Ruthella Feaster Rodeheaver papers
69 special collection gospel song books, serials and monographs.
151 pieces of sheet music.
9 programs and catalogs.
Provenance and Acquisition Information
These materials were purchased in February 1991 from The Old Music Shop (Three Oaks, Michigan), which had purchased them from the estate of Ruthella Feaster (Mrs. Joseph Newton) Rodeheaver.
Agency History/Biographical Sketch
Ruthella Feaster Rodeheaver (1891-ca. 1988) was the second wife of Joseph Newton Rodeheaver (1876-1946), older brother of evangelist/publisher Homer Rodeheaver (1880-1955). Joseph served as business and literary adviser to Rodeheaver Company from 1921 until 1941 when he became a full-time employee of the company and moved with his two brothers and sister to Winona Lake, Indiana, where the company relocated.
Ruthella Rodeheaver was the last surviving member of her generation and interviews with her provided much information for Thomas Henry Porter when he conducted research for his dissertation "Homer Alvan Rodeheaver, Evangelist, Musician and Publisher" (New Orleans Baptist Seminary, 1981), from which the above information is taken.
Scope and Content
This collection of materials from the Rodeheaver-Hall-Mack and Rodeheaver publishing companies includes 69 gospel song books serials, and monographs, 2 scores, 151 pieces of sheet music and 9 programs and catalogs.
A list of the gospel song books, serials and monographs, arranged alphabetically by title; a list of the sheet music, arranged first by composer, then alphabetically by title as received from the estate; and a list of the pamphlets follow.
The gospel song books, serials, and monographs have been transferred to special collections; the filing number for each is listed following the title. The sheet music items were kept as arranged by Ruthella Rodeheaver and added to the Center for Popular Music collection (001191-001357-CPMSM, 003147-003150CPMLG). The scores were transferred to scores collection. The programs were transferred to the Performance collection. All are searchable in the InMagic databases.
Materials Cataloged Separately
Songbooks, serials and monographs:
Ancient and Modern Christmas Carols for Community Singing. SP-045118
Awakening Songs. SP-001365
Behold, A King Shall Reign. SP-045136
Beyond the Sunset. SP-045115
Canticos de Esperanaz. SP-001357.
Carols for Christmas. SP-045122
Cheerio's Favorite Hymns. SP-001364
Christmas Choir No. 2. SP-04513.
Christmas Customs and Carols. SP-04521
Christmas Songs for Children. SP-045124.
The Christ We Forget. SP-045132.
Christian Service Songs. SP-001374. SP-001371.
Church Service Hymns. SP-001386. SP-001387.
Duets That Are Different. SP-045131.
Easter Helper No. 68. SP-045117.
Edward Machugh's Treasury of Gospel Hymns and Poems. SP-01379.
Evangelistic Campaign Songs. SP-001381.
Familiar Christmas Carols and Christmas Songs. SP-045119.
Favorite Christmas Carols. SP-045119.
Forty Gospel Hymn Stories. SP-001380.
Glad Tidings in Song. SP-001358
The Gospel Choir. Special Collection Serials.
Gospel Song Messages Arranged For Men's Voices. SP-045128.
Great Revival Hymns. SP-001372.
Great Revival Hymns No. 2. SP-001366. SP-001375.
How to Know the Holy Bible. Special Collection Monographs.
Hymns For Praise and Service. SP-001359.
It's Christmas. SP-0045139.
Joy to The World. SP-0045133.
The Lute. SP-0040164.
Modern Quartets for Men. SP-001369.
Praise Ye the Lord!. SP-001356.
Prayer Songs for Little Voices. SP-045134.
Rob Roy Peery's Sacred Piano Transcriptions. SP-090168.
Rodeheaver's Collection for Low Voice. SP-045130.
[Homer] Rodeheaver's Third Collection for Low Voice. SP-045129.
[Homer] Rodeheaver Gospel Songs and Poems. SP-001370.
Selected Songs from Rodeheaver's Gospel Songs. SP-01382.
[Homer] Rodeheaver's World's Greatest Collection of Sacred Songs. SP-04516.
Sacred Trios for Sopranos and Altos. No. 2. SP-045137.
Sacred Trios for Sopranos and Altos. No. 3. SP-045138.
[Oswald J.] Smith's Hymn Stories. SP-001362.
Sing Christmas Carols. SP-045120.
Sing . . . Songs of the Southland. No. II. SP-045125.
Sing . . . Songs of the Southland. No. III. SP-045126.
Sing Trios No. 1. SP-045141.
Sing Your Song.. SP-045127.
Sociability Songs. SP-040165. SP-040166.
Songs of Comfort. SP-001373.
Songs for the Service. SP-000523.
New Songs for Services. SP-001363.
Special Songs. SP-001360.
The Treble Clef Choir. SP-0045142.
Treble Clef Hymns. SP-045143.
Triumphant Service Songs. SP-001376.
Victorious Service Songs. SP-001356.
Victory Songs. SP-001272.
Wedding Melodies No. 2. SP-0045114.
When God Speaks. SP-0045144.
Winona Lake Bible Conference Songs. SP-001377.
Winona Lake Conference Songs. SP-001378.
Worth While Poems. Special Collection Monographs.
Youth Hymnal. SP-001367. SP-001368.
B.D. Ackley, Song Cycle. 1914.
Hallet, John C. Night of Nights. 1968.
Ackley, B.D. and A.H.:
Dream of My Heart
God Make Me Strong/O God Our Saviour, Prince of Peace/ O Lord Whose Dwelling Place/Meet With Us At Close Of Day
He Carried It for Me
He Lives (2 copies)
I Heard God Speak
I Never Walk Alone
I Would Be Like Jesus
I Walk With the King
If Your Heart Keeps Right
King for A Day
My Mother's Face
A New World In My Heart (3 copies)
The One Divine
Open Your Heart
The Song of the Soul Set Free
Stand By America (2 copies)
The Voice of My Saviour
When the Sun Comes Out
Would You Feel Lost in Bethlehem?
All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name
As A Volunteer
Every Moment of Every Day
God Bless Our Boys
He Is Here
Is It The Crowning Day
Some Golden Daybreak
The Way of the Cross Leads Home
Brock, Virgil P.:
Beyond the Sunset
Give Me A Song
He's A Wonderful Saviour to Me
I'll Still Live On
Men of God, Arise/We Would See Jesus
Sacred Music School Song
We Would See Jesus
Wonderful Love., Joy and Peace
Hallet, John C.:
Above All Names (2 copies)
Carol of the Star
Glory to the Newborn King
Glory to God in the Highest
Go Shepherd Boy
God of My Salvation
Hymns of Praise
It Is Well with My Soul
My Song of Songs (2 copies)
O Holy Saviour
O Tiny Child
Saviour Like A Shepherd Lead Us
Sing to the Lord of Harvest
So Very Small
Take Them the Book
Thank You Jesus
Yes, I'll Sing
Christmas in Your Heart
I Jest Keep a-Livin' Along
We'll Be Waiting When You Come Back Home*
Autographed to Homer Rodeheaver by composer: A Southern Lullaby* by Robert H. Terry
Tutwiler, J. W.
Follow the Shepherd
Hail V[irginia] P[olytechnic] I[nstitute]
Oh, Blest Redeemer
All My Troubles
Away in A Manger (2 copies)
Brighten the Corner Where You Are
Calvary Covers It All
Cast Thy Burden Upon the Lord
Christ Is Risen
Come, Dearest Lord/Rock of Ages
Come. My Way, My Truth, My Life
The Cry of the Lost
Day by Day
Does It Make Any Difference to You? (2 copies)
An Evening Prayer
An Evening Prayer (2 copies)
Ev'ry Time I feel the Spirit
For I am Satisfied
Forward with Christ
God is a Spirit
Great and Marvelous Are Thy Works
He Loves Even Me
He That Dwelleth in the Secret Place (3 copies)
Hold Me, Dear Saviour
I Am Alpha and Omega
I Shall Not Want
I Am Thine/The Victor's Song/When the Rocks Cry Out
I Have A Melody
I Will Feed My Flock
I'd Rather Have Jesus
In the Garden Fair
It'll Be Me (2 copies)
I've Found A Faith
Jesus, Only Jesus
The King of Love My Shepherd Is
The Man of Steel
May We Know Peace
More Like Thee
My Father Watches Over Me
My Grace is Sufficient for You (2 copies)
Nothing Is Impossible
O Divine Redeemer
O For a Thousand Tongues (2 copies)
O Lowly Town of Nazareth
O Rest in the Lord (2 copies)
O Thou God of Earth and Heaven
The Old Rugged Cross
Poor Wayfaring Stranger
Praise to Jehovah
Rejoice and Sing
Rejoice and Sing/Salvation, Joyful Sound/The Christ Acclaim (2 copies)
Roper's Piano Chimes (We Praise Thee O God/My Jesus I Love Thee/I Love To Tell the Story)*
Send Thy Spirit
Sing Praise to His Name
Songs in the Night
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
There is Rest in the Lord
There's A Light on the Cross
Thine is the Kingdom
To Be With Christ
We Thank Thee
When I Look in His Face
Why Seek Ye the Living Among the Dead
The Wondrous Story
*Filed in Center for Popular Music Large Collection.
Rainbow Records catalog. n.d.
Sheet music catalog, The Rodeheaver-Hall-Mack Co. n.d.
Christmas catalog. 1954.
Christmas catalog. 1956.
Easter/Mother's Day/Children's Day catalog. 1955.
Sacred Music catalog. (2) Rodeheaver-Hall-Mack Co. n.d.
Sacred Music Choir catalog. Rodeheaver,-Hall-Mack Co. n.d.
46th Annual Music Festival. Winona Lake, Indiana. 1966.
48th Annual Music Festival. Winona Lake, Indiana. 1968.
Updated by LPC March 2008
PublisherCenter for Popular Music, Middle Tennessee State University
CreatorsRodeheaver, Ruthella Feaster
MTSU Box 41
1301 E. Main Street
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Bragg Media & Entertainment Bldg.