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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 (scamss): 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

Scope and Contents

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

Refer to Jeffrey Farrington, Musical Property Executor for the Estate of Edward T. Cone, for rights. Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

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

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-32