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Eben Howe Bailey (1843-1943) Music Collection

Eben Howe Bailey (1843-1943) Music Collection

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EBEN HOWE BAILEY (1843-1943) MUSIC COLLECTION, 1872-1936





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Bailey, Eben H. (Eben Howe), 1843-1943
Title:Eben Howe Bailey (1843-1943) Music Collection
Dates:1872/1936
Quantity:3 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract:The Eben Howe Bailey Music Collection contains manuscript and published compositions of this Massachusetts composer and musician.
Collection Number:MSS 279

Series List

SERIES I. Miscellaneous
SERIES II. Manuscript Music Composed by Eben H. Bailey
SERIES III. Published Music Composed by Eben H. Bailey

Scope and Content Note

The Eben Howe Bailey Music Collection contains manuscript and published compositions of this Massachusetts composer and musician. Most compositions are for vocal music; other examples include church music or Mass music. It has been organized into three series.


Series I. Miscellaneous contains a photograph of Bailey at age 94, and some compositions.


Series II. Manuscript Music Composed by Eben H. Bailey consists of nine folders of undated manuscript compositions, arranged in alphabetical order.


Series III. Published Music Composed by Eben H. Bailey contains dozens of compositions that were published between 1872 and 1928, arranged in alphabetical order.


Biographical Sketch

Eben Howe Bailey was born in Ipswich, Massachusetts, on September 24, 1843, the son of Oliver (1794-1878) and Judith Howe (1798-1886) Bailey.


Bailey taught music in Clinton, Massachusetts, schools for five years and, from 1870-1880, he taught music in Fitchburg. He played organ in churches in Woodstock, Vermont, and Leominster and Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He was an organist in Boston and Jamaica Plain, also at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Rowley and St. Joseph's Church in Ipswich.


At the Peace Jubilee in Boston (1869 and 1872), he conducted one chorus the first year and two choruses the second year. He also conducted the first women's orchestra, known as the Chickering Orchestra Club, which later went on the Keith circuit.


He published between 400 and 500 compositions.


Bailey married his first wife, Amy Caroline Bailey (1845-1880) on May 24, 1866, and his second, Mary Emma Hunt, who died several years before him. He died in his 100th year on January 20, 1943, and was buried in Rowley Cemetery. He was survived by one son, Harry E. Bailey (1866-1947) of Brookline, Massachusetts, and a granddaughter, Mrs. John Pickering of Saugus.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Bailey, Eben H. (Eben Howe), 1843-1943
Church music
Composers
Mass (Music)
Music
Musicians--Photographs
Vocal music
Ipswich (Mass.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Eben Howe Bailey (1843-1943) Music Collection, MSS 279, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This collection was donated by Claire and J. Roland Morin on March 19, 1991 (acc #90091).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Marion Clark, August 1995. Updated by Anne E. (Holmer) Deschaine, June 2011, July 2014.


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