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Edward MacDowell Papers, 1876-1964

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MA#0819
Bib ID 4079063 View CLIO record
Creator(s) MacDowell, Edward, 1860-1908 ; Rowland, Orlando
Title Edward MacDowell Papers, 1876-1964
Physical Description 3 Linear Feet (7 boxes 1 flat folder)
Language(s) English .

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Letters and manuscripts of MacDowell. One group was written to Arthur P. Schmidt, his publisher during MacDowell's years as professor of music at Columbia University. These letters concern the publication and distribution of his compositions and his copyright difficulties with other firms, especially Brietkopf & Härtel. There are eight letters from MacDowell to the American pianist, composer, and pedagogue William Mason. This personal correspondence deals with such things as musical pieces dedicated by each man to the other. A diary and letter book belonging to Marian N. MacDowell (Mrs. Edward) contains draft copies of letters to Nicholas M. Butler and others relating to his controversial career at Columbia University. Also, photocopies of eight letters from the Mary Flagler Cary Music Collection at the Morgan Library. Among the numerous musical scores and sketches are his INDIAN SUITE and the SONATA TRAGICA. Also, two original drawings of MacDowell by Orlando Rowland; and correspondence, manuscripts, catalogs, and other materials relating to the MacDowell Exhibition at Columbia University in 1938.

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This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Reproduction Note

Type of reproduction--Photocopies in part

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/89.

Subject Headings

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Diaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drawings (visual works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scores (documents for music) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


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Breitkopf & Härtel Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Butler, Nicholas Murray, 1862-1947 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
College teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- : Faculty Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Composers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Composition (Music) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Copyright -- Music Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mason, William, 1829-1908 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
McDowell, Marian N Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Music publishing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Musicians Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pianists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schmidt, Arthur Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

American composer, musician. Edward Alexander MacDowell was professor of music at Columbia University.