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John Merrill Knapp Papers

 Collection 0154-SCPA
John Merrill Knapp (1914-1993) was an active music educator, editor, and writer, primarily in the area of opera and the works of Handel. Throughout his career he served as Chairman of the Department of Music at Princeton University, as well as Dean of the college. His collection consists primarily of professional correspondence and writings, specifically relating to his manuscript Handel’s Later Operas. Other materials include General professional writings, ephemera, two floppy disks, and photocopied scores related to Knapp’s work as an educator, editor, and writer.


  • 1953-1995
  • Majority of material found within 1979-1991

Use and Access to Collection

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Duplication and Copyright Information

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. Please make an appointment with the curator: Vincent J. Novara Tel: 301.405.9220, Email:


6.00 Linear Feet


This collection is organized into seven series.
  1. Series 1: Floppy Disks
  2. Series 2: Writings
  3. Series 3: Correspondence
  4. Series 4: Graphoanalysis
  5. Series 5: Ephemera
  6. Series 6: General Professional Correspondence and Writings
  7. Series 7: Scores

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

These papers were presumably delivered from Howard Serwer of the American Handel Society to SCPA in July, 1998 and given the accession number 99-57-PAL.

Related Material

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.
John Merrill Knapp Papers
Processed by Stephanie Schmitz and Bonnie Jo Depp, February 2005
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2013-06-10: EAD markup validated using Oxygen software by Amanda May, June 2013.

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library Library

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