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Virgil Thomson papers, 1920-1981

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1240
Bib ID 4079399 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989
Title Virgil Thomson papers, 1920-1981
Physical Description 12.5 linear feet (24 ms boxes and 1 tall ms box (box 15))
Language(s) Material is in English.
Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

All original copies of audio are closed until reformatting in 2020.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Cataloged and listed.

Description

Summary

Prose manuscripts, related correspondence, notes, printed material, and audio tapes of Thomson. Included are notes and drafts of many of Thomson's early articles, written while he was a student at Harvard University and in Paris, and numerous manuscripts of columns published in the HERALD TRIBUNE in the 1940s. Thomson's special interests reflected in these writings are modern music, American hymns, and the performance of music in Europe. Also, manuscripts and related material for six of Thomson's books and for Gertrude Stein's BEE TIME VINE, which was published after her death and for which he wrote the preface; and 125 reels of tapes of Thomson's program on radio station WNCN (New York), 1969-1970. Cataloged correspondents include Chalmers Clifton, Lincoln Kirstein, Alfred A. Knopf, and Man Ray.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

All original copies of audio are closed until reformatting in 2020.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Virgil Thomson papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 09/--/89.

Revision Description

Finding aid derived from PDF. kws 2019-09-06

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Open reel audiotapes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sound recordings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Clifton, Chalmers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Composers (Music) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hymns, English -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kirstein, Lincoln, 1907-1996 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Man Ray, 1890-1976 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Music -- Instruction and study -- France -- Paris Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Music -- Instruction and study -- Massachusetts -- Cambridge Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Music -- Performance -- Europe Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Music critics Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Radio programs -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
WNCN (Radio station : New York, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Composer, music critic.