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Eastwood Lane Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Lane, Eastwood, 1879-1951.
Title: Eastwood Lane Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1899-1929
Quantity: 2.5 linear ft.
Abstract: Correspondence, musical compositions, writings of the New York State composer. Majority of material is undated.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Eastwood Lane (1879-1951) was an American composer from New York State. His compositions include piano suites, impressionist pieces, and ballet; perhaps his best-known piece is Adirondack Sketches.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Eastwood Lane Papers consists of biographical material, correspondence, musical compositions, writings, sketches (2 items), printed material and memorabilia.

The small amount of Correspondence, most of which is undated, contains single letters from composers William Berwald, Charles Huerter, and Deems Taylor, contemporaries and friends of Lane. The largest group of outgoing correspondence is by Lane to soprano Modena Scovill Lane, his wife. Many of these were written from Lane's Adirondack home and discuss the natural surroundings as well as local events and news.

Musical compositions is by far the largest component of this collection. Some pieces are in sketch form, others in published format. Only a very few will be represented in both, thus making research on the development of a theme from sketch to publication difficult.

Writings are, for the most part, by Lane, including published articles and samples of his "Wind and percussion" column.

Printed materials are divided into the following: by and about Lane; advertisements for Lane works; Wanamaker concert programs; other programs, and miscellaneous clippings.

Memorabilia includes diaries and address books, photographs (Lane, M.S. Lane, others) and a scrapbook.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Correspondence is subdivided into incoming and outgoing. Musical compositions are arranged in alphabetical order by title. Writings, published material, and memorabilia are arranged alphabetically.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings


Lane, Eastwood, 1879-1951.


Composers -- United States.
Composition (Music)

Genres and Forms

Compact discs.
Letters (correspondence)
Programs (documents)



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Eastwood Lane Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin E. Dunham.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: CAD
Date: Jul 1986
Revision history: Jun 2009 - converted to EAD (MRC); 08 Sep 2017 - Media ID numbers added and inventory updated (PJM)

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Biographical material
Box 1 Gentieu, Norman P. "Eastwood Lane" in Journal of jazz studies, Spring 1976.
Box 1 SEL to Modena Scovill Lane undated
Box 1 SEL to Louey
Box 1 Berwald, William
Box 1 Huerter, Charles
Box 1 Taylor, Deems
Box 1 Incoming and outgoing
Musical compositions
Box 1 Abelard & Heloise (from Pantomimes)
Box 1 Blue-robed mandarins
Box 1 Boston fancy
Oversize 4 Calm lake & quiet lovers (from Central Park Suite)
Oversize 4 A corporal's ballad
Oversize 4 Crap shooter (a Negro dance)
Box 1 Downstream
Oversize 4 Eastern seas
Box 1 Elfin knight
Box 1 Fourth of July parade (sketch)
Box 1 Gay occasion
Oversize 4 Gray winds, dream laden
Box 1 Great and glorious
Oversize 4 Great white way
Oversize 4 A gringo tango
Oversize 4 Gringo dance/In Sleepy Hollow
Box 1 Harlem town
Oversize 4 I'm in love with a girl from the country
Oversize 4 In Sleepy Hollow
Box 1 Incidental - Berceuse
Box 1 Jesuit's journey
Oversize 4 Joanne (formerly Mary)
Box 1 Katrina's waltz
Box 1 Knee high to a grasshopper
Box 1 Knee high/Serenade for Mme. Chiang Kai-shek
Oversize 4 Lady Jane Grey
Box 1 Lady of The Palankeen
Box 1 Little boys sail little boats
Oversize 4 Liza
Box 1 Lovers by the lake, Central Park sketches
Box 1 March-sketch
Box 1 Mid-afternoon serenade
Box 1 Minuet to Betty Schuyler
Box 1 Moon (?)
Oversize 4 North of Boston
Box 1 Overlooking Harlem (fragment)
Box 1 Parade (Fourth of July)
Oversize 4 Persimmon pucker
Oversize 4 Plymouth in Autumn
Box 1 Polonaise
Oversize 4 Round the hall (dance hall ditty)
Oversize 4 Sand shuffle, an American dance
Box 1 Sea burial (early sketch), also Persimmon pucker
Box 1 Shropshire lass
Box 1 Sold down the river
Box 1 Song for Ann Rutledge, also Lines for Ann Rutledge
Box 1 Summer glow
Box 1 Swanee
Box 1 On Tappan Zee, a boat song
Oversize 4 They've hung Bill Jones
Box 1 Time of golden dreams
Box 1 Tune to the moon
Box 1 Watch on the village green (Fourth of July suite)
Oversize 4 When whip willer sings
Box 1 Notebooks (3 volumes)
Box 1 Fragments and unidentified sketches (2 folders)
Oversize 4 Fragments and unidentified sketches, oversize (1 folder)
Box 2 Adirondacks
Box 2 Bill McAleese
Box 2 Music record and opera news (4 articles)
Box 2 Musicians club monthly Sept. 1915
Box 2 Opera news (2 articles)
Box 2 Poems
Box 2 "Psycho-pianism, a contemporary musical fantasy" Musical America, 7 Nov 1914
Box 2 "Troubadour en route" Musical America, v.49 n.13 1929
Box 2 "Wind and percussion" (column)
Box 2 Miscellaneous
Box 2 Writings of others (unidentified)
Box 2 By Lane? (2 items)
Printed material
Source material
Box 2 By Lane
Box 2 About Lane
Box 2 Advertisements for Lane works
Box 2 Programs, Wanamaker
Box 2 Programs, non-Wanamaker
Box 2 Miscellaneous clippings, etc. (3 folders)
Box 3 Diaries and address books circa 1899-1919 (11 volumes)
Box 3 Eastwood Lane
Box 3 Modena Scovill
Oversize 4 Modena Scovill , oversize
Box 3 Ted Shawn & Ruth St. Davis
Box 4 Piano Deco: Mike Polad plays American music of the 1920s, Eastwood Lane, Bix Biederbecke, Rube Bloom (1 Audiocassette) (ID#: lane_e_0001)
Box 3 Piano Deco: Mike Polad plays American music of the 1920s, Eastwood Lane, Bix Biederbecke, Rube Bloom (1 Compact disc) (ID#: lane_e_0002)
Oversize 4 Miscellaneous
Oversize 4 Scrapbook (2 folders)

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