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The Marshall Bartholomew Papers

Call Number: MSS 24

Scope and Contents

The Marshall Bartholomew Papers document Bartholomew's life and work as conductor of the Yale Glee Club, leader of international choral exchanges, and organizer of Army singing during World War II. The Papers contain manuscripts of Bartholomew's musical compositions and choral arrangements. The Papers also hold correspondence, programs, writings by Bartholomew, and miscellaneous items.


  • 1929-1966 (inclusive)


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.

Conditions Governing Use

The Marshall Bartholomew 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 10 boxes as follows: 1. General & miscellaneous. 2. History of music at Yale. 3. Yale Glee Club history. 4. Whiffenpoofs. 5. Barbershop & informal singing. 6. International Student Music Council (ISMC) 7. Music in a world at war. 8. Materials for a book on singing. 9. Music. 10. School music books.


4.5 Linear Feet (10 boxes)

Catalog Record

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

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Music, correspondence and other papers, and miscellaneous materials by and about the American choral conductor and teacher Marshall Bartholomew

Biographical / Historical

Marshall Bartholomew was born in Belleville, Illinois on March 3, 1885. He was educated at the Sheffield Scientific School of Yale University (B. Phil., 1907), the University of Pennsylvania (Mus. B., 1909) and the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin. Bartholomew directed the Yale Glee Club from 1921 to 1953. When he was appointed, the Glee Club was a rather casual group specializing in light music; he raised performance standards, took on more ambitious repertoire, and toured widely. By the time of his retirement, the Yale Glee Club was internationally renowned.

During the first World War, Bartholomew organized singing activities among prisoners of war, and later headed the Music Bureau of the National War Work Council. He founded the International Student Musical Council in 1931 to promote and encourage international good will through singing. In World War II, he served on the Joint Army and Navy Committee on Welfare and Recreation. In addition, he composed or arranged numerous works for schools and singing groups, and he collected research materials for a book on singing. He received an honorary degree from Yale in 1953, and the Yale Medal in 1955. His last major project was research into the history of music at Yale in preparation for a book on that subject. Marshall Bartholomew died on April 16, 1978 in Guilford, Connecticut.

The Marshall Bartholomew Papers
Edited Full Draft
Compiled by Janice Eaton
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared According To Local Music Library Descriptive Practices
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Finding aid written in English.

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