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Jane M. Marshall papers, 1952-2012.


Creator: Marshall, Jane (Jane Manton).
Title: Jane M. Marshall papers.
Dates: 1952-2012
Abstract: This collection documents the artistic legacy of Jane M. Marshall. Marshall is a noted composer and conductor of sacred choral works. She is also a respected music educator and poet. Marshall has served as the organist and choir director at Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, taught in the public schools, and held the position of adjunct professor of church music conducting at Southern Methodist University. The Jane M. Marshall papers include copies of published anthems and hymns in print and on compact disc, songbooks containing her tunes and texts, and documents detailing the development and use of her compositions.
Accession No: BridArch 1.049
Extent: 4 boxes (2.25 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English,, Latin, and Spanish.
Repository Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Jane Anne Manton was born in Dallas, Texas, on December 5, 1924. She began studying piano at an early age and started to compose music as a teenager. Manton attended Southern Methodist University (SMU) on scholarship. At SMU she became one of the first women to join the Mustang Band. Manton also served on the Student Council of Religious Activities and was inducted into Sigma Kappa, Alpha Lambda Delta, and Mortar Board. She completed a Bachelor of Music degree in 1945. The following year Manton married Highland Park High School classmate Elbert Hall Marshall. They had three children.

Jane Marshall’s first published choral anthem, “My Eternal King,” debuted at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas on March 23, 1952, with Marshall conducting. After its release in print in 1954, “My Eternal King” became an enduring favorite of church choirs and choral directors. A later work, “Awake My Heart,” received the American Guild of Organists 1957 anthem prize.

At the urging of her mentor, Dr. Lloyd Pfautsch, Marshall returned to SMU to further her education. In 1968 she completed a Master of Music degree in choral conducting and composition. Soon after graduating Marshall began to teach courses in English and music at SMU. In 1973 the student body honored Marshall by naming her an outstanding faculty member. She joined the faculty of Perkins School of Theology in 1979 and retired in 1986. In retirement Marshall continued to teach at the annual Perkins School of Theology Church Music Summer School (CMSS) until 2010.

Since 1954 more than two hundred of Marshall’s anthems, hymns, arrangements, and poems have appeared in print. Her compositions have included settings of texts from the scriptures, poets of the past, and living authors. Her most extensive collaboration (more than one hundred hymns) has been with her former pastor, United Methodist minister and poet John Thornburg.

Following encouragement from friend and colleague Alice Parker, Marshall began writing her own lyrics. One notable example is the hymn and anthem, “What Gift Can We Bring” (ANNIVERSARY SONG), written in 1980 to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas. In addition to writing hymn texts and tunes, Marshall has promoted congregational singing by leading workshops, heading the task force that produced the Supplement to the Book of Hymns (1982), and serving as a consultant to The United Methodist Hymnal (1989) committee.

Throughout her career Marshall has been affiliated with the American Guild of Organists, the Hymn Society of America, Choristers Guild, the American Choral Directors Association, Mu Phi Epsilon, and Pi Kappa Lambda. In recognition of her substantial impact on sacred choral music, Marshall has received special honors from SMU, the Fellowship of United Methodist Musicians, and the Southern Baptist Musicians Conference.


“Jane Anne Manton Marries Elbert Marshall at Church.” Dallas: Dallas Morning News, July 3, 1946.

Allen, Joseph L. Perkins School of Theology: A Centennial History. Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press, 2011.

Hawn, C. Michael. “History of Hymns: Advent Hymn.”

Hodges, Sam. “’My Eternal King’ Launched Top Methodist Composer.” United Methodist News, July 9, 2014.

Marshall, Jane, and Rosemary Heffley. Grace, Noted. Carol Stream, Illinois: Hope Publishing Co, 1992.

Pederson, Rena. “North Dallas Housewife Sacred Music Composer.” Dallas: Dallas Morning News, March 31, 1976.

Young, Carlton R. Companion to the United Methodist Hymnal. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1993.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Jane M. Marshall papers comprise four boxes of published and unpublished music and poetry, including rough drafts bearing editorial markings. Supplementing these documents are correspondence with collaborating authors and composers, correspondence and contracts with publishers, an audio recording on compact disc, and programs from events led by or honoring Marshall. These items document the life and artistry of a prominent church musician, music educator, conductor, composer, and author whose works span the second half of the twentieth century and the first decade of the twenty-first century.

Arrangement of the Collection

The Jane M. Marshall papers are organized in three series:
Series 1: Published Anthems, 1954-2012
Series 2: Song Books and Compilations, 1961-2003
Series 3: Working Documents, 1952-2010


Access to Collection:

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

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

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Subjects (Persons)
Marshall, Jane Manton.
Subjects (Organizations)
Southern Methodist University -- Faculty.
Subjects (Occupations)
Women composers -- Texas -- Dallas.
Church music.
Choral music.
Document Types
Musical works.
Manuscripts for publication.
Sound recordings.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Jane M. Marshall papers, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Gift, Jane M. Marshall and Elbert H. Marshall, 2015.

Processing Information

Arranged and described by Timothy S. G. Binkley, 2016.

Encoded by Ada Negraru, 2017.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Published Anthems, 1954-2012
17 folders

The first series contains 131 published choral anthems. These octavos are arranged in seventeen folders, one for each publisher. Within the publisher folder, anthems are organized in alphabetical order. This arrangement (by publisher and title) replicates the original filing order established by the donor. The only compact disc in this collection, a recording of the cantata “Our Eternal King” is filed in Box 1941, folder 7.
Box Folder
1941 01 Agape, 1979-1985
Become to Us the Living Bread, 1981
Christ, from Whom All Blessings Flow, 1983
The Greatest of These, 1985
A Prayer for Pressing On, 1983
When, Dearest Lord, When Shall it Be? 1983
Will We Find a Way? 1985
Wondering, 1979
02 Alliance Music Publications, Inc., 1996-2002
Enter Now this Place, 1997
Let the Flame Blaze, 1996
Imago Dei, 2000
Timeless Wisdom, 2002
03 A.M.S.I. (Art Masters Studios Inc.), 1974, 1988
Credo, 1974
We Sing Our Thanks, 1988
04 Augsburg Publishing House / Augsburg Press, 1980-2006
A Beautiful Thing, 1986
Bless the Lord, My Soul, 1988
God Works for Good, 1988
Happy are You, 1980
Holy Fire, 1993
How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place, 1989
In Thee, O Lord, 1980
A Psalm of Praise, 1990
Shout to the Lord, 1989
What Gift Can We Bring? 2006
With What Shall I Come Before the Lord? 1991
05 Broadman Press, 1966, 1979
Bless the Lord, O My Soul, 1979
You Have Given Me Eyes, 1966
06 Carl Fischer, Inc. / Belwin Mills, 1954-1974
Canticle for Communion, 1964
The Diphthong Cake, 1959
Drop, Drop Slow Tears, 1959
The Eternal Gifts of Christ the King, 1959
Fanfare for Easter, 1959
The God of Love, 1974
God Our Refuge, 1955
Good News, 1970
He Comes to Us, 1957
I Bind My Heart This Tide, 1957
Let Us Break Bread Together, 1957
Lord of All Hopefulness, 1960
Make a Joyful Noise, 1956
None Other Lamb, 1954
Praise the Lord, 1969
Sing Alleluia Forth, 1962
Sing! Sing! 1956
Sometimes a Light, 1974
There Is a Song So Thrilling, 1956
Unto the Hills, 1956
Up On the Christmas Tree, 1958
07 Carl Fischer, Inc. My Eternal King / Our Eternal King, 1954-2005
08 Choristers Guild, 1979-1998
Benediction, 1979
Consider the Lilies, 1996
Create in Me, O God, 1996
For Hard Things, 1993
Gifts, 1998
God Speaks: 1. The Twin Commandments, 1990
God Speaks: 2. True Goodness, 1990
God Speaks: 3. Words of Love, 1990
God Speaks: 4. Words of Faith, 1990
Good Things, 1997
I Heard a Song, 2003
Love, Joy, and Peace, 1990
O Come, O Come, Immanuel, 1996
Of Singing, 1972
Open Your Heart, 2002
Psalm 17, 2001, 2003
Psalm 98, 1987
09 Coronet Press. Two Dwellings, 1985
10 E. C. Schirmer Music Company Inc. / ECS Publishing, 1994-2012
Benediction, 1994
Celebration, 1995
The Day is Coming, 1997
Earthen Treasures, 2000
For Peace, 2002
Give Praise and Thanks, 1994
Lenten Prayer, 1998
O Lord, Remember, 2006
One More Thing, 1995
Pondering Mystery, 2012
Prayer at Christ-Mass, 1996
Prayer for the Nation, 1998
Psalm 16 (Protect Me, O God), 2002
Solemn Prayer, 1994
Two Madrigals: Then and Now, 1996
What Child Is This? 2005
Who Hath a Right Like Us to Sing? 1996
Whom Have I? 1997
Words from Two Women, 2003
11 G. I. A. Publications, Inc., 1984-2005
Alleluias, 2006
Christus Natus Est, 2000
Eternal Light, 1984
Give Thanks for Music-Making Art, 1993
A Joyful Psalm, 1987
The Promised Land, 2005
Sing to His Name, 1984
Why Has God Forsaken Me? 1990
12 The H. W. Gray Co., Inc. / CPP Belwin, Inc., 1959-1989
Awake, My Heart, 1958, 1960
Awake, My Lute, 1990
The Blessing of the Trinity, 1989
A Celtic Prayer, 1989
For Our Country, 1991
Great King of Glory, Come, 1962
Sing to God, 1988
Spirit of Life, 1959
13 Hinshaw Music, Inc., 1960-2004
As the Bridegroom to His Chosen, 1980
Blessed is the Man, 1960
Jesu, Jesu, 1981
Lift Up Your Heads, 1988
Lord of Life, 1980
Perfect Love, 1990, 2004
Prayer, 1975
Prayers from the Ark, 1977
A Psalm of Peace, 1985
A Round of Praise, 1976
We Come Unto Our Savior God, 1988
14 Hope Publishing Company, 1990-1998
Anniversary Song (What gift can we bring), 1996
Chosen and Thankful, 1995
Psalm of Celebration, 1998
What Gift Can We Bring, 1990
You Call Us, Lord, 1992
15 Lawson-Gould Music Publishers, Inc., 1984, 1986
Saints without Tears, 1996
Seen and Unseen, 1994
16 MorningStar Music Publishers, 1994, 2000
God Has a Plan for All, 1994
In the Stable, 2000
17 The Sacred Music Press, 1969-2004
Alleluia, 1969
Credo, 2002, 2004
Eternal God, the Lord of All, 1990
Gather Us In, 1988
My Refuge, My Fortress, 1991
The Prayers I Make, 1968, 1985
Two Quiet Psalms, 1981
We Seek Your Presence, 1992
When Love Is Found, 1983
Windows of Blessing, 1993

Series 2: Song Books and Compilations, 1961-2003
11 folders

The second series comprises twenty-five song books, anthem compilations, and church music journals containing works by Jane M. Marshall. Following the pattern of series 1, these publications are arranged in eleven folders, one for each publisher. Within the publisher folder titles are organized in alphabetical order.
Box Folder
1941 18 Abingdon Press, 1990-2003
Can God Be Seen in Other Ways, 2003
Church Music for Children, 1995
Church Music Workshop, 1998
The Door is Open, 2002
Family of God, 2008
Folio, Volume 1, 1990
Sing for Peace, 2004
19 Augsburg Publishing House. Oh, Sing to Our God, 1987
20 Broadman Press / Convention Press, 1961-1988
1961 Joint Service Book, Part One, 1961
And Then, I Sing, 1988
Singing Through the Year, 1966
21 Carl Fischer, Inc., 1956-1970
New Music for Worship, 1970
We Go to Church, 1956
We Sing to Learn, 1959
22 Choristers Guild
Psalms Together, 1986
Psalms Together II, 1988, 2003
Box Folder
1942A 01 E. C. Schirmer Music Company Inc. / ECS Publishing. Somerset Anthem Books for SAB Choir, 1996-1998
02 Lorenz Publishing Company, 1973-2003
The Choir Leader, 1973
The SAB Choir, 2003
The Two-Part Mixed Choir, 1986
03 The Sacred Music Press, 1969, 1972
Six Anthems with Brass, 1969
Ten Anthems about Peace, 1972
04 The Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, 1986-1990
The Church Musician, November 1990
Music Makers, 1986
05 The Westminster Press. Service Music for the Adult Choir, 1956
06 World Library Publications. Sing Out! A Children’s Psalter, 1994

Series 3:Working Documents, 1952-2010
28 folders

The third and final series contains twenty-six folders of manuscript compositions, edited drafts, event programs, and correspondence with authors, composers, and publishers. This series features many documents revealing the development of Jane Marshall’s creative works from initial idea to print publication to use in worship services and choir festivals. The final folder contains records of the Consultation on Ecumenical Hymnody, an interdenominational committee formed in 1968 “for the purpose of sharing work done in the preparation of hymns and liturgical music, conferring on cooperative and joint projects relating to hymnody, seeking consensus on texts and tunes for hymns common to the several churches, [and] encouraging the writing of new hymns.”
Box Folder
1942A 07 Abingdon Press – Music, texts, copyright agreements, 1993-2006
08 Abingdon Press – Church Music Workshop, 2003
09 Abingdon Press – Sing for Peace, 2004
10 Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc. – What Gift Can We Bring, 2000-2005
11 Published works, 1982-2008
12 Anthems, 1952-2004
Box Folder
1942B 01-03 Anthems, 1955-2009
04-05 Jane Marshall texts, tunes, and harmonizations, 1982-2008
06 Collaborations with Mary Louise Bringle, 2003-2005
07 Collaborations with Rusty Edwards, 1991-1998
08 Collaboration with Sue Fowler, 2002
09 Collaborations with Fred Pratt Green, 1990
10 Collaborations with Shirley Erena Murray, 1995-2008
Box Folder
1943A 01-02 Collaborations with John Thornburg, 1992-2007
03 Collaborations with Brian Wren, 1992-1999
04 Collaborations with Carlton R. Young, 1999-2001
05 Collaborations with others, 1967-2008
06 Light compositions, 1990-2000
07 Book notes – Choral Conducting in a Package, 2006
08 Correspondence, 1997-2002
09 Peter M. Marshall correspondence and compositions, 1996-1997
10 Event and workshop programs, 1995-2010
11 Jane Marshall hymn catalog and list of hymn collaborations with John Thornburg, 1974-2005
12 Consultation on Ecumenical Hymnody, 1971-1977