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William H. Walter and George W. Walter Papers, 1844-1912; 1957-1967

Summary Information

Abstract

William H. Walter and his son, George W. Walter were mid to late 19th Century composers of devotional music that was used primarily in the Episcopal or Anglican faith. This collection primarily contains sheet music of hymns, canticles, and other forms of service music.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1558
Bib ID 6915590 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Walter, William Henry
Title William H. Walter and George W. Walter Papers, 1844-1912; 1957-1967
Physical Description 2 linear feet (4 document boxes)
Language(s) Material is primarily in English with some Latin and Italian.
Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in 3 series.

Description

Summary

The collection primarily contains music manuscripts and music related publications. It also contains a bibliography and genealogical information compiled by David Palmer (grandson of George W. Walter) pertaining to James Cheetham (grandfather of William H. Walter), an early 19th Century author, journalist and political activist.

  • Series I: William H. Walter, 1844-1903

    This series contains music manuscripts, publications, business accounts and other papers created by William H. Walter.

  • Series II. George W. Walter, 1865-1913

    This series contains music manuscripts, publications and other papers created by George W. Walter.

  • Series III: David Palmer and James Cheetham, 1957-1967

    This series contains a subject bibliography about James Cheetham (grandfather of William H. Walter), an early 19th Century author, journalist and political activist. It also contains genealogical information on the Walter and Cheetham families, excerpts from books by James Cheetham, correspondence, and newspaper clippings as well as a single piece of music arranged by David Palmer.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

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); William H. Walter and George W. Walter Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Selected Related Material-- at Columbia

Walter, W.H. (1860). A manual of church music: containing a choice selection of chants and metrical tunes, designed for use in public and private worship

Walter, W.H. (1857). Selections of psalms, together with the canticles, occasional anthems, and proper psalms on certain days; pointed for chanting, with chants

Walter, W.H. (1886). Mass in C, or Communion service, with Latin and English words.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed Ellen Reece, Pratt 2011 03/--/2011.

Finding aid written Ellen Reece, Pratt 2011 03/--/2011.

Revision Description

2011-05-10 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

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"
Scorebooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scores (documents for music) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sheet music Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Canticles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cheetham, James, 1772-1810 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Communion service music Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Composers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Divine office (Music) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Evening service music Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Morning service music Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Offertories (Music) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Palmer, David C Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sacred vocal music Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Walter, George William Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Walter, William H (William Henry), 1808-1846 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

William H. Walter was a composer, writer and musician born in Newark, NJ 1825 July 1 to James Hahn Walter and Mary Cheetham, the daughter of journalist, author and British radical, James Cheetham. William H. Walter served as organist and music director to St. John's Chapel and St. Paul's Church, in succession, from 1847-1856. In 1856 Walter was hired as the music director and organist for Trinity Church and Trinity Chapel where he remained until his retirement in 1869. Walter received an honorary doctorate in music from Columbia University in 1865. The majority of William H. Walter's work is composed of hymns, canticles and other forms of service music. William H. Walter died in 1893.

George W. Walter was a composer and musician born in New York City, NY 1851 December 16 to William H. Walter and Elizabeth Wooley Ham. George W. Walter moved to Washington D.C. in 1869 and there he received a doctorate in music from Columbian University. He went on to serve as the music director and temple organist for Ascension Church in Washington, D.C. The majority of George W. Walter's work is composed of hymns, canticles and other forms of service music. George W. Walter died in 1911.