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Edward G. McCollin Collection


Held at: University of Pennsylvania: University Archives and Records Center [Contact Us]3401 Market Street, Suite 210, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

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Edward Garrett McCollin was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and was active in Philadelphia's musical community. Born on July 6, 1858 in Baltimore, MD, McCollin's attended the Hastings Academy prior to entering the University of Pennsylvania as a member of the Class of 1878 in the Department of Arts. While at Penn McCollin was a member of Phi Kappa Psi, Philomathean Society, and chief editor of the University Magazine. After receiving his A.B. in 1878 he studied in the Music department for a year prior to entering the Law School. Graduating with his LL.B. in 1880, McCollin began his career as an attorney.

Music and the University remained key parts of McCollin's life. He composed music under his own name or as Garrett Colyn, including "Ben Franklin" and "The Pennsylvania Girl." In addition to serving as president of the Musical Fund Society, he was a founder of the Philadelphia Orchestra with E. I. Keefer. McCollin was prominent in University Alumni activities and served as president of the College Alumni Society.

McCollin died at his Philadelphia home on November 24, 1923.

The Edward G. McCollin Collection consists of material related to McCollin's time as a student at the University of Pennsylvania and a composer in Philadelphia. The University Material contains a scrapbook from his undergraduate years, and copies of the University Record for the years 1878-1881. The Musical Material contains 2 published items, some sheet music by McCollin as well as one score by Frances McCollin and another by Josep Valls, as well as material reated to the Musical Fund Society.

The collection is organized into two series - University Material and Musical Material. The University Material contains a scrapbook and copies of the University Record. The Musical Material is organized into Published Material, Sheet Music, and Musical Fund; with material arranged alphabetically.

The Majority of the collection was a gift from Edward McCollin's daughter, Katharine Arnett. The scrapbook was transferred from the Otto E. Albrecht Music Library - University Library, 2010 (2010:39).

University of Pennsylvania: University Archives and Records Center
Finding Aid Author
Joseph-James Ahern
Finding Aid Date
May 2013
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Class of 1878.
Box 1 Folder 2
Class of 1879.
Box 1 Folder 3
Glee Club Programs, 1877-1879.
Box 1 Folder 4
Law Department, 1878-1879.
Box 1 Folder 5
Newspaper Clippings, 1878.
Box 1 Folder 6
Programs, 1878-1879.
Box 1 Folder 7
Class of 1878.
Box 1 Folder 8
Class of 1879.
Box 1 Folder 9
Class of 1880.
Box 1 Folder 10
Class of 1881.
Box 1 Folder 11

History of the Orpheus Club of Philadelphia, 1872 - 1936, 1938.
Box 1 Folder 12
Songs of the University of Pennsylvania, 1909.
Box 1 Folder 13
Christmas Carol, 1887.
Box 1 Folder 14
College Scores: Arranged for the Orpheus Club of Philadelphia, 1896.
Box 1 Folder 15
Composition book: Manuscript E.G.M., 1877-1883.
Box 2 Folder 1
Composition book: Manuscript E.G.M., 1883.
Box 2 Folder 2
Concerto, by Josep Valls, 1932.
Box 2 Folder 3
Daisy Song, 1883.
Box 2 Folder 4
Flower Voices, 1898.
Box 1 Folder 16
Gotham's Three Wise Men, 1882.
Box 1 Folder 17
Hymen, Late his Love Knots Selling, 1892.
Box 1 Folder 18
Hymn 248, 1891.
Box 1 Folder 19
I Will Lay Me Down in Sleep, 1889.
Box 1 Folder 20
My Songs are all of Thee, 1892.
Box 2 Folder 5
O Come Let Us Sing, 1898.
Box 1 Folder 21
Pennsylvania Girl, 1894.
Box 2 Folder 6
Persian Serenade, n.d.
Box 2 Folder 7
Pheobe Bird, and O! Lamb of God, by Frances McCollin, 1904.
Box 2 Folder 8
Sanetus Dens, 1883.
Box 2 Folder 9
Serenade (Male Voices), 1887.
Box 1 Folder 22
Slumber Song, n.d.
Box 2 Folder 10
Song of a Boat, 1883.
Box 2 Folder 11
Special Songs and Services for Primary and Intermediate Classes by Mrs. M. G. Kennedy No. 3, 1898.
Box 1 Folder 23
Though art like unto a flower, 1890.
Box 2 Folder 12
Though art not near me, 1890.
Box 2 Folder 13
Towers of Spring, 1925.
Box 1 Folder 24
Untitled, n.d.
Box 2 Folder 14
Voice that Breathed O'er Eden, 1891.
Box 2 Folder 15
Wedding Hymns: O Perfect Love, The Voice That Breathed O'er Eden, ca. 1891.
Box 1 Folder 25
McCollin Memorial, 1922-1954.
Box 1 Folder 26
Scrapbook: Concerts of the Germania Orchestra at Musical Fund Hall under the Auspices of the Musical Fund Society (kept for the Committee), 1895-1896.
Box 1 Folder 27

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