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Vida Chenoweth Papers

 Collection — Container: Books
Identifier: SC-114

Scope and Contents

The Vida Chenoweth Collection is composed of biographical, news clippings, media, and published material from this world renowned concert marimbist and ethnomusicologist dating from 1950s to 1980s. Photographs and accompanying press scrapbooks document the classical marimbist's rising international acclaim during the late 1950s and 1960s. There are early reel-to-reel audio recordings of Chenoweth's family performances, as well as, media during the height of her solo career. Published materials and book reviews document Chenoweth's transition into ethnomusicology in Papau New Guinea during the 1970s to the present. A sizable donation of unprocessed media material was received in 2007 after Chenoweth was honored by the Library of Congress.


  • Created: 1952-2016
  • Other: Date acquired: 1998


Conditions Governing Access

There are no specific restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication may be restricted if copying could cause damage to items.


26 boxes

3 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by series with folder level control.

Source of Acquisition

The provenance of the Vida Chenoweth Papers were given by personal donation starting around 1998.

Method of Acquisition


Related Materials

Vida Chenoweth collection ( AFC 1994/003)

Vida Chenoweth Papers
Buswell Library Special Collections Staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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