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William H. Reese 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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William Heartt Reese was born in New York, the son of Arthur and Harriet (Smith) Reese. He graduated from Amherst College and earned a master's degree in music from Columbia University, a doctorate in music from the University of Berlin, and a degree in conducting from Musik Hochshule.

Dr. Reese was a professor of music at Haverford College for 28 years, between 1947 and 1976. While living in Haverford, he founded and conducted the Philadelphia Chamber Chorus and also conducted the Bethlehem Bach Choir in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and was also a conductor for Haverford College's Glee Club Orchestra.

Reese married Dora (Fischer) Reese in 1965. He died on March 22, 2006, in West Hartford, Connecticut. The William Heartt Reese Music Fund at Haverford College was established in 1977 in his honor.

The collection contains William Reese's letters from and to Glee Club Members, a brochure of a Glee Club Alumni concert in honor of Reese and Haverford College Glee Club songbook edited by Reese.

Materials are arranged chronologically and thematically.

Processed by Alexandra Horkava, completed December 2019

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Alexandra Horkava
Finding Aid Date
December, 2019
Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Haverford Sings for Bill Reese: Letters from Glee Club Members, 1947 - 1975.
Box 1
HC Song Book, 1954.
Box 1
HC Glee Club Alumni Concert, 1989.
Box 1

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