Julia Frances Smith was born in Denton, Texas on January 25, 1911. She graduated from North Texas State University in 1930. She attended the Julliard Graduate School (1932 - 1939) and gained a diploma. She received a M.A. (1933) and a Ph.D. (1952) from New York University. She was a pianist for the Orchestrette Classique of New York, a women’s orchestra (1932 - 1939). She wrote Aaron Copland: His Work and Contribution to American Music and was editor of Directory of American Women Composers. She died in New York on April 27, 1989.
The provenance is unknown, but the collection was donated prior to 1992.
Scope and Contents Note
This collection consists of one box of clippings, photographs, programs, sheet music and audio tape relating to the musical composition “Remember the Alamo” by Cecil Washaw and Julia Smith. It was commissioned by US Navy Band Director Anthony Mitchell for the inaugural of Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1965.
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Last updated: July 17, 2014