Archives Collection

RODEHEAVER, RUTHELLA FEASTER                                           90-045

Physical description:

69 special collection gospel song books, serials and monographs.
2 scores.
151 pieces of sheet music.
9 programs and catalogs.


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.


ca. 1910-1968.

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.

Song books, 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.

Emmanuel. SP-045140.

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.

Sheet music:

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

Sleep, Sleep

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?


Boersma, James

All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name

As A Volunteer

Every Moment of Every Day

God Bless Our Boys

He Is Here

Higher Ground

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


Rodeheaver, Homer

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

Christmas Morn

Come, Dearest Lord/Rock of Ages

Come. My Way, My Truth, My Life

The Cry of the Lost

Day by Day

Day Dreams

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

For Me

Forward with Christ

God is a Spirit

Great and Marvelous Are Thy Works

Hallelujah Chorus

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

Perfect Peace

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

Steal Away

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.


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