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Eunice Lea Kettering Collection

Identifier: MS-0018

Scope and Contents

The Eunice Lea Kettering Collection was donated to the University of Missouri-Kansas City by Eunice Lea Kettering. Housed in LaBudde Special Collections at the Miller Nichols Library, the collection is divided into four series: Manuscript Scores (Photocopy), Published Scores, Documents, and Sound Recordings. The first two series are classified into genre, and each work is listed alphabetically. There are over 80 manuscript score photocopies spanning the majority of Kettering’s professional career from 1935 to 1974, and include works from full orchestral to solo instrument. There are over 30 published scores, providing a good overview of her compositions from 1942 to 1973. The remaining material consists of miscellaneous newspaper clippings of reviews and descriptions of her works, awards (photocopies), correspondence (photocopies), and recital and concert programs, as well as four reel-to-reel tape recordings.

Kettering donated the majority of her extant collection to the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, accounting for this collection’s lack of original manuscript scores. However, the strength of this collection is that all of her works contained within present a very good representation of her career. For example, of her 36 published works the collection has thirty-four; of her 77 choral works, the collection has seventy-three. The collection also has all of her out-of-print works, with the exception of two. And as there are no recordings of Kettering’s work in the public domain, the reel-to-reel tapes are considered to be of great value for research.

A full listing of Kettering’s compositions to 1987 is provided in the International Encyclopedia of Women Composers, 2nd edition.

See also: American Composers Collection, Eunice L. Kettering.


  • 1935 - 1975


Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status is unknown


2 Linear Feet (LaBudde: 7 manuscript boxes.)

0.25 Linear Feet (Marr: 4 open reel audio tapes.)

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Special Collections and Archives Repository