Guide to the Special Collections at Talbott Library

Guide to the Special Collections at Talbott Library


  • Franklin Stewart Adams Collection of Dupré Memorabilia
    • Marked scores, programs, photographs, and letters of organist and composer Franklin Stewart Adams (1885-1964), a student of Marcel Dupré (1886-1971).
      • Adams and his wife Anna French Adams had a long-term friendship with Dupré and his wife. Mrs. Adams and Madame Dupré, an English teacher, corresponded in English. The collection includes Adams' marked copies of Dupré's organ music, photographs inscribed by Marcel Dupré, miscellaneous photographs, programs, clippings, and letters. Marcel Dupré and his daughter Marguerite performed in Westminster's Chapel in 1946. Talbott received the collection in 1998, shortly after the death of Mrs. Adams.
  • Nathaniel Burt Collection
    • Music manuscripts and books belonging to the Princeton poet, novelist, and composer Nathaniel Burt (1913-).
      • Burt, born into a Princeton family of writers, is probably best known for his book The Perennial Philadelphians. Burt taught theory at Westminster Choir College in 1950-51, served on the Board of Trustees, and has been a benefactor to Talbott Library. Upon the retirement of President Ray Robinson, Burt created an endowed fund in Robinson’s honor for the purchase of books.
  • Choral Octavo Reference File (CORF)
    • CORF is a growing collection of approximately 80,000 shorter choral works, including anthems, madrigals, motets, part songs, and other choral genres.
      • CORF began with the personal collection of John Finley Williamson, founder of Westminster Choir College. The oldest items are from the late 19th century, and the collection continues to grow as publishers' new issues are added. Cataloging of individual works is in progress; many titles can be searched in the library’s catalog or in Musica.
  • Richard Colwell Collection
    • Assessment materials from the collection of renowned music educator Richard Colwell.
      • Colwell is Professor Emeritus of Music Education at the University of Illinois and the New England Conservatory of Music. He is the founding editor of the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education and the Quarterly Journal of Music Teaching and Learning. He is also a Guggenheim scholar and a member of MENC's (Music Educators National Conference) Hall of Fame. In 2004, Dr. Colwell gave his “Test files,” his life-long collection of tests and measurements in music, to Talbott Library. This collection of assessment materials ranges from the work of Carl Seashore in the 19th century to recent tests found on the internet.
  • Hymnal 1982 Working Papers
    • Mmanuscripts, recordings, and correspondence related to the creation of the Episcopal Church's Hymnal 1982, elucidating how an important twentieth-century hymnal was created. After the publication of hymnal, the working papers were given to Talbott Library.
  • Douglas Jensen Organ Recording Collection
    • Douglas Jensen built a substantial collection of LPs, which he gave to Talbott Library in 1994. Many recordings feature notable instruments by renowned organ builders. Indexes sorted by performer and composer are available online and at the reference desk.
  • Warren Martin Compositions
    • Manuscript compositions by Warren Martin (1916-1982), Westminster Choir College class of 1936.
      • Martin was on Westminster's faculty from 1950 until his death. His compositions, in a variety of forms and styles, are part of the fabric of Westminster's musical history. While some of his choral music was published, most of his work remains in manuscript. One of Martin’s most popular works, The True Story of Cinderella, is available for rental in an updated edition. It has been performed throughout the country.
  • Carl F. Mueller Collection
    • Publications by composer, organist, choral conductor, and educator Carl F. Mueller (1892-1982).
      • Mueller was a student of John Finley Williamson and a Fellow of Westminster Choir College. He became a highly successful composer of choral music. This collection contains his copies of his publications, approximately 500 titles.
      • Finding aid
  • John P. Murnion Collection of Compact Discs
    • A diverse collection of approximately 13,000 CDs assembled by John P. Murnion (1936-2005), a successful writer of mystery fiction.
      • Murnion was an ardent audiophile whose knowledge of music was entirely self-taught. In July 2006, Kathleen Murnion donated her late husband’s personal collection of CDs to Talbott Library. The Murnion Collection includes repertoire from the Middle Ages through the late twentieth century, in a wide variety of musical genres. Mrs. Murnion characterized the collection—and honored her husband’s fervent commitment to researching and compiling it—with these words that appear on a commemorative plaque mounted near the collection: “A witness to the power, beauty and rich diversity of music.” Items in the collection can be found in the library catalog, or by clicking here.
  • Organ Historical Society's American Organ Archive
    • The American Organ Archives have been housed in Talbott Library since 1984. Access is available through the reference librarian on duty or by appointment with the Organ Historical Society’s archivist. For more information, click here.
  • Erik Routley Collection
    • Personal library, manuscripts, and papers Erik Routley (1917-1982), a renowned writer, organist, and educator.
      • Routley was a writer on church music, a minister of the Congregational Church, a professor (Westminster Choir College 1975-1982), and an active organist. His most significant achievement was his work on the history of church music. The personal library he built to support such a productive life of scholarship numbers more than 2,000 items and contains comprehensive holdings in English hymnody, including many volumes by Isaac Watts. Of particular interest is the 1719 edition of The Psalms of David inscribed by I. Watts to Thomas Bradbury.
      • The Routley Papers include manuscripts of the following kinds: musical compositions, lectures, sermons, and books. In addition, there are sound recordings and correspondence. Together with the book collection, these items offer an extraordinary glimpse into the creative life of a multi-gifted, industrious man working in various settings over many years.
      • The books and hymnals can be searched in the library catalog. Papers are in process; advance notice is required for use.
  • Robert Shaw Collection of Marked Scores
    • Approximately 35 scores marked by Robert Shaw during his workshops at Westminster Choir College.
      • Robert Shaw (1916-1999) directed a two-week choral workshop at Westminster Choir College each year from 1972 through 1985. A major choral work was performed at the end of each week at venues ranging from Mostly Mozart in New York to Princeton University Chapel. Choral singers and directors flocked to these intensely demanding and satisfying choral experiences. To facilitate the most efficient use of rehearsal time, a set of marked scores were put on Reserve in Talbott Library to enable the singers to transfer Shaw's interpretive marks into their scores. This collection of approximately thirty-five titles includes the most beloved and often-performed major choral works.
      • Index of Shaw marked scores
  • Leopold Stokowski Scores
    • Scores given to the college by the conductor Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977), who was awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Fine Arts by Westminster in 1963.
      • Although Talbott cannot boast of having the Stokowski Collection, which is now at the University of Pennsylvania, we do have a number of his "duplicate scores" which he gave to the library because of his long and fond association with Westminster's choirs. A highlight of the collection is the score for J. S. Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, marked up in Stokowski’s hand as part of the process of arranging this organ work for full orchestra.
      • An advanced search in the library catalog with the location “Talbott Library-Stokowski Collection” brings up items from this collection.
  • Tams-Witmark Collection
    • Full scores, vocal scores, and instrumental parts from the music rental library of the Tams-Witmark company.
      • Arthur W. Tams (1848-1927) was a singer, opera manager and collector of music. In the mid-1880s, he began to collect scores and parts for cantatas, oratorios, masses, and some operas. By the 1920s his rental library was one of the largest in the world. In 1925 Tams merged with its rival library built by Isidore Witmark (1871-1941). The resulting rental library remained in business until it was dispersed in 1969. The cantatas and oratorios were given to Westminster Choir College; the remainder of the collection is divided between the University of Wisconsin and the Library of Congress. See the December 1989 Choral Journal for an article by William Osborne listing the works by American composers in Westminster's Tams-Witmark Collection.
      • Full and vocal scores are cataloged; availability of orchestral parts is noted where applicable.
      • Index of instrumental parts.
  • Thomas Tiplady Collection
    • Publications and hymn-related memorabilia including a scrapbook and selected letters of poet and hymn composer Thomas Tiplady (1882-1967).
      • Tiplady was a Methodist minister well known for his work in creating the Lambeth Mission in London. The collection is searchable in the library catalog.
  • D. DeWitt Wasson Research Collection of Organ Music
    • A growing collection of approximately 20,000 organ scores and books given by D. DeWitt Wasson (1921-2009 ), a church musician and recitalist.
      • Wasson has written for The American Organist for more than thirty years. During his long career, he has amassed an enormous collection of organ scores, books, and other music pertaining to his work. In 1995 he gave this collection scores to Talbott Library. Since then he has continued to add to the collection.
      • A substantial portion is represented in the online catalog. Print finding aids are available at the reference desk.
  • Carl Weinrich Collection
    • Marked scores and recordings of Carl Weinrich (1905-1991), head of Westminster's Organ Department from 1934 to 1940. 
      • A student of Mark Andrews, Abram Chasins, Marcel Dupré, and Lynwood Farnam, Weinrich was known for his involvement in the organ reform movement in America, his recordings of Bach, and his première of Schoenberg's Variations on a Recitative. In addition to his career as a church musician and recitalist, he taught at Columbia University and was Director of Music at Princeton University Chapel from 1943 to 1974. Westminster Choir College awarded Weinrich an honorary Doctor of Music in 1973. His marked scores are of interest for what they reveal about Weinrich as a musician and also the instruments he played on campus and in Princeton. The collection also includes his copies of the recordings he made. See Ray Keck's article, which includes a discography, in The Diapason, February 2000.
  • Walter Williams Collection of Choral and Liturgical Music
    • Books, particularly on liturgical choral music, from the collection of Winfred Douglas (1867-1944) and Walter Williams (fl.1950).
      • Douglas is known for the classic text Church Music in History and Practice, and his work for the Plainsong Society and the music commission of the Episcopal Church. Williams was director of St. Dunstan's College of Sacred Music for which he edited the "St. Dunstan Edition of Sacred Music," a choral series published by E. C. Schirmer. Sorting and cataloging of the collection is in progress.
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