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MS Am 2943

Rosen, Charles, 1927-2012. Charles Rosen papers, circa 1936-2009: PRELIMINARY BOX LIST.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Location: pf
Call No.: MS Am 2943
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Rosen, Charles, 1927-2012.
Title: Charles Rosen papers,
Date(s): 1936-2009.
Quantity: 1 collection (6.5 linear feet (8 boxes)
Language of materials: In English, with some material in French.
Abstract: Preliminary box list only for papers of American pianist and writer, Charles Rosen.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2013M-33. Gift of the Estate of Charles Rosen via Henri Zerner; received: 2013 October 29.

Processing Information:

Accessioned by: Melanie Wisner

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research.
The bulk of 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.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Welles Rosen (May 5, 1927-December 9, 2012) was an American pianist and writer on music. He studied piano at the Juilliard School and individually with Moriz Rosenthal; he obtained his B.A., M.A, and Ph.D. (in French literature) by 1951 from Princeton University. Rosen taught at MIT, SUNY Stony Brook, the University of Chicago, and elsewhere. He concertized through the U.S. and Europe and in South Africa, New Zealand, Brazil, and Israel. His books include The Classical Style (which won the National Book Award) and The Romantic Generation; he wrote for the New York Review of Books from 1970 until his death.


Arrangement is original and materials are not fully cataloged. Readers should note that when fully processed, the order of materials may change. Folder titles are original unless bracketed.

Scope and Contents

Collection includes correspondence (notably from Rosen's parents), compositions, a small amount of music in manuscript and print form, book and music reviews, biographical material such as birth certificates, passports, school records, leases, medical and financial records, medals, awards, a few photographs, offprints, and ephemera.


The bulk of this collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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