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COLLECTION Identifier: 2012TW-18

John M. Ward correspondence and research files


Preliminary box list only for correspondence and research files of John M. Ward, William Powell Mason Professor of Music at Harvard University.


  • 1940-2011

Conditions Governing Access

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.
Conditions Governing Access Restricted: for University policy reason; available 2066 January: John M. Ward's grade book (listed below, shelved in Vault).


2 linear feet (2 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

John M. Ward joined the faculty of Harvard University in 1955. He served as the William Powell Mason Professor of Music from 1961-1985. Ward was a specialist in Renaissance and Elizabethan music as well as English popular and folk music from the 16th century to the present day. He eventually taught courses in film music and music in ritual. After becoming involved with ethnomusicology, he taught several groundbreaking classes in the field; he also founded the Archive of World Music, which began with recordings from his collection.


Arrangement is a rough box list only and materials are not fully cataloged. Readers should note that when fully processed, the order of materials may change.

Arranged alphabetically by original file name.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2012TW-18. Gift of John Milton Ward; received: 2011 April.

General note

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Accessioned by: Andrea Cawelti, with assistance from Melanie Wisner.
Link to catalog
Ward, John M. (John Milton), 1917-2011. John M. Ward correspondence and research files, circa 1940-2011: PRELIMINARY BOX LIST.
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, 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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