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Peter Beemer Music Manuscript, circa 1864

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Beemer, Peter
Title
Peter Beemer Music Manuscript
Dates
circa 1864 (inclusive)
Quantity
0.25 linear feet, (1 item)
Collection Number
MSS 268
Summary
Manuscript book containing the scores of dance tunes from Warren’s Diggins, Idaho in the 1860’s. Peter Beemer, a musician with a small dance orchestra, wrote down and arranged the songs which were whistled, hummed or sung to him by various residents of the area.
Repository
Boise State University Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
1910 University Drive
Boise ID
83725
Telephone: 208-426-3958
Fax: 208-334-2111
archives@boisestate.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is available for research.

Languages
English


Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Manuscript book containing the scores of dance tunes from Warren’s Diggins, Idaho in the 1860’s. Peter Beemer, a musician with a small dance orchestra, wrote down and arranged the songs which were whistled, hummed or sung to him by various residents of the area.

Forms part of the McCain Collection for Western Life.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

The first written history of the Beemer manuscript is found in a manuscript by Taylor Smith donated by Smith to the Idaho State Historical Society in 1961. Smith's history is published as an appendix in The Peter Beemer manuscript : dance music collected in the gold mining camp of Warren’s Diggins, Idaho in the 1860’s, edited by Vivian Williams (Seattle, Wash.: Voyager Recordings and Publications, 2008), which also contains transcripts of the music. Other histories are found in: The Warren collection : music manuscript book from the Warren, Idaho mining camp, 1864, by John Cochrane (M.A. thesis, Boise State University, 1994) and A Survey of musical activity in the mining camps of Idaho through June of 1865, by Rob McIntyre (M. Music thesis, University of Idaho, 1993).

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Alternative Forms Available

Both the Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library (Boise) and the University of Idaho Library Special Collections Department (Moscow) have photocopies of the manuscript.

Preferred Citation

[item description], Peter Beemer Music Manuscript, Boise State University Special Collections and Archives.

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