The Alfred H. Bartles Papers

About the collection:

The Alfred H. Bartles Papers were donated by the Bartles family to the Anne Potter Wilson Music Library in 2008-2015. This collection consists of correspondence chiefly to and from Alfred H. Bartles and his family, several of his published compositions, music manuscripts for the bulk of his published and unpublished works, audio recordings, and other miscellaneous materials.

The main music manuscript collections range from sketches and corrected copies to finished manuscripts from ca. 1941-2006. The scores are comprised of works composed or arranged by Alfred H. Bartles, and include classical works for a variety of large and chamber ensembles, small- and large-scale vocal works, works for jazz ensemble, and numerous lead sheets.

The contents of the correspondence folders date from 1939-2009 (bulk 1951-2006), ranging from both incoming and outgoing letters regarding professional and personal affairs, postcards, negotiations with publishers, royalty receipts, and occasionally written music. These materials are generally either in English or German.

Additional items in the collection include event programs and newsletters relevant to the Bartles family, newspaper clippings, teaching notes, various personal documents, and photographs.

Scores and parts to numerous unpublished Bartles works have also been made available online by the library through Vanderbilt’s Discover Archive.


Access and usage of the collection:


The Wilson Music Library is open to the public during normal operating hours, and anyone interested in the life and work of Alfred H. Bartles is welcome to use the collection. Open hours are listed on the music library’s web page. The Alfred H. Bartles Papers is a special collection and must be used on-site. All Special Collections materials are housed in closed stacks and are not available for browsing. Researchers may wish to call ahead and make arrangements for collections usage in order to make efficient use of their time.

Requests for limited reproduction of material are available when such duplication can be done without injury to materials and when duplication does not violate donor agreements or copyright law. If researchers wish to listen or view audiovisual materials in the collection, the Wilson Music Library has playback equipment and headphones to facilitate use. Researchers will find it helpful to consult the finding aid for this collection prior to their visit.

Additional information can be found at the following website:

Wilson Music Library:


Finding Aid

The finding aid for this collection can be found here.