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Quincy Porter Papers

Call Number: MSS 15

Scope and Contents

The Quincy Porter Papers contain the manuscript scores and sketches of Porter's musical compositions, including 2 symphonies, 9 string quartets, and other major compositions and smaller pieces. The Papers also include music copied or arranged by Porter. The correspondence contains letters to and from Porter and other individuals, publishers, performing organizations, and schools and universities. Porter's life and work are further documented by: programs and newspaper clippings; published articles and books; photographs; medals; and scrapbooks.


  • 1897-1975 (inclusive)


Language of Materials

Materials chiefly in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Papers are open to qualified researchers by appointment. There are no restricted materials in the collection. Please contact Please contact the Special Collections staff to schedule an appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

The Quincy Porter 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 Quincy Porter Papers were established in the Music Library of Yale University by Lois Porter in 1972.


In 12 series as follows: I. Correspondence. II. Programs. III. Newspaper clippings. IV. Biographical & analytical notes V. Classroom materials. VI. Published articles and books. VII. Photographs. VIII. Medals. IX. Scrapbooks. X. Porter's works. XI. Works copied or arranged by Porter. XII. Manuscript & photocopy works of other composers.


43 Linear Feet (66 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, photographs, and additional materials by and about the American composer Quincy Porter (1897-1966)

Biographical / Historical

Quincy Porter was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1897. He attended Yale University as a student of Horatio Parker. After graduating from there his studies carried him to Paris, New York, and Cleveland, and his teachers included Vincent d'Indy and Ernest Bloch. As a composer and teacher himself, Porter held positions at the Cleveland Institute, Vassar College, and the New England Conservatory - where he became its director in 1942 - before returning to Yale in 1946 as professor of music. He concluded his professional career there, serving as Master of Pierson College and Battell Professor of Music Theory. He died in Bethany, Connecticut on November 12, 1966.

Included on his list of many honors are the Coolidge Medal (1943) and the Pulitzer Prize for musical composition, awarded in 1954 for his Concerto Concertante for two pianos and orchestra.

Porter was actively involved in musical activities on the national level, as a glance at the register which follows will point out. Included in this collection is a wealth of correspondence dealing with his involvement in the American Composers Alliance, the National Institute of Arts & Letters, the American Music Center, and many other organizations and societies which concerned themselves with the musical developments of this century. Porter also played a major role in the organization of the musical sessions held at the Yaddo grounds located in Saratoga Springs, New York, and the large body of Yaddo correspondence contained in this collection provides something of the flavor of the events there during the late '30s.

Register to The Quincy Porter Papers
Compiled by Susan MarchantAugust 1976
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared According To Local Music Library Descriptive Practices
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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