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Boswell, Alfred C.
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Alfred C. Boswell Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Consists of autograph musical compositions, diaries, notebooks, and related material of Boswell, an American composer.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists chiefly of autograph musical compositions and/or arrangements by Boswell. They include two compositions for poems by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and by Coventry Patmore, a printed sheet music pamphlet autographed by Emile R. Blanchet, and an autograph sheet titled "Nocturne en la Mineur", dated October 1924, also by Blanchet and dedicated to Boswell. Also present are three music notebooks of piano exercises Boswell wrote titled "Analytical Study of Piano Technique" (1950), with a preface by Robert Casadesus. In addition to the music, there is a diary dating from 1912 to 1924, which includes dates of lessons taken by Boswell with Blanchet, Otto Barblan, Louis A. Coerne, and Rudolph Ganz.


Organized by accession.

Collection Creator Biography:

Boswell, Alfred C.

From the materials in the collection, it is evident that composer Boswell studied with Emile R. Blanchett and others in Europe (1912-1924), and was living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, during the 1940s and 1950s.

Collection History


Gift of Mrs. Emmons Blodgett and Mr. George B. Boswell on March 6, 1975 .

The "Nocturne en la Mineur" manuscript was transferred from the Music Library on March 6, 1979 .

AM21815, 79-133.

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Finding aid written by James Flannery on January 12, 2006. Folder inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Alfred C. Boswell Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1