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Jacklin Bolton Stopp papers

 Collection 0355-SCPA

Jacklin Bolton Stopp (1926-2022) was an American musicologist and scholar of nineteenth-century American music who wrote several papers on the history of the secular cantata in the United States. Stopp’s papers include her professional subject files and correspondence, as well as her collection of nineteenth-century music serials. Also included are collected ephemera from about 1860 to 1940, such as sheet music catalogs, musical advertisements, and specimen pages.


  • 1860-2000
  • Majority of material found within 1860-1980

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restricted files in this collection. Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Conditions Governing Use

The majority of published works appearing in this collection are in public domain. When the status of the rights are not entirely clear, the University of Maryland Libraries is granted permission for the use in scholarly research by the Libraries’ patrons under fair use in Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act.


2.0 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

The Jacklin Bolton Stopp papers include materials from approximately 1860 to 2000. Earlier materials include Stopp’s collection of musical serials and related ephemera, such as sheet music catalogs, advertisements, festival papers, and specimen pages. The collection also includes Stopp’s correspondence with other scholars of American music education, her subject files about American cantatas and score collections, and offprints of published research articles.

Patrons should be aware that there is some racist language found in the historical research materials within the collection. Please use the materials at your own discretion or consult with SCPA's curator for assistance.

Biographical / Historical

Jacklin Talmage Bolton Stopp (b. April 6, 1926; Binghamton, New York - d. February 26, 2022; Buffalo, New York) was a musicologist and independent scholar based in Lockport, New York whose research interests centered on nineteenth-century American music. She authored several published works on the history of the secular cantata in the United States from 1850 to 1930, including her 1964 Ph.D. dissertation for the University of Michigan, articles for the Journal of Research in Music Education and American Music, and entries in the New Grove Dictionary of American Music and the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. A former faculty member of the State University of New York (SUNY)–Geneseo, SUNY–Buffalo, and Wisconsin State University–Oshkosh, Stopp also served as a certified adjudicator for the New York State School Music Association.

In connection with her professional and personal interests, Stopp collected music-related materials published in the United States in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her collection of musical serials and ephemera from this period provides evidence of the growing culture of amateur musical literacy and music appreciation.


The collection is arranged in four series.

  1. Subject files
  2. Correspondence
  3. Serials
  4. Ephemera

Custodial History

Gift of Jacklin Bolton Stopp, November 2014.

Related Materials

The Jacklin Bolton Stopp collection of nineteenth-century American music, held by Special Collections in Performing Arts, which contains hundreds of rare books, scores, and other music-related materials published in the United States in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Historical Center (previously the Music Educators National Conference [MENC] Historical Center); included are the papers of the music educators Allen Britton and Rose Marie Grentzer, who were professional associates of Stopp’s.

Jacklin Bolton Stopp papers
Matthew V. Testa
13 August 2019
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Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

University of Maryland Libraries
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College Park MD 20742 United States