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CHARLES N. BOYD (1875-1937)



  • Scrapbooks (100+)
    • qr 780.973 B66s, volumes 1 - 11 and qr 780.973 B66sc, volumes 1 - 15 are primarily about Mr. Boyd himself; articles he wrote, or groups and performances he participated in.
    • qr 780.973 B66s, volumes 12 - 99 are primarily collections of programs, newspaper items, and music journal critiques from and about Pittsburgh music and musicians.
  • Typescripts of articles written by Boyd:
    • Music and the Community (2)
    • Music Education (6)
    • Bach at Berea (Ohio)
    • Music and the Church (6)
  • Boyd Card Catalog
    • 45 drawer card catalog file

Time period  1893-1937


        CHARLES NEWELL BOYD was a consummate musician, unparalleled for his curiosity and drive. He was an 1894 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, associate editor of the Groves Dictionary of Music, co-founder/director in 1915 of the Pittsburgh Musical Institute, music professor at Western Theological Seminary, long-tenured organist/choir director at North Avenue Methodist Church, initiator/director of the Pittsburgh Choral Society, president of the Music Teachers National Association, choral director of the Tuesday Musical Club, contributor to many magazines and periodicals, manager of musical artists, and above all, a humanitarian.

        Charles N. Boyd had an insatiable appetite for information surrounding music and musicians whether local, national or global. From his prodigious daily reading of newspapers, journals and periodicals, he clipped columns, articles and photos of everything that interested him and pasted all these historical facts into large, often bulging, scrapbooks. It appeared his wife and four daughters were helpmates in his work until his death in 1937 at age 61. The 115 scrapbooks, his card catalog, and his large library of music scores were donated to The Music Division of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh through sponsorship from The Boyd Memorial Association.

        On a lighter side, his collection revealed a man who enjoyed many clever cartoons, which were scattered throughout all his scrapbooks.

        In many respects, he was a "Renaissance Man" and a vital personality in the development and growth of music in Pittsburgh, which he chronicled at length. News writers labeled him "an impressive and important musical presence in Pittsburgh" at the turn of the 20th century.


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