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Series I: Music

Call Number: MSS 70, Series I

Scope and Contents

Series I contains an extensive collection of Powell's music from the mid-'40s to the early '90s, variously in the form of sketches, masters, photocopies, and publications. Powell's manuscripts are themselves a history of the technology of music reproduction. Up through the 1960s, Powell made master copies in india ink on transparent paper, and then produced blueprints from these masters. By the early 1980s, improved photocopiers enabled him to write his master copies with pencil on ordinary paper. Just a few years later, he began using a Macintosh computer; the voluminous sketches for "Duplicates" are mostly computer printouts. Some of Powell's published works have been professionally engraved, but many are reproductions of his own impeccable calligraphy.

Subseries I.A is Powell's own music. Subseries I.B consists of sketches, the majority of them for "Duplicates." Many of these sketches were in labeled folders. These labels have been recorded in this register. Subseries I.C contains music by composers other than Powell.

This series focuses on Powell's "classical" compositions. Readers may also wish to consult the Benny Goodman Papers (MSS 53 in the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library of Yale University), where 42 of his jazz arrangements can be found.


  • 1942-1991, inclusive

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Materials chiefly in English.

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection: The Papers are open for research without restrictions. Please contact the Special Collections staff to schedule an appointment.


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