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Becky Dukes papers

 Collection 0139-SCPA

Becky Dukes is an American composer and singer, and has composed over a hundred pieces of music, both for the piano and with lyrics. Her collection consists of press materials, compact discs, and 36 photocopied scores.


  • 1972-2010

Use and Access to Collection

The collection is open for research use. Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room during SCPA’s operating hours. Please contact the curator for an appointment or if you have questions related to digital access of the materials.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Copyright was not transferred to the University of Maryland with the gift of any copyrighted materials. All rights remain with the creators and rights holders. The University of Maryland Libraries is granted permission for the use in scholarly research by the Libraries’ patrons under fair use in Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act.

To inquire about duplication of materials for research or for publication, please contact SCPA’s curator.


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Biographical / Historical

Becky Dukes was born in 1934 in Durham, North Carolina. She earned a BA from Duke University where she studied with Todd Duncan. Until 1982, her performances were mostly in classical and religious settings, but Dukes evolved into a successful pop and easy-listening songwriter later in her life. Dukes has performed with ensembles such as the Prince George's Philharmonic and US Navy Band, and she has performed in a variety of clubs and hotels. Her albums include Alive (1992), Rainbow (1994),Borrow the Sun (1995), and Almost Country (1999).

Dukes has won awards from ASCAP Awards for Pop Writing, Midatlantic Song Contest, American Women Composers' Song Contest, and the Billboard Award (for "For the Children of the World"). Dukes lives in Hyattsville, Maryland.


This collection is arranged into three series:

  1. Scores
  2. Papers
  3. Recordings


Gift of Becky Dukes in April 2012, with an accrual in May 2012.

Becky Dukes papers
Emma Hammond
April 2021
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  • 2013-02-01: EAD markup validated using Oxygen software by Amanda May, February 2013.

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

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