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Collection on Stanley R. Avery

Identifier: M/A 0002

Description of Contents

Six boxes. Biographical information, newspaper clippings, photographs, obituary, scrapbooks.

Box 1 includes two folders. Folder 1, labeled “Biographical and Clippings” contains encyclopedia and newspaper clippings, photographs, and Avery’s obituary. It also includes reviews of compositions and performances both about Stanley Avery and written by him. Folder 2, Labeled “Programs, Brochures, and Writings” contains programs from concerts, recitals, and other performances of Avery’s compositions, and essays written by Stanley Avery. There is also a book of poems Ships That Come Not Back…And Other Poems by Freeman Chase Leslie, 1935 in box 1.

Box 2 includes 2 scrapbooks of newspaper clippings (1892-1916 & 1916-29) including performance and recital announcements, reviews, advertisements of Avery’s musical services, and articles about Avery’s accomplishments and participation in civic life.

Boxes 3-6 contain music score manuscripts.


  • 1892 - 1935



The collection is available for use in Special Collections during the department's open hours.


Born in Yonkers, New York, Stanley Robert Avery (December 14, 1879 – September 17, 1967) was a musician, conductor, and composer of over 70 works. He was an organist in Yonkers from 1896-1910 and in Minneapolis at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral from 1910-1950. In Minneapolis he lived on 435 Ridgewood and 806 Nicollet Avenues. Additionally, he served as Blake School's music director from 1934 until 1943, and was a faculty member at the MacPhail School and College of Music from 1919 to 1966. During his time in Minnesota, Avery was also the president of the Civic Music League, the president of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association in 1921, the Episcopal Choir Guild in 1933, and treasurer of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Avery composed the operettas Ichabod Crane and Merry Mexican the comic opera Katrina, a one-act opera, The Quartet, a variety of church music, and many other pieces for organ and piano. He was married to Elizabeth Avery and had two daughters and a son.


3.67 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

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Related Materials in Hennepin County Library Special Collections

See also the Hennepin County Central adult music reference score collection.

General Collection Resources

Concertino on familiar tunes for young players
/Zkg 954a1 (Adult Sheet Music); Ref M1390.A94C66 (Adult Reference Music Score)
Cupid's Night Out
*Zgm 955a2 (Adult Reference Music Score)
Eskimo Love Song
Ref M 1621.A9E851906 (Adult Reference Music Score)
For All the Saints
/Zgr 955a1 (Adult Sheet Music)
Ichabod Crane
*Zgm 955a3 (Adult Reference Music Score)
Lazarus; A Short Oratorio
*Zgr 955a1 (Adult Reference Music Score)
March in G Minor
/Zke 955a2 (Adult Sheet Music)
A Mother's Rocking Chair
/Zgd 955a9 (Adult Sheet Music)
/Zla 955a1 (Adult Sheet Music)
The Shepherdess
/Zgd 955a1 (Adult Sheet Music)
Sign of Mercy
Ref M1621.A94S54 1918 (Adult Reference Music Score)
Song of the Street Sweeper
/Zgd 955a10 (Adult Sheet Music)
Song of the Timber Trail
/Zgd 955a3 (Adult Sheet Music)
There's a Sunny Path
/Zgd 955a7 (Adult Sheet Music)
When Hazel Comes
/Zgd 955a2 (Adult Sheet Music)
Collection on Stanley R. Avery
Gail A. Wolfson
May 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the Hennepin County Library Special Collections Repository

Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis MN 55401 U.S.A.