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Strunk, W. Oliver (William Oliver), 1901-1980
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
William Oliver Strunk Collection
Manuscripts Division
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2 boxes and 0.6 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-2


Consists of selected papers of W. Oliver Strunk, who was a professor of music at Princeton University (1937-1966).

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists chiefly of some correspondence of Strunk, lecture notes for his Princeton classes (Music 302, 402), and other notes about music and opera. Included are thirty-seven letters by Strunk to his friend Mrs. Rosamond McGuinness, some of which refers to his father's 1918 book The Elements of Style; eighteen letters to Strunk from Paul Hindemith, in both English and German; and one photograph of Strunk with Louis Bagger.

Collection Creator Biography:

Strunk, W. Oliver (William Oliver), 1901-1980

W. Oliver Strunk was a musicologist and served as a professor of music at Princeton University from 1937-1966. During his tenure he was enormously influential for both his students at the university and for American musicology at large.

Collection History


The Hindemith correspondence was a gift of W. Oliver Strunk in 1966 .

The Rosamon McGuinness correspondence was a gift of Rosamond McGuinness in 2000 .

Additional papers were the gift of Professor Kenneth Levy in 2011 .

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

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

This 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:

William Oliver Strunk Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-2