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Irving Lowens Papers


Irving Lowens Papers
Lowens, Irving
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128.25 linear feet
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Special Collections in Performing Arts
Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Contact the curator:

Irving Lowens (1916-1983) was a music critic, musicologist, librarian, and educator based in the Washington, D.C. area. Among his many roles, he was the Chief Music Critic of The Washington Star newspaper (1960-1978), Assistant Head of the Music Division at the Library of Congress (1961-1966), and Dean of the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University (1978-1981). As a scholar, he specialized in early American music, particularly hymnals, and he authored bibliographies, books, and scholarly articles on the subject. The Irving Lowens Papers consists of both personal and professional papers covers. The collection covers the period from 1885 to 1995; the bulk of the materials date from 1952 to 1983. Documents include correspondence and subject files; published music criticism, writings, and compositions; collected articles and newspaper clippings; employment and professional service materials; performance programs; music festival and travel materials; and research materials.

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