New Digital Collection

The Music Library is proud to announce a new digital collection: The Hemrick Nathan Salley Family Sheet Music collection: In collaboration with the Digital Collections department, two bound volumes of 19th- and early 20th-Century sheet music were digitized using the Zeutschel overhead scanner.

These volumes are focused on two areas: popular piano music from the mid 1800s, and songs for piano and voice related to blackface minstrelsy from 1899 to 1902. The mid 1800s volume contains some of the oldest popular sheet music found in the Music Library, while the minstrelsy volume contains songs that closely relate to works found in the Center for Southern African American Music‘s (CSAM) collection.

In addition to hundreds of pieces of popular sheet music, the Hemrick Nathan Salley Family Collection contains phonodisc and cylinder recordings, memorabilia, photographs, books, magazines, and musical instruments from the 1800s to the 1980s.

Upcoming digital collection!

Introducing our newest digital collection: L’art Decoratif de Leon Bakst.

“Léon Bakst (1866-1924) was a Russian portraitist and designer who spent much of his career in Paris. This book reflects his extraordinary collaborative work with Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes as well as the dancers Ida Rubinstein and Vaslav Nijinsky. The costumes and set designs in the book demonstrate his modern yet exotic aesthetic as well as a consistently brilliant and detailed use of color. ” (Description by Patricia Sasser of University of South Carolina University Libraries’ Digital Collections.)

This digital collection includes the entire publication, which consists of an extensive introduction, ballet synopses, and beautifully illustrated plates. Included here is the famous dancer Vaslav Najinsky in Afternoon of a Faun (Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune). Interestingly, an internet search returned what appears to be Najinsky in the actual costume based off the plate we’ve included here.

For a truly multimedia experience, USC patrons can listen to the Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun (Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune)on Naxos Music Library here.

We’ll update you once again when this collection is published online, so stay tuned!

New digital collection!

We recently added the Claude Casey digital collection. As of right now, the collection consists of Claude’s scrapbooks, just as he made them (but with a little TLC from the University Libraries’ Conservation Lab!). The scrapbooks chronicle his life from being a little-known musician in South Carolina, through his performances along the East coast, to many behind-the-scenes photographs from Hollywood movies. Over the next few months, expect to see some very interesting ephemera added to this collection. Researchers of musicians and performances along the East coast and over the radio in the 1930s-1940s will particularly enjoy the newest additions. Our good friends over at the University Libraries’ Digital Collections Department are working diligently to add the last few items to the collection, but you can check out their hard work now!
Visit this link to see the Claude Casey digital collection.
Who was Claude Casey?
Before country music achieved mainstream appeal, when the genre was defined as “hillbilly music,” Claude Casey went from a poor boy born in Enoree, South Carolina, on September 13, 1912, to a renowned country musician and film star.  Not only does the Claude Casey collection focus on the celebrated life of a native South Carolinian, but also serves as a time capsule tracing the developments of a musical genre favored by many Americans.
Casey’s musical talents as a singer, guitarist, and songwriter developed while growing up in the Carolinas and Danville, Virginia.  His recording career commenced on July 16, 1937, with the signing of the Claude Casey Trio to the American Record Corporation.  In 1938, Claude Casey and the Pine State Playboys began recording for Bluebird Records while also performing on radio shows at WFTC in Kinston, North Carolina.  By 1941, Casey was performing with the Briarhoppers and Cecil Campbell & the Tennessee Ramblers for WBT in Charlotte. Casey relocated to Augusta, Georgia, in 1951 to work at WGAC, performing with the Sagedusters.  He recorded primarily for record labels RCA Victor and MGM, for whom he did his final recording in 1952 with Chet Atkins.  In 1961, he founded AM radio station WJES (Johnston, Edgefield, and Saluda) and FM station WKSX, both located in Johnston.  In recognition of his contributions to the state, Casey was awarded the South Carolina Folk Heritage Award in 1996.
Billed as the Carolina Hobo, Casey also appeared on numerous television shows and in over 10 motion pictures, including Swing Your Partner (1943), Square Dance Jubilee (1949), Kentucky Jubilee (1951), and Forty Acre Feud (1965 [Uncle Foxey Calhoun]).  He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and ASCAP.
After a lengthy and very successful career, Claude Casey passed away at the Edgefield County Hospital on June 24, 1999, survived by his wife, Ruth Derrick, whom he married in 1942, and their two children, Leon and Michael.  The Claude Casey collection was donated to the Music Library in 2006 by Ruth Casey and contains many items that afford a significant portrayal of the hardships and accomplishments of a leading figure in early country music.  Highlights include scores and lyrics, movie scripts autographed by the cast (including Minnie Pearl and Ron Ormond), videos, posters, and signed photographs of famous country musicians.  Among the 78s, transcription discs, reel-to-reels, LPs, and audio cassettes are hundreds of demo, commerical, home, and studio recordings.  Letters and official performance contracts reveal intriguing perspectives of the business driving the country music and movie scenes.

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Here’s another “Guess the Special Collection!” image:

Blogger Donna made an excellent guess when she asked if this was part of the Henry Cowell Collection. However, it belongs in a different collection.
Felix Bauer was not only a great composer but an artist as well. He came to live in South Carolina and taught both art and music at Erskine College in Due West, SC.

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Today’s “Guess the Special Collection” is a super tricky one! This image actually is a part of two different collections:

This is technically a part of our Digital Sheet Music Project, which is a special collection of sheet music from the 1800s through 1923. It is also part of our South Carolina Collection, which encompasses anything relating to the music of our great state!

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This image is deeply embedded in one of our most frequently used special collections. Did you guess correctly?
This item comes from our Southern African American Collection. It is a part of the 78 RPM audio archive. If you haven’t listened to some of our audio clips, you’re missing out! These are great historic recordings!

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This image is a tough one to guess! It actually is a very historic image, and comes from our Robert W. Books Collection, which includes a series of materials on Walter Gieseking. In this image, (dated January 25, 1949) people are protesting Walter Gieseking’s proposed concert in New York City at Carnegie Hall because he is German. The concert was canceled, and Gieseking was taken into custody by immigration officials.