Archival Collections


Here are references to major collections of archives with some connection to Villa-Lobos:

John Sebastian, Papers, 1940-1974.  Haverford College, Haverford PA.

  • Sebastian's papers consist of musical scores and some letters. The scores are those primarily written for harmonica; manuscript scores for other instruments, including his own composition; arrangements for orchestra or other instruments and/or harmonica; works transcribed for harmonica or transposed to a new key; fragments or unattributed pieces; and other scores which belonged to Sebastian. Composers of other scores include: Anthony Burgess, Luciano Chailly, Norman Dello Joio, Alan Hovhaness, Darius Milhaud, Alexander Tcherepnin, Heitor Villa-Lobos and others. Letters included are from: Donald Martino, Tom Scott and Alexander Tcherepnin. 

Appleby, David P., Camargo Guarnieri, and Heitor Villa-Lobos. 1779. David P. Appleby collection on Brazilian music. University of Texas Libraries, Austin TX.

  • Composer files, research materials, written works, audiovisual recordings, musical artifacts, and oversize musical works comprise the David P. Appleby Collection.

Ballon, Ellen. 1844. Ellen Ballon fonds. Dalhousie University, Halifax NS.

  • This collection contains correspondence, musical scores (piano and orchestral), photographs, a sketch, harmony notebooks, fliers, programs, newspaper clippings, academic journals, a press book, and letters of composers. The musical scores include several first edition copies and/or autographed copies. Please note that all personal correspondence is incoming correspondence; no outgoing correspondence is included in this collection.

Thomson, Virgil. 1804. The Virgil Thomson papers. Yale University Library, New Haven CT.

  • The Virgil Thomson Papers contain the manuscript scores and sketches of Thomson's musical compositions, including music for 3 operas, 7 films, and other major compositions and smaller pieces. The Papers also hold printed copies of books and music by Thomson. The correspondence is voluminous and contains letters to and from important American and French cultural figures since 1920: composers, musicians, artists, authors, and theatrical personalities. Thomson's life and work are further documented by: writings by and about Thomson; photographs; family and personal documents; financial records; private recordings; and other materials.

Villa-Lobos, Heitor, and Janet Collins. 1954. Letters to Janet Collins, 1954. (4 items). Scrapbooks, 1947-76. New York Public Library - Research, New York NY.

  • Notes: T.L.S. in French. Includes English translations. Regarding the score for the ballet Genesis, commissioned in 1954 by Janet Collins from the composer. Gift of Janet Collins.