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Frederick J. Lavigne theater orchestra music

Identifier: CoU-AMRC-101

Scope and Contents

The Frederick J. Lavigne Theater Orchestra Music collection contains 126 boxes of theater orchestra sheet music. The collection was addressed to Frederick J. Lavigne at the Stadium Theater in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. A majority of the pieces in this collection show Lavigne's full name stamped on the sheet music.


  • Creation: 1878-1937

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

The American Music Research Center does not control rights to any material in this collection. Requests to publish any material in the collection should be directed to the copyright holders.

Information on Frederick J. Lavigne

Frederick J. Lavigne Theater Orchestra Music is a collection of theater orchestra sheet music which was most likely used for theater and silent film productions in the New England area from 1878 to 1937. There are little to no records on Lavigne's birth, life, and death, but evidence from classified section ads in Jacobs' Band Monthly and Musical Messenger shows that Frederick Lavigne was an orchestral director for several theaters in the New England area in the early 20th century. In Jacobs’ Band Monthly, published in January of 1919, Lavigne issued a want ad for orchestral and piano music to be sent to him at the now-defunct Jefferson Theater in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, for which he was then the music director. In another publication, the Musical Messenger from January of 1921, Lavigne put out a for sale advertisement for orchestral sheet music at the Strand Theater in Portland, Maine. These theaters were intended for both live performances and showings of silent films, and the body of music in this collection may have been used in these performances directed by Lavigne.


126 boxes (170 linear feet)

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Arrangement of Frederick J. Lavigne Theater Orchestra Music

Collection is divided into one series of 126 boxes

The collection is arranged alphabetically by title of piece followed by composer and arranger

Dates of publication are included in the listings

Physical Location

Housed in the American Music Research Center

Custodial History

The collection was purchased by Rodney Sauer through a lending library in Maine

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Rodney Sauer in December 2013


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Jenna Palensky
Date completed:
November 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

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