Scope and arrangement
This collection connotes a musical rather than biographical appreciation for Lewis M. Isaacs. The bulk of the collection is unpublished vocal scores written for piano accompaniment that attest to Isaacs’s work proclivity. Of particular mention are the unknown vocal scores. Although not necessarily complete, the title Sheema (recited as confirmation of the Jewish faith in one God) suggests that Isaacs was working on a religious score.
The Lewis M. Isaacs papers are arranged in three series:
- 1906 - 194044 folders
This series contains Isaacs's unpublished music, the bulk of which are vocal scores with piano accompaniment.
- 1912 - 19427 folders
This series contains Isaacs’s published vocal scores. Lyricist identities are provided before the title in order to highlight this information and are not to be considered as an arrangement technique. Publisher information is given in the notes following the title.
- 1933 - 19422 folders
This last series includes clippings and correspondence. The newspaper clippings are reviews of Isaacs’s Policeman’s Serenade, which was performed in New Canaan, Connecticut in 1933. The correspondences are two letters, both of whom are Isaacs’s lyricists and pertain to matters of their work with the composer.