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Howard Boatwright Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 29 Sep 2017

Biographical History

Howard Boatwright (1918-1999) was an American composer, violinist and musicologist. He served as Dean of the school of music at Syracuse University, and taught composition and theory. Under his leadership the music school became an important center for composition and the performance of new music, introduced non-Western music to the curriculum, and expanded its early music programs by acquiring collections of antique instruments. He was a Fulbright lecturer in India (1959-1960) and received a Fulbright grant to study in Romania (1971-1972). He also wrote extensively on music theory, ethnomusicology, Charles Ives, and Paul Hindemith.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Howard Boatwright Collection contains compositions by the American composer, violinist and musicologist, as well as a sizable number of commercial recordings of his work.

Arrangement of the Collection

Compositions are arranged alphabetically by title.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Boatwright, Howard.


Composers -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Musical scores.
Sound recordings.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Howard Boatwright Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

"Ship of Death" copies, unknown, 2004; remainder, gift of Thomas Baker, 2017.

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