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John Sebastian papers


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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John Sebastian (1914-1980), who graduated from Haverford College in 1936, was a harmonica virtuoso and composer. Born in 1914 in Philadelphia, his original last name was Pugliese. Sebastian helped make the harmonica a classically-oriented instrument and advocated for composers see it as a serious instrument. He performed in many concerts on the harmonica. Sebastian died in France in 1980.

Clippings include biographical materials, including obituaries, and materials about concerts. Miscellaneous materials include photographs, travel itineraries, and essays about the harmonica. Contracts include agreements with a variety of music companies. John Sebastian ne Pugliese contains autobiographical essays/talks and essays about Italy. Correspondence is both personal and professional, including letters about performances, thank you notes, and tours. Programs include performances by Sebastian around the world. Scores include solos, cadenzas, Sonata, Hora Staccato, and Adalucia.

Gift of Mark Sebastian, 2013

Finding Aid created by Sarah Horowitz, completed December 2022. Original processing information unknown

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Horowitz
Finding Aid Date
December 2022
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Collection Inventory

Clippings .
Box 1
Box 1
Talks about Student Life in Italy 1937.
Box 1
Box 1
Correspondence to John Sebastian 1940-43.
Box 1
Correspondence from John Sebastian.
Box 1
Correspondence Miscellaneous.
Box 1
Harmonica Score Parts.
Box 1
Conductor Score Parts.
Box 1
Box 1

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