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Series I: William H. Walter, 1844-1903
Series II. George W. Walter, 1865-1913
At a Glance
This collection is arranged in 3 series.
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.
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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.
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.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Walter Family. Method of acquisition--Gift.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers processed Ellen Reece, Pratt 2011 03/--/2011.
Finding aid written Ellen Reece, Pratt 2011 03/--/2011.
2011-05-10 File created.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
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.