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Inventory of the Richard Lincoln Crocker Papers, 1967-1994
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Series Arrangement

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Richard Lincoln Crocker Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1967-1994
    Collection number: ARCHIVES CROCKER 1
    Creator: Crocker, Richard L.
    Extent: Number of containers: 2 cartons, 1 document box

    Linear feet: 2.3
    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.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Music Library.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Richard Lincoln Crocker Papers, ARCHIVES CROCKER 1, Music Library, University of California, Berkeley.


    Richard (Lincoln) Crocker (b. Roxbury, Massachusettes, 17 February 1927). Musicologist. He graduated from Yale College (BA 1950) and completed the doctorate under Leo Schrade in 1957 with a dissertation on the Limoges prosae. After teaching at Yale (1955-63), he was assistant professor (1963-7), associate professor (1967-71), and full professor (1971-94) at the University of California, Berkeley. He became known for his independent ideas in A History of Musical Style (1966) and in his article, The Troping Hypothesis (Musical Quarterly, 1966), for which he was awarded the Einstein Prize by the American Musicological Society. In 1969 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work at Berkeley in developing methods for teaching non-musicians is embodied in Listening to Music (with Ann Basart, 1971). Crocker's major scholarly contribution, however, is to the history and analysis of the medieval sequence, culminating in The Early Medieval Sequence (1977). His work on music theory and early polyphony has been important in providing the basis for a new understanding of principles of composition in the Middle Ages, particularly those connected with tonal order.
    (Philip Brett - The New Grove Dictionary of American Music )

    Scope and Content

    This is a collection of transcriptions of sequences done by Richard Crocker's students throughout the years. The sequences are taken from two sources: Corpus Troporium(ML3080.C791) and Analecta Hymnica Medii Aevi, vols. 53-55 (BV468.A6). There are about 1400 manuscripts in the collection.

    Series Arrangement

    There is only one series in this collection. The manuscripts are arranged alphabetically by title. Each transcription identifies the source of the manuscripts with the manuscript call number of the owning library or archive.