Genevieve Pitot papers, 1922-1980 | Louisiana Research Collection

By Jazmin Smith

Collection Overview

Title: Genevieve Pitot papers, 1922-1980

ID: LaRC/Manuscripts Collection 788

Primary Creator: Pitot, Genevieve, 1901-1980.

Extent: 5.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged as follows: biographical material, correspondence, telegrams, sketches of Genevieve Pitot, rollography, photographs, Confederate money, Paris map and pictures, newspaper clippings, Broadway musical scores, ballet scores, dances and songs written to poetry, audio tapes of music and talk, and music books in anthologies and method books. The collection consists of 5 boxes and one bound volume. It is 7.5 linear feet.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1980

Subjects: Composers -- United States., Dance music -- Scores., Musicals -- United States -- 20th century., Musical theater -- United States -- History -- 20th century., Pianists -- United States., Pitot, Genevieve, 1901-1980., Sullivan, Joseph P., d. 1961., Women composers -- United States.

Forms of Material: Correspondence., Photographs., Scores.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of a wide variety of material relating to the life of Genevieve Pitot (1901-1980), a composer for the American musical theater.  Included are biographical material, correspondence, sketches, telegrams, photographs, family papers, newspaper clippings, published scores, musical compositions to other authors' poetry, photocopies of documents and printed material, audiotapes of music and spoken words, music books, theater playbills and posters. There are published scores from Broadway musicals and the ballet, including "Kiss Me Kate," "Miss Liberty," "Can Can", "Saratoga", "Roads to Hell", and "Mardi Gras."

Biographical Note

Genevieve Pitot was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on May 20, 1901, a descendant of the second mayor of New Orleans, James Pitot (1761-1831). She was trained in Paris as a classical pianist, and was married to Joseph P. Sullivan of New York City. She began her association with dance and the musical theater in the 1930s, when she played for classes taught by Martha Graham and other leading American modern dance choreographers. Genevieve Pitot had a long and successful career and was known for arranging and composing music for dance sequences in Broadway musicals such as "Kiss Me, Kate," "Call Me Madam," "Can-Can," "Silk Stockings," "Destry Rides Again," "Milk and Honey," "Shangri La" and "Li'l Abner." She died in New Orleans, October 4, 1980.

Subject/Index Terms

Composers -- United States.
Dance music -- Scores.
Musicals -- United States -- 20th century.
Musical theater -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Pianists -- United States.
Pitot, Genevieve, 1901-1980.
Sullivan, Joseph P., d. 1961.
Women composers -- United States.

Administrative Information

Repository: Louisiana Research Collection

Alternate Extent Statement: 7.5 linear feet

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Acquisition Source: Mrs. Marcel Farnet of New Orleans, niece of Genevieve Pitot.  Additional material donated for this collection in 1990 by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Pitot.

Acquisition Method: Gift.

Preferred Citation: Genevieve Pitot papers, Manuscripts Collection 788, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118

Finding Aid Revision History: Inventory entered by LAC in 2011.

Other Note: OCLC Number: 433173219

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Biography, correspondence and other papers],
[Box 2: Scores (Broadway Musicals and Ballet)],
[Box 3: Ballet, dances and songs],
[Box 4: Genevieve Pitot tapes],
[Box 5: Genevieve Pitot's music books (anthologies and method books)],

Box 1: Biography, correspondence and other papers
Folder 1: Biography of Genevieve Pitot
Folder 2: List of plays and arrangements by Pitot
Folder 3: Bronze Star and other medals of Joseph Sullivan, Genevieve Pitot's husband, 1944
Folder 4: Correspondence of Joe to Genevieve
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1949-1977
Folder 6: Telegrams from Leland Hayward, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Michael Kidd, 1950-1959
Folder 7: Joseph Sullivan's obituary, 1961
Folder 8: Retirement of Madeline Pitot Barry
Folder 9: Evelyn Sach's recital, 1970
Folder 10: Sketches of Genevieve Pitot
Folder 11: Genevieve Pitot- a rollography
Folder 12: Genevieve Pitot- photos
Folder 13: Genevieve Pitot with Joe
Folder 14: Other photos
Folder 15: Confederate money
Folder 16: Paris- map and pictures
Folder 17: Newspaper clippings, 1920s, 1930s
Folder 18: Newspaper clippings, 1940s
Folder 19: Newspaper clippings, 1950s
Folder 20: Newspaper clippings, 1960s
Folder 21: Newspaper clippings, 1970s
Folder 22: "Mother Goose on Parade" Federal project, 1937
Score (Broadway musical).
Folder 23: "Adelante" Helen Tamaris, Federal project, 1939
Score (Broadway musical).
Folder 24: "Kiss Me Kate", Helen Tamaris, 1948
Score (Broadway musical).
Folder 25: "Touch and Go", Helen Tamaris, 1949
Score (Broadway musical).
Folder 26: "Miss Liberty", Jerome Robbins, 1949
Score (Broadway musical).
Folder 27: "Call Me Madam", Jerome Robbins, 1950
Score (Broadway musical).
Folder 28: "Two on the Aisle", Valeric Bettis, 1951
Score (Broadway musical).
Folder 29: "Two's a Company"
Score (Broadway musical).
Folder 30: "Can Can" Michael Kidd, 1953
Score (Broadway musical).
Folder 31: "Can Can", Michael Kidd, 1953
Score (Broadway musical).
Folder 32: Articles
Folder 33: Anita Nolan Pitot correspondence
Folder 34: Anita and Henry Pitot
Folder 35: Montegut-Nicholas marriage contract, 1805

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Biography, correspondence and other papers],
[Box 2: Scores (Broadway Musicals and Ballet)],
[Box 3: Ballet, dances and songs],
[Box 4: Genevieve Pitot tapes],
[Box 5: Genevieve Pitot's music books (anthologies and method books)],

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