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COLLECTION Identifier: Ms. Coll. 131

Richard Aldrich family letters from colleagues, 1904-1937.


Correspondence of music critic Richard Aldrich (1863-1937), primarily with American and English musical colleagues.


  • Creation: 1904-1937.

Conditions Governing Use

Access to the collection is unrestricted.


1 collection (1 file box)

The collection contains 158 letters to Richard Aldrich, mostly from professional contacts in the music world, and 4 letters to his wife, Margaret Chanler Aldrich. The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by name.

Historical Note

Richard Aldrich (1863-1937) graduated in 1885 from Harvard University, where he studied music with John Knowles Paine. After serving as music critic for the Providence Journal, the Evening Star in Washington, D.C., and various editorial posts at the New York Tribune, he was named the chief music critic to the New York Times in ca. 1902, a post he held until 1924. Aldrich also authored several books on music criticism and was an avid collector who put together one of the finest private music libraries, now a part of the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library at Harvard University.

Physical Location

Merritt Room

Processed by:

Sarah Adams

Richard Aldrich family letters from colleagues, 1904-1937.
Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library Repository

The Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library is the primary repository of musical materials at Harvard. The Music Library’s collecting mission is to serve music teaching and research programs in the Music Department and throughout the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In addition, it supports the musical needs of the broader Harvard community as well as an international scholarly constituency. We collect books, musical scores, serial titles, sound recordings and video formats, microforms, and rare and archival materials that support research in a wide variety of musical disciplines including historical musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology, composition, and historically informed performance practice, as well as interdisciplinary areas related to music. The special collections include archival collections from the 19th, 20th and 21st century.

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