Scope and arrangement
This collection documents the work of Frederick C. Schreiber, a composer, choir director, and organist. His compositions include orchestral, instrumental, and chamber music, as well as a multitude of songs. There are several examples of his early work, which are compositions that date between the years 1919 and 1938, or before he immigrated to the United States from Austria. This early material is written in German, and sometimes includes an opus number. The majority of the collection dates from 1940 through the early 1980s. Aside from some photographs and other ephemeral documents, there is very little material in the collection documenting Schreiber’s personal life.
The Frederick C. Schreiber papers are arranged in three series:
This series consists of holograph scores composed by Schreiber; it also contains scores by other composers, which includes Schreiber’s arrangements and selected pieces of published music.
- 1916-1985, n.d.5 folders
This series includes photographs, printed and handwritten programs for church services, Schreiber’s ASCAP membership certificate, and one periodical clipping. The arrangement of the photographs is roughly chronological; many of the photographs do not have dates or other notes. The printed programs are arranged alphabetically by the name of the church; the dated handwritten programs are in chronological order, followed by those without dates.
- 1984-1985, n.d.4 folders
This series completes the collection by compiling the remaining papers. The first folder contains handwritten song lyrics arranged by the lyricist. Other handwritten notes relate to Schreiber’s compositions. The folder of addresses and phone numbers are mostly not written by Schreiber. The folder of correspondence contains one letter written to Schreiber; the rest of the letters are between friends after his death.