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Robert Owens Music Collection

Identifier: MS-0414

Scope and Contents

The Owens collections contains materials and compositions. The collection includes published and unpublished scores and original manuscripts of the composer. The collection also contains personal items such as books, newspaper clippings, play scripts, and photographs that belonged to Owens.


  • 1947-2013

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Owens III (1925-2017), born in Denison, Texas, and raised in Berkeley, California, was an African-American composer and performer. Following World War II, Owens studied music on a GI bill in Paris and Vienna beginning in 1946. He returned to the U.S. during 1957-1959, and then moved to Hamburg, Germany, and later Munich, for the rest of his career as a composer, pianist, and actor. He set songs to lyrics by Langston Hughes, Emily Bronte, and Sara Teasdale, among others. He also wrote operas and chamber music.


11 Boxes

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries Repository

Archives & Special Collections
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries
P.O. Box 884100
Lincoln NE 68588-4100 United States