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The Papers of the Society for the Publication of American Music

Call Number: Misc. Ms. 172

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the activities of the Society for the Publication of American Music from its inception in 1919 to its dissolution in May, 1969. The bulk of materials dates from the last 10 years of the Society's existence and consists of: correspondence; subscription records; royalty, bank, and other financial records; officers' notes; and a small number of programs and reviews.


  • 1924-1974


Language of Materials

Materials chiefly in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Papers are open to researchers by appointment. There are no restricted materials in the collection. Please contact the Special Collections staff to schedule an appointment. Some of the materials may be stored at the Library's off-campus shelving facility, so researchers should allow at least two business days to have the appropriate boxes paged.

Conditions Governing Use

The Papers are the physical property of the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library of Yale University. Copyrights belong to the composers and authors, or their legal heirs and assigns.


In 2 series as follows: I. Original Holdings. II. Later additions.


2 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Correspondence and other documents from the Society for the Publication of American Music (SPAM)

Biographical / Historical

The Society for the Publication of American Music (SPAM) was founded in 1919 as a vehicle for relatively unknown contemporary composers to have their works published and then distributed to individual subscribers as well as university libraries. Each year, the board of directors examined numerous proposals and selected one or two works for publication.

Yale University figured prominently in the history of SPAM. At the time of SPAM's dissolution in 1969, Luther Noss, Dean of the School of Music, was the president, and Music Librarian Brooks Shepard was the treasurer. Many Yale composers were honored by SPAM, including Howard Boatwright, Jacob Druckman, Daniel Gregory Mason, Mel Powell, Quincy Porter, and David Stanley Smith.

Register to The Papers of the Society for the Publication of American Music
Edited Full Draft
Compiled by Susan Landskröner
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared According To Local Music Library Descriptive Practices
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Gilmore Music Library Repository

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