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Includes professional correspondence with William W. Austin, Andrea della Corte, Archibald Davison, D. Keith Falkner, Scott Goldthwaite, Otto Kinkeldey, Rey Longyear, Arthur Mendel, A. Tillman Merritt, Robert U. Nelson, Nino Pirrotta, Eduard Reeser, Walter Rubsamen, Leo Schrade, Denis Stevens, Oliver Strunk, Peter Gram Swing, Robert Tangeman, Frederic Tillotson, Henry Woodward, G. Wallace Woodworth, and Columbia University Press; and applications and recommendations for grants and university positions. Also, personal correspondence with his parents while studying in Europe and teaching at Mills College (1933-1936) and with a friend and former student, Jonathan Schiller (1943-1963); worksheets, photographs and galley proofs for History of Western Music and both editions of A Short History of the Opera; notes and notebooks on "Early Opera Comique" (ca.1936-1941), "Moliere's Comedie-Ballets" (ca.1937-1942), "Gherardi's Music" (1939), and "Parodies in Opera Comique" (1939); his dissertation manuscript (1939); a manuscript on West Indian Music (1942); lecture notes; musical tapes; annotated programs; and a typescript of an article "How to Tell Good Music from Bad" (1955) with comment by William W. Austin; alphabetical correspondence file, correspondence with W. W. Norton; and correspondence relating to A Short History of the Opera and to The Operas of Alessandro Scarlatti.

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