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David Dalton professional papers, 1954-2010

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7891 Series I

Scope and Contents

This series contains photographs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, biographical histories, creative output summaries, music publications, productivity reports, honors, letters of endorsement, student letters, certificates of admittance, published articles, camps, festivals, and institutes attended, lectures given by David Dalton, viola transcriptions, editions, translations, and other materials created by David Dalton during his professional career. Also includes records of David Dalton at BYU including concerts attended while at BYU, records of classes taughts at BYU, BYU teaching and activities photographs of viola classes, string faculty, orchestras, April Fools, Opera, Suzuki class, string literature and pedagogy, and BYU study abroad records, 1954-2010.


  • 1954-2010


Conditions Governing Access

Open to public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from David Dalton papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

From the Collection:

Dr. David Dalton is professor emeritus of viola at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah (USA).

David Dalton took BM and MM degrees in violin at the Eastman School of Music where his interest in viola was awakened by Francis Tursi. After meeting William Primrose, he switched to viola and received his doctorate in performance at Indiana University. Dalton collaborated with Primrose in writing his memoir Walk on the North Side and Playing the Viola: Conversations with William Primrose by Dalton and published by Oxford University Press. He also produced two documentaries, "A Violist's Legacy," and "William Primrose, Violist." Primrose and he were co-founders of the Primrose International Viola Archive (PIVA) at BYU, the largest and most important repository of materials related to the instrument.

Dalton's editions for viola have been published by C.F. Peters, Oxford, G. Schirmer, Eschig, Doblinger, and Rarities for Strings. His numerous articles have appeared in professional journals, such as STRAD. Dalton served as president of the American and International Viola Societies, as well as editor of the Journal of the American Viola Society. Retired, he no longer performs as soloist or chamber musician, but teaches, lectures, researches in PIVA, and pursues family history.


27 boxes (13.5 liner ft.)

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