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1. Overview of the Collection


McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi


Allen, Creighton, 1900-1969; Gitenstein, Seymour

Collection Number


Collection Title

Allen (Creighton) Collection


1.05 cubic feet





Collection Status

Fully processed


Creighton Allen, born in Macon, Mississippi, was a pianist and composer. The collection contains a scrapbook, correspondence, sheet music and miscellaneous documents.


2. Subjects

Allen, Creighton, 1900-1969

Piano music -- Scores.


3. Biographical/Historical Note

Creighton Allen was born on March 26, 1900 to William F. and Alice Creighton Allen in Macon, Mississippi. He had ten brothers and sisters, Ben, John, Ed, Willie, Polly, Nell, Rita, Ruth, Louise and Sue.

At the age of four, Creighton began playing music by ear on the piano, and at seven, he began taking piano lessons from Ms. Edna Bush. He performed in public for the first time at age nine, and as a teenager, Creighton played the piano for silent movies at a theater.

During his senior year of high school, he moved to Shreveport, Louisiana to become the musical director of an orchestra and Director of Foster’s School of Music for Young Ladies. In Shreveport, he met noted pianist Harold Bauer. In 1921, Creighton moved to New York to study with Bauer, Josef Hoffman and other distinguished artists. He performed his debut piano recital at Aeolian Hall on February 18, 1927.

Creighton Allen composed over 300 works, including the piano solo "American Cake Walk" and the song "Eldorado".


4. Scope and Content Note

This collection contains materials related to the music and career of Creighton Allen. The scrapbook, sheet music, correspondence and various documents were part of the estate of Dr. Seymour Gitenstein, a pupil and colleague of Creighton Allen.

One folder contains correspondence between Creighton Allen and Dr. Gitenstein. Other folders contain the miscellaneous correspondence of Dr. Gitenstein, including many handwritten letters from Creighton’s sister, Polly Crockett.

The scrapbook, which includes programs, ticket stubs, newspaper clippings and other memorabilia, begins with a program for his debut piano recital at Aeolian Hall on February 18, 1927 and ends with a program for The Edward MacDowell Memorial Concert on December 17, 1940. For preservation purposes, a photocopy has been made of the scrapbook on acid-free paper. The original front and back covers of the scrapbook have been retained and placed in an acid-free paper envelope. Much of the memorabilia was removed from the original pages of the scrapbook and can be found in Box 2 of the collection.

The collection also contains sheet music of several Creighton Allen compositions, a few of which have been signed by the composer.


5. Arrangement

The collection is divided into three boxes. The first box contains correspondence and various documents. The second box contains the memorabilia that was removed from the scrapbook after it was photocopied. The third box contains sheet music of compositions by Creighton Allen and the photocopy of the scrapbook as well as its original front and back covers.


6. Related Material

Related collections at the University of Southern Mississippi include:

  • M332 Mississippi Historical Music Scores
  • M91 Presser (William) Original Music Scores
  • M361 Nineteenth-Century American Music Scores
  • Daniel (Robert K.) Music Collection


7. Administrative Information


Donated by the estate of Dr. Seymour Gitenstein via Barbara Gitenstein through Ann Scofield

Use Restrictions

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Reproduction of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Provision of photocopies or digital reproductions does not constitute permission to publish, distribute, provide internet access to, or otherwise display images of materials in this collection. Copyright is retained by the lawful copyright holder, and it is the responsibility of the permission seeker to contact and secure permission from the copyright holder. Where copyright permission is not granted, images are only for use in private study subject to the Fair Use exceptions made in U.S. Copyright Law.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation Method

In citing these materials, the following information should be included:

Item, title of collection, McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi.

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid written by Amanda McRaney, October 2013.


Contents of the collection.

Collection case file.


8. Container List


Box 1

Folder 1           Creighton Allen Correspondence 1960s

Folder 2           Correspondence 1970s

Folder 3           Correspondence 1970s

Folder 4           Correspondence 1970s

Folder 5           Correspondence 1970s-1980s

Folder 6           Correspondence 1970s, 2006

Folder 7           Correspondence with Memorabilia 1950s-1980s

Folder 8           Memorabilia 1930s-1970s

Folder 9           Creighton Allen Biography 1973

Folder 10         Legal Release Forms 1973

Folder 11         Noxubee County Library, Macon, Mississippi 1973

Folder 12         Photocopies 1920s-1950s



Box 2

Folder 1           Scrapbook: Programs 1920s

Folder 2           Scrapbook: Programs 1930s

Folder 3           Scrapbook: Programs 1940s

Folder 4           Scrapbook: Programs 1950s

Folder 5           Scrapbook: Programs Undated

Folder 6           Scrapbook: Correspondence 1930s

Folder 7           Scrapbook: Invitations 1937

Folder 8           Scrapbook: Miscellaneous 1930s-1940s

Folder 9           Scrapbook: Recital Tickets 1927, 1933

Folder 10         Scrapbook: Royalty Agreement 1927

Folder 11         Scrapbook: Schirmer’s New Music 1928

Folder 12         Scrapbook: Photograph of Creighton Allen circa 1920s


Box 3

Folder 1           Sheet Music:

·       Shelley Songs 1954

·       Eldorado 1933

Folder 2           Sheet Music:

·       Menuet Du Soir 1940

·       American Caprice 1942

·       So When In Tears 1948

·       Four American Dances 1948

·       Noxubee Ode 1942

·       From the Hills of Dream 1948

Folder 3           Sheet Music:

·       Canticle Song of Memphis 1919

·       Lay of Solitude 1929

·       You Told Me You Loved Me Undated

·       Your Two Eyes of Blue Undated

·       Remembrance 1917

·       Ten Compositions 1920

Folder 4           Scrapbook 1927-1940


9. Item List

Photograph Log


M95-1             Creighton Allen

9.75 x 13                    B & W             circa 1920s

Photograph of Creighton Allen

(Box 2, Folder 12)


10. Publication Information


The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries, Special Collections


Physical Address

The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries

McCain Library & Archives

118 College Drive #5148

Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5148

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Revision date

Last revised: October 24, 2013


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