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COLLECTION Identifier: Ms. Coll. 172

A. Tillman Merritt Papers, 1932-1972

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of research and teaching materials, chiefly transcriptions, generated by Merritt during his long career. N.B. Scrapbooks and gradebooks of A.T. Merritt were sent to Harvard University Archives.

Dates

  • circa 1932-1972

Language of Materials

The materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is unrestricted apart from University administrative records and student work, which are restricted as follows in accordance with University policy: University administrative records are restricted for a period of 50 years from the date of their creation and University records pertaining to individuals, including student and employee records, are closed for a minimum of 80 years from the date of their creation. Isham Memorial Library staff will review requests in accordance with these restrictions.

Extent

7 linear feet (Nine bound volumes, twelve flat document boxes, two upright document boxes.)

Biographical / Historical

Arthur Tillman Merritt (1902-1998) was an American musicologist. He studied at the University of Missouri and at Harvard University. From 1932 he was Professor of Music at Harvard University, serving twice as chair of the Department of Music. From 1952 he was also Curator of the Isham Memorial LIbrary. He retired from that curatorship and from the Department in 1972.

Merritt's chief area of research was Renaissance music, particularly the 16th-century chanson. He edited the madrigals of Andrea Gabrieli and several volumes of motets originally published by Pierre Attaingnant, and co-edited the complete secular works of Josquin Desprez. (Source: Grove music online)

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into series by housing, then into sub-series by content.

Appraisal

This collection enhances the Isham Memorial Library's strong holdings in the working papers of music scholars with a connection to the Department of Music at Harvard University. Similar collections include the papers of Otto Gombosi and Michel Huglo.
Title
A. Tillman Merritt Papers, 1932-1972
Status
in_progress
Author
Encoded by Christina Linklater.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)
Language of description
English
EAD ID
mus00046

Repository Details

Part of the Loeb Music Library Repository

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