Scope and arrangement
The Harold Newman Papers contain a sample of his work as a publisher of recorder music. While the collection does not cover everything he published, a significant number of the composers and authors he worked with are documented. The majority of music published by Hargail is organized under the arranger's name, rather than the original composer. The oldest item in the collection is the program from Newman's high school commencement; there is very little other personal material that does not relate to the recorder, and no evidence of his career prior to 1941.
The Harold Newman papers are arranged in three series:
- 1941-1992, undated1.25 linear feet (2.5 boxes
This series consists of the files Newman kept concerning composers or music that he published. Most of the composer files contain correspondence, if not with the composer, then with an agent, and detail some of the negotiations involved with publishing. The organization of these files follows Newman's original order, except for the two general alphabetical folders, which contain the less detailed files. Other files contain specific works of music or collections, either the published copy or a printer's proof; any extra material is noted.
- 1921-1993, undated.75 linear feet (1.5 boxes
Newman's professional papers are primarily related to the recorder, but were not found organized as the files in series I. The significant materials in this series are compositions, drafts of Newman's unpublished memoir - "The House that Hamlet Built," and photographs.
- 1944-1981, undated1.5 linear feet (2 boxes
All of the folders in this series are oversized music publishing files, except for one folder with a photograph and drawing (Box 6, folder 11). Most of the material is scores in various states of completion - sketches, proofs, or the published version.