Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Gene Kenney:

An Inventory of the His Scrapbook, 1956-2007, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Texas Tech University. Music Department
Title: Gene Kenney Scrapbook,
Dates: 1956-2007
Abstract: The scrapbook pertains mainly to the activities of the Texas Tech Choir, of which Gene Kenney was the director.
Collection # U 314.1
Quantity: 1 scrapbook (1.0 linear foot) and 2 folders of loose items
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Earl Eugene "Gene" Kenney was born on January 21, 1920, in Larned, Kansas. His education at Emporia State University was interrupted when he was inducted into the Army medical Corp. He was later able to finish his Bachelor of Music Education degree at Kansas State University, then attended Southern Methodist University and received his Master's of Music degree in 1952. From 1946-1956, Kenney directed various high school choirs and was a regional representative for the Carl Fisher Music Publishing Company. In 1957, he became the Vocal Department Chair and Director of the Choral Activities at Texas Tech University. His tenure as Choral Director lasted 27 years. Kenney, Archie Jones and Gene Hemmle were the charter members of the Texas Choral Directors, which later became the Texas Choral Directors Association. His other accomplishments include studying under famed conductor Robert Shaw and teaching noted opera singers Terry Cook and Mary Jane Johnson. He passed away in Lubbock, Texas, on May 14, 2007.

Scope and Content

The donation consists of a scrapbook for the Texas Tech Choir, dated 1956-1962, loose photographs and biographical and obituary information on the life of Gene Kenney. The scrapbook is in very good condition and photographs still tucked into the photo corners were left intact. The loose photographs were sleeved and put into an acid-free folder, along with a other loose items that had fallen out of the scrapbook. Many of these loose items are Texas Tech student recital programs.


Access Restrictions

Open for research

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (People)
Kenney, Gene
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas Technological College. Dept. of Music--Faculty
Texas Tech University. Dept. of Music--Faculty
Texas Tech University. School of Music--Faculty
Music in universities and colleges--Texas--History

Related Material

Gene Kenney oral history interview [sound recording], 2000

Administrative Information

Gene Kenney Scrapbook, 1956-2007, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Gift, 2007

Processed by

Lynn Whitfield, June 2007