Barbara Duncan Papers

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Barbara Duncan papers
Creator: Duncan, Barbara, 1882-1965
Call Number: A.D19
Dates: 1878-1955
Physical Description: .25 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: Barbara Duncan papers
Creator: Duncan, Barbara, 1882-1965
Call Number: A.D19
Dates: 1878-1955
Physical Description: .25 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Miss Barbara Duncan (1882-1965) was a music librarian at the city public library in Boston, MA and the first librarian for the Sibley Music Library of the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY. From 1922 until her retirement in 1950, she built up the Sibley Library's collection until it was considered one of the most comprehensive in the country. She made several trips abroad, including one in 1929 to Berlin when she was authorized to spend $50,000. She returned with a valuable collection of 11th century music manuscripts.

Scope and Content
The papers include correspondence to her mother, Mrs. Charles Duncan, while she was abroad on purchasing trips for the Sibley Music Library. Also included are essays concerning: her European buying trips; Philip Hale, the music critic; Anthony Philip Heinrich, the American composer; a critique of Irving Babbitt's article "New Laokoon: An Essay on the Confusion of the Arts"; and French melodrama.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Rochester
Europe
Libraries
Music libraries--Collection development
Book collecting
Music
World War (1939-1945)
Correspondence
Essays
Duncan, Barbara, 1882-1965
Hale, Philip, 1854-1934
Heinrich, Anthony Philip, 1781-1861
Sibley Music Library
Librarians
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of the Estate of Barbara Duncan, May 14, 1969.Access
The Barbara Duncan papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Barbara Duncan papers, A.D19, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
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Content List
Box 1, Folder 1Correspondence, 1878-1926
Box 1, Folder 2Correspondence, 1929
Box 1, Folder 3Correspondence, 1930-1935, undated
Box 1, Folder 4Essays
Box 1, Folder 5Music notes
Box 1, Folder 6Memorabilia


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