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Dr. Charles Edward Thomas Collection

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BC008CT

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Biographical Note

Born November 19, 1935, Charles Edward Thomas is a native of Vineland, New Jersey. He is married to Naomi Dolores Thomas and together they have three children: Paul Jeffrey, Brian Edward and Jonathan Charles. Earning his Bachelor of Music Degree from Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, Charles Edward Thomas later earned a Master of Music Degree at the American Conservatory in Chicago, IL. From 1965-1970, Charles Edward Thomas was a DMA Degree Candidate at the State University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. During that candidacy, in 1969, Dr. Thomas received the Ford Foundation Fellowship for his Doctoral Studies. Following that year, Dr. Thomas gained special training in all facets of television production through a Ford Grant at KTCA-TV in St. Paul, MN. Dr. Thomas received training and hands- on experience, including camera work, floor management, board work, sound set-up, VTR and other facets of production; he later received a CPB Grant for television production training and experience.

Dr. Thomas combines the multiple talents of pianist, organist, composer, conductor, and businessman. He has taught on several faculties, traveled extensively, and served with a myriad of evangelists, such as Dr. Howard Jones, Dr. Ralph Bell, Dr. John Wesley White and Billy Graham. As a businessman, Dr. Thomas is a television producer and president of Totaltelemart, Inc., an advertising agency and production company. He has also held numerous Board of Director positions such as the following: Music Board, International Baptist Alliance, Stockholm, Sweden (1975); Minnesota Orchestra Association (1974-1978); Afro-American Music Opportunities Association, Inc. (1969-1979); African-American Cultural Center (1974-1978); and the National Advisory Board; WETA-TV Washington Public Television station project, “Jumpstreet,” a $2,000,000, 20 program series on Black music (1978-1982). In addition to Board of Director positions, Dr. Thomas also held a few Chairman/Commission Member Positions: Human Rights Commission, Crystal, MN (1965-1969); Minnesota Days, in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, June 19-21 (1976).

A gifted artist, Dr. Thomas has received many grants, awards and honors that compliment his talents. The following are his earnings: Van Cliburn International Piano Competition-Artist’s Diploma Extraordinaire (1962); National Federation of Music Clubs Competition- Young Artists Winner (1965); Performer on the First Pan- American Festival, St. Paul (1967); Ford Foundation Fellowship (1969); National Association of Negro Musicians Award (1974); Corporation for Public Broadcasting Minority Grant for Television Experience and Development (1975); “Who’s Who in Black America” (1976); “Notable Americans” (1976); Certificate of Recognition from the National Conference of Christians and Jews for the show, “ A Day to Remember” (1979).

Dr. Thomas has had experience managing layout, design, editing, printing, photography and graphics associated with a wide range of marketing and public relations projects. His experience is also inclusive with creating and placing all print media including brochures, press releases, feature articles and other informational and promotional literature. The following publications were printed: Feature Writer of a music series for the Twin City Observer (1966); Writer and Editor for “AAMOA Reports,” a newsletter, which required international circulation (1969-1980); Feature Writer of articles for JAZZ MAGAZINE, Minneapolis (1981).

Dr. Thomas has a myriad of additional experience with multi-media presentations, public relations and special events. His experience includes writing press releases, placing feature stories, coordinating and organizing conventions, press conferences, and a wide range of special events. Additionally, his experience covers producing taped and live television and radio programs including numerous music shows and other special events.

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Description of Collection

The records of the Dr. Charles Edward Thomas collection include correspondence, collected sheet music from various artists, event files, and newspaper clippings. The strength of this collection is found with collected sheet music and collected music books. These series give a great outlook on Dr. Charles Edward Thomas’ repertoire of music, as well as his interests. The different sections of this collection are arranged by series, and within the series, folders pertaining to specificity.

Series 1 (Manuscripts and Publications) contains information pertaining to Dr. Thomas’ publications (both complete and handwritten). Besides composing his own music, which can be found in Series 13 (Compositions), Dr. Thomas was an avid music collector. His musical bounty is found in Series 2 (Christian Songs & Hymns), Series 11 (Choral Books), Series 12 (Collected Sheet Music) and Series 14 (Collected Music Books and Sheet Music). As previously stated, Dr. Thomas was also a businessman and involved in several other activities, which can be found in Series 5 (Personal Files). In these personal files, one can get an inside look on the brilliant mind of Dr. Thomas and his works.

Organization and Arrangement

Series 1.  Manuscripts and Publications                                                         1 Box

Series 2.  Christian Hymns & Songs                                                              1 Box

Series 3.  Miscellaneous                                                                               1 Box

Series 4.  “In the Hull of a Ship”                                                                   1 Box

Series 5.  Personal Files                                                                               1 Box

Series 6.  Books                                                                                          1 Box

Series 7.  Choral Sheet Music                                                                       1 Box

Series 8.  Choral Music Books                                                                       1 Box

Series 9.  “A Fantasy of Carols”                                                                    1 Box

Series 10. CDs & Videos                                                                               1 Box

Series 11. “Joy to the World”                                                                        1 Box

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Organization and Arrangement

Series 12. Sheet Music                                                                               2 Boxes

  1. Artists A-I
  2. Artists J-Z

Series 13. Compositions                                                                            2 Boxes

Series 14. Music Books                                                                              3 Boxes

Series 15. Orchestra Scores                                                                       1 Box

Series 16. Records and Posters                                                                   1 Box

Series Description

Series 1. Manuscripts and Publications (Box 1)

This series includes several manuscripts composed by Dr. Charles Edwards Thomas. It also includes handwritten compositions/arrangements, as well as publications.

Series 2. Christian Songs & Hymns (Box 2)

This series includes Dr. Thomas’ collection of Christian songs and hymns, many of which are not contemporary. In this collection, Christian Negro Spirituals can also be found.

Series 3. Miscellaneous (Box 3)

This series includes a variety of subjects. In this series, miscellaneous sheet music can be found, as well as incomplete sheet music. The miscellaneous sheet music pertains to sheet music that either has no known artist, or has no specific category. In addition, there are also miscellaneous lyrics/sheet music, which primarily pertains to musicals.

Series 4. “In the Hull of a Ship” (Box 4)

This series houses several copies of SATB versions of “In the Hull of a Ship”, a musical collaboration by Milton Smith and Charles Edward Thomas.

Series 5. Personal Files (Box 5)

Series 5 covers an extensive amount of Dr. Charles Edward Thomas’ personal files. In this series, the folders range from concert booklets and recital programs to correspondence (which also includes a myriad of letters), newspaper clippings, and even documents pertaining to the University of Iowa. Additionally, this series houses documents pertaining to the articles of incorporation for the Afro-American Music Opportunities Association, where Dr. Thomas had a Board of Directors position.

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Series Description

Series 6. Books (Box 6)

This series has non-sheet music books. This specific category of the collection houses books that are primarily informational.

Series 7. Choral Sheet Music (Box 7)

Dr. Charles Thomas was also a teacher and a conductor. This series highlights the choral music, of which he conducted and performed for a variety of choirs, especially the Bethel College of Music Choir.

Series 8. Choral Music Books (Box 8)

Series 8 is similar to series 7, with the exception that there is no actual sheet music present.

Series 9. “A Fantasy of Carols” (Box 9)

Dr. Charles Edward Thomas arranged “A Fantasy of Carols” for mixed choirs at Christmas. This series houses only “A Fantasy of Carols” primarily because of its abundance. Dr. Thomas’ arrangement is based on traditional carols.

Series 10. CDs & Videos (Box 10) Series 11. “Joy to the World” (Box 11)

Series 11 houses several copies of Dr. Thomas’ arrangement of “Joy to the World” in SATB format. An orchestration version is available in Series 13, Box 15.

Series 12. Sheet Music

  1. Artists A-I (Box 12)
  2. Artist J-Z (Box 13)

Series 12 highlights Dr. Charles Edward Thomas’s collection of sheet music. In this series, the collection of sheet music, contemporary and classical, is arranged by Artist (A-Z).

Series 13. Compositions (Boxes 14 and 15)

Dr. Charles Edward Thomas spent a large portion of his time composing and arranging music for orchestras and Christian choirs. In this series, a majority of his finished compositions, and their copies, can be found.

Series 14. Music Books (Boxes 16, 17 and 18)

In addition to collections of sheet music, Dr. Thomas was an avid music book collector as well. In this series, the range is music genre is wide. Here, one can find organ music, orchestra books, wedding solo books, as well as classical music books.

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Series Description

Series 15. Orchestra Scores (Box 19)

This series contains large orchestra scores collected by Dr. Charles Edward Thomas. Series 16. Records and Posters (Box 20)

This series contains several records, some of which are by Charles Edward Thomas. In addition to those records, there are a variety of collected posters.

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Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Diamond, Temple University’s online library catalog:

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Research Access

Collection is open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository and require up to two business days to retrieve.  Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Charles L. Blockson Afro American Collection in advance of your visit so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Publication and Copyright Information    

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on Reproduction.

Information on copyright (literary rights) available from repository.

 

Preferred Citation    

[Identification of item(s)], Dr. Charles Edward Thomas Collection, Charles L.  Blockson Afro-American Collection, Temple University Libraries.

Administrative Information

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid prepared in August 2012 by Gwendolyn Alexandre; Supervised by Leslie Willis-Lowry, Temple University.

Inventory

Series 1: Manuscripts and Publications

Box     Folder     Content

1          1                 Publications

1          2                 Handwritten Music

1          3                 Miscellaneous Handwritten Music

1          -                 Manuscript Books

Series 2: Christian Hymns & Songs

Box     Folder     Content

2          1                 Christmas Music

2          2                 Christian Hymns & Songs

2          3                 Christian Negro

Series 3: Miscellaneous

Box     Folder     Content

3          1                 CD Orders Fulfilled

3          2                 Miscellaneous Sheets of Music

3          3                 Texts to be Set

3          4                 Lyrics w/ Sheet Music

3          5                 Notes & Paper

3          6                 Classical Piano by Black Composer Notes

3          7                 Paul Robeson Notes

3          8                The Art of Roland Hayes

3          9                Antonin Dvorak Notes

3         10               Lionel Hampton                                                                                                         1958    

Series 4: In the Hull of a Ship

Box     Folder     Content

4          -                “In the Hull of a Ship”. Thomas, Edward C.

Series 5: Personal Files

Box     Folder     Content

5          1                 Concert Booklets

5          2                 Article of Incorporation – AAMOA

5          3                 Newspaper Clippings

5          4                 Myrtle Hall Project

5          5                 Pamphlets, Brochures & Programs

5          6                 Recital Programs

5          7                “I Have a Dream”

5          8                 University of Iowa

5          9                 Correspondence

5         10                Essays

5         11                Cable Television Proposal

5         12                Notes

Series 6: Books

Box     Folder     Content

6           -            How to do Just About Anything on a Computer. Reader’s Digest.            2000

6           -            Symposium of Symphonic Music by Black Composers. AAMOA.            Sep. 3-7, 1974

6           -            Symposium of Symphonic Music by Black Composers (5). AAMOA.      Sep. 24-30, 1974

6           -            Principles of Orchestration. Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay.

6           -            Finale: The Art of Music Notation Installation & Tutorials. Windows.   1997

6           -            The Lives of the Great Composers. Schonberg, Harold C.                        1997

Series 7: Chorus Sheet Music

Box     Folder     Content

7           1                Four-Part Chorus

7           2                Men’s Chorus Music

Series 8: Choral Music Books

Box     Folder     Content

8            -                Joyful Songs. Barrows, Cliff.                                                                     1977

8            -                Joyful Praise Choir Book No. 2. (2). Barrows, Cliff.                                1985

8            -                Favorites Number 8. Brock, Fred.                                                             1975

8            -                The Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers: Only to Him (3). Cymbala, Carol.     1992

8            -                Magnify the Lord. Bible, Ken & Fettke, Tom.                                          1986

8            -                Anthems for All Seasons (2).                                                                      1992

8            -               Liberty and Justice for All. Vader, Randy, Jay Rouse & Camp Kirkland. 1998

8            -               Christmas Oratorio. Saint-Saëns, Camille.                                  

8            -               Requiem. Mozart, Wolfgang.                                                                      1882

8            -               The Messiah an Oratorío. Handel, G.F. & Noble, Tertius T. (Ed.)           1912

Series 9: “A Fantasy of Carols”

Box     Folder     Content

9           -                 A Fantasy of Carols (58). C. Edward Thomas.                                          1973

Series 10: CDs & Videos

Box     Folder     Content

10          -                Vast TV Auction                                                                                        Sep. 25, 1984

10          -                 A Day to Remember. PBS Telecast.                                                          Aug. 15, 1978

10          -                 The Joy of Music.                                                                                      Jan. 8, 1982

10          -                 The Heart of Christmas: Soulful Keyboard (11).                         

Series 11: Joy to the World

Box     Folder     Content

11         1                Sheet Music

11         2                Sheet Music – Orchestra

Series 12: Sheet Music

Box    Folder    Content

12        1              Albinoni, Tomaso

12        2              Bach, C.P.E.

12        3              Bach, Johann Sebastian

12        4              Baker, David

12        5              Bales, Gerald

12        6              Beethoven, Ludwig

12        7              Benjamin, Arthur

12        8              Bonds, Margaret

12        9              Borodin, A.

12       10             Borowski, Felix

12       11             Boulogne, Joseph

12       12             Brahms, Johannes

12       13             Burleigh, H.T.

12       14             Chanler, Theodore

12       15             Chasins, Abram

12       16             Chopin, Frédéric

12       17             Christian, Bobby

12       18             Clark, Edgar Rogie

12       19             Coleridge-Taylor, S.

12       20             Dawson, William L.

12       21             Dett, Nathaniel

12       22             Debussy, Claude

12       23             von Dohnányi, Ernst

12       24             Dubois, Théodore

12       25             Ellington, Duke

12       26             Evans, Mari

12       27             de Falla Manuel

12       28             Fax, Max

12       29             Frackenpohl, Arthur

12       30             Franck, César

12       31             Garner, Errol

12       32             Gershwin, George

Series 12: Sheet Music

Box     Folder     Content

12         33              von Gluck, Chr. W.

12         34              Godard, Benjamin

12         35              Griffes, Charles T.

12         36              Guilmant, Alexandre

12         37              Hanson, Howard

12         38              Harris, Roy

12         39              Haydn, Joseph

12         40              Hayes, Roland

12         41              Holby, Lee

12         42             Infante, Manuel

12         43             James, Willis Laurence

12         44             Johnson, Hall

12         45             Johnson, L.

12         46             Johnson, J. Rosamond

12         47             Jones, Clarence M.

12         48             Joplin, Scott

12         49             Kabalevsky, Dmitri

12         50             Kay, Ulysses

12         51             Kerr Jr. Thomas H.

12         52             Liszt, Franz

12         53             MacDowell, Edward

12         54             Mendelssohn, Felix

12         55             Morris, Raymond A.

12         56             Moszkowski, Moritz

12         57             Mozart, Wolfgang A.

12         58             Nelson, Oliver

12         59             Nieman, Walter

12         60             Owens, Robert

12         61             Perry, Julia

12         62             Poulenc, Francis

12         63             Rachmaninoff, Sergei

12         64             Reger, Max

Series 12: Sheet Music

Box     Folder     Content

12         65             Reinecke, Carl

12         66              Rimsy-Korsakoff, N.

12         67              Rodgers, Richard

12         68              Rubinstein, Anton

12         69              Saint-Georges, the Chevalier

12         70              Scarlatti, Domenico

12         71              Scott, Cyril

12         72              Schubert, Franz

12         73              Schuman, Robert

12         74              Schuman, William

12         75              Still, William Grant

12         76              Strawinsky, I.

12         77              Swanson, Howard

12         78              Toch, Ernst

12         79              Villa-Lobos, H.

12         80              Walker, Ernest

12         81              Walker, George

12         82              Waller, “Fats”

12         83              Work, John W.

12         84              White, Clarence Cameron

Series 13: Compositions

Box     Folder     Content

14         1                A New Christmas Morning, Hallelujah

14         1                Adagio from Organ Toccata in C Major

15         1                Alleluia, Glory to the Lamb

15         2                Amazing Grace

15         3                Arrangements by Charles Thomas 

15         4                Capriccio

15         5                Children of the Heavenly Father

14         5                Chinese Fantasy (individual instruments)

Series 13: Compositions

Box     Folder     Content

15         6                Do, Don’t Touch

15         7                Down by the Riverside

15         8                Ever Since Then

15         9                Gospel Medley

14         2a              I Have a Dream                                                                                1978   

14         2b              I Have a Dream (individual instrumentals)                                     1978

15         10              I Have a Dream

15         11              I’ll Walk on the Moon

15         12              In the Hull of a Ship (orchestra scores)

15         13              In the Hull of a Ship (copies)

15         14              Joy to the World

14         3a              Joy to the World (individual instruments)   

15         15              The King

15         16              Mary and Martha

15         17              (Choir) Music by Dr. Charles

15         18              On Ma Journey

14         1                Ring the Bells

15         19              Rock Him

15         20              Roll, Jordan Roll

15         21              Sleep, Holy Babe

14         1                Some Children See Him

15         22              Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child

15         23              Sun of my Soul

14         1                Sweet Little Jesus Baby

15         24              Take my Mother Home

15         25              We are One

14         1                With Every Dawn

Series 14: Music Books

Box     Folder     Content

16         -                 Rodena. Albeinz, I.

16         -                 Book of Airs for the Organ. Bach, J.S.                                              1921

16         -                 The Liturgical Year. Bach, J.S. 

16         -                 The Well-Tempered Clavichod. Bach, J.S.                                        1924

16         -                 Waldsteinsonate. Op. 53. Beethoven, Ludwig

16         -                 Sonatas for the Pianoforte- 32. Beethoven, Ludwig. (2)                  1935

16         -                Complete Piano Sonatas. Beethoven, Ludwig.                                  1975

16         -                Pieces d’Orgue. Benoit, Dom Paul

16         -                Piano Works in Two Complete Volumes. Brahms, Johannes

16         -                Complete Works. Chopin, Fryderyk.                                                   1961

16         -                The Technique and Art of Organ Playing. Dickinson, Clarence.        1922

16         -                A Requiem for Louis Armstrong. Dickinson Roger.                            1973

16         -                Wedding Service Music for Organ. Drinkwater, David.         

16         -                Symphonic Variations. Franck, César.

16         -                Rhapsody in Blue – Symphony Orchestra. Gershwin, George.    

16         -                Method of Organ Playing. Gleason, Harold.

16         -                The Collected Works of Don Hustad. Hustad, Don.                             1976

16         -                Orgelschule. Kaller, Ernst.                                                                    1938

16         -                With My Love. Taylor Russ.                                                                  1968

16         -                Le Tombeau de Couperin. Ravel, Maurice.                                           1918

16         -                Gaspard de la Nuit. Ravel, Maurice.                                                     1909

16         -                Three Sonatas for the Piano. Shapero, Harold.                                     1949

17         -                Chappell’s Big Organ Book.                                                                  1961

17         -                Church Organ Method. Andrews, Mildred & Pauline Riddle.

17         -                Zeitgenössische Orgelmusik Im Gottesdienst.                                         1970

17         -                From Bach to Schumann. Protiwinsky, H.

17         -                Operatic Anthology. Adler, Kurt.                                                              1904

17         -                Prelude and Fugue. Bach, J.S.

17         -                Sonata Album – Twenty-six Favorite Sonatas for the Piano.                 1895

17         -                Wedding Album for Organ. Wagner, Richard.

17         -                Wedding Music for the Organ. Wagner, Richard.                                  1949

Series 14: Music Books

Box     Folder     Content

17         -                Wedding Music Part I.

17         -                Wedding Music Part II.

18         -                Romantic Adagios. Leupold, Wayne.                                                      1980

18         -                Two and Three Part Inventions (2). Bach, J.S. & Hans Bischoff.          1943

18         -                Concerto (2). Ravel, Maurice.

18         -                Das Mohltemperirte Klavier. Bach, J.S.

18         -                Images (2). Debussy, Claude.                                                                  1908

18         -                Complete Works – VIII Polonaises. Chopin, Fryderyk.                          1961

18         -                 Sonate. Dutilleux, Henri.                                                                         1949

18         -                 24 Pièces en Style Libre. Vierne, Louis.                                                   1914

Series 15: Orchestra Scores

Box     Folder     Content

19         -                 The Song of Bethlehem. Brubeck, Dave.

19         -                  Memorial to Martin Luther King. Morawetz, Oskar.                                 1975

19         -                  In Praise Music. Argento, Dominick.                                                         1977

Series 16: Records & Posters

Box     Folder     Content

20          -                “Joy of Music”- Stereo Audio (mix required for VHS dubs). Thomas, Ed.

20          -                Bethel College Male Chorus Record.

20          -                 “The Sound of One”.  The Nu Life Quartet.

20          -                 “The Holy City”. Howard Correl Bass-Baritone with C. Edward Thomas.

20          -                  “Come Thou Fount”. Thomas, Eddie.

20          -                  “Singing for You”. Musto, Steve.

20          -                  “Piano Portraits”. Thomas, Eddie.