Franklin Newton Taylor collection
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Taylor's letters from Europe are written to family and friends. Most of them were written from Bordeaux, France, although a lesser number were written from New York, where he attended Columbia College in preparation to go overseas. Documents include those generated by the Y.M.C.A. and other documents. Other items include a diary of service in World War I, a written history of service to the Y.M.C.A., postcards, concert and recital programs from overseas, church bulletins, newspaper clippings, and whole newspapers: The Mal-de-Mere (of the H.M.T. "Empress of Britain"), Red Triangle Oveseas (a Y.M.C.A. publication), and Qu'est-Ce-Que C'est? (published at University of Toulouse). Taylor's academic career at Butler University is documented after his return from France. Programs relate to glee clubs and the Butler Union Choir. Newspaper clippings and an essay by his daughter record Taylor's retirement from Jordan College and his death.
Also included is various memorabilia from Taylor's service in World War I. There is a canvas pouch with sea shells, souvenir books from France, French phrase books, Militaires en permission, German marks, an outline of the history of Bordeaux, and a Y.M.C.A. service flag.
There are two scrapbooks, one dating from 1896-1924, the other from 1926-1963. The materials include: newspaper clippings (particularly reviews of recitals and other musical perforamnces), programs, church bulletins, business cards, promotional brochures, photographs, telegrams, letters, postcards, a newsletter, and a page from the Red Triangle, published in Paris, France. These items document performances in Indianapolis, throughout Indiana, and in France. Places mentioned are Propylaeum Hall, Fairview Park, Das Deutschen Haus, the Southside Turners Club, the Claypool Hotel, Murat Temple, and Indiana University.
Volume I (1896-1924) mentions organizations such as the Premier Lyric Quartette, the Central Lyceum Mixed Quartette, the Temple Male Quartette, the Philharmonic Club, the Y.M.C.A., the Roberts Park Choral Society, the Epworth League, the Musikuerein, the Muncie College of Music, the Metropolitan School of Music, the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, Central Avenue Methodist Church, and other church congregations.
Volume II (1926-1963) contains material relating to Butler University, including the Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Music, the Butler Women's Glee Club, and the Butler Men's Glee Club. The Irvington methodist Church is well-represented, along with Phi Mu Alpha and Centre Lodge F. & A.M. Also represented are the Indianapolis Musicians Club and the Mystic Knights of Lake and Stream. A picture of Mrs. Taylor appears among these fishing pictures.
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In addition to directing the glee clubs of Butler University, Taylor organized the Centre Masonic Lodge Choir and was a member of many quartets. Taylor served as director of several church choirs in Indianapolis. He directed a quartet at the Indianpaolis Hebrew Congregation. Taylor sang in England and France during World War I and was a soloist at the International Reception for President Woodrow Wilson in Paris. Taylor retired from Butler University in 1949. He died on February 8, 1963.
0.6 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box; 2 volumes; 1 oversize folder)
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