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Collection Overview

Cone, Edward. T.
Edward T. Cone Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1924-1996 (mostly 1939-1996)
32 boxes and 28.6 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-32


This collection contains the musical manuscripts, musical sketches, and personal papers of Edward T. Cone, a composer and member of the Princeton University faculty.

Collection Description & Creator Information


This collection consists of musical sketches, musical manuscripts, and personal papers of Edward T. Cone. It features early and working drafts of many of Cone's finished compositions as well as sketches of those that he considered incomplete. The collection also contains correspondence from friends of Cone, including John Berryman and Roger Sessions, and some of Cone's personal papers, including poetry by John Berryman and William Meredith.

Collection Creator Biography:

Cone, Edward. T.

Edward T. Cone was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, on May 4, 1917. He earned a B.A. and a M.F.A. from Princeton University, studying under Roger Sessions, and afterward held a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship at Princeton. In 1947, he joined the faculty, teaching music history, theory, and composition until 1985. Additionally, he was an Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large for Cornell University from 1979 until 1983. His other awards and distinctions include a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Old Dominion Fellowship at Princeton, an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Princeton.

Cone's musical compositions include a symphony and music for piano, voice, chorus, orchestra, and chamber ensembles. In addition to these works, he wrote several books: Musical Form and Musical Performance (1968), The Composer's Voice (1974), and Music: A View From Delft (1989).

Edward T. Cone died in Princeton on October 23, 2004.

Collection History


Gift of the Edward T. Cone Estate in 2004 and 2010 .


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Danielle Ford in April 2006. Materials were identified and dated by Jeffrey Farrington, Musical Property Executor for the Estate of Edward T. Cone, who provided considerable aid in arranging this collection. Finding aid written by Danielle Ford in April 2006.

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. Refer to Jeffrey Farrington, Musical Property Executor for the Estate of Edward T. Cone, for rights.

Credit this material:

Edward T. Cone Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-32