Helen Hewitt Music Research Collection, 1925-1978Add to your cart.

By Maristella Feustle

Collection Overview

Title: Helen Hewitt Music Research Collection, 1925-1978Add to your cart.
ID: 06/ 048
Primary Creator: Hewitt, Helen (1900-1977)
Extent: 11.0 Boxes
Arrangement: Arranged into series based on accruals of materials.
Languages: English
French
German

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of eleven boxes of materials from Dr. Hewitt's research and teaching, and primarily professional correspondence. Those materials include manuscript transcriptions from centuries-old music manuscripts scattered in libraries across Europe, research for articles and conference papers, teaching materials and student projects, speeches, and unpublished writings, along with a box of concordance cards from the preparation of her edition of Ottaviano Petrucci's Harmonices musices odhecaton A.

Please see also:

The Helen Hewitt Microfilms Collection

The Helen Hewitt Papers in the UNT Archives

Biographical Note

Born in Granville, New York, Helen Margaret Hewitt was a pioneering music historian who is best known for her editions of Ottaviano Petrucci's chanson compendia Harmonices musices odhecaton A, and Canti B. Hewitt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College in 1921, and a Bachelor of Music from Eastman School of Music in 1925. In the summer of 1926, she traveled to France, studying organ with Charles-Marie Widor and harmony with Nadia Boulanger at the Conservatoire américain de Fontainebleau. After returning to the United States, Hewitt studied organ with Lynwood Farham at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She began her teaching career at what is now SUNY at Potsdam (1925-1928), and completed a master's degree in sacred music at the Union Theological Seminary in 1932, with an additional Master of Arts degree from Columbia University in 1933. Hewitt then returned to Europe, studying with Heinrich Besseler at the University of Heidelberg, and earned a Ph.D. from Harvard (Radcliffe) in 1938. Before joining the faculty of what is now the University of North Texas in 1942, Hewitt taught at Florida State College for Women (1938-1939) and Hunter College (1942).

Hewitt  published numerous articles, and compiled the first four editions of Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology. While on the North Texas music faculty until her retirement in 1969, she taught classes and served as an adviser or committee member on many theses and dissertations, and remained active in guiding the maintenance and upgrading of pipe organ facilities on campus.

In addition to her distinguished career, Dr. Hewitt was a devoted owner of persian cats, and kept up cordial correspondence with friends and colleagues over many decades, and across continents.

Access Information

Access Restrictions:

Access to this collection is provided only by special arrangement. Please contact the Music Library for more information.

Use Restrictions:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Music Library. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Physical Access Note:

Collection is housed in the UNT Music Library. Advance notice for use is required. Please contact the Music Library for further information.

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