Henry R. Stern papers, circa 1874-1966  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Henry, S. R., 1874-1966
Henry R. Stern papers
circa 1874-1966 (inclusive)
5.0 linear feet, (5 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 637
Henry R. Stern (1874-1966) was a music composer and music publishing executive. The collection contains correspondence, music manuscripts, phonograph recordings, composition and copyright lists, biographical material, and scrapbooks.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
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Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Collection includes sound recordings, moving images, or digital files to which access is restricted. Access to these materials is governed by repository policy and may require the production of listening or viewing copies. Researchers requiring access must notify Special Collections & University Archives in advance and pay fees for reproduction services as necessary.

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Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Henry R. Stern (1874-1966) was a music composer and music publishing executive. Stern wrote ballads, novelty and comic tunes under the pseudonym of S. R. Henry. Many of his compositions were published in the "Tin Pan Alley" era when the home piano and sheet music were at their height.

In his thirty-five year career Stern produced several Broadway plays and vaudeville sketches. Stern retired in 1920 and joined the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers in 1921.

He moved to Dallas, Texas in 1941, where he remained for the rest of his life. While in Dallas, Stern continued song writing and devoted considerable time to charitable work with the Boys Ranch at Bedfort, Texas. He wrote the official Boys Ranch Song and was a member of the Variety Club of Dallas, the sponsor of the ranch.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains correspondence, music manuscripts, phonograph recordings, composition and copyright lists, biographical material, and scrapbooks.

Series I: Correspondence contains outgoing letters from 1930-1967. Includes letters from his son, Henry R. Stearns.

Series II: Professional Papers includes correspondence, royalty records, and contracts with the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) (1925-1967), and also correspondence, applications, and certificates with the U.S. Copyright office (1931-1953). Also in this series are Stern's composition and copyright lists. This series also contains correspondence, royalty records, contracts and other documents with music publishers, organized by the name of the publisher.

Series III: Miscellaneous contains press clippings, ASCAP publications, historical newspapers, autographed letters, and unidentified phonograph records.

Series IV: Biographical material includes personal mementos, photographs, and scrapbooks containing sketches, memoirs of a European trip, autograph album and indexes to the record collection.

Series V: Manuscript Music contains bound and unbound music manuscripts organized by title of work.

Series VI: Recordings contain private recordings of Stern's compositions on phonograph records, alphabetically organized by title of song.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Henry R. Stern papers, Ax 637, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Composers--United States
  • Composers--United States--Correspondence
  • Music
  • Music publishers--Correspondence
  • Music--Manuscripts--United States
  • Personal Names :
  • Henry, S. R., 1874-1966--Correspondence
  • Henry, S. R., 1874-1966--Manuscripts
  • Corporate Names :
  • American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Clippings
  • Copyright certificates
  • Correspondence
  • Phonograph records
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks
  • Sketches