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Alfred C. Boswell Collection


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. 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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Boswell, Alfred C.

From the materials in the collection, it is evident that composer Boswell studied with Emile R. Blanchett and others in Europe (1912-1924), and was living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, during the 1940s and 1950s.

The collection consists chiefly of autograph musical compositions and/or arrangements by Boswell. They include two compositions for poems by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and by Coventry Patmore, a printed sheet music pamphlet autographed by Emile R. Blanchet, and an autograph sheet titled "Nocturne en la Mineur", dated October 1924, also by Blanchet and dedicated to Boswell. Also present are three music notebooks of piano exercises Boswell wrote titled "Analytical Study of Piano Technique" (1950), with a preface by Robert Casadesus. In addition to the music, there is a diary dating from 1912 to 1924, which includes dates of lessons taken by Boswell with Blanchet, Otto Barblan, Louis A. Coerne, and Rudolph Ganz.

Organized by accession.

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.

Gift of Mrs. Emmons Blodgett and Mr. George B. Boswell on March 6, 1975.

The "Nocturne en la Mineur" manuscript was transferred from the Music Library on March 6, 1979.

AM21815, 79-133.

Finding aid written by James Flannery on January 12, 2006. Folder inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Collection Inventory

Autograph Manuscript of Sheet Music, 3 copies of "Analytical Study of Piano Technique", 1950. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Sheet music, compositions, and diary, 1912-1949. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Nocturne in A minor by E.R. Blanchet, Lausanne, 1924 October. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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