were placed in a restricted box, according to FERPA restrictions.

Collection processed and finding aid written by Cynthia Franco, 2011-2016.

Encoded by

Cynthia Franco, 2014, 2016.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1:Personal papers, 1941-2009
4 boxes

This series contains documents regarding the life and career of Robert Anderson. Included are elementary school report cards, correspondence regarding the growth of the Meadows School of the Arts, medical condition information, and memorials. Materials from Anderson’s college studies were added to his papers in 2011, and in 2014 his recital files were added to box 46. Included is his thesis for Union Theological Seminary.
Box Folder
1 1 Biographical Information
2-3 Publicity
4 Passport and identification cards
5 Membership cards
6 Ted Anderson [father] newsclipping
7 Early education, 1941-1947
8 Hyde Park High School, 1951-1979
9 Illinois Wesleyan University, 1953-1972
10 American Guild of Organists exams, 1955-1957
Box Folder
43 1-2 Papers on organ studies, Union Theological Seminary, 1956-1957
3 Papers on organ studies, Union Theological Seminary, 1960
4 Union Theological Seminary thesis: “Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes Passion,” 1960
Box Folder
41 1 Union Theological Seminary certificates: Master of Sacred Music (1957) and Doctor of Sacred Music (1961)
Box Folder
1 11 Pi Kappa Lambda certificate, 1963
12 Dallas house design and furniture, 1968-1988
13 SMU organ department, 1967-1995
14 Concert tours list, 1967-1987
Box Folder
46 1 Mostly handwritten concert program drafts, 1981-1983
2 Recitals [handwritten program drafts], 1985-1988
3 Methodist University of Piracicaba, Brazil, 1996
4 Recitals, 1978-1989
5 Recitals, 1990-1991
6 Recitals, 1991-1996
Box Folder
1 15 Summer expenses and notes, 1976-1989
16 Business card, key fob, luggage tag, brass name plate
17 25 years at SMU; Portrait and nameplate for “SMU 30 years of service”
18 SMU Fall leave, 1984 [Chartres International Organ competition]
19 Vita, self-evaluation, faculty load reports, 1993-1996
20 SMU University Distinguished Professor, 1981-1996
21 1997 Seville car maintenance, 1997-2000
22 SMU convocation, 1994, 1995, and 1998
23 SMU baccalaureate, 1977-1995
24 Fax stationery, 1998
25 [Miscellaneous handwritten list]
26 Bookplate for Bridwell Library gift collection
27 Life insurance
28 SMU retirement, 1964-1996
29 Speech for Heart Patient of the Year award, 1995
30 Medical condition, 2001-2002
31 Hawaii Kai Retirement Community, 2001-2006
32 SMU directory of students, staff, and faculty 2008-2009
33 Certificate of Appreciation from the American Guild of Organists, 1992
33 Contributions to the American Guild of Organists Scholarship Fund from Robert T. Anderson [and generic AGO fundraising letters], 2002-2009
34 Dallas AGO, 2008
35 Memorial planning
36 Memorials and obituaries
37 Tribute and remembrances of Robert Anderson
38 Obituaries
39 Memorial display materials
40 Two memorial guest books
40 Plaques, 1981-1996
Academic cap
“Robert Anderson” organ stop
Dallas International Organ Competition t-shirt
Signed card from students; 1975 fabric card “You kids will be the death of me yet” signed by students
Lunch bag
Fraternal pins
Leather coin purse
Office door nameplate
Box of assorted business and membership cards [Included in the box of business cards is a Kuby’s Sausage House Private Club Lifetime Membership card.]

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Series 2:Correspondence, 1950s-2000s
3 boxes

This series begins with Anderson’s annual Christmas letters, which provide information on his concertizing, students, and family. Notable correspondents include various organists (some are former students) and composers. The SMU section contains correspondence from SMU staff and faculty.
Box Folder
2 1 Christmas letters, 1979-1999
2 Christmas letters, 2000s
3 Letter to his parents, safety deposit box key, 1959
4 Dorothy and Adolf Faller [sister and brother-in-law]
5 Ron Anderson, 1968-1989 [brother]
6 Family letters, 1972-1979
7 Condolence letters following the death of his mother, 1979
8 Albright, William
9 Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company
10 Alain, Marie-Claire
11 Albrecht, Annette [Preston Hollow Methodist Church]
12-13 Anderson, Chris, 1991-2005
14 Baer, John [Dallas Symphony Orchestra]
15 Baker, George
16 Barone, Michael
17 Bolcom, William
18 Bice, Peter
19 Bommer, David
20 Bovet, Guy
21 Cantrell, Scott
22 Carney, Michael
23 AGO Hawaii and Kathy Crosier
24 Catherine Crozier
25 Damm, Walter
26 Dello Joio, Norman
27 Dirst, Matthew
28-37 Dominick family [Klaus and Heide] 1984-2000
38 Dominick, Lutz
39 Engels, Stefan
40 Fagius, Hans
41 Fisk, C.B.
42 Goodwin, Steuart
43 Guillou, Jean
44-48 Hilmes, Oliver, 1989-1998
Box Folder
3 1 Jeans, Lady Susi
2 Kim, Inwa
3 Kuby, Karl F.
4 Langlais, Jean
5 Lindh, Jody
6 Merritt, Tim
7-10 Nurnberger, Uwe, 1985-2003
11 Palmer, Larry
12 Persichetti, Vincent
13 Pfautsch, Lloyd
14 Preston, Mary
15 Roberts, Steve
16 [Publishers]
17 Ross, Howard
18 Rosson, Brian
19 Rubsam, Wolfgang
20 SMU, A-L
21 SMU, M-R
22 SMU, S-T
23-26 SMU Confidential, 1960-1981
27 Stark, Dennis
28 Terry, Carole
29 Usher, Ken
30 Walcha, Helmut
31 Wong, Mark
32 Unidentified correspondence
33 A-B
34 C-D
35 E-G
36 H
37 J
38 K-L
39 M-N
40 P
41 R
42 S
43 T-W
Box Folder
4 1-3 Appointment books, 1981-1999
4 Address books
5 Friends’ addresses
6 Mailing lists
7 Contact list, addresses
8 Blank Christmas cards, 1960-1980

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Series 3:Teaching materials, 1955-2004
4 boxes

This series contains repertoire lists, syllabi, favorite student papers, and subject files for the various music classes Anderson taught. Folders 20-31 in box 6 contain information on the various trips by Anderson, some of which included recitals, and some were organ tours with colleagues.
Box Folder
4 9 Remembrances of Walcha
10 [Various articles on Walcha, organ technique, cantantibus organis]
11 Perkins Chapel, 1955-2000
12 Perkins Chapel contracts
13 Organ repertoire 1967 list
14 Basic repertoire 1968 list plus revised list, [includes 1967 list]
15 Stevlingson, April 8, 1974 [music bibliography]
16 Organ mass
17 Service music repertoire lists, 1981-1992
18 Creative service playing workbook by Preston Rockholt
19 Church music workshop, Madison, Wisconsin, 1985
20 Notes on music
21 Organ literature syllabi, 1966-1990
22 Organ literature
23 Organ literature class
Box Folder
5 1 Organ builders
2 Organ survey class teaching materials
3 Organ survey
4 Organ survey- organbuilding
5 Good organ info
6 “The Organist …A Total Musician” teacher’s guide
7 Organ repertoire class
8 “A Survey of the Organ and Its Literature Before 1500” by Garnet Menger, 1973 [student essay for organ repertoire class]
9 Chorale prelude
10 Toccata
11 Iberian 16-18th century
12 Italian
13 English literature
14 French classic
15 Bach research articles
16 Bach registration research – copies
17 Bach – Providence, include notes on registration, 1982
18 [J.S. Bach newsclipping and 3 notepads on performance practice and registration of Bach’s organ music, 1982-2000]
19 Kurt Beals – Bach Te Deum
20 Bach Press, 1985 [newsclippings]
21 American Bach Society
22 German Baroque
23 Central German
24 German Romantic
25 French Romantic
26 Viennese Classical, “The Organ Literature of the Post-Bach Period” by David L. Brown, 1976 [student essay for advanced organ repertoire class]
27 “Exploring the Romantic Organ in Europe” manuscript by Robert T. Anderson, 1988
28 American Romantic and contemporary
29 Contemporary American
30 Contemporary
31 Olivier Messiaen
32 Articles on Olivier Messiaen
33 Swedish organ music bibliography
Box Folder
6 1 Lady Susi Jeans
2 Tagliavini – Spanish
3 Michael Brignogan Ferguson composition and letter from Jeff Davis, 1991
4 Ullrich Bohme, 2000
5 Marie-Madeleine Durufle-Chevalier, 2000
6 Contemporary organ styles, design and organ purchase
7 AGO organ pedagogy conference lecture notes, 1977-1996
8 Brantigan, C.O. “Effect of beta blockade and beta stimulation on stage fright”. American Journal of Medicine 72 (1982): 88-94.
9 Notes on Harmon workshops, 1984
10 [July 12, 1994 notes and handouts regarding Tournemire, Mendelssohn, Bruckner]
11 Notes and handouts for lectures on George Crowell and Karl-Joseph Riepp
12 Max Reger postcards and brochure
13 “Essays on Music History: a Birthday Offering for Herbert Turrentine,” 1988
14 [Miscellaneous newsclippings, 1988]
15 Houston, June 1997: Franck, Widor and their Contemporaries organ symposium
16 AGO conference, Colorado 1998
17 First United Methodist Church Dallas brochure on organ dedication, 2003; Letter from Steve and newsclipping
18 [Fragment of New York Times article on Disney Hall organ, 2004]
19 Wanamaker organ; Chicago stadium organ
Box Folder
6 20 European organ study tour, 1971
21 Mexico, 1978-1983
22 Stockholm Cathedral, 1981
23 Japan, 1979-1982
24 Concours International D’Orgue Grand Prix de Chartres, 1984
25 1993 trip
26 Europe, 1994
27 Austria, 1996
28 Brazil, 1996
29 Europe, 1998
30 Santa Fe, 1998
31 South Africa, 1998
42 Student grades and papers 1960-1990s [Restricted: All student records subject to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) restrictions of 75 years from the date of creation of the record.]

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Series 4:SMU organs and organ consulting, 1964-2006
3 boxes

Box 6 contains information on the organs in the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU. An Aeolian-Skinner organ op.1438 was installed in Caruth Auditorium in the 1962 and later C.B. Fisk installed a new organ for the Auditorium, op. 101, in 1993. Anderson was very involved in the design and installation process of these organs, as he was with various organs around the country. Box 7 contains Anderson’s files on the C.B. Fisk organ op.100 installed in the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in 1992, as well as his work with the Philadelphia Regional Performing Arts Center. Box 46 contains files related to his service playing at Perkins Chapel.
Box Folder
6 32 SMU organs/Sipe/Fisk
33-34 SMU organs
35 SMU Caruth Auditorium Aeolian-Skinner organ specifications
36 SMU Caruth Auditorium Aeolian-Skinner organ specifications
37 SMU Caruth Auditorium Aeolian-Skinner organ plans
38 SMU Caruth Auditorium Aeolian-Skinner organ, 1966-1969
39-40 SMU Caruth Auditorium Aeolian-Skinner organ
Box Folder
7 1-3 SMU Caruth Auditorium Aeolian-Skinner organ
4 C.B. Fisk organ, Opus 101, 1993: Robert T. Anderson and Wolfgang Rubsam performance on CD
5 New SMU practice organs, 1964-1984
6 Chamber organ [SMU Kern Positive organ], 1987
7 Spanish organ [Meadows Museum], 1975-1992
Organ consulting
Box Folder
7 8 Organ consulting
9 Organ consulting contract forms
10 Dallas organ builders
11 New organs in Dallas area, 1989
12 [Dallas] Symphony Hall, 1982-1983
13 C.B. Fisk
14 C.B. Fisk - Pipeline newsletter, 1993-2006
15-16 C.B. Fisk-Meyerson
17 Meyerson organ publicity
18 Action [Dallas International Organ Competition]
19 Dallas International Organ Competition
20 Newsclippings – Meyerson/Dallas International Organ Competition
21 Kirkegaard and Associates
22 Philadelphia [organ in Concert Hall of the Regional Performing Arts Center], 1999
Box Folder
44 5 International Society of Organbuilders – 2 three-ring binders
Box Folder
46 7 Chapel Choir, 1983-1987
8 Chapel Choir correspondence, 1988
9 Lent worship notes, 1985
10 Christmas carol services
11 Minister’s Week, 1988-1996
12 Chapel Choir, 1991-1994
13 Chapel Choir, 1994-1996
14 Perkins Chapel Choir anthem planner, Spring 1996
15 Special service programs from Perkins Chapel, 1965-1991
16 Christmas worship service programs, 1960-1995
17 Chapel concerts, 1975, 1984
18 Brass and organ music scores
19 Service music
20 Old service music
21 Roy Redman tuning records for Perkins Chapel organ

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Series 5:Manuscript music, 1950-1995
3 boxes

Most of the music scores are handwritten scores by Robert Anderson, arranged in chronological order. For Robert Anderson’s published music, see the first folder in box 8. The last folder in this series contains manuscript music written by other composers.
Box Folder
43X 1 Minuet in A, March 1950
2 Theme and Variations in G Minor, September 27, 1950
3 Bouree in D Major, October 1950
4 Midwinter. Words by John Townsend Trobridge. November 1950 [Voice and piano]
5 Scherzo, December 1950 [piano]
6 Class Song – June ’51 “We Must Say Good-bye” [Voice and piano]
7 Two Pieces for Flute and Piano – I. Lent II. Vif. Dedicated to Jean B. Wideroe, 1952
8 Sing Unto the Lord, 1953 [SATB, organ]
9 Qui Vult Venire – 2-voiced motet, 1953
10 Winter Wind, March 6, 1953 [voice and piano, words by E. Fordan]
11 Fugue in D, 1954 [piano]
12 Chorale in G Minor for Organ [1950s-1954?]
13 Passacaglia for Organ on the Southern Folk-hymn “The Saints’ Delight,” 1954
14 Rondo in D, 1954 [organ]
15 Sonata for Oboe and Piano, 1954
16 Three Sketches for Organ, 1954-1955
17 Were You There? Arr. for Tenor-Bass (Solo or Chorus), 1954
18 Ermuntre Dich, Mein Schwacher Geist, 1955 [organ]
19 The Eucharist, 1955 [SATB]
20 Fantasia for Piano, 1955
21 Hodie, Christus Natus Est – Motet for Mixed Voices, 1955
22 Mr. Brown, to Alpha Lambda of Phi Mu Alpha, 1955 [TTBB]
23 Rejoice the Lord is King, 1955 [choir and organ]
24 Toccata, 1955 [organ]
25 Two Chorale Preludes for Organ – I. Jesu, My Joy II. The New-born Christ Child, 1955
26 Festival Voluntary, 1956 [organ, with flyer for Saint Mark’s Church third annual composers’ competition for the Feast of St. Mark]
27 A Joyful Thanksgiving – Sacred Song for Soprano and Organ, 1956
28 Benedic, Anima Mea, 1956 [SATB and organ]
29 Sonata I for Organ, 1956
Box Folder
47X 1 Two Extemporizations for Organ, 1956
2 We Sing of God, Solo Cantata for Medium Voice, Scored for Organ, Oboe, Violins I and II, 1956
3 Te Deum, 1957 [choir and organ]
4 Tobias and the Angel. Play by James Bridie, music by Robert Anderson. March 1957
5 Triptych, to my esteemed teacher Robert Baker, 1957-1958 [organ]
6 Why Should I Call Thee Lord? Sacred Song for Baritone and Organ, 1957
7 Give Ear lord, Unto My Prayer. Solo for Contralto and Organ, 1959
8 Organ Prelude on “Tender Thought” (Kentucky Harmony 1816), 1959
9 Prelude and Double Fugue in d, 1959 [organ]
10 Cantata: Garden of Gethsemane, 1961 [written for graduation from Union Theological Seminary; four scores]
11 Fugue in D, 1954 [piano]
12 Chorale in G Minor for Organ [1950s-1954?]
13 Passacaglia for Organ on the Southern Folk-hymn “The Saints’ Delight,” 1954
14 Rondo in D, 1954 [organ]
15 Sonata for Oboe and Piano, 1954
16 Three Sketches for Organ, 1954-1955
17 Were You There? Arr. for Tenor-Bass (Solo or Chorus), 1954
18 Ermuntre Dich, Mein Schwacher Geist, 1955 [organ]
19 The Eucharist, 1955 [SATB]
20 Fantasia for Piano, 1955
21 Hodie, Christus Natus Est – Motet for Mixed Voices, 1955
22 Mr. Brown, to Alpha Lambda of Phi Mu Alpha, 1955 [TTBB]
23 Rejoice the Lord is King, 1955 [choir and organ]
24 Toccata, 1955 [organ]
25 Two Chorale Preludes for Organ – I. Jesu, My Joy II. The New-born Christ Child, 1955
26 Festival Voluntary, 1956 [organ, with flyer for Saint Mark’s Church third annual composers’ competition for the Feast of St. Mark]
27 A Joyful Thanksgiving – Sacred Song for Soprano and Organ, 1956
28 Benedic, Anima Mea, 1956 [SATB and organ]
29 Sonata I for Organ, 1956
Box Folder
48X 1 Lord, Thou Hast Searched Me - choral paraphrase incorporating the tunes
2 Voluntary on the 100th Psalm Tune for Organ – Commissioned by University Park Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas for the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Church, November 1964
3 Two Hymn-tune Preludes for Organ – I. Prelude on”Kingdom” II. Prelude on “Wylde Green”, written for the 1967 Contemporary Arts Festival, Boston Avenue Methodist Church, Tulsa, 1967
4 Undated music by Robert Anderson:
4 Birds’ Courtin Song
4 Descant – Crown Him with Many Crowns
4 Ein Feste Burg Chorale Partite
4 Hoolaulea for 2 Organs (2 copies)
4 Introit [SATB]
4 Motet for Two Voices in Canon
4 Leoni [piano]
4 Rejoice [SATB]
4 Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme Aria
4 Wir Christenleut [organ]
4 Wondrous Love [voice and piano]
5 Untitled and undated music by Robert Anderson
6 Manuscripts by other composers:
6 Ye Men of Galilee: A Piece for Organ Based on Spoken Introit for Ascension Day by James Case, 1963
6 Laudation for Organ Solo by Norman Dello Joio. [Commissioned by SMU and Aeolian Skinner for the dedication of new Aeolian-Skinner organ at SMU] October, 1965.
6 Aria fur Oboe und Orgel by Georg Knoll. [photocopy taped to 6 cardboard pieces]
6 Hymn Prelude on “Warrenton” by Lloyd Pfautsch, October 20, 1963
6 In Time of AIDS for Mixed Choir and Organ by Simon Sargon, July 7, 1995

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Series 6:Publications, 1928-2005
6 boxes

All published organ and piano works contain Anderson’s handwritten notations. The first folder contains Anderson’s published works. Published works by other composers, humor files, and miscellaneous newsclippings are included in this series. Some of the Bach works are from the period when Anderson studied with Helmut Walcha. The random issues of periodicals were transferred from the organ studio in Meadows School of the Arts.
Box Folder
8 1 Robert Anderson’s published music:
1 Lord, Thou Hast Searched Me. New York: Lawson-Gould Music Publishers, 1965.
1 Hodie, Christus Natus Est. New York: Lawson-Gould Music Publishers, 1971.
1 Communion Prelude on “Kingdom.” Nashville: Abingdon, 1978.
1 Rejoice the Lord is King. Carol Stream, Ill.: Hope Publishing Company, 1983.
Box Folder
48X 7 Bach, J.S. Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist and Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir. [oversize manuscript]
Box Folder
8 2 Bach, J.S. Konzert für die Orgel mit zwei Manualen und Pedal von J. S. Bach nach Vivaldi. Erste Ausgabe von Friedrich Konrad Griepenkerl. Leipzig: C.F. Peters Corporation.
2 Bach, J.S. Orgelwerke, Kritisch-korrekte Ausgabe Friedrich Conrad Griepenkerl und Ferdinand Roitzsch. Bd. 1-3, 5-9. Leipzig: C.F. Peters Corporation.
2 Bach, J.S. Toccata et Fuga C-Dur, BWV 564 and Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom himmel herunter, BWV 650.
2 Bach. J.S. Trio super: Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend, BWV 655.
2 Bach. J.S. Orgelbuchlein und andere kleine Choralvorspiele herausgegeben von Hermann Keller. Kassel: Barenreiter. [1928].
2 Bach, J.S. Ricercare a 6 voci aus dem Musikalischen Opfer fur die Orgel eingerichtet von Herman Keller. Leipzig: C.F. Peters Corporation, 1942.
2 Bach, J.S. Das Wohltemperierte Klavier. Teil II. Munchen: G. Henle-Verlag, 1950.
2 Bach, J.S. Three Extended Chorales from Church Cantatas arranged for organ solo by Stainton de B. Taylor. London: Hinrichsen Edition Ltd., 1952.
2 Bach, J.S. Ricercare a 6 voci aus dem Musikalischen Opfer Partitur-Orgelubertragung von Helmut Walcha. Frankfurt: Henry Litolff’s Verlag, 1964.
Box Folder
48X 8 Best, Harold M. Toccata.
8 Boulanger, Lili. Pie Jesu pour Chant Quatuor a Cordes, Harpe et Orgue. Paris: Durand, 1924.
8 Brautigam, Volker. Freundlicher Zuruf. Leipzig: VEB Deutscher Verlag fur Musik Leipzig, 1972.
8 Crawford, Thomas. Eucharistic Ordinary for Rite II for Congregation, Mixed Voices and Organ According to the ICET text. Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania: Merion Music, 1982.
9 Frierson, Andrew. O Li’l Lamb. Carol Stream, Illinois: Agape, 1973.
9 Honegger, Arthur. O Salutaris pour Soprano. Paris: Au Menestrel, 1943.
9 Hughes, Herbert. The Stuttering Lovers. London: Chappell and Co., 1906.
Box Folder
8 2 Paulus, Stephen. Three Temperaments for Solo Organ. Saint Paul, Minn.: Paulus Publications.
Box Folder
48X 9 Stuckey, Louis N. Southern Methodist University Varsity Song. Dallas, Texas: Harold Hart Todd, 1929.
9 Wesley, Samuel Sebastian. Wash Me Throughly from my Wickedness. London: Novello and Company.
Box Folder
8 3 20 songbooks
4 Robert Anderson published articles
5 Robert Anderson at the Redman organ, 1987, cassette liner notes and Mother Dubbers business card
6 Organ schools: Guilmant Organ School and Les Amis de l’Orgue (1930)
6 G Music catalogs
8-9 Humor
10 Organ calendars 1973-1977; 2005 Mecklenburg-Vorpommern calendar
11 Miscellaneous newsclippings
12 Magazine subscriptions
13 Periodicals – includes random issues of Acta Organa Logica
9 Periodicals – includes random issues of American Organist, L’Art Sacre, Bach-Jahrbuch, The Bach Year in America, Journal of the British Institute of Organ Studies, Cathedral Age, Courant, Keraulophon, Marbella Magazine, Musical Heritage Society catalogs, Musical Quarterly, Neue Bachgesellschaft, Organ Handbook, Organ Historical Society catalog, Het Orgel, Prism, Renaissance de l’Orgue, Sacred Music, Turnhahn.
Box Folder
44 6 Early Keyboard Studies Newsletter, 1993-1995; Newsletter of the Westfield Center, 1990s; Institute of Sacred Music Bulletin of Yale University, 1995
Box Folder
45 1 Organ brochures
2 Tourist guidebooks
Box Folder
46 22 Miscellaneous clippings

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Series 7:Programs, 1949-2000
4 boxes

Half of the materials from this series came from Anderson’s family and half were transferred from the organ studio in Meadows School of the Arts. Box 10 includes recital programs featuring other musicians, as well as Anderson. Researchers should note that Anderson was the service organist for Perkins Chapel from 1960-1995, and all of the church bulletins from this period are in box 12.
9 Conference programs, dedications etc. 1950-1988
Conference programs, dedications etc. 1989-2000
10 Robert T. Anderson recital programs, 1950-1995
Organ recital programs, 1949-1969
11 Organ recital programs, 1970-1996
Music programs, 1986-2007
SMU music programs, 1964-2001
12 Perkins Chapel Sunday bulletins, 1960-1995
Church bulletins, 1977-1982

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Series 8:Audio, 1951-1994
22 boxes

Music on audio reels includes organ recordings by Anderson and other organists, and various musical works. Cassette tapes are housed in smaller cassette tape boxes, with 3 oversize cassette cases in Box 34.
13 Handwritten inventory of audio collection
Amateur audio reels, 1951-1966
14 Amateur audio reels, 1967-1974
15 Amateur audio reels, 1975-1980
16 Amateur audio reels, 1980 and undated
2 reels of Anderson’s recording session in Japan [format 50—120B]
17 1966-1981
18 1982-1984
19 1984-1985
20 1985
21 1985-1987
22 1987-1988
23 1988-1990
24 1990-1991
25 1992-1994
26 A-B, undated
27 B-H, undated
28 H-R, undated
29 R-W, undated
30 Blank cassettes/unidentified, undated
31 American Guild of Organists
32-33 Commercially produced cassettes of various musical works
34 Baker, Robert S. Vintage Baker: 1956-1986, Organ and Choral Works performed, conducted by Robert S. Baker.
Anderson, Robert T. and Kenneth Hart. Vocal Solos for Weddings. American Guild of Organists, 1992.
Radulescu, Michael. Lecture-recital: Orgelbuchlein, Johann Sebastian Bach. American Guild of Organists, 1991.
Celebrating the Completion of the Renovation of the Salt Lake Tabernacle Organ, Salt Lake City, Utah, January 19-22, 1989. American Guild of Organists, 1989.
Fox, Michael J. Lucky Man: a Memoir. Read by the author. New York: Simon and Schuster Audio, 2002.

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Series 9:Video, 1985-1995
1 box

This box contains both amateur and commercially produced videotapes of music performances.
Box Folder
34 9 “Robert Anderson, 1/4/1985, Digital master.” 3M Scotch UCA 60 color plus videocassette. [3 cassettes]
9 “Robert Anderson, Swank #172. 13 KERA-TV.” Dallas, Texas. 3M Scotch UCA 30 Videocassette.
9 “RTA KERA 1/85: Meadows Caetano video.” VHS.
9 “Matthew Dirst, Caruth [Auditorium] 4/7/85.” VHS.
9 “The Organist, a Total Musician.” VHS
9 “Redlands, CA, 1989.” VHS
9 The Art of Improvisation I with Harald Vogel, director, The North German Organ Academy. American Organ Academy, 1992. VHS.
9 “Brian Garner Special Events 1994.” VHS
9 “Edward Windsor 10/98.” VHS
9 “This is Compaq Brazil, August 1995.” VHS
9 “Gonzaga University Christmas Concert 1994.” VHS
9 Bovet, Guy. The Joy of the Organ. VHS.
9 “Stations of Bach. Frozen Music – The Meyerson.” VHS
9 “A Trip Down Memory Lane with Jack Horenberger and Dennie Bridges to Meet the Kresge Challenge.” VHS
9 “Ashorkopie[?] Robert Anderson”. Beta videocassette.
9 “Copy of U-matic Souy 1630 Mosher. R.T. Anderson, Granada Hills, Presbyterian Church, Rosales.” Beta videocassette.

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Series 10:Photographs and slides, 1940s-2000s
5 boxes

This series is in two parts arranged by format. The blue baby photograph book is notable because it includes a list of Anderson’s early childhood music teachers. Photographs of his time with Helmut Walcha and his fellow students are also included. The first three folders of box 38 include handwritten and typed captions for almost all of Anderson’s slides. Slides are arranged by reel number. Most of the slides are not individually numbered, so they are arranged in the order in which they were wrapped. When slides are numbered individually, they are kept in the same numbered series. Some foil bricks had double-sided- taped captions, which were transcribed and foldered with the slides.
Box Folder
35 1 Baby photograph books
2 Family photographs
3 1950s
4 Helmut Walcha
5-6 1960s
7 Europe, 1967
8 Deiningers
9-11 1970s
Box Folder
36 1-2 1970s
3 Anderson’s students and Marie-Claire Alain, [1970s]
4 Organ tour, 1971
5 Tours, 1976
6 Lady Susi Jeans, 1978
7 Japan, 1979
8 Portraits, 1980s
9 1980s
10-11 Polaroids, 1980s
12 Students, 1980s
Box Folder
37 1-3 1990s
4 Kuby’s photograph album
5 Rima and Brett, 1995
6 Hawaii
7 2000s
8 6810 Stichter, Dallas, Texas
9 Teaching
10 SMU portraits, undated
11 Undated photograph of Anderson at organ
12 Photographs of organs
13 Postcards of organs
14 6 prints of organs
Box Folder
38 1 Slide captions for reels 1-34
2 Slide captions for reels 35-61
3 Slide captions mostly for Hawaii AGO lecture, October 21, 2003
4 1976 and misc. earlier 1962 and 1964 reel 1
5 Europe I, 1977, reel 2
6 [Europe] II, reel 3
7 December, 1977-January 1978, reel 4
8 Mexico, 1977-1978, reel 5
9 1978, reel 6
10 Swedish? (all dark), 1980, reel 7
11 Europe I, 1978, reel 8
12 [1978], reel 9
13 Europe IV Spain Salamanca Segovia Aqueduct, 1978, reel 11
14 Honolulu and family, 1979, reel 12
15 [Japan, 1979], reel 13
16 [Japan, 1979], reel 14
17 [1979], reel 14A
18 1979 East Germany, Bach, Leipzig, reel 15
19 Dresden Hof Kirche, 1979, reel 16
20 [Marie-Claire Alain home, France, 1979], reel 17
21 [Holland, 1980?], reel 19
22 Europe, Holland, France, Germany, and Scandinavia, 1980, reel 20
23 Europe, 1980, reel 22
24 Mechenheim Germany, organ taken 1981, reel 24
25 [1982], reel 25
26 First boat trip – Finland, 1982, reel 26
27 [1982], reel 27
28 Granada Hills, CA, Rosales. Mexico Cathedral organ case taken March 1983. Mexico Cathedral Chancel , March 1983, reel 28
29 Mexico, Germany, Chartres, 1983, reel 29
30 Europe, Maule, Fall - St. George’s Motel, 1983, reel 30
31 San Antonio, Spring, Europe 1984, reel 31
Box Folder
39 1 [Viersen, Munster, 1984], reel 32
2 Some Europe, some Cleveland, [1984-1985], reel 33
3 Leipzig [Cathedral Metz, 1985], reel 34
4 [France, Belgium, 1986?], reel 35
5 [Altenburg Cathedral, St. Jean; Belfont, France; Millstadt, 1986], reel 36
6 [Millstadt organ; Neresheim; Albenga, Italy; S’Terontogenbogt organ, 1986], reel 37
7 [Sion organ; Rolhf organ shop; Ratzeburg Dom; Uppsala organ, 1987?], reel 38
8 [Uppsala Cathedral; Bouxwiller, Germany; Bates at Jack Littlefield’s Fisk house organ; Werdau, Germany, 1987?], reel 39
9 [East Germany, Austria, South Germany, 1988?], reel 40
10 Sweden, reel 41
11 Europe 1988, House 1989, Europe summer 1989, reel 42
12 Europe 1989, reel 43
13 Riga, Latvia, 1990, reel 44
14 Dresden, Switzerland, 1990, reel 45
15 Paris, Holland, SMU Portuguese organ, 1990, reel 46
16 [England, Lady Susi Jeans, Jean Villou, 1991-1992], reel 47
17 Dresden 1992, reel 48
18 Germany, Belgium, Caruth Fisk organ, 1992, reel 49
19 Caruth Fisk organ, German Club, University of Houston, 1992, reel 50
20 Germany, Switzerland, 1993, reel 51
21 [Neresheim, Anderson and Marie-Claire Alain recover from heart surgery, 1993], reel 52
22 Dallas AGO convention, Christmas, 1994, reel 54
23 Europe 1994; Derek, Richmond, Bates Party 1996, reel 55
24 Bates house organ, [1997?], reel 56
25 Garden Her party, Sarah Re, Japan and competition, GIFU, Ken Usher, 1997, reel 57
26 Dorothy and Carolyn; Japan [1999?], reel 60
27 Grave stones in Vienna – Strauss, Mozart, Beethoven, etc.,1999, reel 61
28 Extra slides, 1970s
29 Europe organs
30 Buddy’s house
31 Dallas house move and new apartment, 2001
32 [Unidentified, 1978-1988]

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Series 11:Prints, 1970-1996
1 box

This series contains various personal items connected to Anderson’s career at SMU as well as visual materials of organs and recitals. Box 41 contains foam-backed recital posters for Robert Anderson, which were transferred from the organ studio in Meadows School of the Arts.
41 Prints of Otterbeuren organ by Carl J. Riepp; King’s College Chapel, Cambridge; “Sion, Switzerland [the] oldest organ in the world, Bob played here twice”; Strasbourg Cathedral organ; Hamburg, St. Jakobi; 2 unidentified prints of organs
Robert Anderson recital posters:
41 St. Peter und Paul Erlenbach A. Main, 1985
Propsteikirche Kempen, 1984
St. Jakobi in Lubeck, 1982
Katedraal Brugge, 1982
Cathedrale Ste-Reparate, 1982
[Japan], 1982
Freiburg, 1980
Schlosskirche Lahm/Itzgrund, 1984
Internationale Studienwoche Vokal-und Orgelmusik, St. Peter, 1970
Christuskirche, Karlsruhe, 1983
St. Petri-Kirche Bad Pyrmont-Oesdorf, [undated]
Poster of drawing of organ entitled “The East Front of the New Organ in Salisbury Cathedral Made in the Year 1710 by Mr. Renatus Harris, Organ-Builder.”

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