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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Mus 280

Fromm Music Foundation scores and recordings

Scores and recordings of Fromm Music Foundation-supported compositions, with a few recordings, manuscripts, and print items associated with Paul Fromm.


  • 1943-2019


14.25 linear feet (66 boxes)

3.5 Gigabytes (5 CDs)

This collection of manuscript and print scores represents work by composers receiving commissions from the Fromm Music Foundation. Scores dating from before the Foundation's founding are presumed to have been in Paul Fromm's personal collection, as were miscellaneous manuscript and printed items. Recordings of some compositions are present as phonograph records, audiotapes, and CDs; those mentioned in the compositions series have been moved to Series III: Recordings in other formats.

These are preliminary lists imported from the original database, unauthoritative, incomplete, and intended only for reference use.

Biographical / Historical

The Fromm Music Foundation was founded in 1952 in Chicago by Paul Fromm (1906-1987); it moved to the Music Department at Harvard University in 1972. For more biographical and historical detail, see the Foundation website.


Arranged in four series:
  1. I. Scores.
  2. II. Phonograph records.
  3. III. Recordings in other formats.
  4. IV. Papers.
While the bulk of the collection is arranged alphabetically by composer, researchers should use keyword searching to be sure to find all items for a given name or title.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Special equipment or surrogate required; consult Houghton staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*90M-52, *92M-37, *92M-38. Fromm Music Foundation, Department of Music, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138; received: 1991 and ongoing.

Related Materials

Related collections are held by the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard University, and the Harvard University Archives.

Separated Materials

Born-digital material has been separated: Storage305BD

General note

Includes audiovisual and/or digital media: CDs; phonograph records; and audiotapes.

Processing Information

Processed by: Elizabeth A. Falsey, Melanie Wisner, and Andrew Whitacre.

The collection is not fully processed.
Link to catalog
Fromm Music Foundation. Fromm Music Foundation scores and recordings (MS Mus 280): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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