The Resource The collection is filed under Accession 37486

The collection is filed under Accession 37486

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  • Papers, 1879-1998, of Ruthanna Rudolph Wilkinson of Findlay, Ohio, and Hanover County, Virginia. The bulk of the collection covers the years 1925 to 1985 and is divided into five series: Working Files, Personal Files, Sheet Music, Publications, and Oversize. These papers document the personal and professional life of a music teacher in the Richmond Public Schools, 1960-1990. Includes clippings, correspondence, memoranda, notebooks, photographs, programs, publications, sheet music, and subject files. The bulk of the collection is the Sheet Music Series, which contains over 850 pieces of sheet music, ranging from choral music to classical music, popular music to show tunes
  • The WORKING FILES series is housed in 25 archival boxes and arranged alphabetically in two subseries. Subseries have been designated for general subject files and classroom music. The series contains brochures, clippings, correspondence, memoranda, notebooks, photographs, publications, and sheet music from Wilkinson's career as a music consultant with the Richmond Public Schools. The general subject files were maintained in their original order. Of note are the teacher planning notebooks, which include classroom rosters and lesson plans for schools in which Wilkinson taught, for example Cary, Bellevue, Mason, Chimborazo, and Summer Hill schools. Includes copies of the newsletters "VMEA Notes" (Virginia Music Educators Association) and the "School Bell," an employee publication of the Richmond Public Schools. Includes programs, permission slips, schedules, and guides on appropriate behavior for students attending the Youth Symphony Concerts by the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, 1965-1975. Also of note are programs, music, and staging directions for musical programs of the Richmond public schools, including "Music In Our Schools Week," "Rainbow of the Arts," and "Brotherhood Week," 1975-1983. Includes conference programs, notes, publications, and maps from the Music Educators National Conferences, 1974-1984, pamphlets from the Massannetta Music Camp in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and lists of books, films, and recordings for use by music teachers. The classroom music subseries includes copies of songs taught by Wilkinson. The subseries is arranged alphabetically by song title or by subject. Contains many original songs written by Wilkinson
  • The PERSONAL FILES series is arranged alphabetically in 13 archival boxes and contains baby books, calendars, clippings, correspondence, diaries, genealogical research, notebooks, photographs, programs, and publications relating to Ruthanna's personal and social life, c. 1940-1996. Includes programs from church services attended at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Hanover Courthouse, Virginia, and Richmond, Virginia, and at St. Thomas' Church in Richmond, Virginia, from 1962-1993. Includes numerous Christmas and birthday cards, correspondence and baby books of the Wilkinson children, photographs and brochures from family travels and vacations, publications and programs from Miami University in Ohio and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Also includes notes and tests from Ruthanna's undergraduate work at Miami University in Ohio, c. 1940, and correspondence, brochures, and transcripts from Ruthanna's graduate work at Virginia Commonwealth University
  • The SHEET MUSIC series is housed in 22 archival boxes, arranged in eleven subseries, and comprises the bulk of the Ruthanna Wilkinson papers. Subseries have been designated for Choral music; Classical music; Holiday music; Military music; Miscellaneous music; Movie tunes; Opera; Patriotic Music; Popular music; Sacred music; and Show tunes. The sheet music is arranged by title within each subseries, with the exception of the classical music subseries, which is arranged alphabetically by composer. The finding aid lists the title, composer, lyricist, publication date, and publisher for each sheet music title. For the movie and show tune music sections the name of the play or movie is also listed
  • This collection contains an important and comprehensive collection of 19th and early 20th century American sheet music. A variety of music types include sentimental songs, choral and sacred songs, patriotic and political songs, plantation songs, marches, dance music, songs from musicals, and songs from World War I. Publishers prominent in the collection include Neil A. Kjos Music Company, Stainer & Bell Ltd., G. Schirmer Inc., Boosey & Hawkes Inc., Oxford University Press, and Theodore Presser Company. Classical composers include Bach, Chopin, Grieg, Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Tchaikovsky. The movie and show tunes contain sheet music mainly from 1925-1945 and includes music from the "Gay Divorce," "Anchors Aweigh," "Fiddler on the Rood," "Sound of Music," "State Fair," "Oliver," "Naughty Marietta," "Show Boat," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Carousel," and the "King and I." The popular music includes a variety of music ranging from 1920 to 1970, including some racially and ethnically biased songs of the early twentieth century. The sheet music collection must also be noted for the detailed cover illustrations
  • The PUBLICATIONS series is housed in 2 archival boxes and is arranged alphabetically by title. This series includes publications on the piano, recorder and keyboard, the music of Mary Poppins, teaching rhythm to kindergarten and primary grades, and a series of books on a musical television program sponsored by the Central Virginia Educational Television Corporation, 1967. Of note are the handbooks issued by the Richmond Public School system, Let's Make Music Today, containing information on teaching objectives for music teachers of elementary students
  • The OVERSIZE series is housed in 3 archival boxes and is arranged alphabetically by folder title. This series includes world maps, publications, oversize sheet music, and ephemera
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Biographical or historical data
Ruthanna Wilkinson, daughter of Kizzie Short and Charles Austin Rudolph, was born 29 September 1921 in Findlay, Ohio. She married Clyde Wood Wilkinson of Richmond, Virginia, and lived in Hanover County, Virginia. Ruthanna Wilkinson attended high school at Findlay High School in Findlay, Ohio, obtained her bachelors of science from Miami University in Miamsburg, Ohio, in 1943, and her masters of music education in 1971 from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Ruthanna was an elementary education music consultant with the Richmond Public Schools for over 20 years.
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The collection is filed under Accession 37486
The collection is filed under Accession 37486
  • The Library of Virginia
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Immediate source of acquisition
  • Wilkinson, Carolyn Beverley
  • Wilkinson, Carolyn Beverley
Organization method
Arranged in five series: I. Working files. II. Personal files. III. Sheet music. IV. Publications. V. Oversize.
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