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Black and white photograph portrait of Mary Cardwell Dawson seated at a table, elbow rested on table and hand posed under her chin.

Mary Cardwell Dawson: Upcoming Lecture at the Library of Congress

Posted by: Cait Miller

On Thursday, January 19th, 2023 at 7pm in the James Madison Building’s Montpelier Room, Dr. Karen Bryan, Dean of the Arts at Pima Community College, is presenting a lecture: “Self-Determination on the Operatic Stage: Mary Cardwell Dawson and African American performance in Washington, DC and New York City.” Music educator, choir director, opera director, and administrator Mary Cardwell Dawson (1894-1962) founded the National Negro Opera Company, the country's first African-American opera company, in 1941. The Library of Congress is home to the National Negro Opera Company Collection, which documents the Company's productions, operations, fundraising efforts, as well as as Dawson's career and impact.

Published lead sheet for Smyth's "March of the Women," published 1911.

Ethel Smyth and “The March of the Women”

Posted by: Cait Miller

British composer Ethel Smyth's 1911 song "The March of the Women," dedicated to Emmeline Pankhurst and the Women's Social and Political Union, became a suffrage anthem in the United Kingdom and abroad. Learn more about Smyth's involvement with the WSPU and access sheet music from the Library of Congress digital collection "Women's Suffrage in Sheet Music."

Sheet music cover for "I'm Going to Be a Suffragette" featuring a woman dressed in a tuxedo and top hat.

By the People: Women’s Suffrage in Sheet Music

Posted by: Cait Miller

The Library of Congress By the People project launched its first campaign to feature sheet music in February 2022. "Women's Suffrage in Sheet Music" features approximately 200 titles created before 1923 either for, about, or against the suffrage movement. Once the campaign is transcribed and approved, researchers will be able to keyword search across all text included in the sheet music, including lyrics.