Access to Collection
Scope and Content
Title: Musical Acoustics Research Library (MARL)
Identifier/Call Number: M1711
Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives
Language of Material:
59.39 Linear feet
(138 manuscript boxes, 3 card boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1956-2007
The MARL collection is dedicated to the study of all aspects of musical acoustics. The collection, established in 1996, came
about through the joint effort of the representatives of the Catgut Acoustical Society (CAS), founded by Carleen M. Hutchins
and devoted to the study of violin making; Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music Acoustics (CCRMA), and Virginia
Benade, the widow of the wind instrument acoustician Arthur Benade. MARL consists of the research materials from acousticians
around the world who were dedicated to studying different aspects of violin making, which make up the Catgut Acoustical Society
papers, and the archives of three prominent wind instrument acousticians of our time, John Backus, John W. Coltman, and especially
Arthur H. Benade, which deal not only wiht wind instruments, but also room acoustics, and the interplay between acoustical
physics and the mechanisms of auditory processing. The collection consists of papers, photographs, media, digital materials,
wood samples, clarinet mouth pieces, and lab equipment
Special Collections materials are stored offsite and must be paged 36 hours in advance. For more information on paging collections,
see the department's website: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html.
Backus, John, 1911-1988
Benade, Arthur H.
Catgut Acoustical Society.
Coltman, John Wesley, 1915-
Hutchins, Carleen Maley
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the
Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent
is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission
from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research
and educational purposes.
Access to Collection
Open for research. Audio-visual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.
Most unpublished materials in this collection have been digitized, except for personal correspondence which has not. The digital
surrogates may be accessed via the links that accompany the description in the container list.
The collection is organized in four main series: Series 1: Catgut Acoustical Society Collection (including John Backus papers);
Series 2: John W. Coltman Collection; Series 3: Arthur H. Benade Collection; Series 4: John Backus Collection.
The original holdings of the Arthur H. Benade Collection increased during the last two years (2009- 2011) since new materials
were donated by Arthur Benade's widow, Virginia Benade. Gaps in the numerical order of boxes is due to materials that were
added to the collection at later dates.
Scope and Content
The MARL collection includes: correspondence, published and unpublished papers, detailed laboratory notebooks, photographs,
meeting reports, miscellaneous writings, slides, sound recordings of acoustical experiments, samples of woods and varnishes,
various designs of violin bridges, and a collection of different wind instruments’ mouth pieces.
Records were processed with help from Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), Stanford Institute for
Creativity and the Arts (SiCA) and the Violin Society of America. Collection was processed by Andrea Castillo, August 2011.
Musical Acoustics Research Library Collection, M1711. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford,
Subjects and Indexing Terms
American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Backhaus, Hermann, 1885-1958
Bell Telephone Laboratories.
Bodley Bessaraboff, Nicholas
Condax, Louis M.
Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection.
Fryxell, Robert Edward
Groupe d' Acoustique Musicale.
Hartmann, William M.
Jansson, Erik V.
Kent, Earle L. (Earle Lewis), 1910-
Lottermoser, Werner, 1909-
McClain, Ernest G.
Meinel, Hermann, 1904-1977
Pasqualini, Gioacchino, 1902-
Raman, Chandrasekhara Venkata, Sir, 1888-1970
Roederer, Juan G., 1929-
Saunders, Frederick A. (Frederick Albert), 1875-1963
Schelleng, John C., 1892-1979
Schumacher, Robert T. (Robert Thornton), 1930-
Shankland, Robert S., 1908-
Stetson, Karl A., 1937-
Sundberg, Johan, 1936-
Vogt, Walter W.
Worman, Walter Elliott
Young, Robert W.
Music --Acoustics and physics.
Musical instrument building
Musical instrument makers