M91-07 - LUTHER PRESLEY COLLECTION

Mr. Presley was born March 6, 1887 in Faulkner County were he later attended school. He entered singing school under the instruction of M. W. Beckett at age 14, and soon became a choir leader.  He wrote his first song “Gladly Sing” when he was 17.  By age 18 he was teaching his first singing school, and his first published song in 1907 by Showalter-Patton Company.  He also studied under Br. J. H. Ruebush, dean of Shenandoah College in Dayton, Virginia.  His songs include “I’d Rather Have Jesus,” “God’s Wonderful Book Divine,” “Getting Ready to Leave This World,” and “A Beautiful Prayer.”  His son Leister Presley estimates his father wrote over 1,500 songs in his lifetime.  Luther Presley died in 1974 at the age of 87.

 

Box 1

File 1 – Newspapers and Miscellaneous Papers

File 2 – All Winning Songs- Central Music Company, c. 1920

Anchored Faith- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1943

Bethlehem’s Star- Central Music Company, c. 1922

Better Songs- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1950

File 3 – Blessed Hope- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1942

Boundless Joy- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1933

Boundless Love- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1949

File 4 – Brightest Beams- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1938

Calvary Songs- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1944

Carols of Love- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1954

File 5 – Celestial Songs- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1953

Celestial Songs- Excelsior Music Company, c. 1923

Chapel Bells- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1968

File 6 – Chapel Chords- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1964

Cheerful Chimes- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1930

Chiming Bells- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1954

File 7 – Choice Specials- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1950

Chords of Love- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1949

Comfort and Consolation- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1940

File 8 – Crimson Glow- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1951

Crowning Joy- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1957

Crystal Rays- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1929

File 9 – Dawning Light- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1960

Endless Joy- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1962

Eternal Praise- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1969

File 10- Faithful Guide- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1941

Favorite Radio Songs- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1937

Favorite Radio Songs: Vol. 2- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1939

File 11- Favorite Revival Songs- Stamps-Baxter Music, no date

Favorite Songs and Hymns- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1939

Garden of Melody- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1947

End of Box 1

 

Box 2

File 1 – Glad Tidings- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1971

Glory Beams- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1968

Glory Bells- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1962

File 2 – Glory Dawn- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1936

Glory Gleaner- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1930

Glory Waves- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1948

File 3 – Glory Waves- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1948 (2nd Copy)

Golden Chimes- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1959

Golden Key- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1940

File 4 – Golden Voices- Central Music Company, c. 1914

Good Songs- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1960

Gospel Light- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1955

File 5 – Gospel Message in a Song- Central Music Company, c. 1918

Gospel Praise- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1972

Gospel Quartets- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1938

File 6 – Gospel Ship- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1953

Gospel Songs- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1970

Gospel Songs of Cheer- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1976

File 7 – Gospel Tide- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1939

Gospel Way- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1962

Grateful Praise- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1944

File 8 – Guiding Star- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1938

Harbor Bells: Number 2- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1933

Harbor Bells: Number 3- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1934

File 9 – Harbor Bells: Number 4- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1935

Harbor Bells: Number 5- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1936

Harbor Bells: Number 6- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1937

File 10- Harbor Lights- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1966

Harvest Gleaner- Will M. Ramsey, c. 1939

Happy Praise- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1956

End of Box 2

 

Box 3

File 1 – Harmony Gems- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1947

Harps of Gold- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1969

Harvest Songs- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1953

File 2 – Heaven’s Banner- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1955

Heaven’s Lamp- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1943

Herald of Glad Tidings- Central Music Company, c. 1962

File 3 – Higher Ground- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1954

Highest Praise- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1947

Holy Light- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1961

File 4 – Humble Hearts- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1945

Inspirational Melodies- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1952

Joy to the World- Central Music Company, c. 1924

File 5 – Joyful Melodies- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1954

Joyful Praise- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1971

Joyful Songs- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1939

File 6 – Jubilee Spirituals- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1945

Lasting Peace- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1942

Leading Light- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1934

File 7 – Living Gems- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1958

Living Grace- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1945

Living Melodies- Geo. W. Sebren, c. 1937

File 8 – Living Songs: Number 1-Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1968

Living Songs: Number 2-Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1969

Living Songs: Number 3-Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1970

File 9 – Living Songs: Number 4-Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1971

Living Songs: Number 5-Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1972

Love Divine-Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1972

File 10- Master’s Call- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1957

Matchless Gift- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1956

Matchless Melodies- Hartford Music Company, c. 1929

End of Box 3

 

Box 4

File 1 – Melody Boys Album, The- Ernest N. Edwards Music Co., c. 1955

Melodies of Joy- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1951

Melodies of Love- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1957

File 2 – Modern Favorite Songs- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1942

Morning Light- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1949

Morning Sunbeams- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1965

File 3 – Most Popular Songs- Central Music Company, c. 1921

New Day Spirituals- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1934

New modern Hymnal- Stamps-Baxter Music, date unknown

File 4 – Notes of Praise- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1981

Peaceful Echoes- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1948

Pearly Gates- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1940

File 5 – Pearly Gate Echoes- Central Music Company, c. 1928

Pearls of Truth- Will W. Slater, c. 1955

Perfect Joy- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1959

File 6 – Pilgrim Songs- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1941

Precious Abiding Peace- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1960

Precious Name- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1951

File 7 – Precious Name- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1951 (2nd Copy)

Priceless Pearls- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1929

Radiant Gems- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1967

File 8 – Radio Song Album- Stamps-Baxter Music, unknown date

Radio Song Album- Stamps-Baxter Music, unknown date

Rainbow Rays- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1946

File 9 – Redeeming Love- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1965

Redemption Songs- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1967

Sacred Gems- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1973

File 10- Sacred Songs, Book of- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1944

Sacred Tones- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1956

Saving Grace- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1961

End of Box 4

 

Box 5

File 1 – Saving Power- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1974

Sharon’s Rose- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1950

Shepard’s Love- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1955

File 2 – Shining Path- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1946

Shining Path- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1946 (2nd Copy)

Silver Gleams- Stamps-Baxter Music, c.1958

File 3 – Silver Tones- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1948

Singers Choice- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1932

Singers Joy- Central Music Company, c. 1926

File 4 – Singers Pride- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1952

Sentimental Songs- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1946

Songs for All- Stamps-Baxter Music, c.1950

File 5 – Solid Rock- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1952

Song Hits- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1946

Song-Land Echoes- Central Music Company, c. 1923

File 6 – Songs of Cheer- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1952

Songs of Joy- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1953

Songs of Rejoicing- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1977

File 7 – Songs of Wonderful Love- Progressives Singers Publishing Co., c. 1924

Songs of Zion- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1973

Songs of the Morning- Central Music Company, c. 1917

File 8 – Song Service and Revival- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1933

Song Service and Revival- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1949

Songs Supreme- Stamps-Baxter Music, c.1943

File 9 – Songs We Love- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1962

Soul Service Songs- Central Music Company, c. 1927

Special Radio Selections- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1943

File 10- Special Service Songs- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1944

Star of Hope- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1949

Starlit Crown- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1937

End of Box 5

 

Box 6

File 1 – Sunlight Way- Stamps-Baxter Music, c.1947

Super Specials: Number 1- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1940

Super Specials: Number 2- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1941

File 2 – Super Specials: Number 3- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1941

Super Specials: Number 4- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1942

Super Specials: Number 5- Stamps-Baxter Music, c.1941

File 3 – Supernal Joy- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1970

Sweetest Praises- Central Music Company, c. 1916

Temple Gates- Stamps-Baxter Music, c.1963

File 4 – Thankful Hearts- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1935

Tuneful Praise- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1931

Upward Way- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1963

File 5 – Useful Melodies- Geo. W. Sebren, unknown date

Vict’ry Songs- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1960

Waves of Glory Tidings- Central Music Company, c. 1929

File 6 – Winning Songs- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1964

Wondrous Love- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1966

Work and Worship: Number 2- James L. Neal, c. 1953

Zion’s Call- Stamps-Baxter Music, c. 1944

File 7- Inventory of Songbooks on Shelves in Presley Home

File 8- Three-ring binder Scrapbook, Songs with like titles

End of Box 6

 

Box 7

File 1- Three-ring binder- "Songs of Christian Love" Scrapbook

File 2- Three-ring binder- "Spiritual Moments" Scrapbook

File 3- Scrapbook 1 of Luther Presley Songs

File 4- Scrapbook 2 of Luther Presley Songs

File 5- Scrapbook 3 of Luther Presley Songs

End of Box 7

 

Box 8

File 1- Scrapbook 4 of Luther Presley Songs

File 2- Scrapbook 5 of Luther Presley Songs

File 3- Scrapbook 6 of Luther Presley Songs

File 4- Scrapbook on Luther Presley's Life

File 5- Scrapbook- Newspaper Clippings and Other Materials

File 6- CD- Presley Photos of White County, AR

File 7- Newspaper Clippings of Luther (father) and Leister (son) Presley

File 8- L.B. Leister File (The man Leister Presley was named after)

End of Box 8

End of Collection