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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 (scamss): 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

Scope and Contents

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 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:

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 (scamss): Box 1-2