Paolo Conte Papers, 1890-1994
Primary Creator: Conte, Paolo (1890-1966)
Extent: 2.5 Linear Feet
Date Acquired: 07/15/1994. More info below under Accruals.
Dr. Paolo Conte was born in Palermo, Italy on February 29, 1890 to Gaetano and Clorinda Conte. His musical talents were demonstrated at four years of age, when he was heard improvising on the piano. He received his musical education in Venice, where he was a student of Tagliapietra, Wolf-Ferrari, and Busoni. He earned a master's degree in psychology and his doctorate in musicology from the University of Padua. In August 1914, Dr. Conte came to UND to teach piano and composition at Wesley College. Here Paolo met his bride. Mary Esther Johnson was his first student to enroll for private instruction, and on August 10, 1915 she became his wife. They were married in Dunseith, ND. On May 26, 1921 their only child, William R. Conte, was born. In the fall of 1923 Dr. Conte became the Dean of Fine Arts at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, OK. He remained there until 1936 when he accepted a position at the University of Wichita in Kansas. He was also the Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church in Wichita. In 1952 he moved to his summer home in Colorado Springs, CO, where he was semi-retired. He served as an organist of Audubon Heights Baptist Church in Colorado Springs and taught piano in the Pikes Peak Region.
Dr. Paolo Conte died in Colorado Springs on September 11, 1966 at age seventy-six. His compositions number in the hundreds and have been used in teaching, radio, and movies.
Access Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Acquisition Source: William R. Conte, Olympia, Washington
Acquisition Method: Donation; Acc.94-1962
Preferred Citation: (Description of Item). Paolo Conte Papers. OGLMC 1290, Box #, Folder #. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid migrated to Archon in October 2014.
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- Box 1
- Folder 1: William Conte's inventory.
- Folder 2: Hymnal: "Great Redeemer, Composition #95".
- Folder 3: A composition in Braille: "At Sunset, #4".
- Folder 4: Libretto: "A Prince Has Come to Town" (A Musical Comedy).
- Folder 5: Libretto: "Idylwild Inn" (A Musical Comedy).
- Folder 6: A player piano roll: "The Old Love Story".
- Folder 7: Music Company Catalogues.
- Folder 8: The Toronto Conservatory of Music Catalogue indicating numbers composed by Paolo Conte acceptable for auditions and in competitions.
- Folder 9: Paolo Conte: A Musician for the Plains, copyright 1985.
- Folder 10: The Johnson's of ND, an account of Mary Esther (Johnson) Conte's family.
- Folder 11: Paolo Conte: A Musician for the Plains, an Addendum.
- Folder 12: Newspaper clippings and documents concerning a Christmas party in Boston for Italian children, Shakespeare Masque in Grand Forks, UND fraternity houses (symbols of Conte's Americanization), ZAI Music Sorority, an introductory concert at the Oklahoma Baptist University, a concert in Colorado, and an introduction to the University of Wichita, 1902-1937.
- Folder 13: The University of Wichita Biennial Catalogue, 1938-1939, 1939-1940.
- Folder 14: An album of clippings from Italy and North Dakota with flyers relating to concerts in North Dakota, 1913-1918.
- Folder 15: Documentation regarding naturalization and tickets of passage, programs of interest in North Dakota and Oklahoma, Conte's concerts, a bulletin about "Downtown" University of Wichita, a biographical sketch and death notices; 1927-1966.
- Folder 16: Oklahoma Baptist University Bulletins, 1923-1936.
- Folder 17: Clippings from Oklahoma Baptist University Newspaper regarding Conte's work there, 1923-1936.
- Folder 18: The Conte Foundation.
- Folder 19: Albums containing programs, announcements, clippings, and flyers, 1891-1931, plus some undated material.
- Folder 20: Gaetano Conte: His Life and His Works.
- Folder 21: Correspondence between the Conte family and the Oklahoma Baptist University and the University of North Dakota, 1923-1969.
- Folder 22: Pages from Oklahoma Baptist University yearbook, Yahnseh.
- Folder 23: Vital statistics, family tree, location of Conte writings, and addresses of family members as of summer, 1994.
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