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Music Research Collections

Special Collections holds a small number of music research collections that focus on specific composers or musical movements. Holdings include:

Robert Helps Collection

Robert Helps Collection imageDates: 1900-2001
Extent: 54 linear feet (93 boxes)
Description: Primarily consisting of manuscript and printed scores composed by USF pianist and composer Robert Helps between the early 1950s and 2001, this collection also includes performance programs, performance reviews and professional and personal correspondence. Helps’ musical recordings, which comprise a significant portion of the overall collection, are currently being processed.

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Suchoff-Antokoletz Collection of Bartokiana

Suchoff-Antokoletz Collection of Bartokiana imageDates: 1881-1945
Extent: 45 linear feet (57 boxes)
Description: The Benjamin Suchoff Collection of Bartokiana consists of works (such as concertos, folk music and sonatas) by Bela Bartok as well as research materials gathered by Benjamin Suchoff. A small portion of the collection includes items about the New York Bartok Archives and materials created and collected by Elliot Antokoletz.


Ben T. Brown Bluegrass Collection

Ben Brown Bluegrass Collection imageDates: 1972
Extent: 4.5 linear feet (5 boxes)
Description: Donated by USF student Ben Brown, this collection consists of eleven 10 1/2 inch reels of 1/2 inch magnetic audio tape containing music recorded live at the White Springs Bluegrass Festival (White Springs, Florida) May 4 – 6, 1972. These tapes were the basis for a record album produced by Ben Brown and released by Kaloosa Records (Tampa, Florida) later that year. Four copies of the album are included as part of the collection.

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Olive Campbell Papers

Olive Campbell Papers imageDates: 1897-1952
Extent: 1 linear foot
Description: Between 1908 and 1909, Olive Dame Campbell traveled through Appalachia and collected the words and music to local ballads, which she later published as “English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians.” The collection includes lyrics to ballads transcribed by Campbell, sheet music, correspondence, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, and booklets.

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