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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Mus 230

The Moldenhauer Archives at Harvard University: Manuscript music compositions


A portion of an archive of twentieth-century American music, collected by the German-American musicologist, Hans Moldenhauer.


  • Creation: 1880-1985

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

A portion 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.


165 linear feet (156 boxes, 13 volumes)

This part of the Moldenhauer Archives contains manuscript scores of 234 20th-century composers of North and Latin America, including immigrant composers.

Biographical / Historical

Hans Moldenhauer (1906-1987) was a German-American musicologist and music collector. He gathered primary source materials relating to music, which became known as the "Moldenhauer Archives."


Arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Physical Location

b, f

Immediate Source of Acquisition

86M-105, 86M-105a, 87M-114, 87M-116, 88M-77-88M-80, 89M-65, 91M-77, and 2000M-28.

In part given by and purchased from Hans Moldenhauer, with funds raised by the Committee for Music Collections at the Houghton Library; received: 1986 Aug. 28 - 2000.

Related Materials

There are also Moldenhauer Archives at Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich; Library of Congress, Washington D.C.; Moldenhauer Archives, Spokane, Wash.; Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill.; Paul Sacher Stiftung, Basel; Washington State University, Pullman, Wash.; Whitworth College, Spokane, Wash.; Wiener Stadt- u. Landesbibliothek, Vienna; and Zentralbibliothek Zürich.

Separated Materials

For additional Houghton Library Hans Moldenhauer Archives collections, see Manuscript Music Compositions (bMS Mus 230), Printed Music Compositions (bMS Mus 230.1), and Correspondence, Literary Manuscripts, and Other Material (bMS Mus 261).


Summaries of holdings appear in: J. Newsom and A. Mann, eds., Music history from primary sources. A guide to the Moldenhauer Archives (Washington, D.C., 2000), p. 483ff.

General note

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

Processing Information

Processed by: Barbara M. Wolff

Processing Information

This finding aid was revised in March 2024 to address outdated and harmful descriptive language. During that revision, contextualizing processing notes were added to the description of one item. For more information on reparative archival description at Harvard, see Harvard Library’s Statement on Harmful Language in Archival Description.

Moldenhauer, Hans, collector. The Moldenhauer Archives at Harvard University: Manuscript music compositions, 1880-1985: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, archives, and more. Houghton Library's collections represent the scope of human experience from ancient Egypt to twenty-first century Cambridge. With strengths primarily in North American and European history, literature, and culture, collections range in media from printed books and handwritten manuscripts to maps, drawings and paintings, prints, posters, photographs, film and audio recordings, and digital media, as well as costumes, theater props, and a wide range of other objects. Houghton Library has historically focused on collecting the written record of European and Eurocentric North American culture, yet it holds a large and diverse number of primary sources valuable for research on the languages, culture and history of indigenous peoples of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

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