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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

University of Texas Arlington

William J. Marsh Papers:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Marsh, William J. (William John), 1880-1971
Title: William J. Marsh Papers
Dates: 1896-1968
Abstract: William J. Marsh was a teacher, musician, and composer. He moved to Fort Worth, Texas, in 1904. Marsh was professor of organ, composition, and theory at Texas Christian University. He also served as choir director at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Fort Worth. He composed the music to the song “Texas, Our Texas” in 1924 and it became the official state song of Texas on May 23, 1929. These papers consist of original compositions composed by Marsh as well as other pieces he collected while serving as choir director.
Identification: AR725
Extent: 2 boxes (0.8 linear feet)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Biographical Note

William J. Marsh was born on June 24, 1880, in Woolton, Liverpool, England. He moved to Texas in 1904. Marsh was professor of organ, composition, and theory at Texas Christian University. He served as a longtime choir director at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Fort Worth and at several other churches. He composed the music to the song “Texas, Our Texas” in 1924 and it became the official song of the State of Texas on May 23, 1929.

Marsh published over one hundred classical and sacred musical works. Some of his notable works include: "The Flower Fair at Peking" (1931), reputedly the first opera to be composed and produced in Texas; the official Mass for the Texas Centennial; and the state song, "Texas Our Texas" (1924). Marsh also composed numerous pageants, Masses, anthems, and cantatas. He won numerous awards for his work including best song by a Texas composer (1921) and the Texas Federation of Music Clubs choral prize (1921).

Marsh was chairman of the Texas Composers' Guild for twenty-seven years and a music critic for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. In 1959, he received an award as Outstanding Senior Citizen of Fort Worth. Marsh held life memberships in the Texas and National Federation of Music Clubs, Texas Music Teachers Association, and American Guild of Organists.

He died in Fort Worth on February 1, 1971, and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery. In 1985 a Texas Historical Marker was erected in his honor near the gravesite.

Sources

  • Handbook of Texas Online, "Marsh, William John," accessed April 19, 2018.
  • Southwestern Historical Quarterly , Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951 Page: 477.
  • Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5439005833, Details for William John Marsh.

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Scope and Contents

The William J. Marsh Papers is comprised of original compositions composed by Marsh, and sheet music collected by Marsh during his tenure as choir director. Also included in these papers are church bulletins and programs from performances of Marsh’s music, and materials related to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Organization

The collection is organized with music first, followed by other materials. Folders are arranged alphabetically and chronologically thereunder.

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Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

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Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Marsh, William J. (William John), 1880-1971.
Organizations
St. Patrick's Cathedral (Fort Worth, Texas)
Subjects
Music--Manuscripts.
Places
Texas--Songs and music.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Helen Bradley, October 3, 2017.

Citation

William J. Marsh Papers, AR725, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift, 2017.

Accessioned as number 2018-7.

Processing Information

This collection was process and finding aid written by Kevin Gonzalez.

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Container List

Box Folder
1 1 Asperges Me and Vidi Aquam, 1923
2 Attende Domine, 1942
3 Ave Maria, undated
4 Cantilene Intermede for the Cello, undated
5 Choral Mass in C in Honor of The Holy Innocents, 1953
6 Choral Mass in Honor of the Infant Jesus, 1928
7 Christus Vincit, 1953
8 Come, Christians, Sing!, undated
Composer: J. M. Tatton
9 Confirmation Service, 1957
Composed by various musicians from Gregorian Institute of America.
10 Faith of Our Fathers, 1925
Official Catholic Hymn of the Texas Centennial
11 Flos Carmeli, 1944
12 Gordon’s Octavo Catholic Music, 1930
Composer: Bernard Leddington
13 Hail! Day of Gladness, 1952
14 Hark! Ten Thousand Voices Sounding, undated
15 Hymns for Lent and May, 1950
16 Hymns Transferred Into Organ Keys (for Funerals), undated
17 Inviolata and Tota Pulchra Es Maria, undated
18 Jesu Dulcis Memoria, 1923
19 Laetentur Coeli, 1958
20 Maryton, undated
21 Magnum Nomen Domini, 1939, 1952
22 Mass in B Flat in Honor of Christ the King, 1954
23 Mass in Honor of St. Lawrence, 1930, 1948
24 Mass in Honor of St. Louis the Crusader, 1959
25 Mass in Honor of St. Patrick, 1953
Composer: P.A. Daley
26 Mass of St. Joseph, 1940
27 Mass of the Holy Angels, 1940
28 Meditation, 1905
Composer: C.S. Morrison
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2 1 Missa Caritas in Honor of St. Vincent de Paul, 1958
2 Missa Marialis, 1951
3 Missa Regina Coeli, 1942, 1956
4 Missa Simplex in Honor of St. Pius X, 1952
5 Missa Solemnis in Honor of St. Francis of Assisi, 1960
6 Music for Morning Office on Palm Sunday, 1960
Composer: R.R. Terry
7 Nine Carols for Christmas, 1941
8 Old Favorite Songs, undated
Composers: Various
9 O Quam Suavis Est., undated
Composer: R.W. Oberhoffer
10 O Salutaris, 1921
11 A People’s Mass, 1950
Composer: Dom Gregory Murray
12 Regina Caeli, 1959
13 Requiem Mass-Absolution, 1935
Composer: Joseph A. Murphy
14 Requiem Mass-Dies Irae and Libera, 1942
Composer: Michael Haller
15 Requiem Mass-Missa pro Defunctis, 1907
Composer: J.Singenberger
16 Resurrection: Easter Song, 1928
17 Sacred Music by Edward Strubel, 1955
Composer: Edward Strubel
18 Sacred Music by Richard Keys Biggs, 1936
Composer: Richard Keys Biggs
19 St. Philip, 1936
20 Surrexit Hodie, 1956
21 Terra Tremuit, 1959
22 Texas, Our Texas, 1925
23 Theory Work Book, 1965
24 Thirteen Practical Marches by Marsh, 1962
25 Unison Mass in Honor of St. Aloysius, 1943, 1963
26 Wedding Music for the Organ, 1896
Composer: Joseph L. Roeckel
27 Bulletins and Programs, 1923-1961
28 Printed Materials, 1947
29 St. Patrick’s Church in Fort Worth, Texas, 1906-1968
30 Unidentified Music, undated

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