Skip to main content
COLLECTION Identifier: MS Mus 108

Richard Aldrich collection of musical autographs


Scores, letters and other items by various composers collected by Richard Aldrich.


  • Creation: 1815-1892

Language of Materials

Includes material in German, French, and Italian.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Conditions Governing Use

Images linked to the finding aid describing this collection are intended for public access and educational use. This material is owned and/or held by the Houghton Library, and is provided solely for the purpose of teaching or individual research. Any other use, including commercial reuse, mounting on other systems, or other forms of redistribution requires the permission of the curator.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Contains scores written by composers such as Debussy, Schubert, Richard Strauss, and Wagner; and letters and other single items by Brahms, Beethoven, Verdi, and a letter from Chopin to Adolf Gutmann. Also, letters, 1868-1892, of Robert Franz.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

58M-89. Transferred from the Harvard University Music Department Library; received: 1958 December.

Aldrich, Richard, 1863-1937, collector. Richard Aldrich collection of musical autographs, 1815-1892: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description

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.

Houghton Library’s Reading Room is free and open to all who wish to use the library’s collections.

Harvard Yard
Harvard University
Cambridge MA 02138 USA
(617) 495-2440