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Daniel Gregory Mason papers, 1894-1953

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Call No.: MS#0849
Bib ID 4079723 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Mason, Daniel Gregory, 1873-1953
Title Daniel Gregory Mason papers, 1894-1953
Physical Description 35 linear feet (74 boxes)
Language(s) English .
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Correspondence to D. G. Mason (Boxes 1-14); Correspondence from D. G. Mason (Boxes 15 & 16); Journals (Boxes 17-24); Manuscripts and printed versions of Mason's musical compositions arranged by type of composition (Boxes 25-36); Sketchbooks, compositions, typescripts, pamphlets, periodical articles by Mason, and clippings (Boxes 37-40); Mason's published works (some of them heavily annotated) (Boxes 41-43); Business papers (Boxes 44 & 45); Phonograph records (Box 46); Photographs (Boxes 47 & 48); Scrapbooks (Boxes 48-55); Books from the library of D. G. Mason (Boxes 56-67); Printed and manuscripts scores for other composers (Boxes 68-74).



Manuscript materials which include correspondence, business papers, composition scrapbooks and musical scores; books; clippings; records; and photographs.

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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); Mason Daniel Gregory papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.


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Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Mrs. Daniel Gregory Mason, 1954.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers: Source of acquisition--Mason Mrs. Daniel Gregory. Method of acquisition--Gift & 293-12/23/86; 293-1/6/87.

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Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers Entered in AMC 10/26/90.

Revision Description

2020-06-08 EAD document created by CCR.

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Eminent American musician and composer.

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Series I: Correspondence

Subseries I.1: Correspondence to Daniel Gregory Mason

Box 1 A - Ba

Box 2 Be

Box 3 Bi - Cl

Box 4 Co - F

Box 5 G

Box 6 H - Hill

Box 7 Hillyer - K

Box 8 L - Man

Box 9 Mar - Mol

Box 10 Mon - O

Box 11 P - R

Box 12 S

Box 13 T - Va

Box 14 Vi - Z

Box 14 Miscellaneous Correpsondence to Daniel Gregory Mason

Subseries I.2: Correspondence from Daniel Gregory Mason, 1923-1953

Box 15 Correspondence, 1923-1948

Box 16 Correspondence, 1949-1953

Series II: Journals, 1894-1950

Box 17 Nos. 1-3, 11-14, 1894-1899, 1905-1907

Box 18 Nos. 4-10 and miscellaneous, 1899-1905, 1918-1919, 1930-1931, 1934-1935

Box 19 Journals, 1937, first half of 1939, 1940

Box 20 Journals, 1941-1943

Box 21 Journals, 1944-first half of 1947

Box 22 Journals, First half of 1950

Box 23 Unlabeled (Sealed)

Box 24 Journal Indices and Miscellaneous

Series III: Manuscripts and printed versions of Mason's musical compositions

Arranged by type of composition

Box 25 Vocal Compositions

20 compositions, including "Russians", "Three Children's Songs", etc.

Box 26 Vocal Compositions

15 compositions, including "O Daughters of Jerusalem" "The Quest", etc.

Box 27 Organ Compositions

3 compositions

Box 27 Piano Compositions

15 compositions

Box 28 Piano Compositions

7 compositions, e.g., Symphony 2 in A major, Opus 30

Box 28 Piano Transcriptions of Orchestral Works by Daniel Gregory Mason

7 transcriptions

Box 29 Chamber Music

20 compositions

Box 30 Orchestral Compositions

"Quartet for Strings and Piano", etc.

Box 31 Orchestral Compositions

"The Quiet Hour", etc.

Box 32 Orchestral Compositions

"A Lincoln Symphony, Opus 35, Julliard", etc.

Box 33 Orchestral Compositions

"Suite after English Folksongs," etc.

Box 34 Orchestral Compositions

4 compositions; "Scherzo", etc. See Also: Flatbox 320.

Flatbox 320 Orchestral Compositions

4 scores "Scherzo".

Box 35 Orchestral Compositions

4 compositions, "Love Songs", etc.

Box 36 Orchestral Compositions

3 compositions

Box 36 Transcriptions of Other Composers' Works

8 transcriptions: "Music Lovers", etc.

Series IV: Sketchbooks, Compositions, Typescripts, Pamphlets, Periodical Articles by Mason, and Clippings

Box 37 Sketchbooks and Seven Notebooks

Box 38 Typescripts, pamphlets, periodical articles by Mason

Box 39 Typescripts, pamphlets, clippings, and periodical articles by Mason

Box 40 Articles by Daniel Gregory Mason (Printed Materials)

Series V: Mason's Published Works

Some are heavily annotated.

Box 41 The Appreciation of Music , 5 Volumes

Box 41 Artistic Ideals

Box 41 The Chamber Music of Brahms , 1933 and 1950

Box 42 Comtemporary Composers

Box 42 The Orchestral Instruments and What They Do

Box 42 From Song to Symphony

Box 42 Music in My Time

Box 42 The Quartets of Beethoven

2 copies

Box 42 The Romantic Composers

Box 42 Tune In, America

Box 42 Ears to Hear

Box 43 Beethoven and His Forerunners , 1904 and 1933

Box 43 The Dilemma of American Music

Box 43 From Grieg to Brahms

Box 43 A Neglected Sense in Piano Playing

Series VI: Business Papers

Box 44 Royalties and Contracts

Box 45 Miscellaneous papers and items

Series VII: Phonograph Records

Flatbox 321 Phonograph Records

Quartet in G Minor, Opus 19.

Series VIII: Photographs

Box 47 Photographs

Box 48 Sheet Music and One Framed Photograph

Flatbox 320 Signed photograph from Flonzaley Quartet to Daniel Gregory Mason

Series IX: Scrapbooks, 1898-1952, undated

Scrapbooks contain press reviews of compositions, programs, etc. Box 49 also includes an index to scrapbooks and one folder of miscellaneous clippings.

Box 49 Index to scrapbooks

Box 49 Miscellaneous Clippings, 1 folders

Box 49 Volume 1, 1898 March-1918 June

Box 49 Volume 2, 1918 November-1922 December

Box 50 Volume 3, 1923 January-1928 January

Box 50 Volume 4, 1928 January-1930 December

Box 51 Volume 5, 1931 November-1934 December

Box 51 Volume 6, 1934 December-1937 November

Box 52 Volume 7, 1937 November-1939 February

Box 52 Volume 8, 1940 November-1947 December

Box 53 Volume 9, 1948 January-1952 April

Box 54 Scrapbook of Reviews of From Grieg to Brahms

Box 54 Scrapbook of Reviews of Beethoven and His Forerunners

Box 54 Scrapbook of Reviews of Artistic Ideals, The Dilemma of American Music, and The Quartets of Beethoven

Box 54 Scrapbook of Humanism and Music Notes

Box 55 Book Reviews of Tune In, America, The Chamber Music of Brahms, Music in My Time, etc.

Box 55 Alphabetical Index--Record of Other Composers, etc.

Box 55 The Chamber Music of Brahms

Edwards. Reprint.

Box 55 From Song to Symphony

First edition.

Box 55 From Grieg to Brahms

First edition.

Series X: Books from the Library of Daniel Gregory Mason

Box 56 Books

Box 57 Books

Box 58 Books

Box 59 Books

Box 60 Books

Box 61 Books

Box 62 Books

Box 63 Books

Box 64 Books

Box 65 Books

Box 66 Books

Box 67 Books

Series XI: Manuscript Scores of Other Composers

Box 68 Scores

Box 69 Scores

Box 70 Scores

Box 71 Scores

Box 72 Scores

Box 73 Scores

Box 74 Scores

Series XII: Additions to the Collection

2020 Addition:

Box 36 Folder 1 Score: "Three Pieces for Flute, Harp, (or piano). String Quartet. I. Saraband II. Elegy III. Caprice" Opus 13

Written of the flute part is the following: "Note, April 1922, this set of parts (but not the score) is the property of the Boston Flute- Players Club. D.S.M."

The work was published in 1923 by G. Schirmer for the Society for the Publication of American Music.

Embossed on the cover and the first page of the score is "120 East Eighty Second Street" (Mason's address)