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The Duane A. Davidson Papers

Call Number: MSS 17

Scope and Contents

The Duane A. Davidson Papers contain sketches, manuscript scores, and published editions of Davidson's musical works, including orchestral music, chamber works, piano pieces, songs, and choral music. Davidson's life and work are further documented by: programs, press releases, and reviews; correspondence with Quincy Porter; writings by Davidson; and sound recordings.


  • 1955-1977 (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 Duane A. Davidson 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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Duane A. Davidson Papers were established in the Music Library of Yale University in 1976 by Davidson's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harley Davidson (no relation to the motorcycle manufacturer).


In 2 series as follows: I. Miscellaneous items. II. Musical works of Duane A. Davidson.


4 Linear Feet (6 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 photographs by the American composer Duane A. Davidson (1934 or 1935-1964)

Biographical / Historical

Duane A. Davidson was born in Rural Retreat, Virginia in 1934 or 1935. He earned a B.A. from Emory and Henry College in Virginia, and a master's degree in music in 1960 from Yale, where he was a student of Quincy Porter. His further studies included lessons with Leon Kirchner at Tanglewood in 1960. Davidson received awards for several of his works. In 1953 he was named the outstanding young composer during Pan American week. Psalm 150 won for him the Block Award, and in June 1960 he gained first prize in the Queen Elizabeth International Contest of the Wind Music Society in London. His Jazz Implications won first prize in the Composer's Competition in London in June 1960, and was premiered on the BBC. His works have been performed in London, Rome, Graz, Tanglewood, and Middlebury College in Vermont. Duane Davidson died in Washington, D.C. in December 1964.

The Duane A. Davidson Papers
Edited Full Draft
Compiled by Adrienne Nesnow
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Finding Aid Prepared According To Local Music Library Descriptive Practices
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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