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Finding aid of the David Van Kriedt Papers
MSS 297  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: David Van Kriedt papers
    Dates: ca 1948
    Collection number: MSS 297
    Creator: Van Kriedt, David, 1922-1994
    Collection Size: 1 linear foot
    Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Dept. of Special Collections
    Stockton, California 95211
    Abstract: Collection consists primarily of musical scores and parts by David van Kriedt.
    Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    David Van Kriedt papers. MSS 297. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library.

    Biography / Administrative History

    David van Kriedt (1922-1994) was a jazz saxophonist, composer, and arranger. He studied under Darius Milhaud at Mills College in the 1940s, where he became a member of the Dave Brubeck Octet. This short-lived group included several players who would become well-known jazz musicians, including Dave Brubeck (piano), Paul Desmond (alto saxophone), Bill Smith (clarinet), Cal Tjader (drums), and van Kriedt (tenor saxophone). Van Kriedt also played with Stan Kenton's band and Paul Desmond's quintet in the 1950s. He composed several tunes featured on Desmond's first album as a group leader, Desmond: The Paul Desmond Quintet. Van Kriedt's later career focused on teaching, performing and composing on the West Coast and in Australia.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Collection consists primarily of musical scores and parts by David van Kriedt. Includes parts for jazz standards and original compositions arranged for the Dave Brubeck Octet, as well as musical theory notes by van Kriedt. A brief letter from composer Darius Milhaud is also in the collection.


    Collection is arranged in five series: I. Correspondence; II. Octet Parts for Original Compositions; III. Octet Parts for Jazz Standards; IV. Parts for Original Compositions and Standards; V. Music Manuscript Books.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Milhaud, Darius
    Dave Brubeck Octet
    Jazz musicians - United States
    Saxophonists - United States
    Composers - United States

    Related Material

    Materials related to Van Kriedt's collaborations with Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond can be found in the Brubeck Collection (MSS 4) and the Paul Desmond Papers (MSS 309).