Scope and arrangement
The Edward Boatner papers, 1941-1980, reflect his activities as composer/arranger, choral conductor, music professor, scholar, playwright, and novelist. The collection consists of six boxes, which are divided into three series: Music, Typescripts, and Articles, Programs, etc. It includes original music manuscripts, as well as published music scores. There are also original typescripts and photocopies of music theory books, musical plays, short stories and treatises.
The Edward Boatner papers are arranged in three series:
The series consists of a published score and solo/chorus score for Boatner's Freedom Suite,which is a classical work for narrator, solo voices, chorus and orchestra. There are also scores for four gospel songs written by Boatner. Another folder contains voice parts for selections to be performed by the fictional Heaven's Gate Choir, in the musical play, He Will Answer.A piano/vocal score for Boatner's musical comedy, Julius Sees Her In Rome, Georgia,and for his opera, Troubled In Mind (Forbidden Love,are also included. String quartet accompaniments for selections from Troubled In Mindcan be found here as well.
Nearly one-third of the series are for unpublished instructional materials by Boatner, which cover the areas of music harmony, rhythm and piano technique. Other items include libretti for productions of Julius Sees Her In Rome, Georgia,He Will Answer,The Man From Nazareth,One Drop Of Blood,The Origin Of the Spirituals,and Troubled In Mind.In addition, there are drafts for nearly twenty short stories. The original typescript of Boatner's textbook, Great Afro-Americans,and a social commentary entitled The Damaging Results Of Racismare also located here.
The series consists of several reviews of the premiere of Boatner's Freedom Suite,and of his production of The Man From Nazareth,also known as The Life Of Christ.Announcements and programs appear here for two productions of this musical play. A Washington Postinterview with Boatner's mentor, tenor Roland Hayes, is included here. Finally, there is an article from the New York Times,which focuses on Boatner's career, and his role in the regained popularity of the spiritual.