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Preliminary Guide to the Robert Ward Papers, 1950s-2012 and undated

Abstract

Composer of operas and other works who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1962. Chancellor of the N.C. School of the Arts and a faculty member at Columbia and Duke Universities.

Scores and score sketches, correspondence, scrapbooks, research and information files, writings and speeches by Ward, as well as photographs concert programs, awards, recordings, and other materials documenting Robert Ward's life and work. Music scores and drafts include The Crucible, Ward's Pulitzer Prize-winning opera, as well his symphonies, operas, and other compositions. Also includes a corrected proof of his autobiography.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Robert Ward papers, 1950s-2012 and undated
Creator
Ward, Robert, 1917-
Extent
103.3 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
English.

Collection Overview

The 1998 Accessions include scores and score sketches, correspondence, scrapbooks, research and information files, writings and speeches by Ward, as well as photographs and other materials documenting Robert Ward's life and work. Musical works include the operas Abelard and Heloise and The Crucible. (1998-0196, 2500 items, 8.0 linear feet. 1998-0564, 700 items, 22.6 linear feet, ca. 1950s-1980s)

The 2001 Accession primarily consists of scores, program notes, libretti, sketches and other working papers for several of Ward's compositions, especially Roman Fever,Sacred Canticles,Appalachian Ditties and Dances,Sacred Songs for Pantheist, and Songs for Ravenscroft. Also includes several manuscript copies and seven audiocassette tapes of musical compositions by others, including Young Gil Blas by Ernesto Ferreri, Bellarocca by Melissa Malouf and James Legg, and America's Going to the Dickens! by Christopher Coleman. (2001-0105, 148 items, 2.6 linear feet, ca. 1980s-1998 and undated)

The 2003 Accession contains musical scores for Ward's Third Symphony, Concert Music for Orchestra, and Minutes till Midnight. There are also concert programs, newspaper clippings, reviews of Ward's work, and photographs. This is no box list for this accession. (2003-0139, 80 items, 0.9 linear feet, dated 1950-2000 and n.d., bulk 1997-2000)

The 2010-0123 Accession includes musical scores, drafts, proofs, and masters for Ward's 2008 operetta A Friend of Napoleon. Also contains smaller amounts of materials from Ward's other works, including Seventh Symphony; Roman Fever; Dialogues: A Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano Soloists with Orchestra; an oboe quintet; In Praise of Science; and Dialogue on the Tides of Time. Other materials include correspondence and clippings from the North Carolina School of the Arts; clippings from the premiere and performances of The Crucible and Ward's Pulitzer Prize; autobiography drafts; and concert programs, clippings, and miscellaneous papers dating from Ward's early career through 2010, with the bulk of the materials dating from the 1990s to 2010. (2010-0123, 2000 items, 3.4 linear feet, dated 1950-2010)

The 2010-0177 Accession consists largely of musical scores, drafts, masters, and other versions of a variety of compositions by Ward. The 1978 opera Claudia Legare is heavily represented. Other pieces include parts of The Crucible, In Praise of Science, Minutes Till Midnight, The Lady from Colorado, Images of God, Lady Kate, Roman Fever, and several other works. Aside from musical scores, the accession includes a corrected proof of Ward's autobiography, SECTV contracts and planning documents, other miscellaneous materials, and 2 open reel audio recordings of quartets playing some of Ward's compositions. (2010-0177, 3000 items, 6.8 lin. ft., dates unknown)

The 2013-0014 Accession consists largely of musical scores, drafts, masters, and other versions of a variety of compositions by Ward. Aside from musical scores, the accession includes awards, photographs, and recordings. (2013-0014, 375,000 items, 50.0 lin. ft., dates unknown)

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Contents of the Collection

The 1998 Accessions include scores and score sketches, correspondence, scrapbooks, research and information files, writings and speeches by Ward, as well as photographs and other materials documenting Robert Ward's life and work. Musical works include the operas Abelard and Heloise and The Crucible. (1998-0196, 2500 items, 8.0 linear feet. 1998-0564, 700 items, 22.6 linear feet, ca. 1950s-1980s)

Lady from Colorado, supplementary material
Box 1
Lady from Colorado, former drafts
Box 1
Abelard and Heloise, photographs of Charlotte Opera production
Box 1
Crucible, photographs from Korean production
Box 1
Carmen, miscellaneous materials from Durham production
Box 1
Duke Archives
Box 1
Winterfest
Box 1
70th celebration
Box 1
70th birthday letters, etc.
Box 1
Dialogue on the Tides of Time
Box 1
First Performance (various pieces ca. 1991); Recent Publicity and Programs
Box 1
Crucible, 1985-1986
Box 1
Opera, The Crucible
Box 1
Opera, Claudia Legare
Box 1
Chamber Works
Box 1
Opera, He Who Gets Slapped (Pantaloon)
Box 1
Crucible, 1st Performance 1961 Oct.-City Center; March 1962
Box 1
List and bio of composers, 1983-1984
Box 1
Durham Symphony programs and reviews
Box 1
Miscellaneous-news items from Duke students, etc.
Box 1
Opera, Abelard and Heloise
Box 1
Orchestral Works (various)
Box 1
70th Birthday Celebration
Box 1
Birthday Celebration, address and letters
Box 1
Winterfest, 1985-1986,and Encounters
Box 1
Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission
Box 1
Untitled folders and unfoldered material (bulk of this box)

Includes various programs, photographs, clippings, and magazines, and journals.

Box 1
Duplicate guest appearances
Box 2
Miscellaneous letters, 1976
Box 2
Proofs (photographic)
Box 2
Publicity, reviews (extra copies)
Box 2
1950 (photographs)
Box 2
Letters, 1977
Box 2
Letters, 1975
Box 2
Oakwood High Band
Box 2
Seoul Opera Group
Box 2
Letters to save
Box 2
Peabody-doctorate
Box 2
Mr. [Eugene] Ormandy (autographed photograph)
Box 2
Untitled folders and unfoldered material (bulk of this box)

Includes various programs, photographs, clippings, and magazines and journals, scores, awards and certificates

Box 2
Untitled notebook of letters, 1940s
Box 3
Speeches and articles
Box 3
The Crucible in Korea, 1985
Box 3
Abelard and Heloise
Box 3
American Participant Program, USIA
Box 3
Speeches-Articles-Ward
Box 3
Guest appearances
Box 3
Opera, Minutes Till Midnight
Box 3
Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra
Box 3
Sonic Structure
Box 3
Sacred Songs for Pantheists
Box 3
Organ, Celebration of God in Nature
Box 3
Symphony #4
Box 3
Sketch-libretto and vocal score; revision of Lady from Colorado
Box 3
Michael Charry
Box 3
Minutes Till Midnight
(2 folders)
Box 3
Sets, pictures, Lady from Colorado
Box 3
Crucible, Stambler/Ward
Box 3
Crucible-Pennsylvania Opera Theatre
Box 3
Sketch and copy of original MS, Images of God
Box 3
Untitled folders and unfoldered material

Includes various programs, photographs, clippings, awards and certificates.

Box 3
Crucible Pictures
Box 4
Lady from Colorado (libretto)
Box 4
Bath County Rhapsody (score and parts, print copy, sketches and MS)
Box 4
Appalachian Ditties and Dances (masters)
Box 4
By the Way of Memories Full Score (original)
Box 4
Serenade for Mallarmé MS, sketches, printing masters, score and parts
Box 4
He Who Gets Slapped, NCSA Production (photograph)
Box 4
Prairie Overture for Concert Band (score)
Box 4
First String Quartet (score)
Box 4
Lady From Colorado (libretto)
Box 4
Sketch, Lady From Colorado
Box 4
Untitled folders and unfoldered material

Includes various scores, photograph albums, and scrapbooks

Box 4
Sketches-original MS and copies, Second Sonata for Violin and Piano
Box 5
Lady From Colorado (libretto)
Box 5
Various print items, journals and books
Box 5
Oversize Materials: Mainly scores but also a few performance posters and awards
Box 6

The 1998 Accessions include scores and score sketches, correspondence, scrapbooks, research and information files, writings and speeches by Ward, as well as photographs and other materials documenting Robert Ward's life and work. Musical works include the operas Abelard and Heloise and The Crucible. (1998-0196, 2500 items, 8.0 linear feet. 1998-0564, 700 items, 22.6 linear feet, ca. 1950s-1980s)

Symphonies 1-2
Box 1
Symphonies 3-4
Box 2
Symphonies 5-6
Box 3
First Symphonic Set- Four Abstractions
Box 4
Second Symphonic Set- Sorrow of Mydath
Box 5
Abelard and Heloise
Box 6
Abelard and Heloise-Sketches
Box 7
The Crucible-Full Score
Box 8
The Crucible-Scores, Prints, Set Drawings
Box 9
The Crucible-Sketches
Box 10
The Crucible-Clippings and programs
Box 11
Claudia Legare
Box 12
Claudia Legare - Sketches
Box 13
He Who Gets Slapped - Scores, Libretto
Box 14
He Who Gets Slapped-Sketches, etc.
Box 15
Lady Kate-Original Score, Revised Full Score
Box 16
Earth Shall Be Fair
Box 17
Minutes Till Midnight
Box 18
Minutes Till Midnight
Box 19
First Harvest-First String Quartet
Box 20
Images of God
Box 21
That Wondrous Night-Yankee Overture
Box 22
Hush'd be the Camps-Hymn to the Night
Box 23
The Promised Land-The Rolling 7th
Box 24
Sweet Freedom's Song
Box 25
Sacred Songs for P.-Scherzo
Box 26
Dialogue on the Tides of Time-Divertimento for Orchestra
Box 27
Just as You Were-Life of Riley
Box 28
Ode-Processional March
Box 29
Invocation and Tacotta-Jubilation
Box 30
Energetically- Fiesta Processional
Box 31
Adagio and Allegro- Celebrations of God in Nature
Box 32
Movements for String Quartet-Night Music
Box 33
Concerts for Saxophone-Concord Hymn
Box 34
Concert Music-Concerts for Piano
Box 35
Miscellaneous Scores- Songs for Ravenscroft,Concerto for Violin and Orchestra,Concert Music for Orchestra
Box 36
Early Works-Unpublished Writings
Box 37
Biographical Materials-Miscellaneous Programs, etc.
Box 38
Compact Discs-Miscellaneous
Box 39
Miscellaneous- Correspondence, Students Work, Lady from Colorado
Box 40

The 2001 Accession primarily consists of scores, program notes, libretti, sketches and other working papers for several of Ward's compositions, especially Roman Fever,Sacred Canticles,Appalachian Ditties and Dances,Sacred Songs for Pantheist, and Songs for Ravenscroft. Also includes several manuscript copies and seven audio cassette tapes of musical compositions by others, including Young Gil Blas by Ernesto Ferreri, Bellarocca by Melissa Malouf and James Legg, and America's Going to the Dickens! by Christopher Coleman. (2001-0105, 148 items, 2.6 linear feet, ca. 1980s-1998 and undated)

[Some of the materials in this collection (in boxes 1 and 3) are not immediately accessible, because they require further processing before use. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.]

Concert program and newspaper clippings
(3 folders)

[Folder 3 of 3 is located in box 3.]

Box 1
Booklet, Opera Carolina, 50th Anniversary
Box 1
Band Score, Concerto for Tenor Saxophone
Box 1
Book, Jacob Avshalomov. Music is where you make it
Box 1
Sketches, Love's Seasons and The Hill
Box 1
Sketches, Trio for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano
(2 folders)
Box 1
Sketches, Night Under the Big Sky and miscellaneous sketches
Box 1
Piano Score, Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra
Box 1
Sketches, Echoes of America
Box 1
Program notes, Ravenscroft Cantata
Box 1
Roman Fever, libretto
(2 folders)
Box 1
Piano Score, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Box 1
Original MS and Sketch, Sacred Canticles
(3 folders)
Box 1
Working Papers, Roman Fever, libretto
(8 folders)

[folder 8 of 8 is located in box 3.]

Box 1
Score and Parts, Appalachian Ditties and Dances, for Violin and Piano
Box 1
Score, First String Quartet
Box 1
Songs of Innocence and of Experience, Ernesto Ferreri
Box 1
Bellarocca, Libretto by Melissa Malouf, Music by James Legg
Box 1
Young Gil Blas, Ernesto Ferreri
Box 1
America's Going to the Dickens!, Christopher Coleman
Box 1
The House of the Seven Gables, Scott Eyerly
Box 1
Correspondence
Box 1
Sacred Canticles
Box 1
Loose Materials
(2 folders)
Box 1
Everly: Prologue, House of 7 Gables
Box 1
Fiddlers' Hall of Fame
Box 1
Young Gil, etc.
Box 1
Young Gil Blas
Box 1
America's Going to the Dickens!, Coleman/Stambler
Box 1
Stravinsky-Bloch-Dello Joio-Giannini
Box 1
Soft Sounds and Night Music, Joseph Leniado-Chira, 1993
Box 1
Score, Jonathan and the Gingery Snare; composer's MS, copy, First String Quartet
Box 2
Score, Sacred Songs for Pantheist
(2 folders)
Box 2
Score and parts, Appalachian Ditties and Dances, for Violin and Piano
Box 2
Relations to Rigor, Scott Lindroth
Box 2
Full Score, Songs for Ravenscroft,1993
Box 3
[Concert program and newspaper clippings, 1998]

[Folder 3 of 3 from box 1.]

Box 3
Working papers, Roman Fever, libretto

[Folder 8 of 8 from box 1.]

Box 3
Claudia Legare, Libretto by Bernard Stambler, Music by Robert Ward
(2 folders)
Box 3
Unnamed Binder [ Minutes Till Midnight, libretto by Daniel Lang, music by Robert Ward]
(2 folders)
Box 3

The 2003 Accession contains musical scores for Ward's Third Symphony, Concert Music for Orchestra, and Minutes till Midnight. There are also concert programs, newspaper clippings, reviews of Ward's work, and photographs. (2003-0139, 80 items, 0.9 linear feet, dated 1950-2000 and n.d., bulk 1997-2000)

This is no box list for this accession.

Accession 2003-0139
Box 1-2

Accession includes musical scores, drafts, proofs, and masters for Ward's 2008 operetta A Friend of Napoleon. Also contains smaller amounts of materials from Ward's other works, including Seventh Symphony; Roman Fever; Dialogues: A Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano Soloists with Orchestra; an oboe quintet; In Praise of Science; and Dialogue on the Tides of Time. Other materials include correspondence and clippings from the North Carolina School of the Arts; clippings from the premiere and performances of The Crucible and Ward's Pulitzer Prize; autobiography drafts; and concert programs, clippings, and miscellaneous papers dating from Ward's early career through 2010, with the bulk of the materials dating from the 1990s to 2010. (2010-0123, 2000 items, 3.4 linear feet, dated 1950-2010)

Seventh Symphony (5 folders)
Box 1
A Friend of Napoleon (12 folders)

Edited and unedited proofs, masters, drafts, printing copies and sketches. Includes manuscript pages, first drafts, libretti, vocal scores, and orchestral scores.

Box 2
A Friend of Napoleon (7 folders)

Continued from Box 2.

Box 3
Roman Fever (opera)-Vocal score, Xerox printing masters, 1987-1992
Box 3
Dialogues: A Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano Soloists with Orchestra
Box 3
Oboe Quintet-original unrevised score and parts
Box 3
Sketch of In Praise of Science-all scores and text
Box 3
Opera arias-ECS Publishing corrections, 2003
Box 3
Sketch for Dialogue on the Tides of Time
Box 3
Clippings re: The Crucible and Ward's Pulitzer Prize, 1960s
Box 3
Clippings re: The NC School of the Arts and other miscellaneous news, 1970s
Box 3
NC School of the Arst-Carolina Theater correspondence, 1970s
Box 3
Autobiography drafts, 2000s (3 folders)
Box 4
American Academy of Arts and Letters photographs
Box 4
Rev. Arthur C. Ludlow sermon, Cleveland, 1908
Box 4
Programs and miscellaneous clippings, early career-1995 (7 envelopes)
Box 4
Programs and miscellaneous clippings, 1995-2010 (7 envelopes)
Box 5

Accession (2010-0177) consists largely of musical scores, drafts, masters, and other versions of a variety of compositions by Ward. The 1978 opera Claudia Legare is heavily represented. Other pieces include parts of The Crucible, In Praise of Science, Minutes Till Midnight, The Lady from Colorado, Images of God, Lady Kate, Roman Fever, and several other works. Aside from musical scores, the accession includes a corrected proof of Ward's autobiography, SECTV contracts and planning documents, other miscellaneous materials, and 2 open reel audio recordings of quartets playing some of Ward's compositions. (2010-0177, 3000 items, 6.8 lin. ft., dates unknown)

In Praise of Science, manuscript
Box 1
Sacred Songs for Pantheists, printing masters
Box 1
Song of the Jellicles, piano and narrator
Box 1
"I Ride Along," from The Lady From Colorado
Box 1
Scherzo, manuscripts and piano masters
Box 1
Claudia Legare (5 folders)

"The South Must Industrialize," as well as the full score's original masters.

Box 1
Minutes Till Midnight, full score
Box 2
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, manuscript
Box 3
Claudia Legare (20 folders)

Edited and unedited proofs, printing masters, and drafts, in both original and reduced size formats. Includes full scores, vocal scores, and orchestral scores.

Box 4
Claudia Legare (9 folders)

Edited and unedited proofs, printing masters, and drafts. Includes full scores, soprano arias, chamber versions, vocal scores, and orchestral scores. Also contains "The New South" orchestral score.

Box 5
Cherish Your Land, full score
Box 5
Bayou Rhapsody, original manuscript and sketch
Box 5
The Hill, voice and piano
Box 5
A Friend of Napoleon, masters (Richard Connell's story)
Box 5
The Lady from Colorado (3 folders)

Contains masters for various parts, including full score.

Box 6
Minutes Till Midnight (3 folders)

Scene sketches, vocal scores, and orchestral parts for "Oh Cosmos."

Box 6
Images of God, masters and photocopies (4 folders)
Box 6
Love's Seasons, masters in original key
Box 6
"Come Close, My Beloved, Come Close," duet for He Who Gets Slapped
Box 6
Concerto for Tenor Saxophone and Band
Box 6
Aria for Chamber Orchestra, string masters
Box 6
The Crucible (2 folders)

Includes string parts as well as music for "John, I Knew You'd Come Back To Me."

Box 7
Roman Fever, full score masters (2 folders)
Box 7
The Scarlet Letter ballet, full score masters
Box 7
Jonathan and the Gingery Snare, full score and brass parts (2 folders)
Box 7
Of the Awfull Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicies, masters
Box 7
Lady Kate (2 folders)

Includes "I Hail This Land" and a full score of "Western Set."

Box 7
First Sonata for Violin and Piano, score and parts
Box 7
Various pieces (4 folders)
Box 7
2 open reel audio recordings

First String Quartet, Arioso for Cello and Piano, Tarantella for Cello and Piano, and First Sonata for Violin and Piano. These materials are restricted until they can be reformatted.

Box 8
Miscellaneous documents, some photocopied, 1918-2006
Box 8
Autobiography, corrected proofs
Box 8
SECTV planning and contract negotiations, 1995-1998
Box 8

Series consists of scores and drafts for Ward's various musical compositions, including operas, concertos, and symphonies. Boxes 3-15 are oversized flat boxes.

By the Way of Memories
Box 1
Claudia Legare
(10 folders)
Box 1
Concerto
Box 2
The Crucible
(2 folders)
Box 2
A Friend of Napoleon
Box 2
Lady Kate
(2 folders)
Box 2
The New South
Box 2
Roman Fever
Box 2
The Scarlet Letter
Box 2
Songs for Ravenscroft
Box 2
Abelard and Heloise
(3 folders)
Box 3
Andante and Scherzo for Strings
Box 4
Aria
Box 4
The Beginnings
Box 4
Claudia Legare
(2 folders)
Box 4
Claudia Legare
(2 folders)
Box 5
Claudia Legare
(3 folders)
Box 6
Claudia Legare
Box 7
Concerto for Tenor Saxophone and Orchestra
Box 7
Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra
Box 7
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Box 8
The Crucible
(2 folders)
Box 8
The Crucible
(2 folders)
Box 9
Dialogue on the Tides of Time
Box 9
Dialogues for Violin, Cello, and Orchestra
Box 9
Divertimento
Box 9
Earth Shall Be Fair
Box 10
Fifth Symphony
Box 10
Festive Ode
Box 10
Fourth Abstractions for Bands
Box 10
Fourth Symphony
Box 10
He Who Gets Slapped
Box 11
Hush'd Be the Camps Today
Box 11
Hymn and Celebration
Box 11
Hymn to the Night
Box 11
Hail, Hail, Hail the Bride - The Lady from Colorado
Box 12
Music for a Celebration
Box 12
New Hampshire
Box 13
The Promised Land
Box 13
Pantaloon
(2 folders)
Box 13
Sweet Freedom's Song
Box 14
Symphony No. 1
Box 14
Trilogy for Orchestra
Box 14
Untitled
Box 14
A Yankee Overture
Box 14
Adagio and Allegro
Box 15
Lady from Colorado
Box 15
Scrapbook pages
Box 16
Concertos
(2 folders)
Box 16
Scarlett Letter
(2 folders)
Box 16
Claudia Legare
Box 16
Symphonies
Box 16

Series consists of scores and drafts for Ward's various musical compositions, including operas, concertos, and symphonies. Also includes awards, photographs, and recordings. Boxes 19, 22-24 are oversized flat boxes.

This accession is closed pending processing.

Datebooks, bibliography, miscelaneous orchestra works
Box 1
Music
Box 2
Programs and reviews 1997-2006, Contracts
Box 3
Lady from Colorado, correspondence
Box 4
Honors, programs, correspondence
Box 5
Lady from Colorado, other bound scores
Box 6
Choral, Band, Librettos
Box 7
Operas
Box 8
Symphonies/concerti, short orchestral works, orchestral works
Box 9
Band scores, choral music, chamber music
Box 10
Claudia Legare, other music, biography bibliography, thesis about Robert Ward, programs
Box 11
Published music
Box 12
Scores
Box 13
Scores including Claudia Legare
Box 14
Programs, reviews, correspondence
Box 15
Reviews, correspondence, Rochester yearbook 1939
Box 16
Music, correspondence, miscellaneous, slides
Box 17
Trophies and awards
Box 18
Awards, photographs, score from Lady from Colorado
Box 19
Photographs, trophies, awards
Box 20
Awards and plaques
Box 21
Awards, posters, photographs
Box 22
Photograph scrapbook, awards
Box 23
Awards
Box 24
Awards
Box 25
Awards
Box 26
Recordings
(33 digital audio tapes)
Box 27
Recordings
(20 CDs, 16 DVDs)
Box 28
Recordings
(30 audio cassettes)
Box 29
Recordings
(34 audio cassettes)
Box 30
Recordings
(34 audio cassettes)
Box 31
Recordings
(34 audio cassettes)
Box 32
Recordings
(34 audio cassettes)
Box 33
Recordings
(34 audio cassettes)
Box 34
Recordings
(34 audio cassettes)
Box 35
Recordings
(34 audio cassettes)
Box 36
Recordings
(34 audio cassettes)
Box 37
Recordings
(34 audio cassettes)
Box 38
Recordings
(34 VHS tapes)
Box 39
Recordings
(18 VHS tapes, 8 Umatic tapes)
Box 40
Recordings
(38 7" reel recordings)
Box 41
Recordings
(28 VHS tapes)
Box 42
Recordings
(46 CDs)
Box 43
Recordings
(54 CDs)
Box 44
Recordings
(25 LPs, 7 5" reel recordings)
Box 45
Recordings
(14 10" reel recordings)
Box 46

Historical Note

Robert Ward is a composer of operas and other works who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1962. He was chancellor of the North Carolina School of the Arts from 1967 to 1975, and is now Professor of Music Emeritus at Duke University.

Ward was born in 1917 and began composing as a student. He attended Eastman School of Music and Juilliard School of Music in the 1930s and early 1940s before joining the United States Army during World War II. During the war he served as a band director, and was stationed in the Pacific.

Following the war, Ward taught at Juilliard and Columbia, and continued composing and conducting. His second opera, The Crucible, based on Arthur Miller's play, premiered in 1961 and became his best-known work. He won the Pulitzer Prize in Music for The Crucible in 1962.

Ward eventually left New York and became Chancellor of the North Carolina School of the Arts in 1967; he stepped down to the composition faculty in 1975. He joined Duke University as the Mary Duke Biddle Professor of Music in 1979, retiring as Professor Emeritus in 1987. He continues to compose and live in Durham, North Carolina.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Robert Ward Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Robert Ward Papers was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1998, 2001, 2003, 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Processing Information

Processed by Don Sechler, Arístides Llaneza, Eric Hanson, and other Rubenstein Library staff

Completed April 13, 1998, January 4, 1999, August 3, 2001, and October 2010.

Last updated February 2013

Accessions included in this finding aid: 1998-0196, 1998-0564, 2001-0105, 2003-0139, 2010-0123, 2010-0177, 2013-0014

Encoded by Arístides Llaneza, Eric Hanson, Ruth E. Bryan, and Meghan Lyon

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.