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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Mus 57 - 57.42

John Knowles Paine additional musical compositions


Autograph musical scores of compositions by American composer, organist, and educator John Knowles Paine.


  • 1859-1939 and undated

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


5 linear feet (54 volumes)
Includes autograph manuscript scores of Paine's musical compositions, many with his annotations and revisions. Compositions include: many choral works such as Birds of Aristophanes, St. Peter; an oratorio, Oedipus tyrannus of Sophocles; his opera Azara; orchestral and instrumental music including Mass in D, Symphony No. 1, and Symphony No. 2; among many others. Also includes manuscripts in the hand of copyists and mimeographs.

Biographical / Historical

Paine (1839-1906) was an American composer, organist, educator at Harvard University, and held the first chair of music in an American university. He was a charter member of the American Guild of Organists.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from various sources at various times. See items for full accession information.
Paine, John Knowles, 1839-1906. John Knowles Paine additional musical compositions, 1859-1939: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

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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