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The Charles Ives Papers

Call Number: MSS 14
Scope and Contents

The Charles Ives Papers include music, literary writings, correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks, photographs, writings about Ives, Ives's collection of music by others, and various miscellaneous materials. The music manuscripts, which constitute Series I of the Ives Papers, are described in John Kirkpatrick's A Temporary Mimeographed Catalogue of the Music Manuscripts of Charles Ives (1960) and James B. Sinclair's A Descriptive Catalogue of the Music of Charles Ives (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999). Series II through X are described in the present register.

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 Charles Ives 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 Charles Ives Papers were established in the Music Library of Yale University by Harmony Twichell Ives in 1955.


In 10 series as follows: I. Music manuscripts. II. Literary writings. III. Correspondence. IV. Scrapbooks. V. Diaries. VI. Photographs. VII. Programs. VIII. Writings about Ives. IX. Ives's collection of music by others. X. Miscellaneous.

Related Collections
1874-1983 (inclusive)
51 Linear Feet (70 boxes)
Related Names
Ives, Charles, 1874-1954
Language of Materials
Language of Materials