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University Archives: Louisa Hoe Cawood Papers

Collection Information

Title: Louisa Hoe Cawood Papers

MSS. COLL.: #017

Dates: 1937 - 1995, n.d. [bulk 1957-1962]

Extent: 1 Hollinger box (.4 linear feet), 89 folders, 192 items

Synopsis: This collection contains newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, programs, and scripts from the tenure of Lousia Hoe Cawood as Head of the LMU Music Department from 1957 to 1962.

Louisa Hoe Cawood

ca. 1942

"A Christmas Festival"

December 7, 1957

Louisa Hoe Cawood and the Starlettes

1960

Louisa Hoe Cawood and Helen Kalfas

Junior Graduate Recital

April 27, 1961

"Abe Lincoln Takes A Wife"

June 3, 1961

 

 

Provenance:

Processing: This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Travis Souther in May and June 2016.  Processing aids included archival resources found within the collection and the university's collection of Railsplitter yearbooks.

Biographical Note:

Born in 1914 in Middlesboro, Kentucky Louisa Hoe Cawood was destined to have a career in music.  With a range of F below middle C to High F about High C, Mrs. Caewood had the rare talent of having perfect or absolute pitch.  In addition to English, Cawood had the ability to sing in French, German, and Italian and at one point had memorized over 1000 different songs. 

With a beautiful soprano voice, she attended Carson Newman College where she graduated in 1935 with her Bachelor of Arts and later moved to Chicago to further her education and musical career.  Winning numerous awards and high praise, she went on to work with the Chicago Opera Company from 1936 to 1943.  During this time she was also a soloist with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. During a decade long stay in New York City, she became a soloist at Radio City Music Hall and was featured on the Bing Crosby Hour.

In 1957, Cawood returned to her native region after her mother passed away.  She took the position of Head of the Music Department at Lincoln Memorial University at a time in which the university had no musical degree program.  While a choral leader at LMU, she directed operas, musicals, concerts, and oration performances.  Although Cawood left LMU in 1962, it was not before leaving an indelible mark on many of her students.  Louisa Hoe Cawood passed away in 2002.

Biographical Sources: Louisa Hoe Cawood's resumes found within the collection, a phone interview with Mrs. Helen Kalfas Rusnak, and information gathered from Find A Grave website.

Series Notes:

Series 1 Clippings: 12 folders, 35 items.  The materials in this series are arranged in chronological order.

Series 2 Correspondence: 10 folders, 10 items.  The materials in this series are arranged in chronological order.

Series 3 Performance Materials: 3 folders, 15 items.  The materials in this series are arranged in chronological order.

Series 4 Photographs: 32 folders, 85 items.  The materials in this series are arranged in chronological order or as close to chronological order as could be ascertained.

Series 5 Programs: 28 folders, 42 items.  The materials in this series are arranged in chronological order.

Series 6 Publications: 2 folders, 2 items

Series 7 Scripts: 2 folders, 3 items

Location: B.2.7.1

Access Notes

The Archives and Special Collections of Lincoln Memorial University are located in the Carnegie-Vincent Library, on the 1st Floor.  Please schedule an appointment to view archival materials.  To schedule an appointment please contact the University Archivist.

matthew.souther@lmunet.edu

Sensitive Materials Policy

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which Lincoln Memorial University assumes no responsibility.

Inventory

The numbers cited in parentheses, (e.g. 1.5), refer the researcher to the

(Series#. Folder#) in which that item will be found.

 

Biographical / Resume (4 items)

Series 1:

Clippings: "Young Artists Are Presented by Music Clubs", 1941 (1. 1) (1 item)

Clippings: The Nativity, 1956 (1. 2) (1 item)

Clippings: "A Christmas Festival", 1957 (1. 3) (7 items)

Clippings: Hi-Tones, 1957 (1. 4) (2 items)

Clippings: LMU Registration, September 27, 1958 (1. 5) (1 item)

Clippings: Handel's Messiah, 1959 (1. 6) (6 items)

Clippings: Hansel and Gretel, 1960 (1. 7) (2 items)

Clippings: "A Christmas Festival", 1961 (1. 8) (4 items)

Clippings: "Lincoln Players Present Smith's Historical Drama" [Abe Lincoln Takes a Wife], 1961 (1. 9) (1 item)

Clippings: "State Music Meet Opens Here Today" [A Musical Bouquet], 1962 (1. 10) (1 item)

Clippings: Helen Faye Kalfas Rusnak, 1961 - ca. 1975 (1. 11) (5 items)

Clippings: n.d. (1. 12) (4 items)

 

Series 2:

Correspondence: Louisa Hoe to [Robert L.] Kincaid, August 28, 1937 (2. 1) (1 item)

Correspondence: Robert L. Kincaid to Louisa Hoe, June 5, 1957 (2. 2) (1 item)

Correspondence: Robert L. Kincaid to Louisa Hoe, March 4, 1958 (2. 3) (1 item)

Correspondence: Martin Peters to Louisa Hoe, June 3, 1958 (2. 4) (1 item)

Correspondence: Robert L. Kincaid to Louisa Hoe, June 9, 1958 (2. 5) (1 item)

Correspondence: Robert L. Kincaid to Louisa Hoe, December 4, 1959 (2. 6) (1 item)

Correspondence: Ernest W. Fields to Louisa Hoe, December 11, 1959 (2. 7) (1 item)

Correspondence: Helen Faye [Kalfas] to Louisa Hoe, Christmas 1960 (2. 8) (1 item)

Correspondence: Birth Announcement from Charles and Helen Rusnak, 1970 (2. 9) (1 item)

Correspondence: Christmas Card, Robert L. Kincaid Family, n.d. (2. 10) (1 item)

 

Series 3:

Performance Materials: Review of Old Smoky by Viola Cawood Flowers, 1959 (3. 1) (1 item)

Performance Materials: Messiah Performance, 1959 (3. 2) (2 items)

Performance materials: "The Nativity", 1961 (7. 3) (12 items)

 

Series 4:

Photographs: Lousia Hoe, ca. 1942 (full length) (4. 1) (2 items)

Photographs: Radio City Music Hall, ca. 1942 (4. 2) (1 item)

Photographs: Lousia Hoe, ca. 1943 (3/4 length) (4. 3) (1 item)

Photographs: Lousia Hoe, "Hansel and Gretel," ca. 1943 (4. 4) (2 items)

Photographs: Lousia Hoe, Headshots, ca. 1943 (4. 5) (2 items)

Photographs: Women's Group ca. 1945 (4. 6) (1 item)

Photographs: "Ball or Gala" ca. 1950 (4. 7) (1 item)

Photographs: Louisa Hoe, ca. 1950 (4. 8) (1 item)

Photographs: Dr. Robert L. Kincaid, ca. 1955 (4. 9) (1 item)

Photographs: Nativity, 1956 (4. 10) (3 items)

Photographs: "Old Kentucky Home" Float with Charmettes, San Francisco Parade, ca. 1957 (4. 11) (1 item)

Photographs: The Teahouse of the August Moon, 1957 (4. 12) (5 items)

Photographs: LMU Choir?, ca. 1958 (4. 13) (3 items)

Photographs: Old Smoky, 1959 (4. 14) (5 items)

Photographs: LMU Choir, 1960 (4. 15) (1 item)

Photographs: Hansel and Gretel, 1960 (4. 16) (6 items)

Photographs: Starlettes, 1960 (4. 17) (1 item)

Photographs: Unknown, ca. 1960 (4. 18) (2 items)

Photographs: Charmettes, ca. 1961 (4. 19) (1 item)

Photographs: Christmas, 1961 (4. 20) (8 items)

Photographs: Helen Faye Kalfas, ca. 1961 (4. 21) (2 items)

Photographs: LMU Choir, ca. 1961 (4. 22) (2 items)

Photographs: LMU Choir, 1961 (4. 23) (2 items)

Photographs: Men's and Women's Ensembles, (4. 24) (2 items)

Photographs: Miss Claiborne, ca. 1961 (4. 25) (1 item)

Photographs: Photographic negatives LMU Stage Productions, 1961 (4. 26) (12 items)

Photographs: The Escorts, ca. 1962 (4. 27) (1 item)

Photographs: LMU Choir, ca. 1962 (4. 28) (1 item)

Photographs: Louisa Hoe, ca. 1962 (4. 29) (1 item)

Photographs: Lousia Hoe, ca. 1962 (4. 30) (1 item)

Photographs: Starlettes, DAR Tour Guests, ca. 1962 (4. 31) (1 item)

Photographs: Helen Faye Rusnak and Family, 1970-1971 (4. 32) (2 items)

 

Series 5:

Programs: LMU Commencement, June 3-6. 1955 (5. 1) (1 item)

Programs: LMU Commencement, June 1-4, 1956 (5. 2) (3 items)

Programs: "A Christmas Festival", December 7, 1956 (5. 3) (1 item)

Programs: LMU Commencement, May 31 - June 3, 1957 (5. 4) (2 items)

Programs: Kentucky's Mountain Laurel Festival, May 30-June 1, 1957 (5. 5) (1 item)

Programs: "United Nations in Drama, Song, and Dance", June 1, 1957 (5. 6) (1 item)

Programs: "A Christmas Festival" - December 7, 1957 (5. 7) (3 items)

Programs: LMU Commencement, May 30 -June 2, 1958 (5. 8) (1 item)

Programs: "The Christmas Oratorio", December 12, 1958 (5. 9) (1 item)

Programs: "Old Smoky", May 14-15, 1959 (5. 10) (2 items)

Programs: Baccalaureate Service, May 31, 1959 (5. 11) (1 item)

Programs: LMU Commencement, June 1, 1959 (5. 12) (1 item)

Programs: "Handel's Messiah", December 3, 1959 (5. 13) (3 items)

Programs: "The King and I", April 21-23, 1960 (5. 14) (4 items)

Programs: "Starlight Music", June 4, 1960 (5. 15) (2 items)

Programs: Baccalaureate Service, June 5, 1960 (5. 16) (1 item)

Programs: LMU Commencement, June 6, 1960 (5. 17) (2 items)

Programs: "Hansel and Gretel", December 1-2, 1960 (5. 18) (2 items)

Programs: "The Messiah", April 1, 1961 (5. 19) (2 items)

Programs: "Miss Helen Faye Kalfas, Soprano in Junior Graduate Recital", April 27, 1961 (5. 20) (1 item)

Programs: "Abe Lincoln Takes A Wife", June 3, 1961 (5. 21) (1 item)

Programs: Baccalaureate Service, June 4, 1961 (5. 22) (1 item)

Programs: LMU Commencement, June 5, 1961 (5. 23) (1 item)

Programs: "A Christmas Festival", December 9, 1961 (5. 24) (1 item)

Programs: "A Musical Bouquet" to the Kentucky Federation of Music Clubs, April 26, 1962 (5. 25) (1 item)

Programs: "Salute to L.M.U. '62", June 2, 1962 (5. 26) (2 items)

Programs: "Spring Musical" by the Students of Mrs. Charles D. Cawood, May 4, 1965 (5. 27) (1 item)

Programs: "Bach Cantata No. 4 and Faure Requiem", April 15, 1995 (5. 28) (1 item)

 

Series 6:

Publications: School Days at Bethelhem by Robert L. Kincaid, 1952 (6. 1) (1 item)

Publications: LMU Almnus, May 1958 (6. 2) (1 item)

 

Series 7:

Scripts: "Old Smoky" by Early Hobson Smith, 1959 (7. 1) (2 items)

Scripts: "Abe Lincoln Takes A Wife" by Early Hobson Smith, 1961 (7. 2) (1 item)

Citation

[Identification of Item], Louisa Hoe Cawood Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Lincoln Memorial University, TN, USA.

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