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The Seymour Shifrin Papers

Call Number: MSS 36
Scope and Contents

The Seymour Shifrin Papers contain sketches, manuscript scores, and published editions of Shifrin's musical compositions, including orchestral works, chamber music, keyboard pieces, choral music, and songs. The Papers also hold autograph manuscripts of Roger Sessions' sonatas for unaccompanied violin and for piano. Seymour and Miriam Shifrin's correspondence includes letters to and from performers, composers, publishers, musical organizations, and family members. Shifrin's life and work are further documented by: programs; newspaper and magazine clippings; papers, addresses, and essays written by Shifrin; photographs; and musical instruments.

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 Seymour Shifrin 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 Seymour Shifrin Papers were established in the Music Library of Yale University by Miriam L. Shifrin in 1982.


In 9 series as follows: I. Music. II. Correspondence. III. Programs. IV. Clippings. V. Writings. VI. Biographical material. VII. Manuscripts given to Shifrin by Roger Sessions. VIII. Miscellaneous items. IX. Musical instruments.

1940-1982 (inclusive)
26 Linear Feet (35 boxes)
Related Names
Shifrin, Seymour, 1926-1979
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