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Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

Music manuscripts of the composer Mark Fax, including choral arrangements and vocal solos, chamber music, piano and organ pieces, operas, orchestral works, studies and sketches. Fax composed music in many genres, classical, popular, and sacred; all are represented in the collection. Of note are Fax's regular collaborations with poet Owen Dodson and composer Hall Johnson. A small file containing miscellaneous papers related to his music (copyright filings and posthumous notes by his wife, Dorothy and others, letters and event programs) provides some minimal context for the collection.

The manuscripts comprise both finished autographs (intended as copy-masters) as well as fragments, drafts, and sketches, with the bulk made up of photocopies, with and without marginal notes, corrections and additions. They have been divided into four main series according to instrument, with a small fifth series of miscellaneous material and published sheet music and a sixth series containing recordings of Fax's music.


  • From the Series: 1932 - 1973

Conditions Governing Access

Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.


From the Collection: 3.5 Cubic Feet (10 boxes, 5 oversized folders, and 1 audio cassette tape)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057