Jeanie R. Little Papers, 1982

Manuscript Collection #465

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Title: Jeanie R. Little Papers
Creator: Little, Jeanie Rebecca
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Correspondence, clippings and other printed material 1982, 2008.
Extent: 0.0050 Cubic feet, Correspondence and Printed Materials

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Accessions Information

March 3, 1983 11 items; Correspondence (1982). Donor: Mrs. Martha G. Elmore.

August 25, 2009, (unprocessed addition 1), 5 items; Collection (12-27 September 2008) of obituary clippings and printed materials relating to the death of Jeanie R. Little, 9 Sept. 2008, in Richmond, Virginia. Donor: Martha G. Elmore.

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Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Jeanie R. Little Papers (#465), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mrs. Martha G. Elmore

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services

  • Processed by Jonathan Dembo & Cathryn E. Trew April 2010


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Dr. Jeanie Rebecca Little was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, on May 15, 1943. She received her bachelor’s degree in music from Lynchburg College in Virginia, her master’s degree in music with an organ emphasis from Indiana University and held a Ph.D. in Organ Literature and Pedagogy from Iowa University. She did post doctoral studies at Oxford University in 1982 while on a sabbatical leave financed by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She taught organ, piano, counterpoint, music history, music appreciation and art appreciation at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia, for 24 years. Dr. Little was an active member of the American Guild of Organists and Organ Historical Society, and also a recognized scholar on Georgian England and medieval cathedral architecture. She married Capt. Ernest C. Castle, USN, retired, on August 3, 1991. On Tuesday, September 9, 2008, Dr. Jeanie R. Little Castle died of cancer in Richmond, Virginia.

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This collection consists of letters written by Dr. Jeanie R. Little to her sister Martha Elmore and husband Mickey and to her brother Paul Little and wife Marjorie during her 1982 stay at Oxford, England. In these letters, she describes her work researching and photographing cathedrals during her travels to Oxford, Cirencester, Gloucester, Brighton, Arundel Castle, Merton College, Ely, Peterborough, Norwich and York. She also describes living in the YMCA in Oxford, and gives her impressions of the English people she meets and aspects of daily life in England.

The additional donation consists of obituary clippings and printed materials related to the death of Dr. Jeanie R. Little [Castle], on September 9, 2008, in Richmond, Virginia.

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Series 1:
Correspondence
  • Box 1#0465.1
    • Folder a#0465.1.a
      Letters (1 September - 30 November 1982) from Jeanie R. Little -- mailed from Woodstock Road, Oxford, England -- to her sister, Mrs. Martha G. Elmore

      These letters were written in England where Jeanie R. Little was researching and photographing cathedrals and traveling, including Oxford, Cirencester, Gloucester, Brighton, Arundel castle, Merton College, Ely, Peterborough, Norwich & York. Holograph & Photocopy holograph

      • Letter (9/1/1982) to Martha Elmore, Greenville, North Carolina, recording her trip from Oxford through Perth and Inverness, Scotland, to Briar Lea, Kirkwall, Orkneys; description of an Organ music Congress in Oxford and its attendees. Holograph Mss. 1 item. 1 p.  (item #1)
      • Letter (9/14/1982) to Martha Elmore, Greenville, North Carolina, describing her first week as a "reader" at the Bodleian Library; adjusting to English cuisine; floor plan of her "flat"; meeting young English students; daytrip to remains of a Roman villa; visited Roman remains at Cirencester; description of the annual medieval fair Photocopy of holograph Mss. 1 item. 2 p.  (item #2)
      • Letter (10/9/1982) to Paul & Marjorie Little, Greenville, North Carolina, acknowledging receipt of Eleanor's "birth announcement"; plans for future trip to Gloucester; meeting "interesting" people. Photocopy of holograph Mss. 1 item. 2 p.  (item #3)
      • Letter (10/2/1982) to Martha Elmore, Greenville, North Carolina, recording recent family correspondence; Mickey painting the house; pay raise approved to $18,000; sexism in England; collection "gobs" of research material on art & cathedrals; still need photographs of cathedrals; visits to Brighton Pavilion & Arundel Castle; buying English underwear and sweaters. Holograph Mss. 1 item. 1 p.  (item #4)
      • Letter (11/2/1982) to Martha Elmore, Greenville, North Carolina, recording visit to Peterborough; candlelit service at Merton College chapel; visit with musicology student from America; practices of the "dons" at Merton College; family cookie recipes; everyone sick with colds; photography trip to Gloucester & Ely cathedrals; plans to visit Peterborough & Norwich; fees for taking pictures in cathedrals; English food.. Holograph Mss. 1 item. 1 p.  (item #5)
      • Letter (11/30/1982) to Martha Elmore, Greenville, North Carolina, recording visit to York; perfect weather; visit to James Herriot country; spent the day in York minster & took 4½ rolls of film; visited St. Mary's Church; history of minstrel guilds; lunch at "The Tea Cosy"; dinner at French restaurant, invited home by the waitress; had happened before. Holograph Mss. 1 item. 1 p.  (item #6)
Series 2:
Clippings
  • Box 1#0465.1
    • Folder b#0465.1.b
      Collection (12-27 September 2008) of obituary clippings and printed materials relating to the death of Jeanie R. Little Castle, 9 Sept. 2008, in Richmond, Virginia. 5 items. 6 p

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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