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Heath, Cheston L. mss., ca. 1931-1947

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
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Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
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Heath, Cheston L.

Heath, Cheston L. mss., ca. 1931-1947

Collection No.
LMC 2730

23 items

Materials are in English

Consists of photographs and correspondence describing the wartime experiences of Cheston Heath, organist and choirmaster at Christ Episcopal Church in Indianapolis, Indiana for twenty-one years. The collection also contains Xeroxed copies of two of Heath's original compositions.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Organist and choirmaster at Christ Church Cathedral in Indianapolis, Indiana, for twenty one years. Cheston L. Heath was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, and directed his first choir at the age of fourteen. A year later, he entered the New England Conservatory of Music, and went on to earn an M.A. degree from Harvard University. After graduation, he traveled through Rome, Paris and Vienna, studying choral music and organ from Camille Saint-Saëns and Alexandre Guilmant. He is reported to have trained over a thousand choirboys for his choir and also was widely known for his musical compositions. During the St. Louis exposition, he was recognized as one of the seven greatest organists in the world. Heath died on February 11, 1947 at the age of 61.

Scope and Content Note

Collection consists of photographs and correspondence describing the wartime experiences of Cheston Heath, along with Xeroxed copies of two of Heath's original compositions. The correspondence in the collection is mainly from former choirboys of Heath's serving overseas (1943-1945). Additionally, there are oversized photocopies of choir music featuring original compositions bearing Heath's initials ("CLH").

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired: 2009
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], Heath, Cheston L., mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University.
Processing Information
Processed by Craig Simpson.

Completed in 2011.

Series: Box 1 Collection

Correspondence, 1943, September-October

Correspondence, 1943, October-December

Correspondence, 1944, March-August

Correspondence, 1944, August

Correspondence, 1944, October

Correspondence, 1944, November-December

Correspondence, 1944, December-1945, April

Correspondence, 1945, May-August

Correspondence, 1945, August-October

Correspondence, 1945, October-November

Correspondence, undated

Correspondence and photograph, undated

Newspaper clippings and photograph, undated

Newspaper clippings, programs, guild card, undated

"Register of Visitors, and Record of Flowers," undated

Box 2 (Oversize) Sheet music, original Cheston L. Heath choir music

(6 folders)

Newspaper clippings, 1945-1947