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Vernon Gotwals Papers, 1810-1984
2 boxes (0.75 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
Professor of Music. Contains biographical material, research notes, correspondence, and songs.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Vernon Detweiler Gotwals came to Smith College in 1952 as an instructor in music and College organist. He earned his AB degree at Amherst College, and an MFA from Princeton University in 1951. He progressively rose in the ranks and was appointed a full professor in 1966. He also served as Secretary of the Faculty (1960-1963), and Chair of the Department of Music beginning in 1962.

Gotwals most celebrated work was on Haydn, Joseph Haydn: Eighteenth Century Gentleman and Genius published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 1963. He produced numerous scholarly monographs, articles, and reviews ranging from Haydn to Bach, the relationship of music to church liturgy, and folk songs and women's voices. He taught courses in harmony and counterpoint, and gave organ lessons to a countless number of students.

In 1984 Gotwals retired from Smith College and enjoyed emeritus status. He spent the remaining years in Deer Isle, Maine with his wife and family. Gotwals died on January 12, 2002.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Vernon Detweiler Gotwals papers contain biographical information, research notes, correspondence, and published and unpublished songs relating to his work on Haydn, women's voices, folk songs, and Sophie Drinker.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Vernon Gotwals Papers, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The Vernon Detweiler Gotwals Papers were donated to the Smith College Archives after his retirement from the College in 1984. Periodic additions have been made by Gotwals and his wife, Carol Joyce Gotwals over the years. The Sophie Drinker material was transferred from the Sophia Smith Collection.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English

Contents List
Biographical material
1952-84

Box 1: folder 1
Publications: "Memoir by a College Organist"
n.d.

Box 1: folder 2
Publications: "Joseph Haydn: Eighteenth Century Gentleman and Genius" - Bibliography
1963

Box 1: folder 3
Publications: "Joseph Haydn: Eighteenth Century Gentleman and Genius" - Notes to Griesinger
1968

Box 1: folder 4
Publications: "Joseph Haydn: Eighteenth Century Gentleman and Genius" - Notes, general
1968

Box 1: folder 5
Publications: "Mrs. Conkling's Junior Year Abroad"
1962

Box 1: folder 6
Publications: "Folksongs for Women's Voices: Arranged by Johannes Brahms" - Notes (part of the Smith College Music Archives)
1968

Box 1: folder 7
Publications: "Folksongs for Women's Voices: Arranged by Johannes Brahms" - Unpublished songs
1968

Box 1: folder 8
Publications: "Folksongs for Women's Voices: Arranged by Johannes Brahms" - Published songs
1968

Box 1: folder 9
Card index to Sophie Drinker folksong material
n.d.

Box 1: folder 10-11
Transcription of "Biographical Accounts of Joseph Haydn, According to His Spoken Narration Drawn Up and Edited by Albert Christoph Dies Landscape Painter" (Vienna 1810)
1810

Box 2: folder 1

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