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MS Mus 263

Burdett, George A. (George Albert), 1856-1943. George A. Burdett papers, circa 1881-1943: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Mus 263
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Burdett, George A. (George Albert), 1856-1943.
Title: George A. Burdett papers,
Date(s): 1881-1943.
Quantity: 1 collection (4 linear feet (15 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Autograph manuscript music compositions of American organist and composer, George Albert Burdett.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

70M-135. Transfer from the Loeb Music Library, 1970.
Much of this material is in poor condition due to brittle paper and fading pencil annotations.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Part of the MS Storage project, 2008-2009.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

George A. Burdett Papers, circa 1881-1943 (MS Mus 263). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

George A. Burdett's student notes are held by the Harvard University Archives and some additional materials are held by the Loeb Music Library. See HOLLIS for more information.

Biographical / Historical

George Albert Burdett (1856-1943) was born in Boston in 1856, the son of Horatio S. and Melvina Martin Burdett. He received an A.B. in 1881 from Harvard College. He was an organist who also composed organ works, piano pieces, and anthems. He was a frequent contributor to musical periodicals and a founding member of the American Guild of Organists. In 1887 he married Ellen S. Strong of Brookline and they had three children: Elizabeth Martin Burdett Birch, Ellen Moore Burdett Shaw, and Sylvia Strong Burdett Dunham.


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Scope and Contents

Primarily autograph manuscript original musical compositions by Burdett, or arrangement of works of others. Also includes printed materials he collected and some additional materials by others, including a manuscript compilation of children's verses by his wife, Ellen S. Strong Burdett.


This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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