University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Maury Madison Papers, 1926-1950



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Madison, Maury, 1893-approximately 1962
Title: Maury Madison papers
Dates: 1926-1950
Abstract: 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.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.02290
Extent: 1 linear foot
Language: English , French , German .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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.


Scope and Contents

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."


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Madison, Maury, 1893-approximately 1962
Subjects
Composers
Popular music--Writing and publishing
Places
California
France
Kentucky
Los Angeles
United States
Document Types
Musical compositions

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Maury Madison Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Number(s)

1963-145

Processing Information

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 Collection

Inventory

box
2K195 [SRH1230009278] Letters, contracts, 1926-1950
Bards of the White House
"Martyred Presidents"
box
2K196 [SRH1230009288] Echoes of the White House
Lincoln Lyre
Out of the Blue
volume
4M100 Sheet music
Echoes of the White House master sheets, 1-35
volume
4M101 Popular music manuscripts, A-Z