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Paul Doktor papers

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Identifier: MSS 7913

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence from Roger Nixon concerning viola music, David Finco concerning an American Viola Society article, and others, and a letter and copy of the book "Brief om einen jungen Maler" by J. J. Lüscher, 1945-1988.


  • 1945-1988


Language of Materials

Materials are in English and German.

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 the Paul Doktor papers 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.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)


This collection retained its original order.

Custodial History

Donated by Paul Doktor in 1988.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Paul Doktor; 1988.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth West; July 2011.

Register of the Paul Doktor papers
Elizabeth West
2011 July
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