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Paul Doktor collection

Identifier: MSS 8648

Scope and Contents

Contains Paul Doktor's collection of manuscript scores and manuscript photocopies for viola and other accompanying instruments. Dated 1942-1987.


  • 1942-1987


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical History

Paul Doktor (1919-1989) was an eminent violist and teacher in Europe and the United States.

One of the eminent violists of his time, the Viennese born Paul Doktor was the son of another distinguished violist, Karl Doktor, an associate of the violinist, Adolf Busch. He completed his studies at the Vienna Academy of Music in 1938 and moved to Switzerland the next year. He was the prize winner at the Geneva International Viola Competition in 1942. He moved to the United States in 1947, and became an American citizen in 1952. He gave the premieres of several significant compositions for viola, including concertos by Quincy Porter, Walter Piston, and Wilfred Josephs. He was a founding member of several ensembles, including the New York String Sextet, the Rococo Ensemble, and the Paul Doktor String Trio.

An influential teacher, Doktor taught at several institutions, including the University of Michigan, Manne's College of Music, Julliard School of Music, New York University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and the State University College at Purchase. He concertized in the U.S., Britain, and Europe and produced recordings under several labels. His editions and transcriptions for viola were widely used. In 1977, he was the recipient of the ASTA Artist-Teacher of the year award.

Paul Doktor died in 1989.


3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in alphabetical order by composer's last name.


Prominent Violist, (Section IV Primrose International Viola Archive Collection Development Policy, January 2011).

Processing Information

Processed; Caryn Jackson, student manuscript processor, and David Day, curator; 2015.

Register of Paul Doktor collection
In Progress
Caryn Jackson
2015 January 6
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States