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COLLECTION Identifier: 2007MTW-1

John M. Ward papers


Preliminary box list only for correspondence and notes of John M. Ward.


  • 1942-1996

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.


.75 linear feet (1 box)
Includes correspondence files, with miscellaneous files including manuscript music and notes.

Biographical / Historical

John Milton Ward (1917-2011) was the Harvard University William Powell Professor of Music. A specialist in Renaissance and Elizabethan music as well as English popular and folk music from the 16th century to the present, his collecting interests included primary source material related to these subjects, as well as material documenting music as it related to the theater, particularly focusing on ballet, opera, operetta and musicals. Additional interests led to extensive collecting in the areas of ethnomusicology and the history of social dance.


Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Arrangement is original and materials are not fully cataloged. Readers should note that when fully processed, the order of materials may change.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2007MTW-1. Gift of John M. Ward; received: 2008 February 19.

General note

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

Processing Information

Accessioned by: Melanie Wisner
Link to catalog
Ward, John M. (John Milton), 1917-2011. John M. Ward papers, circa 1942-1996: PRELIMINARY BOX LIST.
Harvard Theatre Collection, 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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