Guide to the Peter Beemer Music Manuscript

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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

1910 University Drive
Boise, Idaho 83725-1430
Boise, ID, 83725
208-426-3958
archives@boisestate.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 

Content Description

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 Note

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).

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is available for research.

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.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

Purchased from the estate of Dale F. Walden, 2008, with funds from the McCain Collection for Western Life and Honor with Books gift in Honor of John Purton Cochrane, FY2008-2009.

Custodial History :  

Purchased by Boise State University Albertsons Library Special Collections and Archives from the estate of Dale F. Walden, 2008. Previously owned by Charles Bemis and Taylor Smith.


Subjects

  • Subject Terms :
  • Dance music--Idaho--Warren
  • Mining camps--Idaho--19th century
  • Sheet music--Idaho--Warren
  • Warren (Idaho)--Music.

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