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Hansonia Caldwell Collection

 Collection
Identifier: DH-2016-001

Scope and Contents

The materials in the Hansonia Caldwell Collection consist of documents, photographs, programs, clippings, press releases, publications, sheet music, and audio and video recordings that document Caldwell's teaching career and professional work, largely at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH. The collection also contains materials pertaining to her work as the director of the CSUDH Jubilee Choir, the African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians program, and her philanthropical and community work.

Dates

  • 1880-2016

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archivesand Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physicalmaterials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Biographical Note

Dr. Hansonia Caldwell is professor emeritus of music at California State University Dominguez Hills, with academic specialties in music, African-American music history, piano, choral conducting and humanities. She was a faculty member at CSUDH for more than 40 years and founded the CSUDH Jubilee Choir and the African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians program.

Dr. Caldwell was born in 1944 in Washington D.C. and grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. Her father was a carpenter and her mother was an elementary school teacher, and principal. Caldwell began piano lessons at the age of four with one of only two African American piano teachers in Baltimore. She attended Eastern High School, a racially integrated, all girls high school. Upon graduation, she enrolled at Boston University, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree. While at Boston University, she joined the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and has remained active in that organization throughout her life. After graduation, Caldwell briefly worked in the check claims office at the United States Department of Treasury, before applying to the Master’s program at the University of Southern California.

She went on to receive her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Musicology from the University of Southern California. She has taught at USC, at CSU Long Beach, and Santa Monica City College. She joined the faculty of CSUDH in 1972, teaching courses in African American music, Music History, and the humanities. Also in 1972, she married Charles L. Harriford. The two were married for over 40 years until Harriford’s passing in 2018.

Caldwell was an Assistant Professor of Music from 1972 to 1976, when she became the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research. She served in that position for four years before becoming the Dean of the School of Humanities and Fine Arts, a position she held until 1992. She then taught as a Professor of Music until her retirement in 2011.

Dr. Caldwell, an accomplished piano accompanist and church organist, is the founding conductor of the Dominguez Hills Jubilee Choir, university ensemble that specializes in the performance of music from African-American culture. She also created the Jubilee Creative Arts Summer Camp.

An active researcher and scholar, Caldwell has published two books – African American Music, a Chronology, and African American Music: Spirituals. Her studies of the work of African American composers have been published in American Society of University Composers Proceedings and in The Black Perspective in Music. Her biographical profiles of composers Jester Hairston and Gertrude Rivers Robinson are featured in the International Dictionary of Black Composers (2000), a project of the Center for Black Music Research.

Dr. Caldwell is the Founding Director of the Program for the Study of African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians, an organization that has as its primary mission the study of the life and work of African Diaspora musicians in the field of sacred music and the preservation and performance of their music. From 2003 to 2011, she coordinated the ADSMM Living Legends Festival Concert, celebrating the musical masters of African Diaspora sacred music with performances that brought distinguished conductors and composers to the university.

Dr. Caldwell has also been very active in community and philanthropic groups. She served two terms as Eligibility Adviser/International Fifth Vice President of Mu Phi Epsilon, an international professional music fraternity, and served as president of the Beverly Hills Alumni chapter for two years. She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Corporation for the Arts, the Long Beach Regional Arts Council for 6 years. She has been a curtain raiser preview speaker for The Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers, the Afro American Chamber Music Society, the Southeast Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Caldwell is an advisor to the Southeast Symphony Association, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and a member of the National Association of Negro Musicians (Georgia Laster Branch). She also served for 12 years as a member of the board of directors of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and is on the board of the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers, and the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles.

Extent

64 boxes

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Dr. Hansonia Caldwell is professor emeritus of music at California State University Dominguez Hills, with academic specialties in music, African-American music history, piano, choral conducting and humanities. She was a faculty member at CSUDH for more than 40 years and founded the CSUDH Jubilee Choir and the African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians program.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into the following Series: 1. California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), 2. Teaching Career and Professional Activities, 3. Jubilee Choir, 4. African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians, 5. Community Involvement, 6. People and Organizations, 7. Personal Papers, 8. Media

Related Materials

African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians (ADSMM) Sheet Music Collection, collection number SPC2018003

Separated Materials

Books from the Hansonia Caldwell Collection were separated and added to either the Gerth Archives and Special Collections Rare Book Collection or the Cain Library collections
Title
The Hansonia Caldwell Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Beth McDonald
Date
2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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