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RG3487.AM:  Howard Ira Kirkpatrick, 1879-1952

Musical scores:  1915 and 1917

Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb.:  University professor; composer

Size:  2.0 cu.ft.; 4 boxes


Howard Ira Kirkpatrick was a music professor at the University of Nebraska for many years. Born on February 26, 1870 in Bureau County, Illinois, Kirkpatrick’s formal training began at the Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College. As an undergraduate, he directed the Oberlin College Glee Club. After studying in Europe for a time, Kirkpatrick returned to the United States and made his home in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 1900 he joined the staff of the University School of Music. Kirkpatrick served as instructor of voice and later Director of the School of Music at the University of Nebraska until his retirement in 1939.

While at the University, Kirkpatrick collaborated with Hartley Burr Alexander in the production of two historical pageants. In addition to occasional compositions, he was the author of two operas, Olaf and La Minuette. Kirkpatrick served as organist for the St. Paul’s Methodist Church, and for many years he conducted the production of the Messiah on campus. He was also responsible for starting the All State High School summer program at the University. After his retirement in 1939, Kirkpatrick moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, where he died on March 19, 1952. He was survived by his wife, Vera Ray (Wattles) Kirkpatrick.


This collection relates to music written by Howard I. Kirkpatrick for “The Pageant of Lincoln,” music written for orchestra and chorus. The work included “The Founding of Lincoln” and “Nebraska” which were presented in 1915 and 1917 respectively.

Note:  See the NSHS Library Catalog for the following publications:

The pageant of Lincoln, MCMXVII by Hartley Burr Alexander; music by Howard I. Kirkpatrick [394.5 L63 1917]

The pageant Nebraska by Hartley Burr Alexander; music by Howard I. Kirkpatrick [791.624 A375p]


Box 1


  1. Sheet Music and Notes

  2. Sheet Music

  3. Sheet Music

  4. Sheet Music

  5. Sheet Music

  6. Sheet Music

  7. Sheet Music

  8. Sheet Music

  9. Sheet Music

Box 2


  1. Sheet Music

  2. Sheet Music

  3. Sheet Music

  4. Sheet Music

  5. Sheet Music

  6. Sheet Music

Boxes 3-4

Pageant Scores (Oversize)

Volume: Pageant score (Oversize)



Composition (Music)

Kirkpatrick, Howard Ira, 1879-1952

Music — Nebraska — Lincoln

Musical scores

Pageants — Nebraska — Lincoln


HK/cs   05-18-1965

Revised KFK/aw   08-05-2003

Revised TMM   05-20-2010

Encoded TMM   05-21-2010