Genevieve Pitot papers Edit


LaRC Manuscripts Collection 788


  • 1922-1980 (Creation)
  • Date acquired: 11/30/1979 (Other)


  • 7.5 Linear Feet (Whole)

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  • Scope and Contents

    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."

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

  • Source of Acquisition

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

  • Method of Acquisition


  • Arrangement Note

    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.

  • Biographical / Historical

    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.

  • Other Descriptive Information

    OCLC Number: 433173219

  • Preferred Citation

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

  • Conditions Governing Use

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