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William McBrien papers

Call Number: MSS 131

Scope and Contents

William McBrien's papers pertain chiefly to Cole Porter, and arise mainly from the research for his book Cole Porter: A Biography (New York: Knopf, 1998). They include research materials, sound recordings, and other items. McBrien's original arrangement has largely been preserved, so some topics are covered in more than one series. A few items have been re-labeled or re-filed for the sake of clarity.


  • Circa 1985-1998


Language of Materials

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is 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 William McBrien 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 William McBrien Papers were established in the Music Library of Yale University by William McBrien in 2003.


The collection is organized into five series, as follows: I. Notecards. II. Glossary of Names. III. Porter Chronology. IV. Research Topics. V. Sound Recordings.

Associated Materials

Researchers interested in Cole Porter may wish to consult MSS 82, the Cole Porter Collection at Yale, and also the Cole Porter Collection in the Music Division of the Library of Congress.


5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Catalog Record

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

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Research materials and sound recordings pertaining to Cole Porter

Biographical / Historical

William McBrien (1930-2009) was a professor of English at Hofstra University. He wrote biographies of Cole Porter and Stevie Smith.

Register to the William McBrien papers
Compiled by Catherine Holland, with Richard Boursy
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Gilmore Music Library Repository

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