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Wiley L. Housewright Archives

Wiley L. Housewright (1913-2003)

Wiley Lee Housewright passed away December 13th, 2003 and left behind a legacy of early Florida music research to the FSU Music Library. Dr. Housewright joined the faculty of Florida State University as a professor of music in 1947. Among his accomplishments during his tenure were initiating a graduate program, and founding and conducting the University Singers, which he developed into one of the nation's top choral organizations. He was appointed the third Dean of the FSU School of Music in 1966 and served until his retirement in 1980.

Dr. Housewright as president of MENC, with Leonard Bernstein, in 1969

After retirement he focussed on his research on early Florida music. His Pulitzer Prize-nominated book, A History of Music and Dance in Florida, 1565-1865 (ML200 .F6 H7 1991) was published by the University of Alabama Press in 1991, and his Anthology of Early Music in Florida (ML200.7 .F6 A5 1999) was published in 1999 by the University of Florida Press. During his career, Dr. Housewright traveled for many professional conferences and appointments, and was highly respected, even beloved, by his colleagues. He made contributions to the FSU music program which should not be forgotten.

Dr. Housewright with his wife, Lucilla Gumm Housewright (1913-1999)

The Housewright Archives at the Warren D. Allen Music Library contains many boxes of personal research, papers, manuscripts and drafts of Dr. Housewright's books about early Florida music. Some of the more pertinent topics of interest include notes on the music of early Florida residents including Native Americans, African-Americans, and the Spanish and other settlers of European descent; as well as church music, military music, folk music and the role music played in early social life.

Dr. Housewright in his study

While the collection almost exclusively reflects the research done for his books, there are also large portions of the collection which cover his many professional interests such as music education, and correspondence and speeches written for professional organization meetings such as the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), the Sonneck Society, and the International Society for Music Educations (ISME).

Items in the Wiley L. Housewright Archives do not appear in the online catalog; however, an inventory and catalog has been compiled by Allison Dyer. The collection is available for research by appointment. For more information, please contact our Collection Development Librarian, Sara Nodine.

An inventory exists, but in print only.