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Harry J. Skornia, Indiana composers collection

 Collection — Folder: S2447
Identifier: S2447

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence and research documents ranging from 1899 to 1944 compiled by Harry J. Skornia and his students at Indiana University for a series of radio programs about Indiana composers that were broadcast Sunday mornings from the Bloomington campus studios in cooperation with the WIRE radio station in Indianapolis. The research documents include biographies, lists of the composer's musical compositions, and typewritten transcriptions of articles from newspapers and other publications.

The collection contains information regarding the following composers: Hoagy Carmichael, Joseph W. Clokey, Kent Cooper, Carl Eppert, Nell B. Hamilton, Henry P. Joslyn, Derrick Norman Lehmer, Clarence Loomis, P. Marinus Paulsen, Cole Porter, Wallingford Riegger, Robert L. Sanders, Adolph Schellschmidt, Hubbard T. Smith, Elmer A. Steffen, Clarence Stout, Van Denman Thompson, David Van Vactor, Albert Von Tilzer, Harry Von Tilzer, and Barclay Walker.


  • 1899-1944


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

Harry Jay Skornia was born April 2, 1910 in Charlevoix County, Michigan to Charles and Anna Josephine (Schauttenhofer) Skornia. He received his undergraduate degree from the Michigan State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1937. Skornia taught at the University of Michigan, DePauw University, Indiana University, University of Illinois, and the University of South Florida. While at Indiana University, he served as director of Radio Programs, then as chair of the Department of Radio when it was established. Skornia passed away at the age of 81 in Florida on April 23, 1991.

Sources: "Harry Jay Skornia." U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947. Accessed November 3, 2022.

"Harry Jay Skornia, 91." Petroskey News-Review (MI), May 16, 1991.

Joyner, Ann. "He Seeks Truth From the Media." The Bradenton Herald (FL), January 12, 1977.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Dr. H.J. Skornia in 1944.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/11/04 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/11/04 by Laura Eliason.
Harry J. Skornia, Indiana composers collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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