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Guide to the records of the Musical Acoustics Research Library (MARL) M1711
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  • Title: Musical Acoustics Research Library (MARL)
    Identifier/Call Number: M1711
    Contributing Institution: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives
    Language of Material: Multiple languages
    Physical Description: 59.39 Linear feet (138 manuscript boxes, 3 card boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1956-2007
    Abstract: The MARL collection is dedicated to the study of all aspects of musical acoustics. The collection, established in 1996, came about through the joint effort of the representatives of the Catgut Acoustical Society (CAS), founded by Carleen M. Hutchins and devoted to the study of violin making; Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music Acoustics (CCRMA), and Virginia Benade, the widow of the wind instrument acoustician Arthur Benade. MARL consists of the research materials from acousticians around the world who were dedicated to studying different aspects of violin making, which make up the Catgut Acoustical Society papers, and the archives of three prominent wind instrument acousticians of our time, John Backus, John W. Coltman, and especially Arthur H. Benade, which deal not only wiht wind instruments, but also room acoustics, and the interplay between acoustical physics and the mechanisms of auditory processing. The collection consists of papers, photographs, media, digital materials, wood samples, clarinet mouth pieces, and lab equipment
    Physical Location: Special Collections materials are stored offsite and must be paged 36 hours in advance. For more information on paging collections, see the department's website: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html.
    creator: Backus, John, 1911-1988
    creator: Benade, Arthur H.
    creator: Catgut Acoustical Society.
    creator: Coltman, John Wesley, 1915-
    creator: Hutchins, Carleen Maley

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Access to Collection

    Open for research. Audio-visual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy. Most unpublished materials in this collection have been digitized, except for personal correspondence which has not. The digital surrogates may be accessed via the links that accompany the description in the container list.

    Arrangement Note

    The collection is organized in four main series: Series 1: Catgut Acoustical Society Collection (including John Backus papers); Series 2: John W. Coltman Collection; Series 3: Arthur H. Benade Collection; Series 4: John Backus Collection.
    The original holdings of the Arthur H. Benade Collection increased during the last two years (2009- 2011) since new materials were donated by Arthur Benade's widow, Virginia Benade. Gaps in the numerical order of boxes is due to materials that were added to the collection at later dates.

    Scope and Content

    The MARL collection includes: correspondence, published and unpublished papers, detailed laboratory notebooks, photographs, meeting reports, miscellaneous writings, slides, sound recordings of acoustical experiments, samples of woods and varnishes, various designs of violin bridges, and a collection of different wind instruments’ mouth pieces.

    Processing note

    Records were processed with help from Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts (SiCA) and the Violin Society of America. Collection was processed by Andrea Castillo, August 2011.

    Preferred Citation

    Musical Acoustics Research Library Collection, M1711. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    American Association for the Advancement of Science.
    Backhaus, Hermann, 1885-1958
    Bate, Philip
    Bell Telephone Laboratories.
    Bodley Bessaraboff, Nicholas
    Bucur, Voichita
    C.F.Martin Co.
    Condax, Louis M.
    Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection.
    Fox, Sidney
    Fryxell, Robert Edward
    Groupe d' Acoustique Musicale.
    Hartmann, William M.
    Jameson, George
    Jansson, Erik V.
    Kent, Earle L. (Earle Lewis), 1910-
    Leipp, Emile
    Lottermoser, Werner, 1909-
    McClain, Ernest G.
    McIntyre, Michael
    Meinel, Hermann, 1904-1977
    Pasqualini, Gioacchino, 1902-
    Raman, Chandrasekhara Venkata, Sir, 1888-1970
    Roederer, Juan G., 1929-
    Rosenberg, Ellis
    Saunders, Frederick A. (Frederick Albert), 1875-1963
    Schaeftlein, Jürg
    Schelleng, John C., 1892-1979
    Schumacher, Robert T. (Robert Thornton), 1930-
    Shankland, Robert S., 1908-
    Stetson, Karl A., 1937-
    Sundberg, Johan, 1936-
    Vogt, Walter W.
    Weinreich, Gabriel
    Worman, Walter Elliott
    Young, Robert W.
    Auditory processing
    Music --Acoustics and physics.
    Musical instrument building
    Musical instrument makers
    Room acoustics
    Stringed instruments
    Wind instruments.