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85M-62, 85M-69, 85M-70, 98M-29

Thompson, Randall, 1899-1984. Randall Thompson papers and family papers, circa 1903-1980: PRELIMINARY BOX LIST.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: 85M-62, 85M-69, 85M-70, 98M-29
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Thompson, Randall, 1899-1984.
Title: Randall Thompson papers and family papers,
Date(s): 1903-1980.
Quantity: 1 collection (29 linear feet (53 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Preliminary box list only for personal and family papers of American composer, Randall Thompson.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

85M-62 (boxes 50-51), 85M-69 (boxes 46-49), 85M-70 (boxes 1-38, 43-45, 52-53). Gift of Randall Thompson estate, received: 1985.
98M-29 (boxes 39-42). Gift of Randall Thompson estate, received: 1998.

Processing Information:

Accessioned by: Melanie Wisner

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research.
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.

Related Materials

Musical compositions by Thompson held by the Houghton Library and cataloged as MS Mus 173 are listed in a separate finding aid. Additional holdings of Thompson manuscript material may be found by searching HOLLIS.

Biographical / Historical

Randall Thompson was an American composer of three symphonies and numerous vocal works, noted for his choral work. He was a 1920 graduate of Harvard University. He became assistant professor of music and choir director at Wellesley College, received a doctorate in music from the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music, and taught at the Curtis Institute of Music (serving as its director, 1941-1942), the University of Virginia, and Harvard University.


Folder-level detail for the material listed here is provided in the following work (a copy of which is available in the Houghton Reading Room): Schmidt, Carl B. and Elizabeth K. Schmidt. The music of Randall Thompson (1899-1984): a documented catalogue. E.C. Schirmer Music Company, Inc., 2014 (see in HOLLIS).


Arrangement is original, and file headings are original for the mixed content of boxes 1-17; materials are not fully cataloged. Readers should note that when fully processed, the order of materials may change. All boxes are Hollingers unless otherwise noted; type of box is included with box number as an aid for repository staff.


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

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