This collection contains correspondence, slides, photographs, microfilms, cassette and
reel-to-reel tapes, other papers, and memorabilia.
David Dodge Boyden (b. Westport, CT, 10 Dec 1910; d. Berkeley, CA, 18 Sep 1986). American
musicologist. He studied at Harvard (BA 1932, MA 1938) and at Columbia Universities, and
the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut. From 1938 to 1975, he taught at the University
of California, Berkeley, where he became a full professor in 1955; he served as chairman
of the music department from 1955 to 1961. His publications include the widely-read
An Introduction to Music (1956, 1970, rev.), but the main thrust of his
research had been on the history of string instruments and playing. His History of
Violin Playing from its Origins to 1761 (1965) is a major work of scholarship. In
1957 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Hartt School of Music. He had been twice
vice-president of the American Musicological Society (1954-56, 1960-62), a Fullbright
Fellow at Oxford University (1963), and three times recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship
(1954, 1967, and 1970).
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