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Arthur C. Edwards papers, 1840s-1989
PASC-M 91  
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  • Restrictions on Access
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Preferred Citation
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement

  • Title: Arthur C. Edwards papers
    Collection number: PASC-M 91
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 6.0 linear ft. (14 document boxes and 1 flat box)
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1941-1989
    Date (inclusive): 1840s-1989
    Abstract: This collection contains the papers of ethnomusicologist Arthur C. Edwards. It consists of collected folk music scores, manuscript notes, and, to a lesser extent, original compositions by Edwards, as well other material relating to his professional career.
    Language of Materials: Materials are in multiple languages.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Creator: Edwards, Arthur C.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    COLLECTION CONTAINS AUDIOVISUAL MATERIAL: Use of materials requires production of access copies. Please notify the reference desk in advance of your visit.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Arthur C. Edwards Collection of Musical Compositions and Research (Collection PASC-M 91). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4232972 

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Miriam Edwards, 1990.


    Arthur C. Edwards was a music teacher, composer, and ethnomusicologist. He taught on the faculty of the University of Illinois School of Music, Urbana, from 1928 to 1945, and at UCLA from 1950 until his retirement in 1966. As an ethnomusicologist, he extensively studied folk music from around the world. His book, The Art of Melody, was pubished in 1956. He lived in Los Angeles and pursued various research projects until his death.

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists largely of collected folk music scores and songbooks from around the world, Edwards' manuscript notes and music sketches, typescripts for various essays, seven original compositions, and a few materials relating to Edwards' professional career.

    Organization and Arrangement

    This collection has been arranged into the following series:
    • Series 1. Original compositions
    • Series 2. Research material
      • Subseries 2.1. Collected scores
      • Subseries 2.2. Notes
    • Series 3. Professional material

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Edwards, Arthur C.--Archives.
    Composers--United States--Archives.
    Folk music--Research.
    Folk songs--Research.
    Musicologists--United States--Archives.