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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Mus 173

Randall Thompson papers


Scores and compositions by the American composer Randall Thompson.


  • 1917-1978

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


4.5 linear feet (9 boxes)
Contains manuscript scores, some with annotations; printed scores; photostats of scores; and preliminary drafts of Thompson's choral and non-choral works. Compositions for voice and orchestra include choruses, songs, operas, cantatas, and other forms. Also, miscellaneous printed and mimeographed scores, printed scores by other composers, pencil sketches, and fragments of music.

Biographical / Historical

Thompson was an American composer and teacher.


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. Non-choral works
  2. II. Choral works

Immediate Source of Acquisition

78M-37. Gift of Randall Thompson; received: 1978.

Related Materials

For additional material on Randall Thompson at Houghton Library, see: William Wyman collection on Randall Thompson, circa 1976-1978 (MS Am 3350) and Randall Thompson papers and family papers, circa 1903-1980 (MS Mus 281).
Thompson, Randall, 1899-1984. Randall Thompson papers, 1917-1978: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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