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Wilmer T. Bartholomew papers

Identifier: PIMS-0024

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Scope and Contents

The Wilmer T. Bartholomew papers (1919-1993) contain material related to his time spent teaching at Peabody. Series 1 consists of both manuscript and published scores composed by Bartholomew. Series 2 consists of various correspondence, research, and notes relating to Bartholomew’s published essays and books. Many journals containing his essays are also included, as well as various figures and illustrations presumably related to his research.


  • Creation: 1919 - 1993

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for use at the Peabody Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or perform materials in this collection must be submitted in writing to the archivist of the Arthur Friedheim Library.

Biographical / Historical

Wilmer T. Bartholomew, an active member of the Baltimore music community, was born in Shamokin, Penn., in 1902. He spent most of his adolescence living in Washington, D.C., later attending George Washington University where he received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mathematics and psychology.

Bartholomew attended Peabody Conservatory, earning a teaching certificate in 1928. In 1930 he was appointed as a full-time assistant in the Research Department. He then went on to become a professor of acoustics until 1942. During his time at Peabody, he conducted research on the physiology of the voice and published books and articles related to his research.

He became director of the Goucher College Glee Club in 1939 and later became chairman of the music department there from 1942 to 1943. Bartholomew left the position to conduct research at the underwater sound laboratory at Harvard University during World War II. He continued his affiliation with Harvard as a research fellow in acoustics and as the choral director for the Longy School of Music in Cambridge.

Bartholomew was also involved in the local Maryland community, serving as choir director and organist at Liberty Grove Methodist Church and later at Bethesda United Methodist Church from 1961 to 1971.


1.26 Cubic Feet (2 full letter-sized boxes, 1 medium flat box, 1 small flat box)

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Wilmer T. Bartholomew was a professor of music at the Peabody Institute and Goucher College who specialized in acoustics research, singing technique, and choral conducting. The Bartholomew papers contain published and manuscript scores composed by Bartholomew as well as various notes, research, correspondence, and publications.

Other Finding Aids

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Beulah D. Bartholomew and Molly Bartholomew in 1994 and 2008.

Processing Information

Processed by Kerri Sheehan in 2017.

Guide to the Wilmer T. Bartholomew papers
Kerri Sheehan
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Repository Details

Part of the Peabody Archives Repository

Peabody Institute
1 E. Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore MD 21202 USA