Scope and arrangement
The Harold Vincent Milligan papers hold correspondence, scores, clippings, concert programs, diaries, writings, financial records, awards and citations, and a photograph. They are arranged alphabetically by format.
The correspondence is professional in nature and mostly dates from Milligan's time at Riverside Church. The letters are from publishers, organists, composers, church officials, and patrons. Walter Damrosch, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and Arthur Foote are among the correspondents.
The scores, almost entirely manuscripts, hold original compositions, and Milligan's arrangements and edits of music by others. His original music contains songs for solo voice or chorus (usually settings of poetry), incidental dramatic music for piano or organ, and piano pieces. The sole published piece, Three Songs with Pianoforte Accompaniment, is autographed by the composer. The scores also hold four folders of sketches and unfinished/untitled manuscripts.
The arrangements and edits include music by Victor Pelissier, Benjamin Carr, Raynor Taylor, George Frideric Handel, Johannes Brahms, Joseph Haydn, and Stephen Foster. They are for piano, organ, or voice and keyboard.
Clippings and programs are mostly housed in bound books. Several of the books contain clippings only, while those holding both clippings and programs are referred to as "scrapbooks" in the box listing. There are also several folders of loose clippings and programs. Clippings date from Milligan's teen years until his death, and include performance reviews, articles and criticism he authored, and his obituaries (presumably gathered by family or friends). The concert programs span much of his life to 1939.
The bulk of the nine diaries cover the years 1903 to 1914. The later diaries (1928-1935) are more akin to datebooks, albeit heavily annotated at times.
Milligan's writings hold book notes, outlines and typescripts (some for work never completed); typescripts for published articles; lecture notes; lyrics and poetry (some used in songs); the libretto for an opera called Daffodil: A Mayday Revel in Two Acts (the music for which is not in the collection); and typescripts for short stories, some of which may have been published. The lecture subjects are operas and opera composers. Box 11, folder 2 contains a list of Milligan's articles and their date of publication.
The financial records consist of a single ledger book of personal expenses. The photograph is a portrait of Milligan in his early 20s. The awards and citations include the text of a speech delivered by a school official at the awarding of an honorary doctorate to Milligan in 1939 from Washington and Jefferson College (though not the diploma itself).
This collection is arranged alphabetically by format.