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Robert Russell Bennett papers

Identifier: Bennett

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Scope and Contents

Mostly music manuscripts of original compositions and arrangements, the collection also includes drafts of two autobiographies, printed scores, and LPs from Bennett's collection.


  • 1911-1981
  • Other: Date acquired: 12/02/2002



40.00 Linear Feet

90 Boxes

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Arrangement Note

Arranged in six series, one of which has been further arranged in subseries. The contents of each series or subseries are arranged alphabetically.  The series and subseries arrangement of the records is as follows:   Series 1: Original Compositions, 1911-1981     Subseries 1: Orchestral Music, 1926-1971     Subseries 2: Stage Works, 1916-1972     Subseries 3: Wind Band, 1965-1981     Subseries 4: Chamber Music, 1911-1974     Subseries 5: Vocal Music, 1917-1975     Subseries 6: "Radio Orchestra" Compositions, 1940-1945   Series 2: Arrangements     Subseries 1: "Radio Orchestra" Arrangements     Subseries 2: Arrangements of Other Composer's Works     Subseries 3: Victory at Sea, 1952-1953   Series 3: Miscellaneous Sketches and Scores   Series 4: Prose Works   Series 5: Printed Scores, 1913-1979   Series 6: Long-Playing Albums, 196-, 1971-1980

Custodial History

When Bennett died in August of 1981, these scores were held in trust by the Philadelphia National Bank for the income benefit of his daughter Beatrice Jean Bennett, who would pass away in February 2001.

Method of Acquisition

Donated by Kean McDonald to the Music Library on February 12, 2002.

Accruals and Additions

Received Five improvisations for flute, cello, and piano from Frances Blaisdell on Dec. 3, 2003.

Separated Materials

Photocopies of manuscripts discarded.  Duplicate printed Bennett scores and unmarked printed scores by other composers were added to the circulating collection as needed or discarded.

Processing Information

Initially arranged by Michael Duffy and Don Roberts from the original 22 shipping boxes into 91 boxes in 2002; preliminary inventory of that work exists; reordered by Morris S. Levy in summer 2010.

Guide to the Robert Russell Bennett papers
Morris S. Levy
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Library Details

Part of the Music Library Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
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