Special Collections at the Wilson Music Library: Alfred H. Bartles Papers

An overview of the special collections available for students, faculty, and researchers held by the Anne Potter Wilson Music Library.

Alfred H. Bartles on the cello, black and white photograph, 1970. Location: Wilson Music Library Vault.

About Alfred H. Bartles:

The Alfred H. Bartles Papers (1874-2015) were donated to the Anne Potter Wilson Music Library from 2008-2015. A native of Nashville and a former George Peabody College student, Bartles (1930-2006) was active in New York, Germany, and Tennessee as a composer, arranger, cellist, pedagogue, and jazz pianist. His varied compositional output illustrates this mixture of influences, and reveals him as one of the first in a generation of composers equally at home in the Classical and jazz genres.

About the Bartles Papers:

  • Size of the Collection: 59 boxes (23.76 cubic feet) containing published and unpublished musical manuscripts, sketchbooks, professional and personal correspondence, recordings, photographs, programs, newspaper clippings, and various other documents
  • Strengths of the Collection: Instrumental music, particularly that for brass instruments or cello, large ensemble pieces, jazz, meticulously organized correspondence
  • How Do I Access the Collection? This collection is kept in the Music Library Vault, and can be accessed on site in consultation with a librarian. Some unpublished manuscripts are also available through Vanderbilt’s Discoverarchive. A full finding aid is available both on site and through the library catalog.