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Inventory of the David D. Boyden Papers, 1922-1986
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: David D. Boyden Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1922-1986
    Collection number: ARCHIVES BOYDEN 1
    Creator: Boyden, David Dodge, 1910-
    Extent: Number of containers: 36 boxes

    Linear feet: 39
    Repository: The Music Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research, with the following exception:
    Box 31 closed until Jan. 1, 2012.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Music Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Music Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Music Library 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 reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], David D. Boyden papers, ARCHIVES BOYDEN 1, The Music Library, University of California, Berkeley.


    David Dodge Boyden (b. Westport, CT, 10 Dec 1910; d. Berkeley, CA, 18 Sep 1986). American musicologist. He studied at Harvard (BA 1932, MA 1938) and at Columbia Universities, and the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut. From 1938 to 1975, he taught at the University of California, Berkeley, where he became a full professor in 1955; he served as chairman of the music department from 1955 to 1961. His publications include the widely-read An Introduction to Music (1956, 1970, rev.), but the main thrust of his research had been on the history of string instruments and playing. His History of Violin Playing from its Origins to 1761 (1965) is a major work of scholarship. In 1957 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Hartt School of Music. He had been twice vice-president of the American Musicological Society (1954-56, 1960-62), a Fullbright Fellow at Oxford University (1963), and three times recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (1954, 1967, and 1970).
    -- New Grove Dictionary of American Music

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains correspondence, slides, photographs, microfilms, cassette and reel-to-reel tapes, other papers, and memorabilia.
    The musical instruments in paintings section was acquired in the late 1970s from David Boyden, probably at the time of his retirement. The bulk of the collection, approximately 29 archival cartons, was given by Boyden's widow, Ruth, in 1988. This gift included research and administrative files, and correspondence. The third part of the gift was given to us by Boyden's sons, Richard and Tom. This is the smallest of the collection, consisting of private correspondence, other papers and memorabilia.
    The first part of the gift was sent to storage in 1987 and the second part in November, 1988. The materials were not processed and they were kept in their original folders. At the time of the second gift, Boyden's papers had been partially boxed and files had been shifted from the cabinets so that the original order of the files could not be established. However, there were some logical sequence of topics because the labelled file dividers were still intact. The then-archivist made a complete review of additional files, papers, photographs, and documents in Boyden's study in his Maybeck house (1208 Shattuck Ave.). An additional two cartons of papers were acquired by John Emerson and they were incorporated into the collection.
    The bulk of the microfilm collection of David Boyden has been in the library's custody since before 1980. Most of these microfilms were incorporated into the Music Library's regular collection.
    The last part of the gift was given to the Music Library in 1992 after Ruth Boyden's death. Richard and Tom Boyden also funded the processing of the collection.
    The collection, as it stands now, has retained whatever order the papers were left in in 1988. All materials have been refoldered, retaining David Boyden's original folder titles. Legal-sized papers were pulled out and stored in Boxes 4 and 17, noting the original location. Similarly, oversized materials were pulled out and kept in Boxes 29 and 30.