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Music Archives at the National Library of Canada

MUS 79

Alfred Whitehead fonds.  - [ca. 1910]-[ca. 1974].  - 2 m of textual records.  - 40 photographs.  - 1 drawing. 

Biographical sketch
Composer of Protestant sacred music born in Peterborough, England, who moved to Canada in 1912.  He was employed as an organist and choirmaster in Truro and Amherst, Nova Scotia, Sherbrooke and Montréal in Quebec, and taught music at the McGill Conservatorium of Music and Mount Allison University.  He composed works for organ and numerous pieces for choir, including Alleluia, Sing to Jesus; Most Glorious Lord of Life; Watch You, Dear Lord and Benedicite Omnia Opera

Scope and content
The fonds contains records pertaining to the musical activities of Alfred Whitehead:  personal and professional correspondence; diplomas; writings by Whitehead; copyright royalties; account book; autograph manuscripts of musical works; originals and copies of works by various composers, including 10 by Graham George; manuscript exercise books from various educational institutions; concert programmes; press clippings; photographs of Alfred Whitehead and choirs; portrait of Alfred Whitehead. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from Amy Whitehead, widow of Alfred Whitehead, in 1976. 

Restrictions:  the personal correspondence is confidential. 

Finding aids:  summary list. 

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