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Harold Wansborough letter

 Collection — Folder: S431
Identifier: S0431

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a typed, signed letter from Harold Wansborough in Kokomo, Indiana on 1936/05/11 regarding placing his musical compositions in the Indiana State Library collection.


  • 1936/05/11


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Harold Newton Wansborough was born in South Bend, Indiana on June 27, 1893 to William and Mary W. [M]. (Miller) Wansborough; he was the second oldest of four children, including Mabel A., Gertrude and Genevieve. Wansborough began studying music at the age of 10 and by the age of 17 he was a serious student. In 1917 he was working as a multograph operator in a machine shop in Chicago, Illinois and studying music at the Chicago Musical College under Felix Borowski and others. He won First Art Song Prize in the Indiana Song Composers contest in 1921.

He arranged and recorded piano roll music for the United States Music Company, then the Q.R.S. Music Company (its successor), until 1929. He lived in Kokomo, Indiana from at least 1936 to 1942. From 1943 to 1948, he studied music at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York under the sponsorship of Dr. Louis E. Bish, a famous psychologist and author. He moved to Harlingen, Texas in 1948 to write and arrange music for Fred Waring. He published nearly 50 works of his own composition. Wansborough died in a car accident Apr. 5, 1954 in Texas and is buried in the Kokomo Memorial Park Cemetery in Kokomo.

Information found within the collection.

"Harpending's Corners: Wansborough, Harold". Crooked Lake Review. Retrieved 2015/09/09.

"[Mauaborough], Harold N." 1900 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/09/09.

"Wansborough, Harold". 1920 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/09/09.

"Wansborough, Harold". Indiana State Library Clipping File. Print.

"Wansborough, Harold Newton". Find a Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2015/09/09.

"Wansborough, Harold Newton". Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982. Retrieved 2015/09/09.

"Wansborough, Harold Newton". U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942. Retrieved 2015/09/09.

"Wansborough, Harold Newton". U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Retrieved 2015/09/09.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer from the Director's Office.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2005/04 by Jennifer Duplaga. EAD finding aid created 2015/09/11 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.