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Kees-Helm Sheet Music Collection

 Collection — Box: 001
Identifier: MS-0300

Scope and Contents

The Kees-Helm collection includes original copies of sheet music with lyrics and music written by Kees and music written by Helm. Many of the pieces of sheet music are only partially completed. Along with sheet music the collection includes drafts of lyrics and verses, notecards with lyrics, and index cards with ideas for songs. These materials are typed and handwritten, the majority in Kees' hand. The correspondence includes letters that Kees sent to Helm and other individuals.

The collection is organized into series that are based on the folder titles originally designated by Kees. These titles have been maintained wherever possible. Some materials were no longer housed within folders and these items have been arranged chronologically or by title. Much of the sheet music includes edits and revisions, some crossed-out, others are pencil copied over with pen, others are whited-out. The majority of the correspondence is typewritten letters from Kees to Helm, with some handwritten comments and edits on each of the letters. The majority of items in the collection are described individually.


  • 1949-1958



1.00 Boxes

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Related Materials

Kees, Weldon, Robert Knoll, editor. Weldon Kees and the MidCentury Generation: Letters, 1935-1955. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c1986.

Reidel, James. Vanished Act: The Life and Art of Weldon Kees. Lincoln, NE : University of Nebraska Press, c2003.

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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