Bertha Des Verney papers,

Title
Bertha Des Verney papers, 1929-1977.
Author
Des Verney, Bertha.
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box 1Mixed materialUse in libraryAvailableSc MG 449 box 1Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
box 2Mixed materialUse in libraryAvailableSc MG 449 box 2Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives

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Description
.6 lin. ft. (1 printbox, 1/2 archival box)
Genre/Form
  • Programs.
  • Scores.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Sheet music.
Note
  • Photographs transferred to Photographs and Prints Division.
  • Audiotapes, videotapes and films transferred to Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division.
  • Books and magazines transferred to General Research and Reference Division.
Source (note)
  • Unknown
Biography (note)
  • Bertha Des Verney was an African American pianist, composer/arranger, singer, playwright, concert promoter, and music teacher, who devoted much of her time to church and community activities. Des Verney joined Harlem's Mother A.M.E. Zion Church in 1919 and for more than forty years served as the director of several of its choirs and was president of the church's Dramatic Club. Among other educational responsibilities, she was director of the Washington Music School in Albany, New York in the 1930s. Des Verney was a member of the National Association of Negro Musicians, serving as president in 1964. She also organized the Ministers of Music and Drama League, which honored performing artists. She died in 1975 in New York City.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Preliminary finding aid available.
Call Number
Sc MG 449
Author
Des Verney, Bertha.
Title
Bertha Des Verney papers, 1929-1977.
Summary
The Bertha Des Verney Papers include programs and flyers for musical events with which Des Verney was involved, such as productions sponsored by Mother A.M.E. Zion Church and its Dramatic Club, and concerts held in Harlem featuring African American singers and musicians that she promoted. Included among her papers are holograph music of her arrangements and compositions, annotated musical texts and incomplete scripts and programs from some of the plays and dramatic productions that she wrote and/or directed. For the Washington Music School there are reports, financial records and a history of the school, 1931. Material for the National Association of Negro Musicians includes programs for conventions. The collection also includes two scrapbooks, one of which contains news clippings and programs for musical concerts, primarily featuring of African-American artists, 1929-1957.
Biography
Bertha Des Verney was an African American pianist, composer/arranger, singer, playwright, concert promoter, and music teacher, who devoted much of her time to church and community activities. Des Verney joined Harlem's Mother A.M.E. Zion Church in 1919 and for more than forty years served as the director of several of its choirs and was president of the church's Dramatic Club. Among other educational responsibilities, she was director of the Washington Music School in Albany, New York in the 1930s. Des Verney was a member of the National Association of Negro Musicians, serving as president in 1964. She also organized the Ministers of Music and Drama League, which honored performing artists. She died in 1975 in New York City.
Indexes
Preliminary finding aid available.
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Occupation
Composers.
Local Subject
Black author.
Research Call Number
Sc MG 449
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