Guide to the Anthony Donato (1909-1990) Papers

Collection Title: Anthony Donato (1909-1990) Papers
Dates: 1917-1992
Identification: 19/3/5
Creator: Donato, Anthony
Extent: 19 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Anthony Donato Papers fill 19 boxes in addition to eight oversize scrapbooks, spanning the period 1917-1992. Most of the material dates from 1945 to 1975. The papers are organized in four main categories: biographical materials, correspondence, music scores and publications.
Acquisition Information: The Anthony Donato Papers were donated to the University Archives in six accessions: #83-27 on 03-04-83 by Anthony Donato; #83-30 on 03-15-83 by Anthony Donato; # 83-46 on 05-16-83 by Anthony Donato; # 86-100 on 06-15-86 by Anthony Donato; #88-9 on 01-15-88 by Anthony Donato; and # 91-14 on 02-01-91 by Carolyn S. Donato.
Processing Information: William K. Beatty, November, 1991 - January, 1992.
Separated Materials: Several hundred duplicate orchestral and vocal scores were discarded at Professor Donato's request. Small amounts of duplicate and extraneous material were discarded. Seven audio cassettes of his works were transferred to the University Archives' audiocassette collection (AC 168). A detailed description of the audio cassettes is contained in the inventory folder.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Anthony Donato was born in Prague, Nebraska, on March 8, 1909. He obtained his B. Mus. (1931), M. Mus. (1937), and PhD (1947) degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

From 1931 to 1937 Donato was head of the violin department and conducted the orchestra at Drake University. He also headed the violin departments at Iowa State Teachers College, 1937-1939, and at the University of Texas, 1939-1946, where he also taught composition. Donato came to Northwestern in 1947 as associate professor of music. In 1950 he was promoted to professor of theory and composition.

He became an emeritus professor in 1976. From 1947 to 1958 and in 1961 Donato also directed the University Chamber Orchestra. Donato was a Fulbright Fellow, lecturing on contemporary American musical composition at Birmingham University in England during 1951-1952. He was also a Huntington Hartford Foundation Fellow during the summer of 1961, furthering his research in musical composition.

Donato's musical performances include being a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, 1927-1931, and the Hochstein Quartet, 1929-1931. He also conducted and performed in his own quartet which played live on many radio stations during 1929-1937. Donato made many appearances as a soloist and as a member of various chamber music organizations performing across the United States. He composed works for orchestra, band, chorus, opera, various chamber combinations, piano, organ, solo voice, and various instruments with piano.

Donato and Carolyn Scott, his accompanist, were married on December 30, 1931. They had no children. On October 29, 1990, Donato died at a nursing facility near his home in Bradenton, Florida.

Scope and Content

The Anthony Donato Papers fill 19 boxes in addition to eight oversize scrapbooks, spanning the period 1917-1992. Most of the material dates from 1945 to 1975. The papers are organized in four main categories: biographical materials, correspondence, music scores and publications. Within each category the files are arranged alphabetically by folder title unless stated otherwise.

The biographical materials include curricula vitae, clippings, programs of musical performances, a transcript of Donato's academic record at Eastman, and lists of his musical works and the dates of their performances. The scrapbooks located at the end of the collection contain substantial amounts of clippings and programs.

The general correspondence, arranged chronologically by date, deals mostly with Donato's musical works and performances, his teaching, and some personal matters. The subject correspondence pertains to his efforts to join the military services in World War II, his trip to Europe in 1965, several professional organizations, and publication of his book, Preparing Music Manuscript (1962).

The music scores, a substantial collection of drafts and finished productions, are housed in letter-size, legal-size, and dropfront oversize boxes. They are arranged within these three categories, according to their physical size. The scores then are filed alphabetically by title. The user should check each of the three categories to locate a particular score, as indicated in the container list.

The publications files consist primarily of a draft of his book, Preparing Music Manuscript.

The scrapbooks, arranged chronologically by date, contain a wealth of clippings (news items, accounts and reviews of performances, and interviews) and programs of concerts in which Donato took part or in which his compositions were performed.

Arrangement of Materials

The papers are organized in four main categories: biographical materials, correspondence, music scores and publications. Within each category the files are arranged alphabetically by folder title unless stated otherwise.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). School of Music--Faculty

Personal Name

Donato, Anthony

Subjects

Composers--United States

Violinists--United States


Container List / Contents

  • Biographical Materials
    • General, 1951-1975Box 1, Folder 1
    • Clippings, 1953-1976Box 1, Folder 2
    • Announcement of Donato's Death, 11/06/90Box 1, Folder 3
    • Financial Records, 1951-1952Box 1, Folder 4
    • News Releases, 1952-1979Box 1, Folder 5
    • PhD, Music Literature Course Paper, 1946Box 1, Folder 6
    • Programs (Musical Performances), 1931-1965Box 1, Folder 7
    • Retirement, 1971-1977Box 1, Folder 8
    • Teaching file: 20th Century Music Course, Student Paper, 1974Box 1, Folder 9
    • Transcript, 1927-1942Box 1, Folder 10
    • Works and Performances Lists, n.d.Box 1, Folder 11
  • General Correspondence
    • General Correspondence, 1929, 1936-1937Box 1, Folder 12
    • General Correspondence, 1938Box 1, Folder 13
    • General Correspondence, Jan-June,1939Box 1, Folder 14
    • General Correspondence, July-Dec, 1939Box 1, Folder 15
    • General Correspondence, 1940Box 1, Folder 16
    • General Correspondence, 1941Box 1, Folder 17
    • General Correspondence, 1942Box 1, Folder 18
    • General Correspondence, 1943-1944Box 1, Folder 19
    • General Correspondence, 1945Box 1, Folder 20
    • General Correspondence, 1946Box 2, Folder 1
    • General Correspondence, Jan-June,1947Box 2, Folder 2
    • General Correspondence, July-Dec,1947Box 2, Folder 3
    • General Correspondence, Jan-June, 1948Box 2, Folder 4
    • General Correspondence, July-Dec, 1948Box 2, Folder 5
    • General Correspondence, Jan-June, 1949Box 2, Folder 6
    • General Correspondence, July-Dec, 1949Box 2, Folder 7
    • General Correspondence, Jan-June, 1950Box 2, Folder 8
    • General Correspondence, July-Dec, 1950Box 2, Folder 9
    • General Correspondence, Jan-June, 1951Box 2, Folder 10
    • General Correspondence, July-Aug, 1951Box 2, Folder 11
    • General Correspondence, Sept-Dec, 1951Box 2, Folder 12
    • General Correspondence, 1952Box 2, Folder 13
    • General Correspondence, Jan-June, 1953Box 3, Folder 1
    • General Correspondence, July-Sept, 1953Box 3, Folder 2
    • General Correspondence, Oct-Dec, 1953Box 3, Folder 3
    • General Correspondence, Jan-Mar, 1954Box 3, Folder 4
    • General Correspondence, Apr-June, 1954Box 3, Folder 5
    • General Correspondence, July-Sept, 1954Box 3, Folder 6
    • General Correspondence, Oct-Dec, 1954Box 3, Folder 7
    • General Correspondence, Jan-Mar, 1955Box 3, Folder 8
    • General Correspondence, Apr-Aug, 1955Box 3, Folder 9
    • General Correspondence, Sept-Dec, 1955Box 3, Folder 10
    • General Correspondence, Jan-May,1956Box 3, Folder 11
    • General Correspondence, June-Sept, 1956Box 3, Folder 12
    • General Correspondence, Oct-Dec, 1956Box 3, Folder 13
    • General Correspondence, 1957Box 3, Folder 14
    • General Correspondence, Jan-Sept, 1958Box 4, Folder 1
    • General Correspondence, Oct-Dec, 1958Box 4, Folder 2
    • General Correspondence, Jan-July, 1959Box 4, Folder 3
    • General Correspondence, Aug-Dec, 1959Box 4, Folder 4
    • General Correspondence, 1960Box 4, Folder 5
    • General Correspondence, 1961Box 4, Folder 6
    • General Correspondence, 1962Box 4, Folder 7
    • General Correspondence, 1963Box 4, Folder 8
    • General Correspondence, 1964Box 4, Folder 9
    • General Correspondence, 1965Box 5, Folder 1
    • General Correspondence, 1966Box 5, Folder 2
    • General Correspondence, 1967Box 5, Folder 3
    • General Correspondence, 1968Box 5, Folder 4
    • General Correspondence, 1969Box 5, Folder 5
    • General Correspondence, 1970Box 5, Folder 6
    • General Correspondence, 1971Box 5, Folder 7
    • General Correspondence, 1972Box 5, Folder 8
    • General Correspondence, 1973Box 5, Folder 9
    • General Correspondence, 1974Box 5, Folder 10
    • General Correspondence, 1975Box 5, Folder 11
    • General Correspondence, 1976Box 5, Folder 12
    • General Correspondence, 1977Box 5, Folder 13
    • General Correspondence, 1978Box 5, Folder 14
    • General Correspondence, 1979Box 5, Folder 15
    • General Correspondence, 1980-1981Box 5, Folder 16
    • General Correspondence, 1982Box 6, Folder 1
    • General Correspondence, 1983Box 6, Folder 2
    • General Correspondence, 1984-1987Box 6, Folder 3
    • General Correspondence, 1988Box 6, Folder 4
    • General Correspondence, 1989Box 6, Folder 5
    • General Correspondence, 1990-1992Box 6, Folder 6
    • General Correspondence, n.d.Box 6, Folder 7
    • General Correspondence, n.d.Box 6, Folder 8
  • Subject Correspondence
    • Copland, Aaron, 1953Box 6, Folder 9
    • European Trip, 1964-1965Box 6, Folder 10
    • Military, World War II, 1942-1944Box 6, Folder 11
    • Music Teachers National Association, 1965-1967Box 6, Folder 12
    • National Federation of Music Clubs, 1957-1959Box 6, Folder 13
    • Prentice Hall Publishers, 1962Box 6, Folder 14
    • Prentice Hall Publishers, 1963-1967Box 6, Folder 15
  • Music Scores
    • “African Dominoes”, 1948Box 6, Folder 16
    • “Andante for Strings”, 1948Box 6, Folder 17
    • “Birds”, n.d.Box 6, Folder 18
    • “The Congo”, n.d.Box 6, Folder 19
    • “Cowboy Reverie”, 1957Box 7, Folder 1
    • “Divertimento”, 1939Box 7, Folder 2
    • “Drag and Run”, 1949Box 7, Folder 3
    • “Elegy”, 1938Box 7, Folder 4
    • “Garden Etiquette”, n.d.Box 7, Folder 5
    • “The Hidden Fortress”, 1955Box 7, Folder 6
    • “How Amiable Are Thy Tabernacles”, n.d.Box 7, Folder 7
    • “The Lake Shore”, 1950Box 7, Folder 8
    • “The Lama”, 1935Box 7, Folder 9
    • “A Lament”, n.d.Box 7, Folder 10
    • “Lazy Afternoon”, 1950Box 7, Folder 11
    • “Lord, Hear My Voice”, n.d.Box 7, Folder 12
    • “March of the Hungry Mountains”, 1949Box 7, Folder 13
    • “Minor”: A-M, 1932-1974Box 7, Folder 14
    • “Minor”: N-Z, 1946-1958Box 7, Folder 15
    • “To My Neighbor at the Concert”, n.d.Box 7, Folder 16
    • “Nonet for Brass and Percussion”, 1973Box 7, Folder 17
    • “Pastorale Dance for 4 Bb Clarinets”, 1954Box 7, Folder 18
    • “Precipitations”, 1946Box 7, Folder 19
    • “Prelude and Choral Fantasy”, n.d.Box 7, Folder 20
    • “Quartet in E Minor”, 1948Box 7, Folder 21
    • “Solitude in the City”, n.d.Box 7, Folder 22
    • “Sonata for Clarinets and Piano”, 1967Box 7, Folder 23
    • “Sonata for Horn and Piano”, n.d.Box 7, Folder 24
    • “Sonata for Piano”, 1951Box 7, Folder 25
    • “Sonatina for 3 Bb Trumpets”, 1954Box 8, Folder 1
    • “Sonnet”, 1946Box 8, Folder 2
    • “Suite for Brass”, 1961Box 8, Folder 3
    • “Texts”, n.d.Box 8, Folder 4
    • “Thou Art My God”, n.d.Box 8, Folder 5
    • “Three pieces for 3B, Clarinets”, 1956Box 8, Folder 6
    • “Three Preludes”, 1948Box 8, Folder 7
  • Publications
    • Preparing Music Manuscripts Draft, pp.1-100, 1963Box 8, Folder 8
    • Preparing Music Manuscripts Draft, pp.101-200, 1963Box 8, Folder 9
    • Preparing Music Manuscripts Draft, pp.201-end, paperback pub., 1963Box 8, Folder 10
    • Preparing Music Manuscripts Reprint, 1957Box 8, Folder 11
    • Preparing Music Manuscripts Miscellaneous Arts, n.d.Box 8, Folder 12
  • Music Scores (Legal Size)
    • “A Ja Sam”, 1929Box 9, Folder 1
    • “Birds”, n.d.Box 9, Folder 2
    • “Blessed Is the Man”, n.d.Box 9, Folder 3
    • “Cadenza for Brahms Concerto”, 1930Box 9, Folder 4
    • “Chaccone”, n.d.Box 9, Folder 5
    • “Concert Overture”, 1958Box 9, Folder 6
    • “Discourse”, n.d.Box 9, Folder 7
    • “Garden Etiquette”, n.d.Box 9, Folder 8
    • “Improvisation”, n.d.Box 9, Folder 9
    • “The Lake Shore”, 1, n.dBox 9, Folder 10
    • “The Lake Shore”, 2, n.d.Box 9, Folder 11
    • “A Lament”, n.d.Box 9, Folder 12
    • “Lord, Hear My Voice”, n.d.Box 9, Folder 13
    • “Moon Songs”, n.d.Box 9, Folder 14
    • “The Pool”, n.d.Box 9, Folder 15
    • Printers Examples for Preparing Music Manuscripts, n.d.Box 9, Folder 16
    • “Quintet for Winds”, n.d.Box 9, Folder 17
    • “Seven Stars”, n.d.Box 9, Folder 18
    • “Sinfoniettta No.2”, n.d.Box 9, Folder 19
    • “Sonata”, n.d.Box 9, Folder 20
    • “Sonata No.2”, n.d.Box 9, Folder 21
    • “Sonata for Piano”, 1951Box 10, Folder 1
    • “String Quartet No.4”, n.d.Box 10, Folder 2
    • “Three Poems from Shelley”, n.d.Box 10, Folder 3
    • “Three Preludes”, 1948Box 10, Folder 4
    • “Three Romantic Songs”, n.d.Box 10, Folder 5
    • “Two Wind Songs”, n.dBox 10, Folder 6
    • “Walker-Through Walls” Scene 1, n.dBox 10, Folder 7
    • “Walker-Through Walls” Scene 2, n.dBox 10, Folder 8
    • “Walker-Through Walls” Scene 3, n.dBox 10, Folder 9
    • “Walker-Through Walls” Scene 4, n.dBox 10, Folder 10
  • Music Scores (Oversize)
  • Scrapbooks
    • 1, 1917 - 1933
    • 2, 1933 - 1948
    • 3, 1940 - 1946
    • 4, 1946 - 1954
    • 5, 1954 - 1958
    • 6, 1956 - 1962
    • 7, 1962 - 1969
    • 8, 1968 - 1983