Scope and arrangement
The majority of the collection consists of Moyse’s papers relating to his work as a teacher of the French-style flute. As a whole, the collection illustrates Moyse’s contribution as a teacher and impact in the field of flute study. This collection is especially helpful for biographical information about Moyse, as well as charting his career as a performer. The collection does, however, lack significant material relating to Moyse's work as a teacher and performer before he immigrated to the United States at age 60.
The scores series contains exercises and studies Moyse used in his teachings and in the writing of his 37 books of studies for the flute. Another series of note is the photograph series, which contains a visual representation of Moyse’s entire life from his early childhood to his death. Notably absent from the collection are the numerous watercolors and artwork that Moyse created; however, the collection does contain a limited number of his artwork.
The Marcel Moyse papers are arranged in ten series:
- 1904-19713 boxes; 1 linear feet
This series contains Moyse’s exercises and studies for the flute used to further his life’s work--teaching French-style flute. The series also contain Moyse’s personal copies of scores some of which are inscribed by the composer. The scores series is divided into two sub series.
- 1919-19852 boxes; 1 linear feet
The majority of the correspondents are students, friends and family. The series includes correspondence from many well-known musicians and composers including Robert Aitken, Philippe Gaubert, Jacques Ibert, and Carl Lutes.
- 1862-19892 boxes; 1 linear feet
This series contains Moyse’s personal papers and includes some vital records as well as genealogical information about the Moyse family. The professional papers included in this series are representative of Moyse’s work as a teacher and a performer. The papers series is divided into two sub series.
- 1964-19782 boxes; .75 linear feet
This series contains the spiral and bound notebooks that Moyse used for addresses and to take various notes. Of particular note, are the notebooks Moyse used to write the text for his numerous books of studies for the flute.
- 1938-19851 box; .5 linear feet
This series contains numerous articles published about Moyse in several different languages. One of the most revealing pieces in the series, located in the English language clippings folder, is an interview Moyse gave to Pilar Estevan. In this interview, Moyse talks about his early childhood, the first time he played the flute, and teaching.
- 1919-19741 box; .25 linear feet
The Artwork series contains sketches and block prints by Moyse. Some of the sketches and prints include the photograph from which the work was drawn.
- 1892-19845 boxes; 1.85 linear feet
This series offers a well-rounded visual glimpse into Moyse’s life. The series contains numerous photographic series of Moyse teaching classes and seminars. A photograph that is notably missing from the collection is the one photograph that Moyse was said to have had of his birth mother as a young girl. Moyse seems to have collected musicians’ portraits. The collection includes a large set of commercially available portraits. The Photographs series has been divided into three sub-series.
- 1913-19851 box; .5 linear feet
The Ephemera series contains two brochures relating to the study of the flute as well as a couple of travel brochures. This series also contains programs for a variety of musical events, the majority of which feature Moyse.
- c. 1950-19783 boxes; .35 linear feet
There are four scrapbooks in this series, two of which were presented to Moyse on his 80th birthday. The third scrapbook was presented by his students, and the last scrapbook is a record of the Moyse Trio.
- 1950-19703 boxes; 1.61 linear feet
The majority of the oversized materials are photographs. Of particular note, is the portrait series of Moyse taken by his grandson, Claude Moyse. Of the various other materials in this series, the majority are Moyse’s artwork or tributes given to Moyse such as a star registered in his name through International Star Registry.